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Peter Funt is a writer and speaker. His book, “Cautiously Optimistic,” is available at and Contact him at

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The New York Times made a quiet disclosure recently that speaks loudly about the state of news media today

By Peter Funt June 2, 2020
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If a tree falls in the forest – or, as the case may be, if Joe Biden conducts a virtual town hall – and there’s no one to hear it, does it make any noise?

By Peter Funt May 8, 2020
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“Enough!” President Donald Trump admonished CNN’s Kaitlan Collins as she pressed for answers during Monday's contentious coronavirus briefing.

By Peter Funt April 17, 2020
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Walking my dog Dorothy a few months ago I didn’t recognize the fellow waving from the white car until he stopped to say hello. Turns out it was Ed, a casual acquaintance, whose wave I hadn’t acknowledged because I couldn’t see him through the tinted glass.

By Peter Funt April 5, 2020
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Two or three times a year, falling trees knock out power at my home, in a heavily wooded section of Central California. When outages stretch over several days’ food in our refrigerator goes bad, cell phones run down, and flashlight batteries fail. Sometimes roads are impassible and my wife and I are stuck in our chilly, candlelit house.

By Peter Funt March 27, 2020
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“Where are you from? Russia?” the middle-aged woman asked matter-of-factly, as she walked toward her polling place in Seaside, Calif. on Super Tuesday.

By Peter Funt March 13, 2020
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A worsening coronavirus outbreak could injure President Trump’s re-election prospects, although no reasonable American would hope for a medical crisis to tip an election.

By Peter Funt March 6, 2020
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Do political endorsements by newspapers have much impact? It was debatable even back in the 1980s, when daily circulation stood at about 63 million nationwide.

By Peter Funt March 1, 2020
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The New York Times provided lessons in both journalism and television Sunday night, by way of bad examples.

By Peter Funt January 20, 2020
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From the start, Democrats seemed to be fielding candidates who might govern well as a committee.

By Peter Funt January 6, 2020

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