“We cannot make good news out of bad practice.” Edward R. Murrow

The Trump administration selectively excluded reporters of the mainstream media organizations of CNN, the New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times, and BuzzFeed, from attending a recent news gaggle.[1] Unfortunately, Edward R. Murrow’s words from the dark days of xenophobic Senator Eugene McCarthy’s witch-hunts are becoming alarmingly more relevant.   Transcript of Murrow’s broadcast … More “We cannot make good news out of bad practice.” Edward R. Murrow

President Trump’s unique place on the Dunning-Kruger curve.

It’s becoming apparent to me that I seem to have some sort of fascination with the Dunning-Kruger effect. It’s the effect that I first wrote about in 2013 that suggests that a person’s self-assessment of their knowledge of a subject differs greatly from their actual knowledge.[1] The idea is that most people tend to assume they know … More President Trump’s unique place on the Dunning-Kruger curve.

Belief-based thinking: Irrational fear of GMOs and Donald Trump as President.

It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that what drives people’s decision making process is their yearning to believe they are in control of everything in their lives and that there are easy solutions to complex problems. Neither of those are true. And yet, there are many examples of people “going with their gut” or believing … More Belief-based thinking: Irrational fear of GMOs and Donald Trump as President.

Where is President Trump’s definitive plan to defeat ISIS. Today is the day

I noted in a posting last November (February 19, 2017 – Holding President Trump Accountable for “soundly and quickly defeating ISIS”) that Donald Trump should be held accountable for his unequivocal proclamation: “We are going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They’ll have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office … More Where is President Trump’s definitive plan to defeat ISIS. Today is the day

Mr. President: Being different is not synonymous with being competent

I embrace being different. Diversity of ideas, experiences, and perspectives is the foundation of great friendships, exceptional relationships, profitable businesses, and prosperous countries. However, the mere fact that someone is different from a group in some manner does not necessarily mean that person automatically has superior competency to address important, complex issues. It seems to … More Mr. President: Being different is not synonymous with being competent