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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
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3.6

This news report is good journalism. The author provides the facts and a reasonable number of verbatim quotes from the key people. She notes the widespread complaints about negotiations about the debt ceiling happening in secret instead of out in the open as the Senate is supposed to function. The piece could have been somewhat longer and added information about the fact noted by Senator Paul that the Senate has not adopted a budget in two years. Otherwise well written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
Roland's Rating
2.0

This opinion piece has modest journalistic merit. The authors appear to be staffers at the Democratic National Committee, as their opinions are totally on the side of the Democrats. No attention is paid to the inability of the Democrats in the Senate to make any contribution to the discussion, having not even produced a budget for 2012. No attention is paid to the widespread view among economists, left and right, that raising tax rates in a period of high unemployment will make things worse. The fact that the Republicans have provided months ago a well-thought out plan is ignored. The arguments made by Obama against raising the debt ceiling a few years ago, and his arguments against raising tax rates in December 2010 are ... More »

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.0

This news analysis is excellent journalism. The author presents his liberal perspective on the negotiations on the debt ceiling, describing how the sides differ. He explains how President Obama is being pushed by extremists to adopt policies that are not economic but ideological. Well thought out and written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.9

This short news article has minimal journalistic merit. The author is unaware of basic economic facts. The top 1% and 5% of earners today pay 37% and 57% of all Federal income taxes today. They do not make enough money to cover a significant portion of the deficit even if they paid it all in taxes. A suggestion to the reporter: whenever Sen Reid says anything, treat it like cowboy poetry. It's all he knows.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
Roland's Rating
2.1

This opinion piece has modest journalistic merit. It provides the usual Democratic Party talking points from this reliable Party newspaper, and omits many relevant facts. For example it quotes sen Harry Reid, but does not mention that his inept leadership is the main source of the current problem, having failed to pass the budget that is required once again this year. At the end it hypes President Obama, without pointing out that his official budget for 2012 was rejected by the Senate unanimously and that he has not produced any budget to replace it.

The last paragraph of this opinion piece clearly was dictated by the DNC. Have the GOP's Presidential candidates been silent on the issue? Only the DNC hasn't heard them! "Obama went big"? So far Obama has done exactly nothing except hold meetings at which raising taxes on small businesses is the only thing he has proposed. Etc. No wonder informed people are buying less and less of what they are told by the news media.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2011
Roland's Rating
3.6

This news analysis is good journalism. The author, writing for the liberal news service Reuters, provides detailed facts and figures about the budget and debt. He includes the recommendations and analyses of Obama's Debt Commission as well as proposals from the left-wing Economic Policy Institute and Center for American Progress. Well researched.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2011
Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2011
Roland reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2011
Roland's Rating
3.9

This news article is excellent journalism. The author focuses on the events of today, but provides the context of Sudan's history concisely, and does not leave out the existing concerns for the new nation. The support of the U.N., the U.S. and the other African nations for the new country is noted. Well written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.2

This opinion piece is not a news story, and anyway has minimal journalistic merit. It gets credit as "well-written" because of the constant unintended humor. It actually provides a pretty good ranking of the best governors in the country. A clue to incompetence of the author is that the real worst governor in the country, agreed by nearly every expert, is not even on the list! Mark Dayton of Minnesota shut down the state government by reneging on an offer he made to the legislature, and has alienated nearly all the state's population, much as he did in his term as Senator.

The author's remarkable sense of humor extends to thinking that killing a "high-speed" rail project in Ohio was bad for the state, when it's been demonstrated that these projects are worse than worthless, they actually drain huge amounts of money to keep them running if they ever are built. And Scott Walker is of course the pride of Wisconsin teachers, who have seen the cost of their health insurance drop, now that their union monopoly is broken, and school districts hiring new ... More »

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Roland commented on this review – Jul. 6, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
1.9
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jul. 13, 2011

This short news article has minimal journalistic merit. The author is unaware of basic economic facts. The top 1% and 5% of earners today pay 37% and 57% of all Federal income taxes today. They do not make enough money to cover a significant portion of the deficit even if they paid it all in taxes. A suggestion to the reporter: whenever Sen Reid says anything, treat it like cowboy poetry. It's all he knows.

Roland F. Hirsch Comment:

Mr Gatlin,

The statistic is that the top 5% of earners pay 57% of all Federal income tax revenues. They do NOT pay a 57% RATE.

Because the lower 80% pay only a tiny amount of total income tax receipts, the top 5% pays ... More »

Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 6, 2011
Roland's Rating
3.9

This breaking news report is excellent journalism. The author concisely provides the key aspects of today's shocking development in the "Fast and Furious" Federal gun-running/murder case. The context is made clear. Readers unfamiliar with the case would have to read earlier reports, but most members of the public already know something about the scandal. Well written.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 6, 2011
Roland commented on this review – Jul. 6, 2011
Dwight Rousu
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Dwight Rousu - Jul. 5, 2011

Republican policy of, by, and for the rich comes in focus.

We are being governed by the very wealthy, or those who pant after the money of the very wealthy. We need Citizens United overturned via constitutional amendment, and we need publicly financed elections.

Roland F. Hirsch Comment:

Dear Mr Rousu, I think your criticism of President Obama is much too harsh. Just because he rejected public financing in 2008 (after he was for it, of course), and is planning to raise $1 billion from the “very wealthy” (as you nicely put it) for 2012 doesn’t mean ... More »

Roland commented on this review – Jul. 6, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
1.6
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jul. 5, 2011

This opinion piece is amazing. You have to give the author high marks for originality! But that's all that he gets credit for. The piece shows total ignorance of the budget situation. The Republican House has passed a budget for 2012, with a plan for long-term deficit reduction. The Democratic Senate has not passed any budget at all. They did reject President Obama's budget 0 to 97, and he has not come up with any alternative. The Democrats have nothing whatsoever on the table for the Republicans to respond to. They appear to be hoping to ram through a last-minute secret deal without the public having any chance to learn about it, and the Republicans are opposing this strategy as fundamentally undemocratic. The author's hate for ... More »

Roland F. Hirsch Comment:

Dear Mr Gatlin,

You are not responding to my points.

The House, which is controlled by the Republicans, has passed a budget that deals with the long-term deficit issues. You may not like the House’s approach, but it is at least out in the public for ... More »

Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.5

This opinion piece is outstanding journalism. The author, a liberal professor at Bard College, describes the policies developed in the "Great Society" and analyzes where they have led. He provides much factual information, and supports his analysis with carefully-developed arguments. Well written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.6

This opinion piece is amazing. You have to give the author high marks for originality! But that's all that he gets credit for. The piece shows total ignorance of the budget situation. The Republican House has passed a budget for 2012, with a plan for long-term deficit reduction. The Democratic Senate has not passed any budget at all. They did reject President Obama's budget 0 to 97, and he has not come up with any alternative. The Democrats have nothing whatsoever on the table for the Republicans to respond to. They appear to be hoping to ram through a last-minute secret deal without the public having any chance to learn about it, and the Republicans are opposing this strategy as fundamentally undemocratic. The author's hate for ... More »

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jul 5, 2011
Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.4

This news analysis is outstanding journalism. The author provides a careful analysis of the Court of Appeals panel's decision yesterday on certain aspects of Obamacare. He provides key points arising out of the decision, giving in each case the views expressed by each of the three judges. He brings in relevant aspects of the hearing held by this panel. Well researched and written.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland's Rating
3.5

This opinion piece is good journalism. The author presents the liberal viewpoint on the Obama administration economic policies in light of the press conference remarks of Obama yesterday. He points out the significance of Obama's comments on the NLRB's efforts to close the new Boeing factory (although he does not point out that if closed the jobs will likely go overseas). He provides several links for detailed information on the key economic points. Well researched.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.8

This item has modest journalistic merit, due to the author's partisanship and lack of knowledge. The author only quotes one Republican, in favor of the recess. The author does not know that the house has already passed a budget for 2012, and that Sen Reid has yet to get a budget passed in the Senate (the House budget thus far has gotten the most votes). So the real issue is whether Reid can get his party members to do their work on the budget. If the author were better informed he would have known that getting a budget passed should have been what Reid meant by saying "we have work to do". Further nothing is said about Obama's budget having failed by a 0 to 97 vote, with no effort by the President to present an alternative more ... More »

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.8

This blog post has minimal journalistic merit. The author seems unfamiliar with events in Washington. He is unaware that the House has already passed a budget, but that the Senate has not. Harry Reid, the key person in this because of his inability to get a budget passed by the Senate, is not even mentioned! The author does not even know that the Senate rejected Obama's budget by a vote of 0 to 97, and that Obama has not submitted a replacement budget. Badly researched.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.1

This opinion piece has minimal journalistic merit. The basic problem is that the journalists make no effort to ask serious questions of the person being interviewed. That person makes many rash, unscientific statements, none of which are questioned. Scientists for one thing, do not equate weather with climate. All of the examples brought up by the lobbyist being interviewed are no more extreme than they were in the past. And tropical cyclone activity in the last season was at an all-time low. Instead they bring up the totally irrelevant Arizona immigration law! Badly researched.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.1

This news story is excellent journalism. The author provides the full context for this major development, and then includes verbatim quotations for the facts under discussion. A carefully researched and well written concise article on the big story in Washington this week.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.4

This is amusing journalism, and would have been great in the Onion. However as serious journalism, it is a failure. The author must be the last person in the country who thinks that Obama ever intended to be "post-partisan". The last Congress was the most left-wing in decades, and Obama and the leadership ignored the Republicans in passing major legislation like the stimulus, Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. All three are far-left patronage laws, with little that is conservative in them, despite the author's claims. The author seems to know little about Washington politics, as he does not even mention the people who ran the Congress for Obama, like Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi. Now, there are people who ARE divisive, partisan and ... More »

This sentence shows how poor a writer the author is: "The opposition can have its cake and eat it, too."

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
3.6

This news report is good journalism. The author provides information about the position of a leading Democrat on the performance of the U.S. senate regarding the budget. Good context is provided. The main shortcoming is that the piece is unbalanced, not directly quoting any Republicans.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.6

This news article is excellent journalism. The author provides extensive scientific context that is for the most part understandable without being an expert in the topic of solar activity. The delay in the current solar cycle, which was pointed out by scientists two years ago is now leading to more dramatic and unexpected changes in the sun's activity. As climate scientists have explained, the recent cooling of temperatures worldwide could be due to changes in solar activity. This is mentioned at the end. Well written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.2

This news report is excellent journalism. The author has done thorough research on the issue and places the most recent development, the letter from 31 Democratic House members demanding information from Attorney General Holder, in its full context. Well written.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.2

This news analysis is excellent journalism. The author concisely provides much information about the inability of the administration to develop the hundreds of regulations called for by the Obamacare and Dodd-Frank laws. Links are provided for more detailed information on each issue. Weell researched and written.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.2

This news analysis is excellent journalism. The author has provided considerable context for her discussion of environmental journalism, and the problems created by alarmist claims that go beyond what science knows. She has been personally involved in reporting on the issue for nearly a decade and thus can include a lot of background and explain it clearly. This is in the first issue of a new liberal journal. Well researched and written.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 25, 2011
Roland's Rating
4.5

This opinion is excellent journalism. The author seeks to explain why the prominent environmental advocates have had little success in convincing the public to adopt their recommendations. He uses Al Gore as his example, and describes in detail how Mr Gore has led the environmentalists into a series of major defeats. He provides considerable context for his argument about the nature of the problem for the environmental advocates. The author is a professor at Bard College and uses his knowledge to add background information and examples. Well written opinion.

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Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 25, 2011
Roland posted and reviewed this story - Jun 25, 2011
Roland commented on this story – Jun. 22, 2011

RACIST MARYLAND: Today I was reminded how totally racist the State of Maryland is, according to Mr Dionne’s standard. When getting my car’s emissions inspection, I discovered that if you pay the fee with a check you have ... More »

Roland reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.0

This is not journalism. It is an advocacy piece promoting the author's major business interests. It has so many flaws and lies, and smears of respected scientists that one hardly knows where to begin! The "latest and most authoritative study by 3,000 of the very best scientific experts" refers to the IPCC report, and the 3000 includes secretaries, office administrators, graduate students and a host of other people of limited expertise, right up to the head of the IPCC. The author has little knowledge of science, and does not read the peer-reviewed literature, or he would know that it was warmer during the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods than it is today, and that in 2011 it is cooler than the lowest projected temperature for ... More »

The author is well known for his anti-science actions while Vice President, and his extreme partisanship is evident in this piece. He promote "cap and trade", not knowing that it has been a big failure wherever it has been tried, or that climate experts see these kinds of business propositions as having negligible impact on future climate. Finally, it is especially offensive to this reviewer to see Frederick Douglass quoted near the end, as the author is opposed to everything Douglass stood for.

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Roland reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2011
Roland's Rating
1.9

This opinion piece has minimal journalistic merit. The author promotes his personal views by highly selective quoting, and by ignoring the major voting problems of recent years. ACORN, which submitted tens of thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms is not even mentioned!. The Black Panther voter intimidation case in Philadelphia is not even mentioned. Two left-wing sources are cited to claim that fraud is not a problem. Gives insight into the author's ideology, but does not provide a factual analysis.

To links have been added that fisk Mr Dionne. It is strange that Mr Dionne is making his comments at a time when African Americans and Latinos are more prominent in the Republican Party than ever before!

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Roland posted this story - Jun 22, 2011
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