NBC and its subsidiary networks have long demonstrated a common worldview with Donald Trump. Why is everyone so surprised?

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Yesterday, NBC announced that it had scheduled a town hall with U.S. President Donald Trump to take place tonight, October 15, at 8:00 p.m. The event will be shown nationally across several NBC properties, including the broadcast NBC network, basic cable networks MSNBC and CNBC, and streaming outlets ABC News Live, Hulu, YouTube TV and other streaming platforms, according to The New York Times.

This last-minute event was scheduled to take place live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern — the same time…


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From the very beginning of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his platform was based in hatred.

For a man of so much braggadocious bluster, many of his most-quoted comments are his most-hateful comments:

Those are some of the most-quoted comments. They represent a drop among the plethora of hatred he has uttered or acted upon.

As a political tactic, dividing ‘other’ groups from among one’s own population to…


On September 11, 2001, I was a recent college graduate, dutifully working at my computer when I heard my coworker Kenny call out, “Terrorism! Terrorism!” I laughed.

At that time, I was 21 years old, and during my lifetime, I only knew terrorism as a theme in action movies. Throughout my youth, terrorists were usually Russian. After that day, they’d usually be depicted in film and television as Middle Eastern.

My initial instinct when I saw footage of the first airplane hit the World Trade Center was that it was a fluke — the radar must have been down or…


As of January 16, 2021, 387,255 human lives have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the United States over the past 10 months, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Data scientists project that more than half a million American people may have died from COVID-19 by February 6.

More than one in every 1,000 people in the United States has died from COVID-19 since March 2020.

By comparison to World War II, World War I, Vietnam War, Korean War and September 11, 2001 casualties, only the first killed more Americans than the COVID-19…


I told you so.

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Five years ago, in November of 2015, I watched and listened with disbelief as people in power of different kinds — politics, business, news media — debated or flatly accepted atrocious, even horrific statements and proposed actions that even in my wildest imaginings I never dreamed might take place in this country.

I knew I was witnessing the advent of a leader who could do great damage, and who would do that damage if the people of the United States of America stepped aside and allowed him to do it.

I discussed these concerns in an…


I ignored the headline when I saw a dispute between professional pundit Hilary Rosen and Bernie Sanders Campaign Co-Chair Nina Turner on Twitter yesterday.

Everyone is so angry these days. So reactive.

Sometimes I have to opt out.

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The story was still trending this morning, and my curiosity got the better of me. I clicked. I watched. I gasped.

Turner, a former state senator from Ohio, made a reference to a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. about “white moderates.”

Rosen rebutted by cutting Turner off: “Nina, wait. Wait. What he said was that we should worry about the silence…


As so many people who live with Lyme disease will attest, just about everything Lyme related can be complex, difficult to understand, and sometimes even self-contradictory. This includes how Lyme disease is reported.

As global warming drives tick populations to spread, news about the disease is likewise spreading. National news media have addressed the disease in a variety of ways this year, and even the U.S. …


By now, you’ve heard and read all about Deadspin’s expose of a script that Sinclair Broadcast Group required reporters or anchors in its various local stations to read on air.

Even if you’ve watched it a dozen times, you should watch the video again. One thing I learned during my undergraduate film and media studies courses is that embedded messages become more transparent with every view as long as the viewer knows what to watch for.

The 1:07 mark stands out to me particularly because it makes the message personal. There, we see Autria Godfrey of Washington, D.C.’s WJLA…


Last Friday, 28 patients filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Infectious Diseases Society of America, eight health insurance companies, and seven medical doctors, Courthouse News reported yesterday, “because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured with a month of antibiotics.”

Contrary to the often-reported claim that Lyme disease affects people almost exclusively from Washington, D.C. …


The explosive story about legendary Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein’s silently sanctioned abuses continues to snowball beyond any reasonable expectations. Buzzfeed has published a still-not-comprehensive list of (presently) 39 women who have alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed, intimidated, or assaulted them. Among the accusers are ingenues Cara Delevingne — whose account includes profound and disturbing homophobic intimidation from Weinstein — and AAA-list movie stars destined to be Hollywood legends, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and women of veritably all walks of life in the entertainment industry.

The alleged abuses took place over decades, no different than the allegations against Bill Cosby…

D. M. Conchobhair

Washington, D.C.-based professional writer and unprofessional painter with many passions, including health, decency, Earth, asking questions and lots more.

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