It’s back to the wheel with you, gerbils, where you’ll run and run and keep on running until you can maybe afford to retire and die in peace. Here’s some reading material to take your mind off all of that.
1. Swept Away
Here’s the headline of the morning: a massive storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Midwest has left behind death and devastation in its wake.
2. Sorry State of Affairs
This is interesting stuff given the recent 60 Minutes fiasco. I’ve said before that there’s a reason why almost every retraction you’ve ever heard from a TV news organization sounds like utter horseshit. It sounds that way because it is. The average retraction or “clarification” of a mistake made on-air is a carefully worded and heavily lawyered piece of theater designed to acknowledge a screw-up while not actually admitting to a screw-up. It’s saying that you regret the error while not taking responsibility for that error. Again, it’s nonsense. It’s done entirely for the sake of saving the station or network’s ass, with a commitment to the audience barely even a consideration. The AV Club tries to explain why this is.
3. Meet Pierre
You know Pierre Omidyar as the man who made billions at a young age by founding eBay. You also know him as the money man behind a new news network that promises to smash the conventions of the mainstream media by giving free rein to the likes of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. But how much do you know about him beyond that? This may help to answer any questions you have.
4. Misery Loves… More Misery
You kidding? I’ve been honing these skills since I was a kid.
5. The Hours
From the article: “From noon to dusk on November 22, 1963, history went dark, locked inside the closed and crowded cabin of Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light.”
6. Dream Ending
The Breaking Bad twist ending you’ve always wanted to see is finally a reality. Also, my girlfriend and I ran into Matt Jones, who played Badger on the show, at a bar in Silverlake on Saturday night. Yes, he’s that tall, and that awesome. And yes, it was hard to remain calm instead of superfan geeking out all over the damn place.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.