Shaun Mullen

Shaun Mullen was born to blog. It just took a few years for the medium to catch up to the messenger. Over a long career with newspapers, this award-winning editor and reporter covered the Vietnam War, O.J. Simpson trials, Clinton impeachment circus and coming of Osama bin Laden, among many other big stories. Mullen also mentored reporters who went on to be the best in the newspaper and television business, including several who won Pulitzer Prizes. He is the author of "The Bottom of the Fox: A True Story of Love, Devotion & Cold-Blooded Murder" and the forthcoming "There's A House In The Land: A Tale of the 1970s". Much of Mullen's work is archived in the Shaun D. Mullen Journalism Papers in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Russia Scandal Math: How The President Called Trump Can Be Brought Down Hard

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Everything, as they say, is now perfectly clear.  Except what still isn't clear at all.  If you, like many millions of Americans, are praying that the Donald Trump presidency crashes and burns, the clearest path not involving a Caine Mutiny moment in which he gets frog-walked from the Oval Office in a straightjacket as he clutches his smartphone and madly tweets is to follow the scent of the smoking guns in the Russia scandal.  There are several Continue Reading...

A Man Walks Into A Bar: Why We’ll Take Small Victories Over Cheeto Where We Can

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Yes, it sounds like a bad joke, but could the tide have turned in the false news wars by a guy walking into a bar?   The answer is maybe, but in any event we'll take small victories where we can in the long slog to take down Cheeto Jesus.   A mere three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has historically low popularity ratings, but still has the unwavering support of the pitchfork posse while rumors of a congressional Republican revolt Continue Reading...

If Dr. King Looked Beyond The Grave Today, He Would Be Bitterly Disappointed

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When I was first cutting my teeth in the newspaper business, my editors sent me out on "house ends," visits to homes where I would interview families of interest because something very bad of interest had happened to them. It was the late 1960s and many of these house ends were the result of the death of a young man in Vietnam, usually an Army or Marine Corps infantryman who had been drafted or given the choice between prison or the military by Continue Reading...

Election 2016: An Homage To George Orwell, Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump

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It is fitting in a grotesque sort of way that the big story in the wake of the Through the Looking Glass Election of 2016 is not the outcome changing hacking of Democratic Party assets by Russian intelligence services backed by a legion of fake news providers with Donald Trump's "victory" being a mere footnote, but the other way around: Trump "won" an election he actually lost by nearly three million votes and the mere footnote is that he "won" Continue Reading...

A Meal At A Strange Restaurant That Left America With A Bit Of Indigestion

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That sound you hear is Establishment America -- most especially the mainstream media -- adjusting its bustle as it returns to good old normal.    One week after we -- yes, you and I -- elected as our president one Donald Trump, a pathetically borish boy-man who believes only white people should be in charge, openly loathes people of color, disparages and assaults women and uses hate like it was styling gel, what was initially described as a Continue Reading...

There Is A Mighty Wind Blowing Across America Today…

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...and it has nothing to do with a hurricane named Matthew.  It is Trumpkins madly dissembling the latest of the innumerable Donald Trump scandals — a leaked hot-mike video in which he brags about the pleasures of sexually assaulting married women — and they are angrily asserting that Bill Clinton did the same thing.   There is an element of truth to that.  Clinton was and Trump is a sexual predator.  But that is where the similarities end and Continue Reading...

Guess What? Chris Christie Is Still Blackmailing His Political Foes

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Chris Christie managed the feat of parlaying his position as a crime-fighting federal prosecutor into becoming the most corrupt governor in the history of New Jersey by repeatedly using his powerful position to blackmail or otherwise punish people who would not support him.   That was then, but the big story these days is that Christie, who has become best known for being Donald Trump's poodle, apparently has learned nothing from a presidential Continue Reading...