I may be in the minority, but I generally disagree with the unspoken rule that politicians’ family members are off-limits to the press.
If politicians use warm and fuzzy images of family members to score points with voters, they can’t cry foul when the media subjects them to scrutiny – as is the case with today’s nj.com story about the legal troubles of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s son Joshua.
According to the story, the younger Murphy “actively campaigned for his father, appearing on his behalf on college campuses and in television commercials with his family.”
By virtue of his father’s office and his public role in the gubernatorial campaign, Joshua Murphy is a public figure, and his troubles with the law are legitimate news.
Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as education, the environment and transportation.
What makes the situation at The Buffalo News different is timing. Continue reading–
Both Democrats and Republicans have condemned White House staffer Kelly Riddell’s suggestion that Sen. John McCain’s opposition to a Trump nominee did not matter because McCain was dying.
Riddell’s comments were inappropriate and insensitive, but she may have really just verbalized a sentiment that extends beyond politics: When people grow old, their value to businesses and organizations diminishes, so there is little incentive or need to gain their support. Continue reading
Bruce Springsteen has sold millions of albums and performed to capacity crowds at stadiums that seat tens of thousands of fans.
But how would “The Boss” fare as a political candidate?
I will explore that question on Saturday in a presentation at Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium. The four-day conference will begin Thursday and run through Sunday at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. more
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When I walked past the Bonaventure bookstore yesterday, I saw something unusual.
Along with the students, faculty and usual customers were some families from the area looking to buy their young children a Bona shirt or other souvenir from the basketball team’s historic season.
Sports are about winning and losing; that’s why we keep score. But they also about much more. That’s why the expressions I saw on those kids’ faces in the bookstore will stay with me much longer than the score of last night’s game
The best way to gauge the state of the nation may not come in the formal address President Donald Trump delivers to Congress on Jan. 30.
A better measure may arrive two days earlier at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Awards shows tend to be liberal, anti-establishment affairs, and this year’s Grammys are likely to offer more of the same. But it just won’t be the ceremony that tells us the state of the union. Instead it is the nominees for Best Record of the Year that will paint a picture nation’s mood. These are the songs that are selling hundreds of thousands of copies. That means their messages resonate with Americans. Why else would the mass populace have purchased these recordings in such great volume? Continue reading
With each new year, the annual ritual of making resolutions brings promises, goals and hope for a brighter future.
In 2018, the key to that brighter future may lie in spending less time debating divisive political issues, reading troubling stories about sexual improprieties in the workplace and worrying about national economic trends that are beyond our control. more