Category Archives: News Media

Maybe All That Complaining About Infectious Disease Does Some Good

While I’m under no illusions that Paul Krugman reads this crappy blog, it’s nice to see people worrying about infectious disease, especially antibiotic resistance (boldface mine): Paul Krugman: If you look at the long sweep of history, global integration has … Continue reading

Posted in News Media, Public Health

A Science Journalism/Blogging New Year’s Resolution

It’s very simple: whenever I see an article or blog post that contains words to the effect of “according to a press release“, as opposed to discussing the actual scientific paper, I will immediately stop reading the offending article or … Continue reading

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The Washington Post Goes Full Hacktacular on Torture

Look at this photo with a Washington Post piece explaining why Democrats are so uncool to oppose torture: That’s a picture of ‘dirty bomber’ Jose Padilla, a fucking idiot who actually believed this is how you build a dirty bomb: … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, News Media, Torture

Ebola and the Trauma of TV

In a recent column, David Brooks made a good point… [throws up in mouth, rinses with water] In a recent column, David Brooks mad a good point [cough, cough] about the role the constant news cycle plays in stoking fear … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, News Media

Does Teh Stoopid Have an Asymptote?

In response to a National Review article somehow blaming the NFL’s problems on Obama (?!?), over at the Great Orange Satan, Hunter wonders if we will ever reach peak stupid (boldface mine): I keep saying this, and I keep being … Continue reading

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Fighting the Demons in Our Heads: The Urban Crime Edition

https://today.yougov.com/news/2014/09/15/what-is-americas-most-dangerous-city/ -Fox News (and other tv news orgs) have successfully terrorized their target demographic. Victory! We are a nation of pants-wetting numbskulls (boldface mine): Most Americans, however, don’t recognize that violent crime has dropped so significantly over the past twenty … Continue reading

Posted in Crime Pays?, Fucking Morons, News Media

The Problem With ‘Optics': It’s a Bad Business Model

No, I’m not referring to physics, but the political reporter obsession with ‘optics’ (boldface mine): The president hadn’t necessarily said anything inaccurate or made controversial claims. Critics just didn’t like the way he said what he said. It didn’t look … Continue reading

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