A Source is a Source of Course of Course

Any volunteers for today’s exemplary of crap journalism? Anyone? Mary Elizabeth Williams, is that your hand I see up? Alright then! Rule one in journalism – at least if you’re even remotely interested in getting at the truth – is to always check your facts. Hey, I’m not just taking opportunistic potshots here. That actually…

The Correct Solution by Accident

That Columbia Journalism Review post on the Rolling Stone UVA "rape" article is the gift that keeps on giving. Even sillier than Jessica Valenti’s confusion on the point of whether caring more for Jackie would have helped is Amanda Marcotte’s insistence that this story won’t help the "Rape Deniers’" case. Who? "Rape deniers." OK, she…

Jessica Valenti gets Rolling Stone Getting it Wrong Wrong

Rolling Stone is getting a lot of well-deserved flak over The Columbia Journalism Review’s post mortem on it’s UVA campus "rape" story. Turns out, not only was the story not true, it wasn’t even a proxy for a less dramatic but still traumatic event that the subject, "Jackie," may or may not have experienced. The…

The Water Ordeal Amendment

So, Indiana caved and amended its RFRA. It would have been one thing to have merely amended it to prohibit its use against local anti-discrimination ordinances (which, by the way, was actually done – not that anyone in the media chose to notice). Amending it to specifically list all the classes of people it can’t…

Chomsky Hebdo

Noam Chomsky’s reaction to the Charlie Hebbo terror attack is an oldie-but-goodie: a bit of cherry-picking to set up a bait-n-switch meant to expose double standards in the way the West treats its own actions and those it condemns in others. It suffers from the usual problem: the double standard isn’t really all that double.…

Takes One to Know One, As They Say

Today I was excited to see a comment by Pax Dickinson on one of Scott Alexander’s posts. I’m in the camp that thinks he was shafted (my actual words were that he’s an attention whore who should have been quietly reprimanded and otherwise allowed to keep his job), and I admit to having wondered a…

How (Not) To Sell A Crisis

Preparing for the worst is a healthy way to live your life. But there are people who raise alarms just to raise alarms. One of my friends on Facebook keeps posting articles from a site called Information Clearing House that seems to be a gaggle of such people. It’s interesting, for example, to watch them…

A Cool Link to Nowhere

You know that thing that some people do where they link something that is at best tangentially related to what they’re talking about and pretend that it’s directly related to what they’re talking about, apparently hoping that you don’t click the link? There’s a breathtaking example of it in this Elite Daily article about why…

Advancing the Discussion: You’re Doing it Wrong

Ferguson. It happened. There were riots. Everyone had an opinion. People responded. As with everything, some of those responses were better than others. One of the right’s weaker responses has been to try to cast the hammer beating of Zemir Begic as a racial incident. The broad facts are these: Begic, a Bosnian, was beaten…