Before I even got out of bed this morning, I read this long piece in Slate about Blake Bailey, the author of the recent Philip Roth biography whose publication has been frozen amid allegations of rape and sexual assault, as well as grooming young students. I can’t stop reading about it. There are more stories, memories, allegations surfacing from his former students, and it’s bringing up feelings. I was fortunate to talk to a couple friends who are also women writers about this over Zoom the other night. …
Racism introduces absurdism into the human condition. Not only does racism express the absurdity of the racists, it generates absurdity in the victims.
— Chester Himes
Our nation is mourning the recent attacks on the Asian American community. On Tuesday, a man murdered eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. This comes amidst the global pandemic where anti-Asian hate speech and violence are on the rise.
As we watch the coverage of this tragedy, many of us are privy to the absurdity of racism in America. This absurdity was even articulated by the man who carried out the killings. The…
Even as the first draft of the history of the January 6 insurrection is still being written, it’s not too early to consider the version that will be memorialized in high school history and social studies textbooks a decade from now. Will it tell the story of a defeated president who incited a seditious mob to attack the Capitol? Or will it show a president who stirred patriots to act based on the claim he was cheated of a second term by election fraud?
I drove to the gun shop on the fifth official day of the pandemic to see if I might find the true face of American paranoia. I’ve seen it on TV, and I’ve seen it on Twitter, but I wondered if it was right outside, within reaching distance, in places other than supermarkets.
Of course, by now, we’ve all seen our population gripped with the fear of not having enough toilet paper in the event of a mass quarantine, but what about the fear of self-defense in the event of a societal collapse? …
Every so often, MSNBC host Chris Matthews reminds us why he shouldn’t still be on the air. This week, that moment came after the Democratic debate in South Carolina, when he asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren how she could be so sure that former mayor Mike Bloomberg had told a pregnant employee to “kill it” (an accusation that has been reported by the Washington Post and verified by another person who witnessed the conversation).
“You believe that the former mayor of New York said that to a pregnant employee,” Matthews asked her. …
By Janani Mohan
As a child of the 2000s, I can’t remember a time when America was not at war. I grew up thinking that conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan was the norm. I’d see photos of the war heroes from my hometown who died in the Middle East. And while I’m too young to remember 9/11, many people around me still felt it deeply. That may help explain why in 2004, during the first election I can remember, a president who was tanking the economy and violating human rights still won.
By Isvari Mohan Maranwe
Since the dawn of time, politicians have been liars. This is not news. Sure, not everyone is a bald-faced criminal like Donald Trump, but elected officials are trained to sugarcoat, hide, and obfuscate. If they tell the truth by chance, they never tell the whole truth or nothing but it.
Maybe “cancel culture” can change that.
On Monday, The Root’s Michael Harriot called out 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for being “a lying MF.” He wrote about how Buttigieg whitewashed minority education issues and bragged about being a Rhodes scholar and Harvard graduate when he was…
Alan Rusbridger was editor in chief of the Guardian from 1995 to 2005. He is now principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
In a world of fake news and information chaos, we need more journalism. That was the elevator pitch — at least, inside my own head — as I embarked on a book about the revolution in news which is still ripping through our industry with the force of a Category 5 hurricane.
We’ve now stood on the brink of this existential crisis long enough to be frightened…
After the shock of the 2016 presidential election, many Americans found psychological refuge in a simple explanation for why Donald Trump won: “fake news.” False or misleading information published by dubious for-profit websites had spread widely on Facebook, reaching millions of people in the final months of the campaign. This development provided a tidy narrative that resonated with concerns about potential online echo chambers.
More than two years later, we can now evaluate these claims. And it turns out that many of the initial conclusions that observers reached about the scope of fake news consumption, and its effects on our…
For the past several days, my Facebook feed, Twitter timeline, and evening news have been filled with stories on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest report about the declining birth rate of U.S. women.
Despite the breadth of the data included in its January 2019 vital statistics update, the CDC statistic generating the biggest headlines is the one that calculates the birth rate in the U.S. to be 16 percent below the amount needed to replace our population over time.
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