Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Trump using Special Forces as linchpins of anti-terror fight

Following a policy set out by his predecessor, U.S. President Donald Trump has let the Special Forces operators of his nation’s military shoulder much of the heavy counter-terrorism load.

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Sun, March 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Behind the tweets and bombast, Trump is making changes

John Ibbitson argues that the headlines about the Trump administration — Russia and wiretapping, to name two examples — are obscuring the fact that it is the most activist presidency since Ronald Reagan.

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Sun, March 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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Mon, March 13 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Columnist Matt Taibbi’s effort to bring context to the Russia-messing-with-U.S. tensions story. One big problem? Making assumptions that might not be true.

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Wed, March 8 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media’

Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

William Owens said he refused to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump back on Feb. 1 when his son’s body was returned from a mission gone awry in Yemen — the first such special mission of Trump’s presidency.

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Sun, February 26 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

Back in his celebrity, New-York-City-developer heyday, Donald Trump could fake himself in late-night calls and get favourable stories planted in that city’s tabloid papers. Nowadays? He’s shrieking about leakers.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on In New York, Trump was the tabloid king. Washington? It’s different

The mystery of Sean Spicer’s birthplace

Note the following correction from an NYT story. What is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding? Well, it’s time. We need the longform birth certificate. https://t.co/dQ42RAQGg8 pic.twitter.com/EfZXSts4he — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 26, 2017

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on The mystery of Sean Spicer’s birthplace

Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

The president setting out to tame the White House press corps and undermine the First Amendment is doing the right thing and staying away from the April 29 White House Correspondents’ dinner.

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Sat, February 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Trump to miss White House correspondents’ dinner

Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

Everyone knows how much U.S. President Donald Trump loves to use Twitter to beak at the mainstream news media, but some of his campaign staffers found a way to calm him.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Friendly news doses helped Trump aides keep him off Twitter

‘This Century Is Broken’

Columnist David Brooks says the 21st century’s lack of economic growth means we are looking at a much nastier world in the coming decades, compared to what we had in the latter 20th century.

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Tue, February 21 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on ‘This Century Is Broken’