The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Unemployed Magazine Executives

Time, Inc. — which publishes Time, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and In Style magazines — is laying off hundreds of employees, and the hit list includes executives in the company: Gone in the cutbacks are David Geithner, an executive vice president who was in charge of the style and entertainment group that included No. 1 […]

How Bad Is Stephen Glass? ‘Morally Unfit to Be a Lawyer in California’!

Are California lawyers particularly moral people? However low the threshold of morality to be admitted to the practice of law in California, disgraced journalist Stephen Glass failed to clear it: The decision is long and citation-filled. It claims to make a rational, precedential case that Glass has not met the legal standard for being a […]

The Real Problem With the American Left: Tedious Douchebags Like Brian Beutler

Don’t really have an argument to offer here, but neither does Brian Beutler in publishing a Salon blog post with this headline: The real problem with the American right: Aging, white radicals Saw that headline at Memeorandum, and instinctively knew what I’d find at the link: A humdrum rehash of the Republican Party obituaries that […]

Good News, Good News, Bad News

First, the good news: Ezra Klein failed to hustle a multimillion-dollar deal with the Washington Post and will instead go do his own independent site. This is good because (a) Ezra won’t be getting any more of Jeff Bezos’ money and (b) some other chump will therefore pay money for Ezra to compete with the […]

‘Blood Bath’ at O.C. Register

Two newspapers in Southern California owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, laid off about 70 editors and reporters Thursday. For the past 18 months, Kushner had been aggressively expanding his operation, but suddenly — whack! whack! whack! “It’s a blood bath at OCR. Nearly every top manager […]

#UniteBlue In Which @7serf7 Denies Being Convicted Felon Bill Talley

Background: In April 2013, liberal blogger Matt Osborne — someone I hate nearly as much as he hates me — wrote a long post exposing the fact that Bill Talley, who had been an activist in the #UniteBlue progressive online group, had recently pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including possession of child pornography. Osborne’s “burn […]

Elegant Reporting in Appalachia

Kevin D. Williamson of National Review traveled to Appalachia — his dateline is Owsley County, Ky. — to write about the kind of poverty no liberal ever describes as “social injustice”: If the people here weren’t 98.5 percent white, we’d call it a reservation. Williamson’s article is not merely good reporting, but it is also […]

Reagan and the ‘Welfare Queen’

One of the things about the Internet Age is that it assists us in determining the truth about circumstances which have historically been the subject of myth-making. Josh Levin of Slate discovered the facts behind a favorite anecdote of Ronald Reagan’s: [I]n stump speech after stump speech, Reagan regaled his supporters with the story of […]

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