Category: Daily Herald Newspaper

Two interviews and a look at real news

The notion of objective, truth-seeking journalism is a hotly debated topic these days, often under the umbrella of the term “fake news.” If you want a vivid examination of the issue, consider two separate interviews on the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki — both, interestingly, from Fox News. One is real news; one is not. Read More …

It’s not always so easy to know what is, is not news

It could be said this week that if you want to understand news, you would consider Jimmy Fallon. Here’s what happened: In 2016, the late-night comedian playfully tousled the hair of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was a guest on his show. Sometime recently, Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter podcast he regretted doing that, and Read More …

Book Review: Leonardo Da Vinci

I must confess to some minor disappointment in this book. I don’t know much about Da Vinci and have been looking for an opportunity to learn more. Isaacson’s biography was excellent in part of that goal but incomplete. The book would be better titled “The Works of Leonardo Da Vinci”, for it does an exceptional Read More …

Share in a real, constructive conversation about safety

In a front-page editorial on Wednesday, we on the Daily Herald editorial board vented our frustration over continued school shootings with a call for a statewide panel that would research potential solutions and produce specific recommendations before school starts again next fall. At the end of a contentious General Assembly and the beginning of a Read More …

The power of the press – and its limits

Google “the power of the press” and you’ll get thousands of responses – many extolling the ability of mass media to effect change by influencing public opinion, a growing number debating how that power is (take your pick) declining/growing/transforming and some decrying how the entire subject has been swallowed up in the confusing conversation over Read More …

A different kind of conversation that can ease ‘a great lonely grief’

The newspaper often can seem like a mere recitation of events, a steady succession of familiar themes. Political controversy swells out of Washington. Check. Dramatic action stirs passions in a foreign war. Check. The state approves a new law. A local government considers a housing development. A popular singer is coming to town. The stock Read More …

The eternal struggle to balance excitement, impact

Here’s an interesting news judgment question for you. Which of these two events happening next Monday night will attract the most interest — a debate over a law setting a minimum age to play youth football or the NCAA March Madness championship game, possibly featuring the local Cinderella team, the Loyola University Ramblers? The answer Read More …