Roger Stone’s America

I first heard of Roger Stone in 2013, when I was planning my documentary, Conspiracy Theorists Lie (2015), and he was promoting his book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. We exchanged a few tweets - with me explaining how dishonest his work was and him pretending otherwise in is typically rude manner … Continue reading Roger Stone’s America

Believe Me

I was going to do my next post about President Bush's new book, Portraits of Courage, or the wonderful new PBS miniseries I watch this week, Africa's Great Civilizations, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. And I wasn't even thinking I'd write anything today but then I woke up to the latest craziness from our so-called … Continue reading Believe Me

A Trump in the Crowd

I recently rewatched a classic cautionary tale about the dangers of populism and mass media, A Face in the Crowd (1957). It's the story of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a drifter with no moral center, a talent for playing the guitar, and the gift of gab. When he is given the opportunity to become a radio … Continue reading A Trump in the Crowd

Trump, the new McCarthy

Sixty years ago this week, on December 2, 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) was censured by his fellow senators for his reckless and disgraceful behavior. McCarthy made a name for himself as a communist hunter, going after alleged commies in the Federal Government, with little or no evidence and an abundance of bravado. In the process … Continue reading Trump, the new McCarthy