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.

All The President’s Lies: They’ll Catch Up To Him, But It’s Taking A Really Long Time

The news last week that the president of the United States lied repeatedly about the $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels was greeted less with outrage than a practiced yawn, and with every passing lie -- which come at the rate of four or five a day and a mind-boggling 3,000-plus since Donald Trump took office -- that attitude becomes increasingly dangerous.  This is because the pandemic of lies is so blatant and so vast that we risk Continue Reading...

Did The Kremlin Send In Manafort To Insure The Trump Campaign Played Its Game?

It has been fascinating -- in the grotesque sort of way that a slow-motion train wreck is fascinating -- to watch the Russia scandal unfold.  From the first intimations in late 2016 that the dark hand of Vladimir Putin was at work to elect Donald Trump to our dawning realization that the Trump campaign colluded in that effort to our astonishment at how enormous and successful the effort was, there has been one revelation after another.  And so Continue Reading...

New Russia Scandal Twist: The Tale Of The Prostitute, The Oligarch & The Video

Just when you thought the Russia scandal -- you know, the one that eventually will take down the Donald Trump presidency -- couldn't get any more surreal, it just got more surreal.  The main characters in this real-life version of Pulp Fiction include Anastasia Vashukevich, Oleg Deripaska and Sergei Prikhodko.  Among the secondary characters, and there are a slew, is Paul Manafort.  Yes, that Paul Manafort.  Vashukevich, who as a high-end Continue Reading...

The President Of The United StatesIs An Unapologetic Racist & Bigot

The scabrous underbelly of American society was on full display during the year just passed, and no aspect of it is more repulsive as we slink into 2018 than the reality that the president of the United States is an unapologetic racist and bigot, the very embodiment of white power and white privilege.  And that an appalling number of us -- beginning with the timorous congressional majority, denizens of the fever swamp formerly known as the Party Continue Reading...

Donald Trump Didn’t Remember Sergeant La David T. Johnson’s Name, But We Will

It was axiomatic long before Donald Trump became president that anyone who falls into his orbit is cheapened by the experience.  And now it is General John Kelly’s turn.  By all accounts an exemplary career Marine, Kelly's final act of service to his country — trying to bring order to the dysfunctional West Wing of a White House run by a man as deeply unqualified to be commander in chief -- will now be best remembered by him succumbing to and Continue Reading...

It Doesn’t Get Bigger Than Russian Cyber Warfare & Trump’s Capitulation To Putin

When the history of our time is written, Vladimir Putin's deft use of cyber warfare and disinformation as a weapon will end up being a bigger story than terrorism.  While the Kremlin's cyber armada has attacked other countries, nothing compares to its assault on our democracy, a direct hit scored because of Donald Trump, who as Putin's rent boy put his improbable presidential campaign at Russia's disposal because he saw climbing into bed with the Continue Reading...

Pardon Me: Why All Hell Would Break Loose If Trump Tries To Exonerate Himself

There is no more pressing question in the storm of legal issues swirling around the Russia scandal than whether Donald Trump can pardon himself.  The answer is that he probably cannot, but if he tries it would plunge America into a full-blown constitutional crisis that his presidency probably could not survive. Trump showed his hand over the weekend in tweeting (what else?): "While all agree the U.S. President has complete power to pardon, why Continue Reading...

The Laws To Get Trump Are Working, For The Most Part. But Will They Be Enough?

It is not that the trickle of news leaks staining Donald Trump's shiny black Guccis from the outset of his presidency have become a flood.  Nor that this flood has been a counterbalance to Trump's outrages, deceits and extraconstitutional forays since congressional Republicans have taken to the fainting couch en masse as evidence of his collusion with Russia in its effort to influence the 2016 presidential election has piled up.  It is that the Continue Reading...

Ivanka Trump: Faux Feminist, President Whisperer & Accessorized Bling Peddler

Ivanka Trump did not, of course, get to choose her father.  And as a rule, the children of presidents should be off limits from media scrutiny, or at least have a modicum of privacy away from the harsh glare of the 24/7 world in which celebrities live.  But Ivanka is not just any president's kid.  She is the First Daughter of a man whose vileness is without bounds, and her choreographed effort to portray herself as a president whisper whose voice Continue Reading...

Trump Is Supposed To Be President Of All The People, But He’s Scared Of Them

President Trump's fear of the people he is supposed to be leading is pathetically obvious. Trump isn't just staying away from his beloved castle in the sky on Fifth Avenue in New York in dread of the immense protests that would bring his motorcade -- and much of Manhattan -- to a halt.  With the exception of weekends at Mar-a-Lago, golf outings and trips to the comfy confines of military bases, Trump has slipped away from the White House only to Continue Reading...