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Christopher J. Kelly, is the Scranton Times-Tribune Columnist. He writes columns on Wednesdays and Sundays.

When Fake News Junkies Attack (UPDATE)

When Fake News Junkies Attack (UPDATE)

The fake and the furious are busy today. Update at bottom. In my Sunday column, I committed a cardinal sin in the post-fact Trump era -- calling out a "journalist" who lies for a living on at least three fake news sites. Amanda Shea used a photo stolen from The...

Muppets vs. Trump

Muppets vs. Trump

Just about every American alive today learned something from Sesame Street -- except Donald Trump. The president's proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for PBS and other cultural treasures that don't glorify the Tweeter-in-Chief and therefore are failures...

Ice King has the last, wintry laugh

Ice King has the last, wintry laugh

Greetings, shivering subjects of my frigid domain! It is I, the Ice King, Bringer of Storms, Slicker of Roads, Piler of Snows. I took it easy on you peasants this winter, but only to lull you into a false sense of security. I toss you a handful of 65-degree days and...

It’s Fake News Friday!

It’s Fake News Friday!

Good morning, and welcome to a new Kelly's World feature -- Fake News Friday! Each week, I'll highlight at least one lowlight of utterly false "stories" masquerading as true journalism. Our inaugural entry appeared on a Facebook page called Lackawanna County News....

Students school SSD officials with video

Students school SSD officials with video

Considering the playground antics of the Scranton School Board and the teachers' union and their shared struggles with math, history and basic English, it's uplifting to read about students outshining the alleged adults in charge. Today, Education Reporter Sarah...

Free speech for all or none

Free speech for all or none

Freedom of speech does not grant the right to shout down opposing voices or stifle offensive ideas, a lesson clearly lost on some college campuses in the Trump era. Violent clashes have erupted at alleged institutions of higher learning as protesters seek to block...

Scranton rally shows shrinking Trump support

Scranton rally shows shrinking Trump support

During his campaign, Donald Trump drew thousands of wildly enthusiastic supporters to rallies in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Crowds lined up hours before events to cheer The Donald, boo Hillary and hiss at the press. On Saturday, about About 50 people — some from out...

GOP apologists deserve Oscars

GOP apologists deserve Oscars

For weeks, GOP/Trump apologists have poo-poohed the Academy Awards, understandably anticipating a global showcase of anti-Trump speeches breathlessly delivered by jaded elites who are largely immune to the consequences of bad government. Elites just like President...

Whiny Trumpers have short memories

Whiny Trumpers have short memories

I spent this morning listening to the noisiest whiners in the world -- alleged conservatives who just can't fathom why so many of us Enemies of the American People (a type that includes the Lying Liberal Terrorist Media and Anyone Who Dares Question King Donald) can't...

Missing Jed Bartlet on Presidents’ Day

Missing Jed Bartlet on Presidents’ Day

This Presidents' Day, I salute the best president of my lifetime, Josiah "Jed" Bartlet. Yes, President Bartlet was a fictional character from "The West Wing (1999-2006)," but considering the current Oaf in Office and his penchant for "alternative facts," I feel free...