Corey Friedman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 24 Feb 2021 20:45:31 -0800 Corey Friedman from Creators Syndicate 36678949d29716267e4a259d1d1aed68 Add Student Press Freedom to the Syllabus for 02/20/2021 Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>In Indiana, student journalists say Plainfield High School prevented them from reporting a classmate's arrest in a string of sexual assault cases. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 20, 2021</p> fcf2b7edad52d3ed933ca75e8d4f0cc9 Trigger-Happy Gun Ban Will Backfire for 02/13/2021 Sat, 13 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A sweeping gun control bill stoking red-state resistance may prove more of a blessing than a curse for Second Amendment supporters. </p> <p>Since Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, introduced the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act on Jan. 4, news reports have triggered a swift backlash. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cited the legislation in a recent speech, calling for the Lone Star State to declare itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary state," and a similar measure has already been drafted in Alabama. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 13, 2021</p> 48ad8b071d29e9a1e4897dbe0bc99506 Fight Conspiracies With Amnesty, Not Blame for 02/06/2021 Sat, 06 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>No one remembers the Affordable Care Act as H.R. 3590 or the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as H.R. 1. When Congress passes legislation, tradition demands a catchy title. </p> <p>Now that House Democrats have prevailed in their effort to expel freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from two committees, H.Res. 72 is too dull a designation. If the removal resolution adopted Thursday needs a new name, call it the Law of Unintended Consequences. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 06, 2021</p> 0863d95ba6353c404f444c3b8a7f647b Black Smokers Don't Need White Saviors for 01/30/2021 Sat, 30 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When it comes to deceptive marketing, Big Tobacco is no match for big government. </p> <p>A coalition of 23 attorneys general is asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban menthol cigarettes, and the broadside against consumer freedom is carefully cloaked in appeals for social justice. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 30, 2021</p> adc52d7ea9cbd2c095ced05201e58a8e Free Broadcasters From Political Pressure for 01/23/2021 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The broadcaster insists it's not a government propaganda arm, but its staff blew the whistle on former U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack and his lieutenants for running it like one.</span><br></p> <p>Robert R. Reilly, whom Pack appointed Voice of America's director, invited Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to address VOA staff on Jan. 11 and then demoted White House reporter Patsy Widakuswara for daring to ask Pompeo a hard question, according to National Public Radio. The next day, senior editor Yolanda Lopez was shunted from the newsroom to a paper-pushing post. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> e9066f502f41bf79970d6100cc1a8336 Congressman Cries Freedom and Then Plays Censor for 01/16/2021 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>His name may be a nod to the Founding Father and fourth president, but Rep. Madison Cawthorn is no James Madison. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">In only his second week in office, the freshman Republican congressman from North Carolina waded into constitutional quicksand</span>, backing a bid to strong-arm social media companies into relaxing their rules after Twitter and Facebook banned President Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p> b7ac8e5c0755f7037e23737e9c4a507d A Solution for Budget-Busting Hospital Bills for 01/09/2021 Sat, 09 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you're scheduling a surgery or screening this year, break out the calculator along with your calendar. </p> <p>Under a federal rule that took effect on New Year's Day, all U.S. hospitals are required to publish online price lists containing average costs for 300 common procedures, and patients can now obtain cost-sharing estimates from their health insurance company before going under the knife. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 09, 2021</p> 7bb11465073bfa18b1c9e42eb3091b57 Tide Turning Against Bias-Response Teams for 01/02/2021 Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When an off-color joke or clumsy come-on is reported, the speech police swoop into action, threatening targets of their open-ended investigations with punishment or reeducation. Complaints are often anonymous, and no perceived slight is too small to trigger a formal review. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This dystopian drama plays out on college campuses with bias-response teams, a higher-education trend that's as misguided as it is dangerous.</span> But savvy students and wise judges are turning the tide. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 02, 2021</p> 266ff5808f07f758edd7fcceff46b8ae Social Media Can 'Defriend' Direct Sellers for 12/26/2020 Sat, 26 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Facebook and Twitter courted controversy by flagging and fact-checking voter fraud claims on their platforms, but when it comes to socially responsible moderation, video-sharing app TikTok is leading the pack. </p> <p>A recent update to TikTok's terms of service bans promotion of scams and fraud, and it includes multilevel marketing pitches alongside Ponzi and pyramid schemes. Users can no longer post recruitment videos or product testimonials for companies that exploit entrepreneurial impulses to swell their sales force. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 26, 2020</p> 35cc51570376927709cfebb8015f9a94 Cuomo Salutes Confederate-Flag Censors for 12/19/2020 Sat, 19 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>More than 155 years after the guns fell silent and the troops trudged home, New York is fighting the first Civil War battle on its own turf. </p> <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that purports to ban "symbols of hate" including the Confederate battle flag from being sold or displayed at state and county fairs and in government buildings. But even the new law's staunchest advocates acknowledge it violates the First Amendment and can't survive a court challenge unless it's gutted through administrative process. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 19, 2020</p> 4a86dd2d9f454563343cb3ffc186d8f1 Artists Seek More Control, Less Fine Print for 12/12/2020 Sat, 12 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If breaking into the entertainment industry requires a Faustian bargain, Taylor Swift and Dave Chappelle are winning back their souls.</p> <p>The pop star cried foul when music management honcho Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Label Group in 2019, acquiring the master recordings to her first six studio albums. Braun sold those masters to Shamrock Holdings for $300 million last month, recouping his outlay for Big Machine and ending Swift's efforts to buy back her own catalog. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 12, 2020</p> e08e9e8066a472ca908e46d19f214a8d Rewards for Masks Might Save Lives for 12/05/2020 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When it comes to making pandemic precautions stick, some people seem to prefer a violent shove to a gentle nudge.</p> <p>The day North Carolina added teeth to its mask mandate, infectious disease physician Joshua Barocas and public health professor Gregg Gonsalves urged a paradigm shift in public health policy. Writing for, they recommended cash incentives for wearing masks, reasoning that positive reinforcement can be a better motivator than fear of punishment. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 05, 2020</p> 155c2ad89c0596065f80aca1133f8f1d Prescriptions Aren't Making Patients Safer for 11/21/2020 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Illnesses are ignored, and chronic conditions go untreated as the coronavirus crisis conspires to keep Americans away from their family doctors. </p> <p>More than a third of primary care physicians had furloughed office staff by June 1, according to a survey cited in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another survey showed 97% of 724 medical practices polled were losing money in the pandemic's early days. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 21, 2020</p> dcfa5815cc225514430f0392b2fef276 Parler Falls Short on Free-Speech Promises for 11/14/2020 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In four days, a once-obscure social network that's been around since 2018 saw its user base swell by 4.5 million people, claimed the top spot on smartphone app download charts and trolled Twitter, the platform it hopes to supplant, by becoming a trending topic on the platform. </p> <p>Bristling over fact checks and warning labels applied to voter-fraud claims on Facebook and Twitter, conservatives are flocking to Parler, an alternative that promises free-flowing dialogue and political neutrality in content moderation. Its post-Election Day success is building even more buzz as the news spreads from talk radio to The New York Times. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 14, 2020</p> fb855cb32222e95b0d2c51ec1d8f6ede Marijuana Bans Going Up in Smoke for 11/07/2020 Sat, 07 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As tallies trickled in from battleground states, one outcome was clear after election night: America is going to pot. </p> <p>Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for adult use. Mississippi residents gave medical cannabis the thumbs-up, and in South Dakota, propositions for both medicinal and recreational marijuana use received voters' approval. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 07, 2020</p> 5701f1f702c1c595e5cc2dd1e2cae146 States Can't Defend Ballot-Selfie Bans for 10/31/2020 Sat, 31 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you share a snapshot from the voting booth, elections officials might scour your social media pages and offer you a choice: censorship or a criminal charge. </p> <p>That's what happened to T. Greg Doucette, who cast his ballot Oct. 15 during early voting at the N.C. Central University School of Law. North Carolina is among 15 states that ban photos of marked ballots. Nine other states maintain unclear or conflicting statutes, according to Ballotpedia. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 31, 2020</p> a2e1e0b5bd15ecd92eb997e89f9a80ea Scary Laws Won't Make Halloween Safer for 10/24/2020 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The prospect of police scouring suburban streets to enforce trick-or-treating bans gives a whole new meaning to the term "witch hunt." </p> <p>From New England to the California coast, cities have Halloween customs in the crosshairs as coronavirus cases surge and public health officials warn that door-to-door candy collection increases infection risks. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 24, 2020</p> 70b097b5365de19018d00902106a5dfa Don't Mistake Moderators for Censors for 10/17/2020 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With so-called censors like these, who needs publicists? </p> <p>Facebook and Twitter are under the microscope for suppressing links to an unverified news story alleging Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden brokered a meeting between a Ukrainian energy company executive and his father while his father served as vice president. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 17, 2020</p> d9dbc062f07550199d225b71bee9c825 Will High Court Allow 'Double Secret Probation'? for 10/10/2020 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Should public colleges be able to keep records from their secretive Title IX tribunals under lock and key, or do students have a right to know when their classmates are found responsible for sexual misconduct? </p> <p>The U.S. Supreme Court could answer that question once and for all if justices agree to hear the University of North Carolina's appeal of a state high court ruling that forced school officials to name names. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 10, 2020</p> 438efacc3ded4c0533af1255cb3ef7f0 Trump Diagnosis Changes Pandemic Politics for 10/03/2020 Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A month before Election Day, President Donald Trump's largest liability could become an asset.</p> <p>In an early Friday tweet, the president said he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would immediately enter quarantine. Opponents couldn't contain their ghoulish glee. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 03, 2020</p>