New York Times Reports Open Season On Sanders

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck staring at a poster of Bernie Sanders labeled "Bernie Season"

Jonathan Martin recently wrote an article in The New York Times about efforts by elements in the Democratic party to organize opposition to Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. The article was remarkable mainly for what it did not address, which is what these Anybody But Bernie activists’ objections are to Sanders winning the nomination. The article

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

We have a narcissistic president who bullies as if he knows no other way to behave. By virtue of the office Trump holds, that behavior now involves all of us Americans, whether we like it or not. As observers, we can end up encouraging bullying behavior by joining in, by supporting the bully, or by

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

A pleased looking Donald Trump next to the dictionary definition of Bully

We’ve gone over the case for Trump as narcissistic bully. Now what? Now we need to start talking about it, beginning with how the media is not talking about it. The media has called Trump a narcissist or a bully before, but they don’t actually analyze Trump’s behavior using those terms. Instead, they keep falling

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 1: Breaking the Silence

A grinning President Trump next to a dictionary definition of "bully"

After decades in the spotlight and two years as president, we still dance around the truth: Donald J. Trump is a schoolyard bully. He is a narcissist and a bully. It’s really that simple. Once you accept that, it explains almost everything else. Such pronouncements are not made lightly. These conclusions were only reached after

A Contrast Of Visions: Obama’s 2017 Budget v. Trump’s 2018 Budget

“I mean, this budget isn’t going anywhere, no budget does. It’s a dream, and as such ripe for interpretation and analysis. Comparing Obama’s dream to Trump’s may be very illuminating” – Torchlight Senior Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz It’s easy to discuss the FY 2018 budget proposed by the Trump administration as if it existed in

Now Is The Time For Politics

As with every mass shooting in America, only more so, the cry went up last Wednesday following the attack on Congressional Republican members at a practice for a charity baseball game: Disgusting. Not a day for politics. https://t.co/Kv3H9kshNY — John Whitbeck (@JohnWhitbeck) June 14, 2017 (Whitbeck is the chair of the Republican Party in Virginia.)

On Language

And that’s a week of Torchlight complete; thank you for joining us. Our writers have done some great work this week. Andrew Coleman took the media to task, laying out the terrain we want to inhabit as journalists. Amy Davidson brought us a sharp, compassionate look at the human impact of rescinding the transgender bathroom