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COUNTERPOINT: Partisanship in media wasn’t started by the Koch brothers

The announcement of Meredith Corporation’s planned acquisition of Time, Inc., which owns TIME magazine, amounts to a Koch Industries-funded takeover that has sent shockwaves through the journalistic world. It’s the second recent high-profile corporate acquisition of a major publication; many still remember Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post some time ago. Both […]


COUNTERPOINT: The term “fake news” has been reduced to a dog whistle

Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before Congress on Tuesday about the thousands of fake accounts on their platforms that spewed misinformation throughout the 2016 election. The issue of Russian information warfare and political propaganda has been closely tied, in the public imagination, with the issue of “fake news” — fake stories distributed to unwitting American […]


POINT: “Fake news” is a bigger problem than we think

With news of an indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a guilty plea from former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI, it seems like the horror story of the 2016 presidential election just won’t stop. In response to resurfaced allegations of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia […]


COUNTERPOINT: Efforts to promote diversity are becoming redundant

American culture’s contemporary emphasis on diversity is well-placed, and the institutionalization of diversity through various programs at universities made sense when they were put in place. But things change, and it’s hard to envisage what comes next. It goes unspoken that diversity is an integral component of the human experience. And yet, militant activism pushing […]


COUNTERPOINT: To stop corruption scandals, strip universities of elitism

It would be fair to ask “How do we stop this from continually happening?” Short of finding a way to fundamentally transform human nature, I’m not sure it’s possible. Wherever there are great concentrations of wealth, power and prestige —whether in governments, corporations, universities, churches or other institutions — there will always be tantalizing opportunities […]


COUNTERPOINT: To end violence, look to solutions beyond gun control

Bret Stephens, the famous conservative Wall Street Journal turned New York Times columnist, came out in favor of a constitutional repeal of the Second Amendment last week, in response to the slaughter in Las Vegas. I admire him for his pugnacity and countercultural willingness to break with his readership on such an important issue, and […]


COUNTERPOINT: Defying federal agenda may not help USC students

Last month, President Donald Trump and his administration announced that they would consider repealing the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The threat alone of rescinding this program, which currently allows undocumented people who were raised in this country to go to school, work and live in this country legally, was enough to yield […]


Counterpoint: Racism, protesting the national anthem are both unpatriotic

There are two great sins against the American experiment in my book. The first is routinely committed by President Donald Trump. It is not the “betrayal of American ideals” so many on the left routinely accuse the president of committing. Rather, it’s the distortion of American patriotism Trump displays whenever he’s talking to an organization […]