David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun takes comfort in one aspect of the Trump presidency: the laughter it has wrought on late night television from comedians who are an important part of the national political conversation even as they satirize its plots and players
Christine Flowers, lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, points to cases where false allegations such as the attack actor Jussie Smolett is accused of fabricating have made it harder for real victims to prove their credibility. "When we are faced with even one case of lying, it makes it even harder for victims to prove themselves," she writes. "I don't know if Jussie Smollett made up his story or not. But I do know that the consequences of false accusations are severe, and often tragic.