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GENE LYONS

Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of the President” (St. Martin's Press, 2000). His column is distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

Articles by GENE LYONS

Commentary: Rape numbers exaggerated Commentary: Rape numbers exaggerated
11 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
If the great Rolling Stone campus rape hoax proved nothing else, it’s that True Believers make lousy reporters. I’ve always found it useful to keep in mind what my brother and I call the state motto of our native New Jersey: “Oh yeah, who says?” [Read More]
Commentary: Rolling Stone's inexcusable errors Commentary: Rolling Stone's inexcusable errors
12 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone’s infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I’m embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me. [Read More]
Commentary: Sometimes a tragedy is just that Commentary: Sometimes a tragedy is just that
13 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy, and not necessarily a melodrama pitting good against evil. No heroes, no villains, just a terrible misfortune and a damned shame. [Read More]
Commentary: Big data and man's best friend Commentary: Big data and man's best friend
15 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She’s a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism' Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism'
16 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
This too shall pass. In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it’s the Republicans’ turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It’s what they do. [Read More]
Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates
17 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Look at it this way: At least the 2014 midterm elections are over. Maybe the most clueless pronouncement ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court justice was Anthony Kennedy’s comment in the 2010 Citizens United case arguing that unlimited “independent (campaign) expenditures ... [Read More]
Commentary: Decline of political journalism Commentary: Decline of political journalism
18 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Upon first venturing to write about politics 20 years ago, I held naive views about political journalism. Specifically, I imagined that factual accuracy mattered as much as it did in the kinds of books and magazine pieces I’d written on nonpolitical topics. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton detractor ignores facts Commentary: Clinton detractor ignores facts
19 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections — approximately 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it. [Read More]
Commentary: ISIS, Ebola panic driven by ratings Commentary: ISIS, Ebola panic driven by ratings
20 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
One time, my wife and I went walking near a pasture where nine mares grazed. I knew them all by name. Suddenly, and for no obvious reason, the herd stampeded. But what were they running from? [Read More]
Commentary: Ebola fears take a political turn Commentary: Ebola fears take a political turn
21 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who’d become fearful that her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were talking about “boots on the ground.” [Read More]
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