Gwen's Take

Gwen's Take | Playing whack-a-mole: Hit or miss on politics and policy

Posted: June 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Had a bad week? One that made you cry? One where you got smacked sideways by a setback you never saw coming?

John Boehner has some advice for you: change the subject.

Gwen's Take: Politics Gets in the Way...Again

Posted: June 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

There are few important issues that are not clouded by a healthy injection of politics.

There is an important discussion to be had about the best way to wind down the nation’s longest war. There’s another complicated debate to be had about what trade-offs are worthwhile when it comes to government intervention in other countries, or in clean air at home, or in rescuing captured soldiers.

Even when it comes to straight-ahead politics, there ought to be room for voters to hear and understand the choices at hand. This week proved, once again, that this seldom occurs.

Gwen’s Take | John F. Kerry: In Search of Credit in a Complicated World

Posted: May 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Gwen Ifill interviews Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department [Photo:Newshour].

There was so much to get to – Syria, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Sudan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Edward Snowden.

Gwen’s Take: 5 Things You May Have Missed in My Bill Clinton Interview

Posted: May 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I won’t lie. It’s always gratifying when an interview gets headlines. We cover the news, but it’s also kind of fun to make news from time to time.

Gwen’s Take: The Perils of Keyboard Activism

Posted: May 8, 2014 at 4:18 pm

The Internet makes it so easy. You see a compelling picture, you retweet it, Instagram it, or post it to your Facebook page. Instantly, you have joined a movement and signaled to everyone you know (or kind of know) that this topic is worth paying attention to.

In this manner, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin became household names. Depressing videos about Joseph Kony and happy ones from Pharrell Williams took off like lightning.

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