Tony Norman

Tony Norman

Tony Norman is a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist. He was once the Post-Gazette’s pop music/pop culture critic and appeared as an expert on cultural issues on local radio talk shows and television programs. In 1996, he began writing an award-winning general interest column, which, he says, rejuvenated his enthusiasm for the kind of journalism that makes a difference.

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Donald Trump & Michael Cohen Views
Sunday, July 29, 2018
What an Incompetent Conspiracy Sounds Like
Not making any value judgments here, but Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s onetime consigliere, “fixer” and designated punching bag, is turning out to be something of a rat. I say that with about as much affection as can be mustered for anyone in the Trump gang. My feeling is that as long as...
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"Justice for Antwon Rose Jr" Views
Sunday, July 01, 2018
They All Call to Ask, ‘What Do Black People Want?’
There’s a genre of letters and phone calls that every black person with a media platform gets on a regular basis. They all begin with the correspondent declaring his or her age — usually between 60 and 85 — followed by the announcement that they’re white. What follows is often either a short...
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 Harry Belafonte Views
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Life Force of Harry Belafonte
Activist and artist Harry Belafonte could be sitting or standing when you meet him, but he’s usually the only true giant in the room. Meeting Mr. Belafonte and his wife, Pamela, in the green room of the Carnegie Music Hall last Friday was a perk resulting from having interviewed him by phone the...
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Gospel According to Donald Trump
On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said out loud what a majority of Americans concluded a long time ago — that President Donald J. Trump is a liar. Mr. Comey did not resort to euphemisms when he accused the president of defaming him...
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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Grief Would Pale for U.S. Media Attack
At Thursday morning’s Post-Gazette editorial board meeting, one of my colleagues made an interesting observation about the thousands of citizens who filled the streets of Paris to protest the murderous assault on the staff of Charlie Hebdo. The photos of Parisians carrying signs proclaiming “Je...
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Saturday, October 04, 2014
Christian Extremism Plagues World, Too
Where does this incredible smugness come from? Last week at the Values Voter Summit, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told an ostensibly Christian, very pro-war-with-Islam crowd that, though it took a millennium or two, Christianity was officially not as bad as the forces of “radical Islam.”...
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At the NRA's "Stand And Fight" rally last Saturday former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said, "Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who'd obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists." Views
Sunday, May 04, 2014
'Christian' America Lacking in Compassion
A day after the botched execution of a convicted murderer on Oklahoma's death row horrified a nation that would rather not think about legally sanctioned torture, that state's senior Republican senator was on the floor of the U.S. Senate decrying a travesty -- but not that one. "We're here because...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tea Party Types Eye the Disasters Ahead
If Congress and the Obama administration fail to find a way for Tea Party conservatives to back out of the current budget stalemate with a shred of their dignity next week, the American economy will suffer a series of self-inflicted catastrophes. As the reality of the world's most dynamic economy strangled by conservative nihilists sinks in, financial markets abroad will panic, plunging most economies into recession. Trillions will be lost as investors and automated traders attempt to play the downward spiral of the markets to their advantage one last time.
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Friday, November 09, 2012
Reagan is Dead. The Future Looks Bright.
No one is happier about Tuesday's election outcome than the ghost of Ronald Reagan. Finally, the Gipper's spirit can pass over the River Styx to his great reward after being held hostage by a menagerie of right-wing freaks and loons since his death in 2004.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
And Now, a Word from Mr. Mourdock's God
God's metaphorical ears must be burning these days. On Tuesday night Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana, did something that would have given pause to even the medieval scholastics who speculated about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
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