Media Mashup: September 9, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 5.18.09 PMWhat Can Be Done About Refugees?

Although many heart-rending stories exist about the millions of refugees throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East, a sound strategy about how to deal with the issue remains difficult.

It isn’t simply taking in refugees. That’s relatively easy. It is about creating a coherent strategy for the short and long term.

By opening the gates, European governments will intensify rather than alleviate the current crisis.

The Wilderness provides a harsh assessment of how the Obama administration contributed to the crisis. For details, see http://thewilderness.me/the-boy-on-the-beach/

Thomas Sowell provides a sober analysis of what may eventually happen unless Europe and the United States think through the options carefully.

“With refugees, as with all other human beings, the current generation will pass from the scene. Those who may be grateful to have found a refuge from the horrors of the Middle East will have a new generation of children in Europe, or in any other place of refuge, who will have no memory of the Middle East.

“All the new generation will know is that they are not doing as well as other people in the country where they live. They will also know that the values of their culture clash with the values of the Western culture around them. And there will be no lack of “leaders” to tell them that they have been wronged, including some who will urge them to jihad.”

For details, see http://bit.ly/1K74Rr4

Clinton and Solar Power

The gentler, more huggable Hillary Clinton has proposed a $240 billion increase, or a budget seven times larger, in solar power. That would require a land area of roughly 1.5 times the size of Rhode Island for the solar farms. How many people who opposed fracking would want a friendly solar ranch nearby?

Speaking About Huggable

Former Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert took over hosting duties on CBS-TV’sThe Late Show tonight, but what do Americans think of David Letterman’s replacement?

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of Colbert, who hosted The Colbert Report for nine years. Thirty percent (30%) view Colbert unfavorably. This includes 19% with a Very Favorable opinion and 12% with a Very Unfavorable one. Twenty-eight percent (28%) don’t know enough about Colbert to express any opinion, but he’s better known than many presidential hopefuls when they announced their candidacies. 

Temple University: A Winner

If you didn’t hear the news from Philadelphia, Temple ended its football drought of 74 years against Penn State.

Moreover, the School of Media and Communication, where I teach, was rated No. 9 in the nation for undergraduate education. That also puts us ahead of Penn State, which ranked No. 10.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

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