Category Archives: News Media

The Conservative Caller Catapults Commie Crapola

And if a liberal political organization did this? Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with … Continue reading

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CNBC Is a Global Warming Denialist Propaganda Mill

Unbelievable (boldface mine): How badly does cable news network CNBC want to deny the existence of global warming? For a network with an embarrassing history of fudging the science around climate change, one CNBC booker apears to have made a … Continue reading

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What Michael Sam Tells Us About Fox News

By now, you’ve probably heard of Michael Sam, the openly gay college football player who will most likely be a NFL draft choice (though the bigotry in the NFL might prove that prediction wrong). What’s interesting is that, for the … Continue reading

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On Boycotts, Pressure, and Kristof

Yesterday, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote an inane piece lamenting the lack of engagement of the larger public by academics. He was then taken to task by many, many academics who engage with the public. One thing … Continue reading

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I Don’t Understand Modern U.S. Journalism

There was a minor kerfuffle over a story written by reporter Laura Dimon about Flint, Michigan that received a lot of criticism from the residents of Flint. While the coverage focused on Laura Dimon’s father, Jamie Dimon, head of JPMorgan, … Continue reading

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Forget Carl Sagan, Give Me Marlin Perkins

Among the science writer fraternity, there was a minor fracas over Carl Sagan as Supreme Science Communicator. Erin Podolak argued that Carl Sagan isn’t really relevant anymore: I’m not saying I don’t like Sagan – I’m saying Sagan has zero … Continue reading

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Adam Bly Shot a Man in Reno Just to Watch Him Die: Some Observations on the Science Bloggysphere

What with ‘Sciamgate‘ fiasco over the weekend, there has been a lot of interesting writing. But this, by Greg Laden, really resonated with me (boldface mine): There is a great irony here. Just prior to the creation of Scientific American … Continue reading

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Why Are We Surprised By Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Sciencey-ness’? That’s What Big Tobacco Apologists Do

Whenever I link to a post about Malcolm Gladwell, I often remark that he “is a horrible person.” But there’s a reason why–we’ll get to that in a bit. With Gladwell releasing a new book (it really is a product), … Continue reading

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We Few, We Dirty F-cking Hippies

I’m going to outsource this to Digby (boldface mine): Many of the mainstream pundits who eye-rolled and tut-tutted bloggers and activists for failing to understand the ways of the world are now commonly recycling ideas we were discussing half a … Continue reading

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Sometimes the First Take on History Is Wrong

The New York Times, Dec. 20, 1924: Oops.

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