Tag Archives: Journalism

The Manchester dead and the primacy of pop

Men dedicated to mass slaughter don’t distinguish attendees at the Bataclan from Ariana Grande fans. But what made the choice of a Grande show particularly gruesome was demographics: Grande’s audience consists mostly of young women and gay men, two groups … Continue reading

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Viva Las Vegas!

Two observations based on the Billboard Music Awards: (1) Running through a hit-strewn preface that plays like an Obama-era catalog of very necessary vulgarity, Nicki Minaj lands on 2017 “No Frauds” and the David Guetta-produced “Light My Body Up” while … Continue reading

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Keeping the house in order: MoPOP Pop Conference 2017

At the MoPOP Museum, about three dozen conference attendants and more than a few bemused tourists packed the cavernous planetarium-like chamber called the Sky Church to hear activist dream hampton and Robert Christgau testify. Voice often cracking with emotion, the … Continue reading

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Sunday morning read

Surveying the coming storm, Jonathan Chait looks to millennial voters to save us from the worst of conservatism: Voters under 30 disapprove of his performance by margins exceeding two-to-one. My recent magazine story describes Trump’s strategy of dividing the country … Continue reading

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Reporting on today’s ‘galloping absurdity’

In a recounting of today’s extraordinary events on the Hill, Charles Pierce, good writer, can teach me something about rhythm and momentum: But this bit of galloping absurdity paled next to what Swalwell later would call the “smokebombs” with which … Continue reading

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Human beings are awful, part #4562

Embarrassing: Even if white and black men are the same heights and weights, people tend to perceive black men as taller, more muscular and heavier. So said a psychological survey, published Monday in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality … Continue reading

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Tommy Page and gay loneliness

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Political journalists are less teachable than children

Kill’em, Brian Beutler: “There is apparently less capacity for living and learning in political journalism than there is in elementary school; less object permanence than in nursery school.”

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What the press briefing ban means

Furious at truthful coverage, the White House barred the NYT, CNN, L.A. Times, Buzzfeed, and Politico from a press briefing. Along with the three traditional networks and The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News, the three others media outlets … Continue reading

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We’re in for it now, Part XVII

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The fallacy of ‘access’

When I refer to The Press, I mean David Fahrenthold. Robert Costa. Like that. Men and women who sift through public documents and interview Important People on the record, often embarrassing them. Chris Cillizza, Mark Halperin, and Chuck Todd are … Continue reading

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Trump’s America, collapse of journalism edition

TWenty-nine minutes ago, tonight’s episode of All In With Chris Hayes, which hosted a round table with Bernie Sanders and the confused, angry citizens of Kenosha, Wisconsin, allowed a couple of new Donald Trump supporters to admit that while they … Continue reading

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