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The Arrogance of Established Media

Feb
18

Evan Osnos at the New Yorker has a comment on (in his words) "The power of news illiteracy." It's part of a larger article on special counsel, Robert Mueller's indictment of several Russian-based web groups and people.

Now I have great sympathy for those who are disgusted by all the online "illiterates" out there. But sometimes it sounds like nothing but a celebration of old school media -- you know, back in the days when expression was limited to a chosen few. That's what you hear, again from the New Yorker, in this week's 'New Yorker Radio Hour':
https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/reckoning-facebook-1/

But Platforms Are Okay!

The whole purpose of the web was to expand content creation to the widest audience possible. That's the role Facebook has also played in what they're now calling a "platform".

Sure there are crooks and liars who are then let in -- and they should be identified (and where necessary prosecuted) as such -- but sorry, crooks and liars have always been a feature (?) of American politics and this notion that we're suddenly becoming more extremist ignores our past and is, for that reason, a bit of an exaggeration.

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Juvenile Embarrassment at the U.N.

Dec
22

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley sounded off in probably the most pathetic and juvenile way that I've ever heard:

“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she said.

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Article of the Year ...

Nov
30

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Considering the source...

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Tax Reform?

Oct
22

So sick of our local corporate media (eg. WBBM) calling the GOPer tax cut for billionaires, ‘Tax Reform’.

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Website of the Month: Gerrymander.Princeton.edu

Sep
04

Here's a good one: gerrymander.princeton.edu - You can check out just how badly your state is affected. [h/t Rick Hasen's blog]

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Labor Day 2017

Sep
04

Spent a little time marching with my brothers and sisters of SEIU (among other locals) near the Thompson Center.

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Inescapable Fact : Our Leader

Aug
26

David Remnick:

This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.

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Sorry But This Isn't 'Free Speech'

Aug
16

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UPDATE: John Feinblatt from Everytown for Gun Safety, says it best in an editorial in the New York Times:

"Plain and simple, public terror is not protected under the Constitution. That has been the case throughout history. And now is the time to look to that history and prohibit open carry, before the next Charlottesville."

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms (The Hill)

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