Gilbert T. Sewall

Gilbert T. Sewall is co-author of After Hiroshima: The United States Since 1945 and editor of The Eighties: A Reader. He lives in New York City.

What Kavanaugh’s Near-Death Experience Means for the Midterms

 

The Brett Kavanaugh affair was just amazing. The extreme partisanship and antics accompanying his nomination to the Supreme Court rightly alarmed much of the nation’s responsive political center. Yet on CNN the following week, Hillary Clinton told Christiane Amanpour that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what […]

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The ‘Silent Sam’ Impasse Grows at UNC

 

Last month, protesters at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill took it upon themselves to pull down a controversial 1913 memorial to alumni killed in the Civil War. The university carted the bronze soldier away on a flatbed truck in the rainy night to a still secret location. The statue, called “Silent Sam,” […]

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Jumping the New York Times Invisible Fence

 

A liberal Berkeley friend teases me. She claims I’ve given up reading the New York Times because it runs too many stories about black people. She’s trying to trigger me. We still can joke. Not every leftist I know can, but even she can’t help noticing the Times news tilt in the age of Trump. Black suffering […]

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Germany’s Immigration Angst Deepens 

 

Since 2015, the influx of about 1.4 million Middle East and North African migrants into Germany — almost all of them Muslim — has destabilized the nation’s politics and society. One of them, Ali Bashar, an Iraqi said to be 20 years old, was arrested on Friday in Kurdistan, the prime suspect in the rape […]

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De Blasio Plays the Race Card

 

Long regarded as springboards to success for the talented urban poor, New York City’s eight selective high schools offer spots for 5,000 ninth-grade students each year. Under the current system, Asian kids predominate. They make up 74 percent of the population at Stuyvesant, 66 percent at Bronx Science, and 61 percent at Brooklyn Tech, according […]

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The Pilgrims Arrive at the Border

 

Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) hit a home run this spring in the competitive game of political spectacle. The caravan — one of many opportunistic migrations from Central America during the last few years — arrived in Tijuana last week, depositing several hundred itinerant Hondurans at San Diego’s border gates with great fanfare and […]

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Frog-Marching to Revolution

 

The lightning-fast takedown of Fox television host Laura Ingraham last week signals escalating partisan fevers that show no sign of breaking or going away. News viewers today want something quick and lurid, something that’s “entertaining,” and they want it Twitter-brief. Many tune in to watch a fight club and are quick to change a channel […]

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March For Our Lives: A Report From Gotham

 

New York City On Saturday morning, news helicopters whirred loudly in the skies of Manhattan, hovering over Columbus Circle and Central Park to film the March For Our Lives anti-gun rally. As many as 100,000 marchers marched from Central Park West to Midtown on Saturday in favor of gun control, organizers said. The exact number […]

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The Shape of Hollywood — Losing the Plot

 

According to Nielsen ratings, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was a huge bust. The hoped-for watchers did not tune in, and the number of viewers tumbled. The television audience fell 19% from last year’s broadcast, the Wall Street Journal reports, continuing a multi-year slide for the landmark show. It took less than twenty-four hours for Hollywood’s […]

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Juvenile Viciousness Is Here to Stay

 

Millions of horrified television viewers yesterday watched terrified students running from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, sick with fear, hands up. A 19-year-old former student who had been expelled had shot up the school, killing 17 students and injuring many more. Americans have faced such slaughter many times now. But the Parkland shooting […]

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