A Trump biographer reviews ‘Fire and Fury’

January 9, 2018

(CNN)In “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” author Michael Wolff offers a caricature of the President as “an idiot surrounded by clowns,” as one unnamed source puts it. It’s an incomplete and unsatisfying sketch. But consider that his subject, Donald Trump, has described himself as a character in a comic book and Wolff’s work can be regarded as truer than the President would have us believe. In a…


Why Americans don’t give a damn about mass shootings

November 9, 2017

(CNN)One month ago, the worst mass shooting in US history took place at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 people injured. Bill O’Reilly boiled the massacre down to six words: “This is the price of freedom.” In America, we are free to stockpile weapons. We are free to order ammo online. We are free to outfit our guns with bump stocks,…


Google exec: Our society is in real jeopardy

October 22, 2017

(CNN)In November 2014, the Guardians of Peace — a group affiliated with the North Korean government — hacked Sony Pictures because the studio was planning to release “The Interview,” a movie they felt insulted their leader, Kim Jong Un. Still wanting the film to reach audiences, Sony Pictures asked if we could release the movie on Google Play and YouTube. Obviously, there were very serious security risks that we needed…


Harvey Weinstein is a symptom, but what is the deeper problem?

October 18, 2017

(CNN)CNN asked a group of women and men — actors, writers and other thinkers — to explore questions raised not just by the harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, but by a series of recent challenges to women that have reopened discussion about sexual harassment, gender and power: What is the biggest impediment to equality for women and girls today? And what made you realize anew that it was there? I…