A mediocre quarterback had a lot more to lose by speaking out.

As sports leagues go, the National Football League takes particular care in crafting its public image.

Just look at how they construct their season. NFL football is a weekly, extended television show: Six hours of Sunday afternoon game action gets bracketed by pregame shows, postgame shows, and the chaser of…

The forces that created the Capitol riot aren’t going away on January 20.

The widely accepted narrative about the 2016 election and the Trump administration goes something like this: Donald Trump, a pop culture figure riding the crest of his reality television fame, used an outsider message to draw support from people politicians typically ignored (particularly older, white, working-class people) and vanquish Hillary…

Political polls tell us a story — if we understand how to read them.

The numbers didn’t match expectations.

It was Election Night in America. Programmers had carefully loaded their formulas and algorithms into a computer to analyze early election returns, comparing the evening’s fresh data to data from past elections to predict the outcome. The problem: The program predicted an outcome that seemed…

The former President gave the Class of 2020 valuable words of wisdom. Take them at face value.

This spring’s canceled high school graduation ceremonies have become one of those difficult casualties of life in the COVID-19 era. In most years, these events would largely be forgotten within months; in 2020, their absence creates another reminder that everyday life is temporarily full of regular sacrifice.

If you’re one…

Taking a week off from Trump sketches gave Saturday Night Live the chance to talk about something even more important.

When Adam Sandler came back home to host Saturday Night Live last weekend, observers noted that the show largely avoided politics.

There was no cold open featuring Alec Baldwin’s face scrunched into his mouth-breathing caricature of President Donald Trump. Despite ongoing friction between Congressional Democrats and the White House over…

An Easter Week fire and hope for redemption

The Church burned, and the world watched.

The Church burned as the faithful and non-faithful looked on together, feeling horror, disbelief, hope, and sorrow, sometimes all at the same time. We watched, most of us feeling helpless to do anything to stop the fire that looked as if would reduce…

If you think the Rankin-Bass special is “problematic,” you’re missing an important point.

As it has for 55 Christmas seasons starting in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired this week. And wow, did it ever bother some people.

You know the plot from the song: Rudolph had a shiny nose…

Jim Eltringham

Grassroots messaging and mobilization consultant

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