I read a book last summer, “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet” by Jesse Itzler—an enjoyable and hilarious read. Itzler, already an intense guy, hires David Goggins, possibly one of the most intense people on the planet, to train him for a month. Goggins had me at, “This ain’t a dress rehearsal, bitch.”Read More
My friend: You should see the thunder and lightning, it's pretty impressive.
Me: It'd be pretty impressive if I saw thunder.
My friend: If you were an X-Man, your power would be being literal. Which is still better than mine, because mine would just be grammar.
The news media has perhaps the biggest influence in the court of public opinion, especially when it comes to politicized issues. The information it publishes, which is often distorted, shapes how we view people and events. It seems the principles on which the justice system runs don’t apply to the media. News outlets sometimes do the opposite.Read More
It’s unlikely that in the ongoing dispute between President Donald Trump and the news media one side is completely right and the other is fully wrong. In fact, much may be learned from both perspectives. Yet the way they present their views may do them and the public a disservice. As many arguments go, each side tries to invalidate the other’s perspective (rather than both critically evaluating what each brings and finding solutions). Sunday’s coverage of the exchanges between Trump and the New York Times’ publisher A.G. Sulzberger is the latest example.Read More
Speeches, especially political speeches, are useful roadmaps to examine media distortion. There can be stark contrasts in how news outlets report on a given speech, especially by what’s emphasized, dramatized or omitted.Read More
There’s an easy way to misrepresent and discredit a nuanced argument: simply strip what someone says of its context, oversimplify it and add your own interpretation of what was meant. Or easier still, lose sight of the bigger picture of what’s being discussed, get stuck on specifics and then argue away.Read More