Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

08-25-16 It’s the News Media, Stupid

It's the News Media, Stupid!

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, www.RayHanania.com August 25, 2016 explores the hypocrisy of the news media in covering Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, and how the media downplays a tragedy in Louisiana, compared to the tragedy in New Orleans 11 years before, in order to make anti-Trump attacks. It's the News Media, Stupid!

Playing golf or politics with people’s suffering

By Ray Hanania

The flood damage in Louisiana is considered one of the worst American natural disasters since Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

More than 40,000 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed by the flooding and thousands have been made homeless. 

It also may be the worst example of politically motivate media bias since Katrina, too. And the timing is ironic:  Katrina slammed nearby New Orleans 11 years ago this month.

The Louisiana floods began on Friday August 12. By Thursday August 18, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew to Baton Rouge to tour the flood ravaged region and asked out loud the question no one in the media wanted to ask: Why isn’t President Obama in Louisiana showing support?

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08-18-16 Are the Olympics fair?

Ray Hanania's column/commentary podcast. August 18, 2016

Originally published in the Southwest News Newspaper group (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News Herald, The Regional News, the Palos Reporter newspapers)

Are the Olympics fair? A look at the disparity of the various nations, from the rich to the poor, and how that directly impacts the competing athletes

By Ray Hanania

I know that the Olympics are probably as political as a Chicago election. It’s not just about talent. It’s about who you know that gets athletes onto Team USA.

It’s even worse in other countries.

But I have a higher conscience that I just can’t abandon.

This year, 205 nations sent athletes to the Olympics. But the battle for Gold comes down to a handful, the richest, the most powerful and the most influential: The United States. Russia, China, Great Britain. Canada, France, and most of the European countries and a few of the Asian countries, including Japan.

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08-15-16 Tyrant on FX is most racist TV Series

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, www.RayHanania.com August 15, 2016 explores the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hatred reflected in the racist TV series on FX, Tyrant.

The FX series Tyrant is the most racist, hate-filled series ever broadcast on American TV, and that is quite an achievement. Produced and written by Israeli producer Howard Gordon and writer Gideon Raff, the series exploits the worst stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims to sell garbage.

Read my column on the topic by clicking here.

Opinion. Commentary. Racist TV. Television. Tyrant. Ashraf Barhoum.

08-11-16 Clinton or Trump? Yikes!

Is it Trump or Clinton? Yikes! Ray Hanania's column & commentary and audio podcast, also available at www.RayHanania.com August 11, 2016 explores the difficult choice Americans have in the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

By Ray Hanania

How do you sort through the turmoil of this presidential election, the worst we have seen in generations?

Will it be Donald Trump, the popular celebrity TV businessman with the offensive rhetoric, or Hillary Clinton, the veteran politician who distorts her record from Benghazi, her emails to the war in Iraq?

It’s an ugly choice but we can’t waste a vote on a 3rd party.

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Ray Hanania writes each week for several newspapers and publications both online and in print on issues involving American politics, American life, and also issues of the Middle East. You can visit his websites for more information on each:





08-04-16 Change not always good, Politics & the Marcus Theaters

Ray Hanania's weekly column commentary podcast explores the issue of change in politics and in everyday life.

August 4, 2016. Change is not always good.

Sometimes too much “change” is not good

By Ray Hanania

Southwest News Group newspaper (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional Newspaper, The Reporter Newspaper)

Everyone is talking about “change” these days.

It’s one reason why so many people are willing to take a risk withnon-politician Donald Trump over insider establishment politician Hillary Clinton.

It’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican. It is about “change.”Despite his sometimes off-the-wall rhetoric, Donald Trump represents change.Hillary Clinton does not.

Sometimes, though, “change” can be too much.

Last week, I went to the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park to watch thepremiere of the movie “Jason Bourne.” There have been five in the Bourneseries, far less than records set by Star Trek (around 13 including the latest,“Star Trek Beyond”) or James Bond (around 24 with the latest being “Spectre”).

But it wasn’t the movie choice that made me think of “change” becausemost movie series and remakes like Jason Bourne, Star Trek and James Bond relyheavily on fundamental expectations that can’t change, although they oftenchange the stars for younger actors. ...

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