Jay Caruso

I am the Assistant Managing Editor at RedState.com, a freelance writer, and podcaster covering politics and culture.

Facebook Does Not Need An Editor; The Mainstream Media Needs To Do A Better Job

Mark Zuckerberg does not see Facebook as a media company. To him, Facebook is a tech company. With all of the gnashing of teeth by Democrats following the election about “fake news” supposedly being part of the reason Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, there have been calls for Zuckerberg to “do something” about it.  The left is famous for saying “we need to do something” when they see what they consider to be a problem. The left never has much of a solution for those problems, but it needs t

‘Arrival’ Challenges Audiences To Face A Daunting Question

Linguist Louise Banks has to ask herself: ‘If you knew how your life would turn out, would you choose to live it again?’ If you’re expecting an “Independence Day” or even a “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” experience when you see “Arrival,” chances are you will be disappointed. If you’re expecting an excellently written, well-acted science fiction thriller that moves at a steady pace and with a director who believes his audience is intelligent enough to work through the film’s nuances, you’

The Weaponization of Politics Reaches the Workplace

"I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I (and) everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States. "If you do not agree with this

Baseball, the Game Free of Clocks

It was a 108-year wait. That any American was alive the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series is extremely unlikely. Any person with a living memory of it would have to be older than 110. Still, there are plenty of long-time Cubs fans who have waited their entire lives for this moment, and with an 8–7 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series, they finally get to celebrate. For Indians fans, they now have the dubious distinction of being devotees of the team with the

The New Breed Of Trump Voters: From #NeverTrump To 'Oh Well, I Guess So'

In the annals of the 2016 election, there has emerged a number of Trump supporters who can be placed into different groups. Not all people who will vote for Trump are the same. There is a tendency to lump all Trump supporters together and that is a mistake. People's motives for voting differ. I don't find some of those arguments persuasive, particularly the notion I should only cast a vote for a candidate who has the chance to win. That said, if people are content with whatever rationale they co

Koch Industries Teams Up with Mike Rowe to Improve the Skills Gap

Among private American citizens, one would be hard pressed to find any two more vilified in the press, Hollywood or in politics than David and Charles Koch. Indeed, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has seen fit to mention the Kochs in various uncomplimentary terms well over 100 times on the floor of the Senate. One time, Reid actually claimed they were “un-American.” The Koch brothers and their corporation, Koch Industries, participate actively in the political process, to affect outcomes that adh

Morning Joe: From Enabling Trump To Trashing Him

If you've watched Morning Joe at any point over the last several weeks, you've been witness to a Trump bashing festival. Joe Scarborough along with Mika Brzezinski as well as other panelists have been on a tear as of late, telling people Donald Trump is a horrendous candidate and a terrible choice for the GOP. Joe Scarborough didn't take kindly to my post in March where I called him out for complaining about a "clown show" GOP when he was featuring King Clown Trump on the show at least once a w

Police Are Using Barber Shops to Foster Communication Within Communities

Few would argue that the relationship between law enforcement and a portion of the population that sympathizes with the Black Lives Matter movement is strained at the moment. Whenever tragic events between the police and the public occur, whether it be a death of someone being detained, or orchestrated attacks on the police as we’ve seen recently in Dallas and Baton Rouge, we are all left with the question of what can be done. Politicians make speeches, activists organize and we all send our th

How the GOP Can Remake Itself after 2016

If Donald Trump’s convention speech were to be taken at face value, one could only conclude that the United States were no better a place to live than the Third World. Certainly, Trump tapped into anxieties that are held by Republican voters — specifically, on trade, immigration, upward mobility, and the perception that U.S.-based companies do not actually care about their own employees. But he went much further than that. Trump took a page out of the Democrats’ playbook, using demagoguery, div

How Conservative Intransigence Helped Give Us Trump

Barring some kind of delegate miracle, the Republican party will nominate Donald Trump as its nominee for president next week. In a year when they could have chosen any number of true conservatives — Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz, among others — primary voters instead chose Trump, a candidate attempting to lure left-wing Bernie Sanders voters by tweeting about his opposition to free trade and blaming Wall Street for our economic problems. Such a sce

‘Homeland’ Understands ISIS Better Than Obama Does

Writers of the fictional Showtime series tap into something the administration cannot seem to grasp. The season finale of “Homeland” on December 20 wrapped up what was arguably the best season since the first. This season, “Homeland” took on a “ripped from the headlines” feel, with storylines similar to the real-life counterparts of Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin, and more importantly, the rise of the terrorist group ISIS. The timing couldn’t be more prescient, particularly with the havoc ISIS

‘A Christmas Story’ Shows How Fathers Help Sons Grow Up

In this timeless Christmas tale we learn, above all, about the importance of fathers to sons. Editor’s note: ‘A Christmas Story’ airs on TBS and TBN repeatedly over Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Find show times and stations here. As Christmas quickly approaches, in a season filled with Christmas specials and shows, one full-length movie that makes the cut for most people is the 1983 classic, “A Christmas Story.” While certainly touching and funny, underneath the surface of this film is a s

‘The Walking Dead’ Is Not A Show About Survival, But About Humanity

‘The Walking Dead’ audience loves Glenn because he remains true to who he is, which shows who we wish we could be. Since “The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010, non-fans have often asked fans about the appeal of the show: “Who wants to watch people constantly on the run from zombies?” They mistakenly equated the show with feature films about zombies. Zombie movies almost always have the same underlying theme: survival. From “Night Of The Living Dead” to “28 Days Later” to “World War Z,” there is