[OP-ED]: Both Trump and the media love wrestling in the mud

 08/21/2017 - 12:19
There’s no evidence behind the terrible accusation that Trump is in league with white supremacists. When he declared in his Monday remarks from the White House that “racism is evil,” I bought it. EFE

In keeping with the recent meme of recognizing bad behavior “on many sides,” there was something that was painfully obvious during last week’s improv news-conference-like-no-other in the lobby of Trump Tower: President Trump and the media deserve each other. Both are driven by ego and take criticism personally. Both will twist the facts to defend themselves and push their agenda. And both love to wrestle in the mud.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:08pm

[OP-ED]: Tanto a Trump como a los medios les gusta luchar en el lodo

 08/21/2017 - 12:16
No hay pruebas que sustenten la terrible acusación de que Trump esté aliado con los supremacistas blancos. Cuando Trump declaró en sus comentarios del lunes, desde la Casa Blanca, que “el racismo es el mal”, yo le creí. EFE

Siguiendo el reciente meme de reconocer la mala conducta “de muchos lados”, hay que señalar que hubo algo lamentablemente obvio en la singular conferencia de prensa improvisada, de la semana pasada, en el lobby de la Torre Trump: el presidente Trump y los medios son tal para cual. A ambos los impulsa el egotismo y ambos toman las críticas personalmente. Ambos distorsionan los hechos para defenderse y promover sus objetivos. Y a ambos les encanta luchar en el lodo.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:08pm

[OP-ED]: ¿Harán ahora perfiles étnicos de los blancos, como lo hacen del resto de nosotros?

 08/21/2017 - 11:06
Un contra-manifestante grita a los policías antidisturbios tras los rumores de una marcha planeada por el KKK y otros grupos de supremacía blanca, en Durham, Carolina del Norte, Estados Unidos. EFE

Si es cierto, como algunos afirman, que por el aumento en la estridencia de los supremacistas blancos es aceptable mostrar prejuicios raciales, entonces los blancos comenzarán a sentir el dolor de ser asociados con un pequeño grupo radical de racistas extremos.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:12am

[OP-ED]: Will white people now be profiled, just like the rest of us?

 08/21/2017 - 11:01
A counter protestor yells at riot police officers following rumors of a march planned by the KKK and other white supremacy groups, in Durham, North Carolina, USA. EFEtante grita a los policías antidisturbios tras los rumores de una marcha planeada por el KKK y otros grupos de supremacía blanca, en Durham, Carolina del Norte, Estados Unidos. EFE

If it’s true, as some assert, that the increased stridency of white supremacists has made it acceptable to show racial prejudice, then white people are going to start feeling the pain of being associated with a small, fringe group of over-the-top racists.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 10:12am

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 8:55am