Gene Lyons

01/16/2017 - 8:00pm

    "Well, I was drunk the day my mama got out of prison /

    And I went to pick her up in the rain /

    But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck /

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01/09/2017 - 1:00pm

    Following the 2016 election, some readers have accused me of being out of touch with the Real America -- that mythic locale inhabited by people who vote like them and watch the same TV shows they do.

    "Duck Dynasty," for example, a program...

01/01/2017 - 2:00pm

    Now that the presidential election is over, will it ever really end? Not if Donald J. Trump and the cable news networks get their way. Having made the election into a pro-wrestling spectacle, the Twitter-addicted president-elect and his ratings-hungry enablers at CNN, Fox News, etc. appear determined to...

12/27/2016 - 11:00am

    If Vladimir Putin gave a damn about American public opinion, he'd encourage Donald Trump to make at least a symbolic gesture to prove he's not the Russian strongman's vassal. So far, there's no sign either party to their oddly one-sided alliance feels the need.

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12/22/2016 - 11:00am

    "How fading and insipid do all objects accost us that are not conveyed in the vehicle of delusion." -- Jonathan Swift, "A Digression Concerning ... the Use and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth," 1704

    Americans have always...

12/17/2016 - 6:00pm

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim...

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