Problems That Need Attention

Michael S. Johnson at New GOP Forum: Congress, as it has been frightfully clear for some time needs reform. Begin with the stark reality that the institution is highly vulnerable to violent occupation, guarded by a 2,000-person police force that let down its guard...

Restoring Civility

At RealClearPolitics, Celinda Lake and Ed Goeas offer four concrete suggestions for restoring civility to public discourse: Political leaders have to police their own. Change the channel. Think before retweeting. Try to understand the motivations of the other...

Beware Fake News Sites

From NewsGuard’s Misinformation Monitor: Hundreds of sites that claim to be new local news organizations are actually funded by political interests, aiming to reach voters under the false banner of local news. A new analysis from NewsGuard examining four of...

Survey on the Media and Democracy

From the Knight Foundation: For the 2020 American Views survey, Gallup and Knight polled more than 20,000 U.S. adults and found deepening pessimism and further partisan entrenchment about how the news media delivers on its democratic mandate for factual, trustworthy...

Grim News About Local News

Tali Arbel and David Bauder at AP: Researchers have long worried that the next recession — which economists say is already upon us — “could be an extinction-level event for newspapers,” said Penelope Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who studies the...