Category Archives: journalism

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 […]

My interview in Croatia(n)

The Croatian journalist Nenad Jarić Dauenhauer, who I’m told is the premier science journalist in the country, interviewed me on Skype about ten days ago, and we had a nice 1.5-hour talk about matters diverse. Nenad, a nonbeliever, asked some good questions, and I really enjoyed the interview. He wrote it up and it was published […]

More anti-Semitic lies from Palestinian media

The Palestine Observer (PO) is both a Twitter site and a Facebook page, but I’m not sure who runs it, or whether it has anything to do with the government of Palestine. Its motto is “Keeping our audience updated about the situation in Palestine.” But what they post is typical of the anti-Semitic propaganda that gets […]

Malcolm Gladwell criticizes his own editor’s de-platforming of Bannon

Well cut off my legs and call me Shorty! Malcolm Gladwell, whom I’ve never much admired, has just done something truly admirable. After the invertebrate New Yorker editor David Remnick, following a barrage of social-media criticism, disinvited Steve Bannon from their upcoming one-on-one conversation at the New Yorker Festival, and after other New Yorker staffers […]

After pressure from social media and colleagues, craven New Yorker editor David Remnick disinvites Bannon from the New Yorker festival

As you know, a faculty member has invited Steve Bannon to speak at the university of Chicago this fall. Despite students, alumni, and faculty raising objections to this, and asking Bannon to be banned (see here and here), President Robert Zimmer, adhering to the University of Chicago’s “Statement of Principles of Free Expression,” affirmed that […]

John Sununu schools Alisyn Camerota of CNN

Here we have John H. Sununu, who must pose a dilemma for the Control-Left: he’s a conservative who was George W. Bush’s chief of staff (remember?), a Republican who’s taken some dreadful stands on stuff like the environment, and yet he’s also a Palestinian-Lebanese-American who was born in Cuba. I would guess that his ideology […]

Today’s reading

While I’m at the dentist, here’s a short NY Times editorial to read. Remember when Trump made McCain’s death all about Trump? Or when Madonna recently did that in a “tribute” to the late Aretha Franklin? It’s an increasing and narcissistic trend to make someone else’s death about yourself, often through touting your virtue. Frank […]

NYT down the rabbit hole again: dumb op-ed stereotypes nerds as misogynists, jocks as woke people

What the bloody hell is going on at the New York Times? As I’ve claimed repeatedly, my theory (which is mine) is that the Times has made a conscious decision to become more social-justice-y, and reflects that in both the articles and op-eds it is publishing—with the op-eds often worthless pieces of tripe that would […]

NYT puts in request for information about Brett Kavanaugh’s wife

Here we may have another example of the New York Times‘s double standards comparable to their having hired Sarah Jeong while firing Quinn Norton for the same acts committed by Jeong (nasty and bigoted statements on Twitter). In this short article (click on screenshot to read it), two of the paper’s investigative reporters explain why […]

HuffPo, Slate, and Vox: “It’s okay when people of color are racists”

Let’s begin with the Oxford English Dictionary‘s definition of “racism”, which gives only a single meaning: Note that it says nothing about which race can be guilty of bigotry; it just notes that racism is the belief in the superiority of one’s group, the idea that other groups threatens one’s “cultural identity or well being”, or […]