Diagnosing News Commentary

Diagnosing News Commentary

Having looked at news reporting last time, let’s turn now to news commentary and analysis. The fact that opinions are permissible in this category makes it easy to turn into ratings-driven sensationalism, or worse, ideology-driven propaganda. The best commentators and analysts, therefore, abide by ethical and professional standards. How can we recognize them?

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Red Flags in News Reports

Red Flags in News Reports

There’s fake news, and then there’s people confusing opinions with news…The most professional, ethical reporters not only seek to inform, rather than influence, they seek to inform without inciting fear, anger, panic or the like…Here are some red flags to watch for.

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A Different Kind of War Memoir

A Different Kind of War Memoir

Decades ago, I took notes from my dad on his experiences in the US Navy in World War II. I intended to turn them into a book. In rereading my notes, I realize that Dad used some of the same skills I now teach…When we were growing up, Dad’s war stories rarely involved blood and guts and high-risk heroics. Rather, they depicted bravery of a different kind, though he might not have thought of himself as brave.

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Count to Fifteen

Count to Fifteen

One of the most useful things I ever learned is that, when I ask a class of trainees a question, the time it takes them to think of their answers seems longer to me then it does to them. Even if my question is, “Any questions?” it can take up to fifteen seconds for them to think back over what I’ve said and whether it all makes sense.

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Mind Power & Word Power, Part II

Mind Power & Word Power, Part II

Common health care terminology can make it harder to stay healthy…Our language supports, not only ageism, but many other forms of prejudice…Think of a little boy you care about…Now imagine that little boy had to grow up in a society where…

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Mind Power & Word Power, Part I

Mind Power & Word Power, Part I

“Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility by Ellen J. Langer not only changed my ideas about health and aging, but inspired me to broader applications in the areas of influence and communication. It leaves no doubt that the mind and body are not separate entities. Rather, they interact in ways we might not yet understand, but can still turn to our advantage.

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