It hasn't been a good week for Hillary Clinton. It started with her describing half of Donald Trump's supporters as belonging in a "basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it," and ended with her having to spend three days recovering from a mild bout of pneumonia. What made matters worse … Continue reading Hillary’s health scare has Trump on the rise
Okay, you’ve seen the headline above, and you’re reading this post to see if I’ve gone crazy. Well, no, I’m just accepting the inevitable. Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency on November 8 because not enough Americans will realise how awful he will be and vote for him. They voted for Richard Nixon … Continue reading Why Trump will win: Remember Richard Nixon?
Trying to make sense of the week’s news from the Boston Marathon Bombings has been very difficult, to say the least. For those of you who read my previous post, The Boston Marathon heroes: We will remember them (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-cY), you can see I took the easy option of describing the courage of the first responders. … Continue reading Twitter journalism: Think before you tweet
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Nixon. I did not celebrate. However, I will celebrate on August 9, the day he resigned as president of the United States. It will be 39 years since one of the happiest days of my life. Every year I remember the date and where I … Continue reading Richard Nixon: A crooked legacy
“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” That quote has been attributed to one of my favourite writers, HL Mencken, and I used to think it was a harsh assessment. Then Richard Nixon was re-elected as president of the United States in 1972 in a landslide against the liberal Senator … Continue reading Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck
My best mate, Cliff Neville, died last week of cancer, aged 63. He was a true gentleman of journalism, and one of the nicest and gentlest blokes you’d ever want to meet. A memorial service was held at the Macquarie Park Crematorium last Friday, attended by 300 people, and this is an edited version of … Continue reading Farewell Cliff Neville, ‘My Dear Boy’
Gonzo Meets the Press #12 June 23, 2011 A poignant piece about death in the Good Weekend prompts Tom Krause to think about his hero, Hunter S. Thompson: how he ended his life, and how he lived it. “I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn’t know I could commit suicide at … Continue reading Going out with a bang, not a whimper