As Donald Trump’s blatantly unpresidential behavior grows increasingly difficult to defend, his supporters, and even Republicans who don’t like him but dislike his liberal attackers even more, have mostly responded by attacking the messenger: the news media, also known as “fake news” and “the lying press.”Conservative complaints of bias in the mainstream media go a long way back.
The 60th anniversary of the death of one of history’s most murderous tyrants has passed with relatively little notice. Yet the shadow of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who died on March 5, 1953, still hangs over post-communist Russia -- and has yet to face proper judgment in the West. This is one bloody ghost still waiting for its final exorcism. During the years of his absolute rule over the Soviet Union from 1928 to 1953, Stalin was responsible for the deaths of at least 20 million people.
When the controversy over Confederate flags and monuments first flared last month, I came across a tweet by conservative activist Dan Gainor declaring, “If you vandalize statues and flags you don’t like, you are a thug.” I couldn’t resist responding with a photo of the historic 1991 takedown of “Iron Felix,” the Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzerzhinsky, in Moscow, and asking if the label would still fit.