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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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NPR’s Leftist Bias. Is Anybody Surprised?

When National Public Radio whistleblower Uri Berliner penned an essay recently in the online news site “The Free Press,” criticizing the radio station’s leftist partisanship, many in the world of broadcast journalism seemed shocked. Not me. For the past two decades, I have watched NPR slide further and further into …

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Our Regrettable Decline from Collective Discretion into Social Mobocracy

Most of us have received one of those emails displaying photos of so-called “Walmart People.” As you scroll down, you see a collection of pictures of Walmart shoppers wearing wild assortments of clothing, covering bodies that seem fashioned from silly putty or carved from tree stumps. There are horribly overweight …

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Joe Biden’s Shameless Vote-buying Scam

When Joe Biden attempted to cancel $400 billion in student debt for 40 million people last year, the Supreme Court slapped him down, saying he didn’t have the authority to do that. Even former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on record saying, “The president can’t do it, so that’s not …

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 The Awful English Language

The following post is one I have shared with my followers in the past. I like to repost it occasionally because I think it is worthwhile for English speakers to understand from whence our language sprang and how awful it can be for non-English speakers to learn. Heck, I bet …

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Hey Joe: Curtailing Free Speech is Not the Answer  

For the past several months, I have watched with alarm as judges, the mainstream media, and even Joe Biden have tried everything to stop Donald Trump from talking and thereby prevent him from running for president. They have distorted his words and misrepresented his speeches, labeling them divisive and hateful. …

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Preserving Friendships in Our Political Maelstrom

At a time when people are divided and angry with one another because of political and societal beliefs, it is gratifying to learn that history is filled with people who seem to be polar opposites and yet, nevertheless, were friends. From Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla to Hunter S. Thompson …

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U.S. No Longer in Top 20 of World’s Happiest Nations

Americans are not a happy people. In fact, according to the latest Gallup World Happiness Report, for the first time in the report’s 12-year history, the U.S. was not among the top 20 happiest nations in the world. I am not surprised. Despite the rosy picture of America our doddering …

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Deliver us from the Incessant Madness of Transgenderism

I have never read any of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. However, as a fellow author who is not in the same league as Ms. Rowling, I have come to appreciate her common sense attitude on the incessant lunacy of transgenderism and the wacky cult it has spawned. Like …

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America’s Dishonest State-Sponsored News Media

I have often equated the journalism produced by today’s mainstream media to propaganda. Like the old Soviet Union’s Pravda newspaper and China’s Xinhua news agency, a majority of our news organizations have morphed into little more than state-sponsored media. As was the case with Pravda and Xinhua, our news media …

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Did 9/11 Trigger Xenophobia and Islamophobia?

I thought idiotic far-left legislation was mainly confined to California. I was wrong. New York is attempting to one-up California with a new bill that would require K-12 students to learn how the terrorist attacks on 9/11 have contributed to American xenophobia and Islamophobia. The important lesson here is NOT …

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Lawyers + Politics = Polarization & Discord

Like many of my fellow students, when I was an undergraduate, I was conflicted about what my major should be. Finally, I narrowed it down to four areas: advertising, veterinary medicine, law, and journalism. After laboring through organic and inorganic chemistry classes, I abandoned a career as a veterinarian. I …

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Biden’s “Grumpy Old Man” State of the Union Rant

As I watched Joe Biden deliver his State of the Union Address Thursday, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Dana Carvey’s “Grumpy Old Man” sketches on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. The Grumpy Old Man would be introduced as a commentator on SNL’s Weekend Edition segment. He would …

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