Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.

Opponents and friends

Politics | An unlikely 1992 political race seems even less plausible in today’s climate
by Joel Belz
Posted 4/13/17, 02:53 pm

I had to go back and read the column a second time. It just didn’t seem believable.

What made it worse was that I knew the fellow who had written the account I found so hard to believe. He worked for WORLD magazine.

I was that fellow.

WORLD published the column in question 25 years ago. It was all but unbelievable back then, in 1992. In today’s ugly, bitter, and angry political setting, most WORLD readers would almost certainly say: “That didn’t really happen. That is absolutely not true.”

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Making it up

Media | Let’s all be vigilant not to spread fake news as fact
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/30/17, 11:01 am

I’ve mentioned before in this space the dismal reality that sooner or later confronts almost every honest journalist. It’s the reminder that nothing spoils a good story like a little research.

In these difficult days of so-called “fake stories,” that brief reminder should maybe be revised to say that nothing spoils a good story like a whole lot of research. Otherwise, phony accounts just sail on.

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We’re all crooks

Government | Inscrutable rulemaking leaves us at the mercy of government
by Joel Belz
Posted 3/15/17, 03:43 pm

I felt like a common criminal—or worse. The policeman was telling me that unless I backed off, he might arrest me on three charges.

I had been driving home from work on a narrow shortcut. Confronting me, and crowding me from the left, was a huge lumber truck. On my immediate right was a large construction site, to which I assumed the truck was headed. All but invisible in the busy scenario was a rusty steel fence, right in the roadway and barely separating my lane from the building site. No signs, no flashers, no blinkers. Not even any reflectors.

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