Aug 07, 2007
In this era of intense scrutiny, the media pounce on every celebrity misstep. Up to this point in his long career, Christian scholar and author Martin Marty had beaten the odds. His run of good luck came to an end last week, however, when it was revealed that Marty had duped the public for years by publishing material he knew to be false.
Remember when children would learn key life lessons from their parents—when core beliefs and specific values would be passed down from one generation to the next whenever an opportunity for a lesson presented itself? With the continued splitting of the nuclear family, more and more kids are relying on the media to instruct them on the vagaries of growing up and finding a place in the world.
Where the money is: The Congressional Research Service reported that CEOs are paid, on average, 179 times more than rank-and-file workers—almost double the 90-to-one ratio of 1994. If the federal minimum wage had risen as much as executive pay has since 1990, it would now be $22.61 an hour, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Instead, it increased to $5.85 on July 24, the first increase in a decade (AP).