TUCKER CARLSON—Julian Assange embarrassed virtually everyone in power in Washington. He published documents that undermined the official story of the Iraq War and Afghanistan. He got Debbie Wasserman-Schulz fired from the DNC. He humiliated Hillary Clinton by showing that the Democratic primaries were, in fact, rigged.Pretty much everyone in Washington has reason to hate Julian Assange. Rather than just admit that straightforwardly, “he made us look like buffoons, so now we are sending him to prison!”
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PHILIP A. FARRUGGIO—Why would Polanski choose to take on three such storylines? Well, I wish I could interview him for my radio show, but for creative license allow me to extrapolate a bit. In all three scenarios it seems that the ‘ forces of evil’ were so powerful ( in one case the devil himself) and had so many minions serving their interests, that truth alone was held hostage. The ‘ bad guys ‘ always get away with it! Sad but true. Yet, and this is the painful and obvious truth: if the ‘ bad guys ‘ did not have so many minions working for their interests, then perhaps the ‘ good guys’ would triumph.
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ERIK SCHREIBER—The death of Marilyn Monroe (and attendant controversy) in 1962 prompted Warhol to paint “Gold Marilyn,” a publicity still of the star silk-screened onto an iridescent gold background. “Silver Liz” likewise reproduced a silk-screened photo and was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s extramarital affair with Richard Burton. “Nine Jackies” (1964) is a grid of three repeated photos of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy taken just before and just after her husband’s assassination.
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Much to our chagrin, other nations have a thing or two to teach us about art, culture, and how to live life. Chauvinism is a recipe for self-inflicted imbecility.
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DAVID WALSH—JOANNE LAURIER—The official media spoke almost as one: Green Book, with its suggestion that human beings can be enlightened and undergo change (in this case, an Italian American worker from the Bronx), is primarily designed to make whites “feel good” when the reality, according to such elements, is that the white population is thoroughly racist, now and forever.