Category: Media

Jon Stewart Provided Comfort

I never watched much of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report. It was mainly the time slot, but it was also that I spent all day writing about politics and I kind of needed a break…

The Enemy of the Educated

I almost as a rule ignore Ann Coulter because her game is to bait liberals and cash in on the attention. But sometimes she says something that is worth thinking about. For example, let’s pretend for a moment that she’s…

Political Speech is a Brawl

Henry Farrell concludes that Jonathan Chait “is a very talented troll of the second magnitude.” In other words, Chait is good at pissing people off and does so quite intentionally. I think he just likes being contrarian and relishes stirring…

A Rapist as the Face of the NFL

If you’re looking for information on the upcoming NFL draft, there are few places better than DraftTek. Currently, they have the Tennessee Titans, who own the second pick in the first round, taking Florida quarterback and former national champion and…

Need an Althouse Decoder Ring

In the alternate Althouse reality, Maureen Dowd is concerned about the health and future of the Democratic Party. Therefore, the only reason she would care about the historical accuracy of Selma is because she (and other liberals) “would like to…

How They Puff ‘Em For Us

Why did William Randolph Hearst “puff” Billy Graham and turn him into a sensation? Evangelist Billy Graham recalls in his new book the pivotal point in his young ministry when, during a 1949 Los Angeles crusade, a two-word directive from…

David Brooks and Higher Meaningfulness

At this point it really should be better understood, but isn’t, that the only thing that gives meaning to David Brook’s life is inspiring a warm tingling desire in philosophy majors to commit a public act of hara-kiri. In other,…

Wieseltier Moves to The Atlantic

Some people always land on their feet. Leon Wieseltier has been hired by The Atlantic as a contributing editor and critic, the media company announced today. In his new position, he will write about “his customary wide range of subjects”…

Chris Hitchens Must Be Glad to Be Dead

Jonathan Chait makes a good observation about how the right went from insisting that waterboarding isn’t so bad and was, in any case, only carried out on three bad guys, to attempting to gloss over all manner of torture. The…