• Michael Medved’s Favorite Books of 2013

    Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life by Lanny J. Davis Purchase on Amazon Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi Purchase on Amazon Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of…

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  • The Difference Between Outrageous and Controversial

    Russian television star Ivan Okhlobystin told a Siberian rally he would like to see all gay people “burned alive in ovens,” offering a useful contrast with the raging American controversy over Duck Dynasty. Media executives might reasonably distance themselves from the Russian actor’s cruel remarks, but Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil…

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  • Government More Feared than Business

    An eye-opening new Gallup Poll asked whether Americans considered big government or big business the greater threat to their country’s future. Fully 72 percent said “big government”—the highest number in the 48 years the question’s been asked, and double the percentage in 1965. Naturally, 92 percent of Republicans feared “big…

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  • Emphasizing Forgiveness, Not Damnation

    Mainstream media have badly distorted the central issues in the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson, bearded patriarch of TV’s Duck Dynasty. The Washington Post, for instance, wrote that Robertson had been suspended “for telling GQ magazine, among other things, that gays are headed to hell…” Actually, Robertson never even mentioned hell…

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  • Michael Medved’s Top Ten Movies of 2013

    1. American Hustle 2. August: Osage County 3. 12 Years A Slave 4. Gravity 5. Rush 6. Nebraska 7. The Place Beyond the Pines – Buy on BluRay/DVD 8. Captain Phillips 9. Monsters University – Buy on BluRay/DVD 10. About Time Honorable Mention: 42 – Buy on BluRay/DVD Her Blue…

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  • Ducking Fairness

    The A&E suspension of Phil Robertson is outrageous, unjustified, and a threat to free expression and fairness.The key issue isn’t freedom of speech: the First Amendment ​in ​no way protects us from consequences if we say something untrue or irresponsible in a public forum. The key issue here is the misrepresentation…

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  • The Greatest Latino Ball-Player of Them All

    Here’s a trivia question to stump your friends and confound political correctness: Who was, without a doubt, the greatest Latino baseball player of all time? Roberto Clemente? Albert Pujols? Juan Marichal? Actually, the answer is Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox immortal who had the highest career on-base percentage in…

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  • Does More Gridlock Mean Success?

    After Paul Ryan’s budget compromise passed the House with overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats, many Senate conservatives concentrated their efforts on an all-out fight to block the bill. While identifying plenty of shortcomings in the bipartisan legislation, these die-hard critics never identified how defeating the budget would advance…

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  • Senseless Indifference Toward Ukraine

    Why does unrest in some nations attract obsessive attention from the press and the Obama administration, while turbulence in other places generates scant concern? Ukraine, for instance, counts as a potential economic power house with a population of 45 million, occupying a crucial, strategic position between Russia and the west,…

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