Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:38:22 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ted Rall from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ted-rall-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall 96449a4480c41631d7631910513941cb It's Up To Nancy Pelosi to Cave In for 07/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/19/its-up-to-nancy-pelosi-to-cave-in Sat, 20 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Sat Jul 20, 2019</p> ac4a8f857f89b0fd3fc2d9d7e1c3bdcd The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/19/the-difference-between-liberals-and-leftists Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Living as they do in a bipolar political world where politics consists of Democrats and Republicans and no other ideology is real, media corporations in the United States use "left," "liberal" and "Democrat" as synonyms. This is obviously wrong and clearly untrue &#8212; Democrats are a party, leftism and liberalism are ideologies, and Democratic politics are frequently neither left nor liberal but far right &#8212; <span class="column--highlighted-text">but as Orwell observed, after you hear a lie repeated enough times, you begin to question what you know to be true rather than the untruth</span>.</p> <p>Sometimes it's useful in this postmodern era to remind ourselves that words still have meaning, that distinctions make a difference.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> 457ff2ded66bdb660b6b07b9aba77ad8 Political Cartooning Was Murdered. Here's the Autopsy for 07/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/07/19/political-cartooning-was-murdered-heres-the-autopsy Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A century ago, newspapers employed more than 2,000 full-time editorial cartoonists. Today, there are fewer than 25. In the United States, political cartooning as we know it is dead. If you draw them for a living and you have any brains, you're working in a different field or looking for an exit.</p> <p>You can still find them online, so political cartoons aren't yet extinct. But they are doomed. Most of my colleagues are older than me (I'm 55). <span class="column--highlighted-text">As long as there are people, words and images will be combined to comment on current affairs.</span> But the graphic commentators of tomorrow will be ad hoc amateurs rather than professionals. They won't have the income or, thus, the time to flesh out their creative visions into work that fulfills the medium's potential, much less evolves into a new genre. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 05, 2019</p> ef2d2e42451dc7f3001080e18ac378a9 At Harvard, Thoughtcrime on Crack for 06/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/19/at-harvard-thoughtcrime-on-crack Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Eventually, tech theorist Clay Shirky has argued, so many people will have nude photos on the internet that there will be no shame in one of them being yours. Privacy will no longer be necessary. It will be a halcyon time for politicians: No matter how much dirt your enemies dig up, none of it will stick, because having done bad things and making stupid mistakes will be considered normative.</p> <p>Eventually isn't here yet. So in the meantime, people who are either too boring to have done anything wrong or so lucky that they haven't gotten caught are deploying social media in a vicious online pogrom against those deemed politically incorrect. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's Orwell meets the Salem witch trials via "The Lord of the Flies," social justice warrior-style.</span><p>Updated: Fri Jun 28, 2019</p> 608c824944fc72da503452c604fbdc11 In Defense of Purity Tests for 06/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/19/in-defense-of-purity-tests Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Supporters of center-right Democrats such as Cory Booker and Kamala Harris have a response to left progressives who criticize their candidates for cozying up to Wall Street banks and trying to execute innocent men: Stop with the purity tests!</p> <p>The term is everywhere these days. "In the political world," Alan MacLeod writes for FAIR, "the term 'purity test' has a very specific meaning, largely used by elites to chastise and attack the left, or to gaslight them into supporting more centrist or right-wing policies."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> ba3852d7f1a663ca6d2ccff9ff05e829 Corrupt Politicians Should Stop Whining About Being Criticized and Do Their Jobs for 06/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/19/corrupt-politicians-should-stop-whining-about-being-criticized-and-do-their-jobs Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>No. I refuse. I don't care what they say. No way, no how will I make excuses for America's lazy, morally bankrupt, ineffectual and cowardly politicians.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019</p> 5a1d690f1b7956c15dcbf0a8c2a9b401 Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime for 06/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/06/19/hacking-dirty-government-secrets-is-not-a-crime Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month, most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice had exercised self-restraint in its choice of charges.</p> <p>"Because traditional journalistic activity does not extend to helping a source break a code to gain illicit access to a classified network, the charge appeared to be an attempt by prosecutors to sidestep the potential First Amendment minefield of treating the act of publishing information as a crime," reported a pleased New York Times.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 07, 2019</p> c82be687b2de15bfc3709938786788d9 Media Gloats About Censoring Opinions of 37% of Americans for 05/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/19/media-gloats-about-censoring-opinions-of-37-of-americans Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Thirty-seven percent of American citizens are socialist or communist. That's far more people than voted for either Hillary Clinton (28% of eligible voters) or Donald Trump (27%) in 2016.</p> <p>The majority is voiceless. A privileged minority rules. The United States is a political apartheid state.</p> <p>If the left were allowed on the ballot in this fake democracy, given space in newspapers and on television, invited to join political debates, and if it wasn't brutally suppressed by the police and FBI, the left wouldn't need to wage a revolution in order to take over the country. Leftists could easily win at the ballot box, if America were a real democracy.<p>Updated: Fri May 31, 2019</p> 09fd4a15bec787b9c4ae8f3218840eb2 Why Joe Biden Is the Least Electable Democrat for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/19/why-joe-biden-is-the-least-electable-democrat Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As one of the few pundits who correctly called the 2016 election for Donald Trump, it would be wise to rest on my laurels rather than risk another prediction, one that might turn out wrong.</p> <p>But how would that be fun? Let the 2020 political prognostications begin!<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> 613a571b330ee1dfb00e3871e2a93207 Long Form, Long Form, Long Form! Is the Future of Print Journalism for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/19/long-form-long-form-long-form-is-the-future-of-print-journalism Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Journalism is in trouble. Writers of articles pointing this out typically argue that this is really bad for democracy or America or whatever. Anyone who disagrees is too stupid to read this, so I won't bother to repeat this obviousness. Such writers also point out contemporaneous evidence of the media apocalypse; here are the three I came across this week:</p> <p>1. Eighteen hundred local newspapers have gone out of business in the last 15 years. Because print newspapers generate 9 out of 10 stories that appear on radio, TV and online, that's a big loss.<p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> 22cf20b21214a8ae4ae7c45384001be9 Death to the Stump Speech for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/19/death-to-the-stump-speech Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Throughout 2016, the presidential candidates who were not Donald Trump complained to Jeffrey Zucker.</p> <p>"You showed hours upon hours of unfiltered, unscrutinized coverage of Trump!" Todd Harris, an adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, shouted at the head of CNN during a panel discussion after the election. "CNN helped make (Trump) by carrying every speech he made in the primary season," added Larry King, the former CNN anchorman. "It was almost like the other guys didn't exist."<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> 83ff9359646924c70996e0472a7964c4 The Secret Campaign for 2020: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Foreign Policy for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/05/19/the-secret-campaign-for-2020-where-the-democratic-candidates-stand-on-foreign-policy Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans vote their pocketbooks. It's the economy, stupid. Absent a war or recent terrorist attack, conventional wisdom believes that voters prioritize domestic issues. Right now, conventional wisdom is correct. According to the latest Pew Research poll, the five most important issues for Democrats are health care, education, Medicare, poverty and the environment.</p> <p>So it's not surprising that the major Democratic presidential contenders' campaigns are focusing on economic and other America-centric issues. Nor is it shocking that the news media, never more anemic or less willing to question the candidates, is ignoring their stances on foreign policy. <span class="column--highlighted-text">You could watch five hours and read 50 pages of news every day and never learn where a top Dem stands on issues of war and peace, defense spending, assassination drones, Guantanamo, NSA surveillance of Americans, foreign adventurism or human rights.</span> Trust me, I know.<p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 8ba184fa2ca8e3bf23c201e8f5f6d280 Democrats' Refusal to Impeach Could Be the Death of Them in 2020 for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/19/democrats-refusal-to-impeach-could-be-the-death-of-them-in-2020 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just," Frederick Douglass said in 1857. "The poet was as true to common sense as to poetry when he said, 'Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.'"</p> <p>Do not call for a battle that you are not willing to fight for. To do otherwise is to earn contempt.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> ed1d2637b0856e369c5712ae7f6e5bb5 For Journalists, Self-Censorship Is Credibility Suicide for 04/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/19/for-journalists-self-censorship-is-credibility-suicide Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What is the job of the news media? To report the news. Everyone agrees on that. But some well-intentioned self-imposed ethical guidelines that members of the news media take for granted are getting in the way of the industry's fundamental mission: telling everything they know to a public whose right to know is sacred.</p> <p>You know journalists have lost their way when they cheer the arrest and potential extradition to the U.S. of WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange. Any of us could be next; we should be circling the wagons. Yet they insist on focusing on such inanities as Assange's personality, his "arrogance," even his cat. Some even approve.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 19, 2019</p> 8ce6476409f444c7ba4be382355e82ff Meritocracy Is Stupid and Evil and Must Die for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/19/meritocracy-is-stupid-and-evil-and-must-die Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You need three things to make it in America: talent, hard work and good luck.</p> <p>What a stupid system.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> 026f49e4551ca72e2967ba590579d3cf The Greatest Projects I Never Made (Part 2 of 2) for 04/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/04/19/the-greatest-projects-i-never-made-part-2-of-2 Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Two weeks ago, I discussed some of the projects and jobs that, for whatever reason, I never got to do during my career as a cartoonist and writer. The stuff we don't do, I wrote, defines as much as what we do. This week: my weird stuff that never came together.</p> <p>Hugh Hefner died in 2017. I was un-sad.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 05, 2019</p> 9f642dca7555711b14ea311860780164 I Told You So: Only Idiots Believed in Russiagate for 03/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/19/i-told-you-so-only-idiots-believed-in-russiagate Sat, 30 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There they go again.</p> <p>In 2002 and 2003, corporate media idiots speculated that secular socialist Saddam Hussein might give nukes that he didn't and couldn't have to radical Islamists who wanted to kill him. That story wasn't true. Worse than that, it couldn't have been true. I said it over and over and over. So did others.</p> <p>But we skeptics were outsiders. Corporate media's strict idiots-only hiring policy keeps journalists-as-stenographers, propagandists and broken-brain logic-haters employed by censoring those of us who are always right. The idiots' idiotic lies about weapons of mass destruction justified a war that left more than 1 million Iraqis dead.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 30, 2019</p> 06e0cc57ec7ffdc7f8b928516fa9aa40 The Greatest Projects I Never Made (Part 1 of 2) for 03/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/19/the-greatest-projects-i-never-made-part-1-of-2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>She was a terrible boss, but she was wise about work. "We are defined more by the business we refuse to take than the ones we do," she told me. That turned out to be true. My cartoons are notable for what they don't include: symbols like donkeys and elephants, labeled graphic metaphors, a reliance on caricature.</p> <p>Film fanatics muse about the Greatest Movies Never Made. There was talk about remaking John Carpenter's campy, low-budget, politically brilliant 1988 movie "They Live." Unlike Harrison Ford's oafish 1995 do-over of "Sabrina" &#8212; the first rule of Hollywood should be, "Don't remake a film by Billy Wilder" &#8212; "They Live," with money for special effects and real actors, might have been something to see.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 22, 2019</p> 18803671b27e7bee7e8a321240bcee64 Trump Derangement Syndrome: Liberals Hate His Style, Not His Politics for 03/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/19/trump-derangement-syndrome-liberals-hate-his-style-not-his-politics Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All presidents suck, so I hate them. But it takes a special something to trigger me into full-on presidential derangement syndrome. </p> <p>When you go from contempt to boiling rage at the mere thought of a president's existence and less to his deeds, that's PDS. When Reagan and one of the Bushes appeared on the telly, it took Herculean effort to resist my urge to throw something heavy and lethal at the screen.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 18, 2019</p> 7fda5ee755fa1f438332c6c4e617e0f3 8 Ways to Fix America's Messed-Up Presidential Elections for 03/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ted-rall/03/19/8-ways-to-fix-americas-messed-up-presidential-elections Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2016, there were 17 major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, so many they had to have two sets of debates, and the guy who won was the first of all. Seven pundit-viable candidates have declared for 2020 on the Democratic side, more probably on the way, yet many Democrats say they're not excited by any of them.</p> <p>There must be a better way.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 11, 2019</p>