Category Archives: journalism

A “speech wars” section of The Atlantic

I’d like to call your attention to a fairly new feature of The Atlantic that began last fall: a series of columns and short pieces gathered under the rubric (and webpage) called “The Speech Wars”. Click on the screenshot to go there: The topics and viewpoints are diverse, but all have something to do with […]

A profile of Bari Weiss

If you’ve read this site for even a short time, you’ll know about Bari Weiss, a liberal writer for the New York Times who, like me, specializes in criticizing the excesses of the Left while still believing that Republicans and the Trump administration are the most horrific aspect of American politics. (I, for one, don’t […]

More enabling of religion by NBC

Two quotes from this evening’s NBC News in their report on the fire in Notre Dame: From Richard Engel, describing how the interior of the cathedral was not damaged as severely as the outside: “But in the interior, fire met faith, and faith won.” Seriously? From another correspondent describing how firemen ran into the church […]

More scientific puffery at The New Yorker

I’ve often carped about the New Yorker‘s science writing (see here and here, for instance), something that became a pet peeve when it published Siddhartha Mukherjee’s wonky ideas about epigenetics and then refused to correct them after many famous geneticists called it to their attention.   After I was getting tired of its attempt to wrap […]

Weekend reading

It’s supposedly my day off, though with the weather being Arctic, there’s not much to do outside—or even a reason to go outside. But I’ve read a few things that I’ll recommend if you too are housebound today. First, a good column—especially the first part—from Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine (h/t Simon). It’s worth keeping […]

University of Chicago newspaper tars college President by finding that he voted in the last Republican primary

Our student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, had as its big headline the results of its diligent investigation: a trawl through public voting records. And what they found is revealed below (click on screenshot): Make no mistake about it: this is meant to tar the President—who’s done a pretty damn good job—by implying that he’s a […]

The Women’s March, Inc. tries to protect itself by unethically strong-arming journalists

Four days ago I reported on a Tablet article that investigated the Women’s March (WM) in detail, exposing the pervasive anti-Semitism of some of the leaders and their possible financial ties to the Nation of Islam (which accounts for three of the leaders cozying up to the racist, homophobic, and sexist bigot Louis Farakkhan). The […]

More insanity from the White House: Acosta’s White House access suspended, Jeff Sessions out

UPDATE: Apparently the video showing Acosta touching the aide was DOCTORED by the White House to make it look as if he gave the woman a hand chop. Here are the data; judge for yourself: This video is doctored. It's slowed down and then sped up at the moment Acosta's hand comes down to make […]

The Harvard Crimson appears to decry affirmative action for Americans from rural areas

I say “appears” in the title because this editorial, from the Harvard Crimson of all places (that’s the student newspaper), is so poorly written that I’m not 100% sure about what it says. Since it’s a short editorial of 5 paragraphs, I’m asking readers to see if my interpretation is correct. You can read it […]

Jamal Khashoggi’s final column

The Saudi Arabian columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critical pieces about his country for the Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get permission to divorce his first wife so he could marry his fiancée. He was apparently killed, almost certainly on the orders of, or with […]