Defending the deportation of sick children

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How do you justify evil? According to the AP and the Boston Globe, the Trump administration is ending a program that allowed families to stay in the United States while their children receive medical treatment for illnesses like cancer. (Boston is a center for specialized hospitals for children and cancer treatment so it deals with … Continued

The Elizabeth Warren surge is a poll illusion

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According to Monday’s Monmouth University poll, there’s now a three-way tie in the Democratic presidential primary: Warren, Sanders, and Biden. This has been reported as a “surge.” In fact, it says more about polls and media than it does about Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden. The Monmouth University poll reports three front-runners: Elizabeth Warren 20%, … Continued

Media manipulation via stock photo

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Have you seen this girl? I bet you have. And she’s there to make you angry. This image is from an article from U.S. News. The photo, by Steve Senne of AP, is “an unidentified 15-year-old student at a high school in Cambridge, Mass.” There was no need to get a photo release, because without … Continued

The Washington Post publishes the world’s most epic correction

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Korsha Wilson published an article in the Washington Post’s food section. Then the Post published a correction. The correction is 579 words long and includes 15 bullet points. It raises a few questions about who gets published and who checks facts in the publications you read. Wilson, a freelancer, contributed an article about black families … Continued

Hypocrisy in headlines: How newspapers covered Trump’s call to end racism

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In the wake of the shooting in Texas, Donald Trump has asked the nation to come together to condemn white supremacy and racism. Given his own past statements stirring up racial animosity, how are news media supposed to write about that? For context, he’s been telling women of color in Congress to “go back where … Continued

Cloudflare deplatforms 8chan. Have we figured out where to draw the line?

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The unmoderated site 8chan has hosted some horrifying things, including a hate-filled manifesto that appears to be from the shooter in the El Paso massacre. After 8chan’s cloud network and security provider Cloudflare dumped it, I began to wonder if we’d finally figured out the boundaries of the legitimate internet. The question of what content … Continued

Rutger Hauer is gone, like tears in rain

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The actor Rutger Hauer has died. He elevated his most iconic performance by saying less than was in the script. Towards the end of the science fiction epic Blade Runner, the two main characters confront one another. Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, has been tracking down an escaped replicant — a genetically engineered artificial … Continued