Matthew Barry

Matthew Barry
Matthew is attending Knot College, majoring in international relations. He received “Best Column” at the 2012 ICPA College Journalism Competition, and is most interested in government policy.

The conscience of “Lincoln” accurately portrays history

Winston Churchill is best remembered for his defiant speeches during the darkest days of the Second World War. However, to my mind his best speech was not a belligerent harangue to the British people to keep up the fight, but rather the funeral oration he gave to gave to his rival Neville Chamberlain, father of the appeasement policy that...

Pamela Geller’s self-defeating quest to “defeat” jihad

I recently joined the rarefied heights achieved by The Children's Museum of Manhattan and Butterball Turkey in being recognized by Pamela Geller as an imminent threat to the survival of Western Civilization, thanks to my recent piece in the Monitor about the #MyJihad campaign. Rather than sitting back and basking in my honor, I would like take this opportunity...

Pamela Geller’s obsession: Countering tolerance

As the nation mourns the senseless violence in Connecticut and politicians in Washington bicker endlessly over the "fiscal cliff," the #MyJihad public education campaign should have presented an unambiguous bit of good news to a country in sore need of it. Bus ads and Twitter posts promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding; who could possibly object?The unsurprising answer is Pamela...

Selective fairness: Fox News on Egypt

There is actually some truth to the claim that Fox News is “Fair and Balanced.” CAIR-Chicago director Ahmed Rehab’s recent appearance on the The Sean Hannnity Show to discuss the deteriorating situation in Egypt confirmed that Fox is perfectly capable of being both fair and balanced. The catch though, is that such treatment only is given to those who...

How nativism and xenophobia is isolating the GOP

Robert Spencer is feeling pretty downcast these days. Scrolling down his blog, past some Veterans’ Day-themed moaning about how the West is betraying its glorious dead, you will find him bitterly griping that, “The Republican Party is a useless collection of me-tooists and slow-downers who have virtually no chance of winning national elections anymore.”It’s not great mystery why Mr....

The inequality of hate

Recently, Fox News ran a piece with the headline “Did mental illness fuel Wisconsin massacre-or was it terrorism?” Read the headline again. You might find the unspoken implication: the conscious decision to commit terrorism, to kill and maim innocent people, has to be the act of a sane man. Not meaning to kill people but doing it anyway makes...

The media’s silence on the genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Genocide remembrance in the United States follows a dispiriting pattern. We read in horror the accounts of Armenians, Jews, Rwandan Hutus and others who were slaughtered by the millions, shudder, and promise to ourselves and the world “never again.” Yet when the time comes for each generation to stand up and to do the right thing where others once...




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