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News organizations hold power over public elections

A study titled “The Political Impact of Media Bias” by UC Berkeley
and Stockholm University researchers found that in 2007, Fox News’
positive coverage of the Republican Party persuaded 8% of the
population to vote Republican.

Nicola DeGregorio

March 9, 2020

At the time of what the New York Times called “the most controversial and dividing presidential election”, I was twelve years old. Despite doing all the trivial things a middle schooler would do, such as homework and  soccer practice, I was also deeply invested in the debates occurring in our co...

Founding Fathers’ history of slavery shames America

Two of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson,
owned slaves in their lifetimes.

Sam Skolnick

March 9, 2020

The Founding Fathers are known for creating the democracy of America and signing the Declaration of Independence when separating from Britain. However, it is almost never shown that these men, who are held as American heroes, were actually slave owners. Founding Fathers such as Geroge Washington and T...

Political apathy harms democracy

JSA Mock Primary Debate candidates “Joe Biden” and “Elizabeth Warren,” portrayed by senior Colin Martin of Middletown and freshman Joey Esposito of Tinton Falls, respectively, shake hands with students.

Tess Rempel

March 9, 2020

Democrat versus Republican. Feminism versus Misogyny. Racism versus White Supremacy. In a time of divide and polarity, political apathy is threatening our nation more than ever. In a nation whose constitution opens with “We the people,” political apathy is extremely destructive to both our socie...

Wheeler finds balance in politics and protons

Wheeler speaks at the New Jersey Young Democrats 2019 Endorsement Party on Oct. 25.

Jordan Durkin

November 15, 2019

All teachers are busy during the back to school season. It’s comprised of setting up classrooms, writing lesson plans, and attending meetings. However, things were even busier for Chemistry teacher Erin Wheeler. Since the spring, she’s lived a double life: one as a teacher and one as a politician...

Lack of political inclusivity at CHS furthers the divide

An Inkblot survey of 91 CHS students from May 21 to May 31 found that 57.6 percent identified somewhat or very liberal  while only 23.9 percent considered themselves conservatives in any way.

William Dean

June 20, 2019

Communications High School has a problem. It isn’t inclusive enough. It does its best to be inclusive to the LGBT community, women and ethnic minorities, but fails to reciprocate inclusiveness for another minority: conservatives.  An Inkblot survey of 91 CHS students from May 21 to May 31 found...

Pledge causes students to stand up, or sit, for beliefs

In a survey of 92 CHS students, 8.7 percent reported sitting for the pledge.

Brigid McCarthy

June 20, 2019

Every school day at Communications High School begins with a “Good morning CHS, everybody please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance,” from Principal James Gleason. A brief pause follows the announcement as students shuffle to a stand, and then the school recites the Pledge. This is a pattern every...

Politicians use America’s surveillance agencies to spy on opponents, Trump is among the victims

Former President George W. Bush shakes hands with Senator Jay Rockefeller after signing the FISA on July 10, 2008.

Will Dean

January 25, 2019

There used to be a bipartisan consensus that the weaponization of America’s surveillance agencies to target political opponents was wrong. This is no longer the case. During the 2016 election season, Donald Trump and his campaign were among the first victims of this new government process. In ...

Teens escape from political discussion

Teens escape from political discussion

Mia Gallo

May 4, 2018

Conversations at Thanksgiving dinner tables, school lunch tables and work break rooms have all seemed to be missing one important topic: politics. Due to the seemingly scandalous White House and many Americans counting down the days until the 2020 Presidential Election, The Washington Post says that y...

CHS students walk out in protest, support

Blot photo by Marissa Ho.

Katherine Lombardi

March 20, 2018

In solidarity against gun violence and to honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy in Parkland, FL., CHS students walked out during the school day on March 14. The event was part of the Nationwide School Walkout, a movement that high schools across America participated in. In accorda...

No, Fascists Aren’t ‘Far Right’

Benito Mussolini was one of the men that worked on an essay titled “The Doctrine of Fascism.”

Will Dean and Dane Tedder

March 5, 2018

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” This is Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s definition of fascism. From this definition, it is clear that fascism belongs not to the right wing, but to the left. Though the roots of fascism are difficult to trace, two major ph...

Students take action for upcoming walkout

Students sign a banner in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Cailey Ruderman

March 2, 2018

On Feb. 14, a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 students and faculty dead and 14 others wounded. In the wake of this tragedy, students across America decided to stand in solidarity with victims and survivors to protect schools from another shooting, CHS...

Group eliminates art depictions of slave owners

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Emily Toro

March 2, 2018

Movement group Take ‘Em Down NOLA (New Orleans, LA)  continues to eliminate iconic statues and monuments of accomplished figures who owned slaves, according to The Advocate. Like any other movement, they are a  group of people trying to obtain a political goal. Last summer, the group and local governments...

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