The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
Public policy in the twentieth century was about protecting and expanding the social compact, based on recognition that effective government at the federal level provides rules and services and safety measures that contribute to a better society.
The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do.
I think all good reporting is the same thing - the best attainable version of the truth.
Radical thought has inspired many of the great political and social reform movements in American history, from ending slavery to establishing the minimum wage.
The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism.
For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal.
The pressure to compete, the fear somebody else will make the splash first, creates a frenzied environment in which a blizzard of information is presented and serious questions may not be raised.
John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls - indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans.
The Congress is a dysfunctional institution; it's broken. One of our three branches of government is broken.