Are we Rome? An historian says we’re on our way.

Rome went from Republic to Empire to destruction in one thousand years. Professor Lawrence Reed says the timetable for American could be much shorter. Reed, an historian and economist, talked with On-Target’s Larry Sparano about the increasing signs that point to the disintegration of the United States:

Disinformation and Misinformation: TRENDING in the Media

How can you know if what the media is telling you is true? It’s not easy. On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York have a few pointers:

President Bloomberg? Is there a path for a New York Billionaire?

The already crowded race for the Democratic nomination has grown even more crowded –and disjointed–with the entry of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Will his money and management skills be enough to score him a bulls eye in his quest for the Presidency? Is it really as much of a long shot as many observers think? On-Target’s Larry Sparano and former AP Newsman Bryant Thomas discuss his chances:

Manufacturing Consent: Brainwashing now in High Gear

It’s been more than three decades since Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman published their landmark book, “Manufacturing Consent.” It exposed how media shapes thought and how news outlets and reporters are used to carry the party line and control dissent in the U.S. and other nations. Has anything changed in the years since? Is media now less or more controlled by the power elites? Here’s On Target’s Larry Sparano, in discussion with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Media falsely hyping “Corruption” in the U.S.?

Some commentators are claiming that media hype is creating the false impression that corruption is much more widespread in the U.S. than is actually the case. Some of those opinions are from Trump critics trying to downplay the sweet deals that Joe Biden’s son had in Ukraine and China. On-Target’s Larry Sparano talks about that with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Opinion Journalism: Larry Sparano gives his Opinion on an “Expert’s” Opinion

Alice Dreger,  a writer and bioethicist who posts a website from East Lansing, Michigan says Opinion Journalism is a danger to America.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano agrees with that.  But he doesn’t agree with Dreger’s take on where to go to fact check the information that opinion journalists present.  We begin with Dreger, then follow with Larry’s analysis in his latest conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Trump and Hannity

Trump’s “State News” –Just Fox, or All the Networks?

Trump and Hannity, pictured above: That pretty much says it all about the incestuous relationship between Trump and Fox News. In a recent article in the New Yorker magazine Jane Mayer details that relationship, which she says is the closest we’ve come to official “State News.” Here’s a discussion on that article between On-Target’s Larry Sparano and Kent Garrett of Wiox Radio New York:

Smollett: Fueling Fires of Racial Hatred

It looks like Jussie Smollett’s report of a racial attack will turn out to be the latest example of hoaxes which are increasing the racial divide in this country.  Such hoaxes come from white and blacks, and from liberal and conservative perpetrators.  Here’s Larry Sparano of On-Target in discussion with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

BuzzFeed Denial Echoes Dan Rather Downfall

If Mueller is right about the inaccuracy of the BuzzFeed story on Trump’s instruction to his lawyer to lie, what went wrong?   Did the media outlet fall into the same trap that lost Dan Rather his job at CBS?  Larry Sparano talks about that with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York.  Garrett worked with Rather at CBS:

Mueller’s Denial Boosts Trump’s “Fake News” Claims

Although BuzzFeed stands by its story claiming Trump instructed lawyer Michael Cohen to lie, Mueller says it’s not accurate. Is this a big win for Trump, at least in the short term? That’s what Larry Sparano thinks, in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: