Les Sillars

Les directs the journalism program at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and is WORLD Magazine’s Mailbag editor.

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The abolition of journalism

Media | Why disruption is an opportunity to create new and better news
by Les Sillars
Posted 11/10/18, 10:58 am

C.S. Lewis famously dismissed the journalism of his day. “I never read the papers. Why does anyone?” he wrote. “They’re nearly all lies, and one has to wade thru’ such reams of verbiage and ‘write up’ to find out even what they’re saying.” The notion, he quipped elsewhere, that journalists “can be saved is a doctrine, if not contrary to, yet certainly above, reason!”

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The purple line

Politics | Can GOP House incumbent Barbara Comstock overcome demographic destiny?
by Les Sillars
Posted 10/25/18, 12:25 pm

Barbara Comstock, the GOP incumbent in Virginia’s District 10, is supposedly as vulnerable as a hot dog dangling from the hand of a 4-year-old surrounded by dachshunds.

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Police close investigation into Las Vegas shooting

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/03/18, 01:40 pm

Law enforcement officials in Las Vegas announced Friday that they have closed their investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but they could not explain what drove a gunman to unleash a hail of gunfire from a hotel room that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more. An extensive investigation found no evidence of a conspiracy or a second gunman. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock was “an unremarkable man” who showed signs of a troubled mind leading up to the Oct. 1 shooting into a concert crowd of 22,000 people.

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