A common thread running through many of these “inspirational” vignettes is the existence of a seemingly impossible social dysfunction solved by the miraculous ingenuity and sheer generosity of others. The focus is always on the unique "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" solution rather than the underlying institutional problems that...
Pivoting hard enough to make an NBA center proud, Sean Hannity quickly glossed over Manafort, Gates, and Papadopoulos to focus on the “real Russia scandal,” which involves Hillary Clinton. Of course it does.
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why Trump’s so-called “news conference” on December 11 – the first he’s held in six months – wasn’t really a news conference at all.
One almost gets the sense that editors writing headlines ... have enlisted themselves on the sheriff’s team, waving spectators away with a “nothing to see here, folks.”
Rock legend Neil Young released a song called “Indian Givers” in support of the Dakota Access mobilization. The chorus of the song repeats, “I wish somebody would share the news.” I wish more corporate media decision-makers were Neil Young fans.
It's more than a bit bizarre to complain that the business interests who were able to impose enormous costs on the rest of society in order to advance their agenda have no power in Washington.
We are privileging certain kinds of violence and magnifying it through the press and social media.