Tag Archives: Controversy

A girl’s death raises questions of government

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Twelve-year-old Haley Pollman died of a rare genetic disorder called Batten disease on January 25, but tested positive while at a hospital and was marked as a COVID death by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

“COVID was never discussed with her doctors as far as how to treat or what we would expect for her end of life,” Haley’s mother said. “I am very unsettled by how OHA tracks these statistics.”

According to a reporter with the Statesman Journal in Salem, “Oregon is using significantly broader standards than many other states to decide who counts as a COVID-19 death. And nearly every state in the nation seems to be counting deaths using different criteria.”


The first lady of Canada gets it. We are in this together.

International Women’s Day 🍁

As we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect.”
— First Lady of Canada Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

She’s been the target of a lot of criticism for this, unfortunately. There’s no need for it. How is her comment even remotely controversial? It ain’t. But the outrage culture marches on. They are insatiable.


Dan Rather teaching, or preaching, a course on journalistic integrity? What next? Nazis promoting tolerance?

dan_blather_cbs_newsHaving disgraced news anchor Dan Rather, who I have dubbed “Dan Blather,” teach (or more aptly, preach) a course on journalistic integrity is like having Nazis promoting tolerance.

You want me to spend 19 bucks on this nonsense. The company behind this gag, called Udemy, should be paying me to watch this drivel.

Rather was fired from the CBS Evening News after a thorough investigation into a story about George W. Bush. It was a smear job and not a very good one. The documents on which the news story was based proved to be fake.

But it was too good a smear to waste on fact checking. It was an example of the recent media narrative on fake news. However, most will conveniently ignore this example. It’s a bit too inconvenient.

Yet, to this day, despite the overwhelming evidence otherwise, Rather continues to believe that the story is true, which shows just how biased and insular he really is. He is a die hard liberal, an activist masquerading as a journalist. But these days he is far from alone.

He, like so many others in the media, is a joke and has been for a very long time. One of the greatest moments of the Bush 41 era is when George H. W. Bush fought back while being interviewed by Rather. Unfortunately, it was a rare moment. Bush 41 was a bit too conciliatory and polite.

Thankfully, we have entered a new era. Trump has thrown out these outmoded conventions.