Category Archives: journalism

AP stylebook tweaks language in a political direction

There’s an article at The Hill (a nonpartisan site) by Rachel Alexander (a conservative writer) about the increasing politicization of language in an influential writing guide: “How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words.” Her thesis is that the Stylebook is subtly changing its guidelines for journalists so as to favor a liberal […]

An article in Mother Jones smears Dave Rubin; he fights back

Here’s Dave Rubin describing how he was characterized by a piece in Mother Jones magazine as being “alt-right”, and how he pushed back against that. The piece was “Cashing in on the rise of the Alt-Right” by Josh Harkinson  (see his other articles here). Harkinson appears to be on the Control Left (“Ctrl-Left”), a great […]

The New Republic goes down the rabbit hole: argues that Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani as “worst possible ‘experts’ on Islam”

I used to write a lot for The New Republic (TNR), and enjoyed it. Then they changed ownership (with most of its staff resigning), reduced the frequency of the paper edition, and became, well, boring. . . just another political site (granted, a left-wing one), lacking the cultural and literary pieces that help give it its […]

CNN cancels Reza Aslan’s t.v. documentary, “Believer”, but for bad reasons

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Reza Aslan. I dislike his apologetics for and whitewashing of Islam, his osculation of all faiths and false claim that, at bottom, they’re all the same, and his flaunting of his  bogus credentials that he’s a “religious scholar.” His CNN show about religion, “Believer,” which I’ve […]

We need a word

The contest is in the last paragraph. An increasing number of articles on websites, even respectable ones, seem to consist largely of a collection of people’s tweets. Here’s an example from a non-respectable site. (Click on screenshot to go to articles. The tweets given in the piece go on beyond the screenshot; nearly the whole piece is tweets!) […]

NYT asks readers to send nice comments about Trump for a new feature

The tw**t below came from Steve Silberman, a well known science writer who currently works for Wired. At first I couldn’t believe that the New York Times would solicit nice comments about Trump to put in its weekly review, but, sure enough, I found Silberman’s NYT quotation at the bottom of a Sunday Review column by Michael […]

NY Times hires science disser as op-ed writer

Late last month, the New York Times hired conservative Bret Stephens as an op-ed writer. Only 43 years old, Stephens had previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013. While Stephens isn’t an out-and-out denialist of global warming, he’s always tried to minimize its potential effects on our planet. […]

WaPo becoming HuffPo

There is a new phenomenon I call “Twitter journalism”, in which people manage to eke out articles by stringing together Twitter “posts”. I myself have been tempted to do this, and sometimes have, though not very often. But this is a website, and it’s much worse when the tw**t assemblages are disguised as journalism. PuffHo, of course, […]

A new liberal website—and some pieces to read

I’m not sure when the website Areo Magazine started, but it was just called to my attention, and, like Quillette, it’s worth following as a liberal website that eschews the excesses and authoritarianism of the Regressive Left. It’s edited by Malhar Mali, who told me that the site “is focused around Free Expression, Humanism, Politics, Culture, and Science.” […]

Trump won’t attend White House correspondents’ dinner

From my CNN news feed: President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday that he will not attend this year’s White House correspondents’ Dinner. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” the President tweeted. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Here’s the damn tweet: I will […]