Anthony Scaramucci is Literally The Dumbest Person on Earth
America's shortest lived press secretary Anthony Scaramucci is back in the public eye, claiming he wasn't aware that calling a journalist to rant at him would result in his comments being published. Let's repeat that: Anthony Scaramucci, whose job it was to handle journalists ...read more
David Remnick Perfectly Summarizes How Demoralizing Trump's First 100 Days Have Been
The New Yorker's David Remnick encapsulates the grim reality Trump's first 100 days in office represents for those who hope to see humanity through the next 10 years: On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury ...read more
Joe Biden Once Went Badass On Vladimir Putin In His Own Building
Having written not one, but two posts about Joe Biden in four days, I was going to leave the guy alone for a bit, but there's a profile on the Vice President in the latest New Yorker with a nugget just too awesome to ignore. On the heels of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines ...read more
THE MORNING BANTER: Ukraine Deja Vu, Dumb Americans, New Yorker Covers, and Super Mario
Happy Tuesday! It's all happening! But here's what's happening on the interweb: 1. Pro-Russian Activists Declare East Ukrainian Region Independent, Call for Referendum Pro-Moscow activists barricaded inside government buildings in eastern Ukraine proclaimed their regions ...read more
Jonah Lehrer and the Perils of "Self-Plagiarism"
By Chez Pazienza: So, shooting star journalist celebrity Jonah Lehrer's very short stint at The New Yorker is officially over, quite possibly along with his entire career. Since accepting a staff writing position at the magazine back in June, Lehrer's been the subject of quite ...read more
In Defense of Jonah Lehrer: Not a Sexist, and Should not be Fired
By Ben Cohen: Poor Jonah Lehrer - the new New Yorker staff writer raked over the coals for plagiarizing himself is getting it from all angles. Lehrer's science blog, 'Frontal Cortex' features thought provoking posts on 'science, imagination, and the mind', and his move to the ...read more
Self-Plagiarism at the New Yorker?
Hamilton Nolan catches the New Yorkers newest columnist Jonah Lehrer bizarrely plagiarizing himself: Jim Romenesko pointed out today that in a June 12 blog post for The New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer plagiarized the shit out of himself. Specifically, the first three paragraphs are ...read more
Malcolm Gladwell Unmasked: A Look Into the Life & Work of America’s Most Successful Propagandist
By Yasha Levine: In the vast ecosystem of corporate shills, which one is the most effective? Propaganda works best when it is not perceived as propaganda: nuance, obfuscation, distraction, suggestion, the subtle introduction of doubt—these are more effective in the long run ...read more