Columns

For Journalists, Self-Censorship is Credibility Suicide

What is the job of the news media? To report the news. Everyone agrees about 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. You […]

Meritocracy is Stupid and Evil and Must Die

You need three things to make it in America: talent, hard work and good luck. What a stupid system. Focus first on the last one, good luck: what we call “meritocracy” is actually “two-thirds meritocracy.” Odds are you’ve heard of a band or writer or artist or entrepreneur who worked hard and produced great work […]

The Greatest Projects I Never Made (Part 2 of 2)

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.             Hugh Hefner died […]

I Told You So: Only Idiots Believed in Russiagate

There they go again. 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 […]

The Greatest Projects I Never Made (Part 1 of 2)

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 […]

Full Text of Index on Censorship Amicus Letter

Index on Censorship, the prestigious UK-based free-speech organization, has joined six US-based pro-press freedom organizations to oppose the LA Times’ four-year campaign of harassment and libel against me, trying to ruin me because I offended their then-business partner and part-owner, the Los Angeles Police Department, with my cartoons. Here is the complete text of the […]

Trump Derangement Syndrome: Liberals Hate His Style, Not His Politics

All presidents suck so I hate them. But it takes a special something to trigger me into full-on Presidential Derangement Syndrome. 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 it took Herculean […]

8 Ways to Fix America’s Messed-Up Presidential Elections

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 […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Hated by Pundits But Popular with Voters

President Trump keeps coming under attack for his foreign policy, predictably by Democrats but also by legacy Republican leaders. “I’m very concerned,” Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said about Trump’s plans to bring troops home from the Middle East. “It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards […]

Journalists Had Better Hope I Win My Case Against the Billionaire-Owned L.A. Times

I have written extensively about my lawsuit against the LA Times. As I prepare for the next, do-or-die, stage of my case, it’s time to explain why Rall v. Los Angeles Times et al. has broad implications beyond me personally. Freedom of the press is at stake. The subtle yet fundamental question here is: who […]