opinion Robby Soave Published 11:00 PM EDT Aug 28, 2019 College students across the U.S. are returning to classes for the fall semester. It’s an odd moment in time to be enrolled at university. Public opinion of higher education has never been lower—and a handful of militantly progressive students are largely to blame. According to Pew Research, some 38% of people now say colleges and universities are having a negative effect on the direction of the country, up from 26% in 2012. This change in opinion is largely driven by Republicans: While just 18% of Democrats take a dim view of higher ed, the number of college-skeptical Republicans has increased from 35% to 59% over the last seven years. What’s driving this change of opinion? The antics of the “woke” (slang for awake to the reality of inequality) scolds—the student radicals who have largely succeeded at turning some of the most prestigious American educational institutions into safe … [Read more...] about Opinion: The revenge of the woke
By Megan Henney Published April 17, 2019 Taxes FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Watchdog group slams tax cuts for adding to rising deficit FBN’s Charlie Gasparino, Reason.com associate editor Robby Soave and liberal commentator Danielle McLaughlin on the rising national deficit. Under President Trump’s new tax law, 60 of America’s biggest corporations paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018, despite earning billions of dollars in profits. Continue Reading Below Amazon, Netflix, General Motors, Chevron, JetBlue, IBM and U.S. Steel were all among the companies that avoided taxes last year using a diverse array of loopholes and tax breaks, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan think-tank. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dropped the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, while also keeping intact most of the tax breaks that allow profitable companies … [Read more...] about Amazon isn’t the only company that paid $0 in federal taxes last year
During my long service on the jury of public opinion, the high judges have constantly reminded me that eyewitness testimony can't be trusted. Memory lies, they say. Eyewitnesses are captive to their emotions. Passionate arguments lead them to false conclusions. And so on. If only we had video of disputed incidents from which to judge impartially, our presurveillance era peers said. Their faith in cinematographic evidence would have been shattered by the brouhaha that followed the uploading to the web of videos of the National Mall incident of Jan. 18. Here we are, four days after the intersection on social media of the Covington Catholic High School students, Native American veteran Nathan Phillips and several Black Hebrew Israelites and there's still no consensus of what happened and who—if anyone—was at fault.Story Continued Below Sides have been picked, of course. Robby Soave of Reason has dug in with the students. “The boys are undoubtedly owed an apology from … [Read more...] about I Know the Truth About the Covington Catholic Controversy
Anthony L. Fisher, provided by Published 2:56 pm CST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Survival Media Agency via AP The news cycle was dominated by two stories over the weekend, both of which proved seriously flawed. BuzzFeed News' bombshell report that President Trump told his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was described as "not accurate" by the special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Then, a video that appeared to show white male high-school students in "MAGA" hats harassing and intimidating a Native American elder went viral. But the initial reporting on that story turned out to be, at best, incomplete. In a time where the president disparages journalists as "enemies of the people" and public confidence in media is cratering, journalists must prioritize factual reporting over narratives. If you pay attention to political media at all or, worse, are an active Twitter user, you couldn't miss either of the weekend's monster-sized stories. One was seen as a … [Read more...] about Facts matter more than takes. The BuzzFeed ‘bombshell’ and ‘MAGA’ viral video proved it once again.