Category Archives: News Media

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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Chuck Todd Sort of Has a Point: Republicans Get to Have It Both Ways

Last week, MSNBC political reporter Chuck Todd made some utterances about how it’s not his job to critique falsehoods about Obamacare, but, instead, it’s the president’s job to criticize Republicans–at which point, Todd will dutifully regurgitate the administration talking points. … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Healthcare, News Media

Why CNN Is Useless (Especially the Airport Edition)

This morning, while flying back to Boston, there was an announcement that there was a ground stoppage due to an emergency situation (why an active shooting at the Navy Yard in Southeast DC should shut down an airport in Arlington, … Continue reading

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