August 22, 2012
Newsweek publishes a cover story by Niall Ferguson severely critical of President Obama. That is fine; there is ample ground to criticize the president from both the right and the left, and the First Amendment makes criticism of public officials a sacred right. The problem, as Paul Krugman painstakingly pointed out , is that Mr. Ferguson's article is open to repeated challenge on factual accuracy. Evidently Newsweek thought that anything written by a Harvard professor would be beyond reproach, and besides, the magazine dismantled its fact checking staff in 1996 . Instead, Newsweek spokesman Andrew Kirk told Politico, "We, like other news organisations today, rely on our writers to submit factually accurate material.
April 29, 2011
Mark your calendars for upcoming screenings of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition 's new documentary, Stealing Trust. The film chronicles how ordinary people across the state have fallen into financial troubles as a result of debt collection, shady contractors and banks that refused to offer loan modifications --- and how regulation failed to protect them. You can watch Stealing Trust at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson . UPDATED : Tickets cost $8, but $3 for members.
March 15, 2010
Recently it has been reported that some members of the House of Representatives are fearful of voting to approve the Senate version of the health care reform bill because they don't trust the Senate to then follow through and pass their proposed changes. Is it any wonder, when one house of the legislative branch of our government doesn't trust the other, that public opinion polls show historically low levels of approval for this Congress? Now is the time for intelligent voters to start thinking about the November elections as being our chance to clean house.
June 2, 2006
Baltimore's beleaguered school system is trying hard to regain public confidence and trust. That's a key reason why the Board of School Commissioners has insisted that Chief Operating Officer Eric T. Letsinger vacate his post after allegations that he planned to use system funds to pay for a chartered boat trip. While the situation is regrettable, the taint seemed to be too damaging for Mr. Letsinger to continue functioning effectively - and the school board is making every effort to be consistent in applying the same standards of conduct to all of its employees.
October 28, 2011
Conventional wisdom around the Ravens was that once Jimmy Smith recovered from the high left ankle sprain that had shelved him since the season opener on Sept. 11, the rookie cornerback would quickly overtake Danny Gorrer as the fifth defensive back in the defense's nickel package. But that wasn't the case on Monday night as Gorrer, not Smith, lined up as the nickel back in the team's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith, who is still dealing with some soreness in the ankle, was relegated to strictly special teams work against Jacksonville.
July 8, 2002
IT'S A SCANDAL that predates Enron, Tyco International and WorldCom: Boxes of records have been destroyed, and the fate of the documents covered up. A whistleblower needed protecting. The accounts of about 300,000 people are at stake. And the potential financial fallout could exceed $20 billion. It sounds like the latest example of corporate corruption, but this scandal is a case of colossal bureaucratic bungling. Malfeasance isn't the problem; mismanagement is. At issue is the Department of Interior's shockingly lax management of 56 million acres of Indian land and the royalties paid to individual Native Americans or Indian tribes for use of the land.