NYT Has an Op-Ed Problem

Hypothetically speaking, I do not wish to see an op-ed titled “The Only Good Cop is a Dead Cop,” nor am I remotely interested in engaging in debate with its author, even if their views would provide a fuller and more varied perspective on current public opinion. — sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) June 4, 2020

He’s Losing the Generals

From The Atlantic: Whatever Trump’s goal in conducting his visit, he laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country, gave succor to the leaders of other countries who take comfort in our domestic strife, and risked further politicizing the men and women of our armed forces. MIKE MULLEN is a […]

Your Immediate Resort to Violence

From @Dark_Tesla: “Wow. Cops killed a black man. Look at this video, he was begging for his life and they were laughing.” “That’s terrible. But fortunately, they can be prosecuted for murder.” “Oh, my. You’re new to America, aren’t you? The prosecutor will decline to indict.” “What? Why?” “Prosecutorial discretion.” “Uh…ok, that’s…not great. They can […]

Blame

Nothing is ever Trump’s fault. Always someone else to blame. Trump, Feb. 28: “The press is in hysteria mode” over coronavirus. Trump video, April 13: “The media minimized the risk from the start.” — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 14, 2020

But in the Face of Evidence

From FiveThirtyEight: Then how’d it get here at all? There’s a simpler, if less flashy, explanation for the emergence of a new SARS. A study, published in 2018, of four rural villages in Yunnan province located near caves containing bats known to carry coronaviruses found that 2.7 percent of those surveyed had antibodies for close […]