Advent & Torture

The news is disturbing. The claims are bewildering in their gruesome detail. We are now digesting the grim findings of the “torture report” cataloging the treatment of detainees in the wake of September 11th. We read of “rectal feeding” as a way to exert total control over a suspect, and we shudder. Waterboarding. Prolonged sleep deprivation. Threats of…

Keeping it Biased, for Good

A recent PewForum “number of the day” highlighted the percentages of viewers (of certain news programs) who consider news coverage to be (quite) biased.  For example, 90% of Sean Hannity viewers believe regular news coverage is biased (only 60% of NPR viewers hold this view).  On the one hand, I find this quite sad–not for…