The Media

Lamar Odom Isn’t the Only Overdose We Should Care About

by Diane Dimond on October 26, 2015

Countless Overdoses Nationwide Every Day

Countless Overdoses Nationwide Every Day

Can I just vent this week? Please? Thank you.

I am a sympathetic person, really I am. But the excessive and fawning news coverage of former NBA player Lamar Odom’s illegal drug use and self-imposed near death experience has been disgusting. To say the coverage has been excessive and out of proportion to its value as a news story is an understatement.

If this guy hadn’t played professional basketball or married into the camera-craving Kardashian clan we never would have heard about his recent medical emergency … and heard every minute detail about it. [click to continue…]

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The World is Watching America’s Gun Violence

by Diane Dimond on October 12, 2015

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

After a glorious vacation abroad I return this week to admit I came home embarrassed for my country.

My husband and I were in Ireland when word of America’s latest mass shooting hit the European media and the story was the lead item on every news program.

Sky News, the BBC, Good Morning Ireland each featured American reporters in Roseburg, Oregon for the latest on the shooting. Then they brought in panels of pundits to talk about it.

“When there are 24 campus shootings in one year in America we need to realize there is something profound happening in America,” said Zoe Williams, a columnist for the Guardian newspaper. “It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.” [click to continue…]

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The True Hollywood Horror Story

by Diane Dimond on September 14, 2015

 ~ It is the movie Hollywood doesn’t want you to see ~

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

This is not your typical Hollywood film. It’s a documentary called “An Open Secret” and it pulls the ugly scab off Hollywood to reveal what has happened to some vulnerable young boys who have tried to break in to the entertainment industry.

I got a special screening and I hope throngs of people go to see it.

The “secret” referenced in the title is how so many of these youngsters have so easily fallen prey to pedophilic agents, acting coaches, photographers and public relations people. [click to continue…]

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The Artist and her “Portrait Seen ‘Round the World” Courtesy Jane Rosenberg (not for duplication)

A word about courtroom artists, please.

In the wake of “Deflategate” or “Sketchgate” or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days, I think it’s time to speak up for court artists everywhere.

Disclosure: Jane Rosenberg, the artist at the center of the recent storm over her less-than-perfect depiction of the handsome quarterback, is a pal of mine. I have worked alongside her as the reporter covering a court proceeding, she the assigned artist.  Rosenberg is a 35-year veteran and widely considered to be one of the best in her field. [click to continue…]

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A Silent Sisterhood Hurts the Cause

by Diane Dimond on August 17, 2015

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Fox’s Megyn Kelly Questions The Donald

       ~ Where’s the feminist outrage at Trump’s sexist attacks on Fox anchor? 

Say, ladies, can we talk?

What is it with women’s groups in America today? They link arms and proclaim they stand for the empowerment of women of all races, creeds and religions. They demand justice and equality for the female gender. They vow to stand up for the rights and respect of women everywhere.

Then where the heck have they been as presidential candidate Donald Trump tramps all over the reputation of Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly? Not a word of support for Kelly from any of the major women’s groups. Crickets. Why the silence from organizations built on standing up for women? [click to continue…]

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The Outrage Gods Have Grip on U.S.

by Diane Dimond on August 3, 2015

Outrage Seems Mandatory These Days

Outrage Seems Mandatory These Days

The world has gone all topsy-turvy.

Citizens can no longer speak their mind and have a conversation about differing points of view. Facts don’t seem to matter much anymore. And, there seems to be this universally accepted idea that one must prostrate themselves while publicly apologizing if they utter something that might – possibly – be construed as upsetting to someone else.

And don’t get me started on why we fixate our national outrage at an American dentist who went hunting for big game in Africa and shot a lion rather than at the Planned Parenthood organization that admits to trading in countless baby body parts.

How did we get to this point?

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee put an underscore on the trend. Asked about the president’s pending nuclear deal with Iran Huckabee’s response got him in trouble.
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Trump: The Bully Makes a Point

by Diane Dimond on July 20, 2015

A Shoot-From-the-Lip Bully

A Shoot-From-the-Lip Bully

It has been intriguing to note that in this era of citizen division and Us-versus-Them mentality – during this time in our history when every perceived foe must be labeled – no one has called out presidential wanna-be Donald Trump for what he is.

He is a bully. He is a self-aggrandizing, opportunistic bully and blowhard who heaves out vile stream-of-consciousness pronouncements, feigns wonderment at the horrified reaction and threatens to unleash his pack of lawyers on anyone who gets in his way.

But Trump has pointed his privileged finger at an important social issue…. [click to continue…]

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Dolezal is Delusional at Best, Dishonest at Worst

by Diane Dimond on June 21, 2015

The Many Faces of Rachel Dolezale

The Many Faces of Rachel Dolezal

~ Is it criminal to change one’s race? 

There was hesitation in writing this column. I mean, by now, you’ve likely read enough about the bizarre saga of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed herself off as African-American for many years. Her deceit exploded on the world stage.

But in all the discussion many have missed the point.

It’s not about the perplexing Dolezal family schism that went so public – families often fracture.  It’s not about her darkening complexion or her exotic hair – women often change their looks. And it’s not about Dolezal’s claim on the Today Show that she is “trans-racial” because her biological son and her adopted son (who was originally adopted years ago by her parents) are African-American and therefore she needs to be too… [click to continue…]

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Tom Sullivan (Center) Lost Son, Alex, to Theater Killer

Tom Sullivan (Center) Lost Son, Alex, to Theater Killer

For those of us who have never lost a child to a violent crime we cannot possibly know a grieving parent’s pain. But we know that out of pain can come a   convoluted way of thinking.

It isn’t easy to question the motives of a heart-broken parent who decides they hold the key to stop future tragedies. It isn’t popular to ask them whether they are acting out of grief or common sense when they point the finger of blame and demand change.  But that’s exactly what I’m doing.

There is a campaign called NoNoteriety – advanced most energetically by the devastated parents of Alex Teves, 24, one of a dozen people who lost their lives during the 2012 mass shooting inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Another 70 were wounded. [click to continue…]

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Jodi Arias Before Turning to Murder

Jodi Arias – Seen Before Resorting to Murder

In the summer of 2008, Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend nearly thirty times, slashed his throat, shot him in the head and left him in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home. Eleven days later, the attractive 28-year-old was arrested and the public became transfixed by her case.

Nearly seven years after the vicious murder Arias has yet to be sentenced on the finding that she is guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of Travis Alexander. Two separate juries have deadlocked on whether she should be executed for the crime.

Now, under Arizona law, the death penalty is off the table and later this month a judge will finally announce her sentence – likely life in prison. [click to continue…]

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