'…Bill Kristol is now a contributor at ABC News, after a decade spent offering inaccurate predictions and baseless smears against Democrats on Fox News.'
When…you work at a newspaper…with high standards, you’re struck by the gap between the story that appears in the paper the next day and what the journalist who wrote that story will tell you about it after deadline. The version they tell over a drink is much more interesting—legally riskier, sometimes more trivial, and sometimes it fits less neatly into the institution’s narrative. Usually it’s a lot truer.
Since the story was published, The Caravan’s offices in Mumbai and New Delhi have received threatening phone calls…100 people gathered in front of the magazine’s office in New Delhi and burned copies of the latest edition of The Caravan. Meanwhile, in a handwritten letter to TV news channels, Swami Aseemanand has denied giving any such interviews to The Caravan. In response, the magazine released audio tapes and transcripts of the over nine hours of interviews.
Every new news item goes through a mechanized process, traveling…a flow chart designed to break down all information into one of just two types of product: meat for Republican readers, and meat for Democrat readers. Nobody else gets to eat. And even if you don’t mind one or the other, nobody can stand the same meal a million days in a row. It’s the numbing sameness and predictability that makes you crazy…
I’m 100% Chinese and adopted by a white woman. That and I receive looks from other people. It’s annoying and rude, and I hope it will stop in the years to come. It’s annoying not to be represented in the media, which I’m beginning to get fed up with.
Bieber has millions of devoted fans…his effect on their own beliefs and actions can’t be discounted now or in the future. Bieber’s actions might have been treated differently were he of a different race—what can we learn from the singer’s valorization by his fans in light of Richard Sherman being treated as a “thug”…? Ought Bieber, a Canada native, be deported—and what does it mean vis-a-vis special treatment of celebrities if he is not? What soul-sickness in the global star system leads to the ongoing downward spiral Bieber seems to have been experiencing? Is it morally acceptable to make children into celebrities? All of these are questions raised by the Bieber arrest. And none of them could possibly be answered if the media decided not to cover them.
art: digital illustration by MOP$
As the post-Obama era approaches, the energy spent combating Ailes might be better devoted to real political battles against more powerful adversaries—not to mention questioning the ideological slant of legitimate news operations like, say, 60 Minutes.
…a mode of argumentation…that seeks to replace political argumentation—about the future of education or publishing or healthcare—with just one reductionist argument: “Because … the Internet.” Thus, we are invited to accept MOOCs, the disappearance of high-quality journalism, the threat to serious literary publishing, the constant push to get citizens more anxious about their health based on the same argument: all these sacrifices must be made because the “Internet” is here and it’s taking no hostages. This is an argument that might boost the public importance of “Internet experts” but it’s weak tea as far as public deliberation is concerned.