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A Question for James Lovelock on His Predictions of Global Depopulation and the Desertification of Europe: What is Your Evidence That This is Coming?
James Lovelock is 88 and turning into an apocalyptic crank. In a recent interview with Decca Aitkenhead of The Guardian, he makes some rather extreme predictions supported by no evidence whatsoever: His latest book, The Revenge of Gaia, predicts that by … Continue reading
Journalist Howard Kurtz has been goofing up lately, but the way he addressed it this past weekend is incredibly impressive (as can be seen in the below video). It’s rare, almost unheard of in any context, for someone to so … Continue reading
I stumbled on the quote below while reading Walter Isaacson’s excellent recent biography of Albert Einstein. Einstein was being asked by an American journalist about the anti-theoretical pragmatism of Thomas Edison. Edison liked people with a lot of practical knowledge in their … Continue reading
Below is Michael Kinsley today on the pre-Internet 20th century fluff still typical in old school journalism news stories. Kinsley highlights such stories’ archaic inclination: . . . to accommodate readers who have just emerged from a coma or a coal mine. … Continue reading
With traditional newpaper journalism imploding before its competition with the Internet, New York magazine asks whether Columbia’s journalism school is imploding with it. Money quote: Part of the problem is the perception that the situation is “a zero-sum game,” as one … Continue reading
Michael Hirschorn of the Atlantic forecasts the end of the NY Times print edition. And it may come sooner rather than later, with 80% of its journalists laid off. Read the article here.
Maureen Dowd’s recent column on the outsourcing of a California newspaper’s entire content to Indian writers at $7.50 per thousand words is sobering reading. Money quote: He fired his seven Pasadena staffers — including five reporters — who were making … Continue reading
“Drill, Baby, Drill” or “Lie, Baby, Lie”? Sarah Palin Continues to Repeat Lies That Have Been Thoroughly Debunked in the Press
Salon.com reports that, in a Republican rally on Saturday in Nevada, Sarah Palin continues to make reference to things that, elsewhere, have been debunked as falsehoods: In her 20-minute stump speech, Palin reprised the greatest hits of her Republican National … Continue reading
Is John McCain’s VP pick, Sarah Palin, an alien? She moves around in an impervious capsule of far-right media rectitude—and that’s kind of like how an alien would move around, ensconsed in an armored machine, safe from anything unpredictable that it couldn’t … Continue reading
Via Teleprompter, “She’ll Talk Directly to the American People”: McCain Campaign Surrogate Mocks the Notion that Sarah Palin Needs to Make Herself Available for Interviews and Questions From The Press
The following video is so gross to watch, I simply don’t know what to say. The cynicism is bottomless: When a national party can shield its candidates from interviews and press conferences, how is democracy to function properly? How are … Continue reading