Legacy of broadcast journalism giant continues

by Nat Hentoff -- Although Fred Friendly, who died in 1998, has remained very well-known in the world of radio, television and First Amendment studies, he also briefly became a movie marquee more…

When the Constitution came alive on TV

by Nat Hentoff -- The most valuable, quintessential American television I have ever seen began in 1983 with the 13-part "The Constitution – That Delicate Balance" on PBS. I watched, enthralled during more…

Republicans' assault on NPR and PBS

by Nat Hentoff -- As a continuous critic of the Obama administration, I have been hoping for remediation from congressional Republicans. They've done well exposing the dangers to all of us of more…

When was Barack Obama coronated?

by Nat Hentoff -- While President Obama, contrary to his pledges, reactivates the military prison at Guantanamo, I was startled to discover that he authorized two worse-than-maximum security prisons in these United more…

1st Amendment protects speech we despise, too

by Nat Hentoff -- In a historic March 2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on the range and depth of the First Amendment's protection of the cornerstone of our individual constitutional liberties more…

The Bush torture indictment

by Nat Hentoff -- In his memoir, "Decision Points," George W. Bush – explaining why he approved of "enhanced interrogation programs" and CIA secret prisons – assured us and the world that more…

A tortured history pursues George W. Bush

by Nat Hentoff -- George W. Bush is clearly enjoying his release from the glare of the presidency. In photos, he looks almost serene, and he doesn't publicly criticize the cumulative incompetence more…

'Zero tolerance' criminalizing kids

by Nat Hentoff -- In 1994, Congress passed the Gun-Free Schools Act, mandating a one-year expulsion for any student bringing a firearm to school. Since then, many school districts around the nation more…

Mubarak's torturer in chief

by Nat Hentoff -- As the inflamed mass movements to topple Hosni Mubarak crested, high Obama officials pushed the autocratic ruler to hand over his authority, with the support of the Egyptian more…