10 February 2015

Recent Journalistic Inanity: A Miscellany

“But it was Lindsey Graham who put in the most impressive performance of the conference…Mr. Graham tells me that he is seriously considering a run for the presidency. Why not? The worst that could happen is to expose GOP primary voters to the views of a foreign-policy heavyweight in an era of encroaching global disorder.” - Brett Stephens, The Wall Street Journal.

“Given the obvious motivation for this bit of corporate cooperation—big-budget superhero franchises are all-but-guaranteed moneymakers and studios want to cash in—it would be heartening to see Sony and Marvel take a meaningful risk. Namely, the studios could take advantage of the relative safety that comes with doing a superhero reboot and finally bring a non-white Spider-Man to the big screen…From a PR standpoint, the move could be a huge win for everyone involved if played the right way. More specifically, this is an immense opportunity for Marvel to address growing complaints about diversity and hit the home run Sony missed out on…” - David Sims, The Atlantic.

“I’ve long believed that Matthew Yglesias hit on something really important…” - Paul Krugman, The New York Times.

“Iggy is more talented and more deeply schooled in hip-hop than Vanilla Ice ever was…Iggy has bumbled into some troubling, distinctly American issues. It’s tough watching someone wear your race like a costume and get rewarded for it, especially when there is so much peril in being the genuine article…In Iggy, we see the ultimate in co-opting culture and race, at a time where events in Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland have made us hyper-aware…” - Kashann Kilson, The New Republic.

“Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making strides on many fronts…” - David Crary and Lisa Leff, Associated Press.

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