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Trump, COVID-19, and the Media: A Complicated Affair

Trump, COVID-19, and the Media: A Complicated Affair

May 28, 2020

For both supporters and opposers of Donald Trump, his presidency has been everything but uniform. His supporters love the lack of uniformity, believing it shows that he is not just a ‘Washington elitist’ while his opposition despises it, feeling that Trump has turned the presidency into a circus. Regardless of where you stand, Trump’s presidency has changed the landscape of American politics, and the easiest place to find evidence of that fact is within the media. The media, for the better part of the 243 years that the United States has been a country, has been the ultimate check on the government’s power. The First Amendment, the backbone that America stands on, allows the press to report on whatever they want, no matter how detrimental it could be to the country. The media played an integral role in bringing about support for the Civil Rights movement, in mobilizing support against the Vietnam War, and in exposing the corruption of the Nixon administration. However, over the four years of the Trump presidency, a press corps that used to be able to turn the tides of the country has simply turned into a documentation of merely what Trump says, rather than the actions of his administration.

Protesting For Your Right to Get Sick

Protesting For Your Right to Get Sick

May 28, 2020

As the period of stay-at-home orders nears two months, businesses across America only continue to suffer. Mounting frustration over a situation that seemingly...

The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope

May 27, 2020

Isolated—alone if not lonely, battered by a storm of foreboding news—it is easy to lose hope these days. Some say hope is a dangerous thing but, on the contrary, it is a way to survive, and an imperative force to hold tight to.  You certainly aren’t alone if you have been feeling a distinct loss of hope as of late. Many of our days are burdened by paradox, in more ways than one. May, at least for seniors, is traditionally a time of relief, joy, excitement, and celebration. This year, of course, is different. As we imagine ourselves taking flight, gaining independence, it is difficult to ignore how incredibly stuck we are. On top of this, many of us are about to embark on educational journeys in hopes of creating change, but how can we be so forward-looking when so much is going wrong right now, everything piling on top of each other like a suffocating avalanche of bad news? Such is the roller coaster of quarantine-induced emotion.

The Potential Death Toll Is Too High: Why Reopening Must Wait

The Potential Death Toll Is Too High: Why Reopening Must Wait

May 26, 2020

There is an inverse relationship between continued social distancing and the strength of the US economy; the longer quarantine lasts, the more Americans file ...

Meditation: The Path to a Stress-Free Pandemic

Meditation: The Path to a Stress-Free Pandemic

May 26, 2020

Meditation is often misconceived to be hours long, a waste of time, or useless. Although it is widely associated with religious practices, any person can...

As of April 30th, there are over three million confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide.

A Look at the Coronavirus in the Context of Other Pandemics in History

April 30, 2020

Worldwide, cases of the novel coronavirus have soared past three million, killing over 230,000, and have caused one of the worst weeks for the stock m...

To Limit Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons, Non-Violent Offenders Must Be Released

To Limit Spread of COVID-19 in Prisons, Non-Violent Offenders Must Be Released

April 29, 2020

COVID-19, a life-threatening strand of the coronavirus, has swept across the country in the last few weeks, changing nearly every facet of our daily lives;...

Without Climate Change Action, Future Pandemics May Become More Likely

Without Climate Change Action, Future Pandemics May Become More Likely

April 24, 2020

It is well known that the current global outbreak of  COVID-19 is a primary threat to essentially everything we know. Schools shut down, the stock ma...

While social distancing is extremely important, shaming others is not the way to change their behavior.

Social Distancing Should Not Be an Excuse to Shame Others

April 22, 2020

During such a massive global crisis as the one the world is currently facing, it is completely understandable that it would not feel “real” to many, es...

The notion that authoritarian governments are better at handling the spread of infectious diseases is a dangerous misconception.

On Authoritarianism: Why Controlling a Pandemic Does Not Require Limits on Personal Freedoms

April 22, 2020

The rise of the strand of coronavirus known as COVID-19, and the resulting pandemic, has brought serious debate over how to balance public health and pe...

Trump has made countless false claims regarding the pandemic, misleading the nation in the process.

Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic is Making Conditions Worse

April 22, 2020

From the start of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump has misled the American public about the threat of the virus, the precautions essential to sl...

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