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Year in Review, 2017

2017 barcode, illustration.

Every year since college, my best friend Dan and I have compiled our best observations on a wide range of topics that reflect on the year that has just expired. We follow the well-established template of The McLaughlin Group program. We lost the venerable John McLaughlin in 2016, but we are cheered by the recent news that TMG will be returning to the air in 2018.

Here are my reflections on 2017:

Biggest Winner of the Year

The victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. The Harvey Weinstein revelations prompted an avalanche of women coming forward to tell their stories. It was the bursting of a dam. Women everywhere found the courage to step forward and publicly say what happened to them, speaking truth to power. Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, John Conyers, Al Franken, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Affleck, and many others were finally forced to face the consequences of their actions.

Biggest Loser of the Year

The mainstream media. Time and time again they were caught promoting the worst lies about what was actually going on in Washington, D.C. They couldn't have undermined their own legitimacy more if they tried. Throughout the year, liberal bias overwhelmed the motivation to dispassionately report the facts.

Best Politician of the Year

Donald J. Trump, love him or hate him. His agenda has met with mixed results, but his mastery of the media is unquestioned. He tweets, they jump and ask how high. It's amazing to watch journalists allowing themselves to be led around by the nose by a Twitter account.