• Twitter, Facebook Admit Mistakes In Congressional Hearing

    Twitter, Facebook Admit Mistakes In Congressional Hearing

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    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared before Congress today, along with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to address concerns about the use of the platforms by foreign governments seeking to affect American elections. In a wide-ranging opening statement prepared for the hearing, Dorsey testified that in a ten-week period leading up to and after the election of 2016, the company identified more than 50,000 accounts affiliated with Russia tweeting about the election.

    “Of all election related Tweets that occurred on Twitter during that period, these malicious accounts constituted approximately one percent, totaling 2,12 million tweets,” he said in the statement. This means that Russia alone, not the only foreign actor engaged in these activities was responsible for one out of every one hundred election related Tweets on the platform. READ MORE...

  • Stop Hounding Actors Out Of Roles And Just Let Them Act

    Stop Hounding Actors Out Of Roles And Just Let Them Act

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    For as long as there have been actors, there have been forces trying to determine how people should act. In the Elizabethan period, it was illegal for women to appear on stage in a play. Through much of the nineteenth and even twentieth centuries, the races could not mingle onstage. Later, there were efforts to ban communist actors from work lest they use their platform to turn the country red.

    These rules all have two things in common. They were promulgated to serve a perceived societal good; and they were bad not only for art, but for society. Today a new set of rules are emerging regarding who should act in certain roles. Recently, Scarlett Johansson was hounded out of a role as a trans man, and more recently the casting of Jake Whitehall as Disney’s first openly gay character has been criticized because he isn’t gay. There are many more examples. READ MORE...

  • The News Media Bet On Trump Emboldening White Supremacy And Lost

    The News Media Bet On Trump Emboldening White Supremacy And Lost

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    I’ve spent most of my adult life producing theater in New York City. In that time, on more occasions than I care to remember, only 20 people showed up in the audience when I’d hoped for hundreds. I thought of that with a smile yesterday watching the maybe two dozen sad white nationalists hold their “rally” in Washington. I know how bad that feels, the Public Address system and stage you paid for mocking you.

    Jason Kessler and his gang more than deserved it, but you can see why they assumed they were going to sell out. The going narrative in our newspapers and cable news shows is that the Trump presidency has emboldened white supremacists, that they are no longer ashamed. After all, the president is winking at them. There were probably 20 journalists for every white nationalist at yesterday’s event precisely because the news media was testing its hypothesis. READ MORE...

  • Thomas Sowell Writes The Book About Racism That America Needs

    Thomas Sowell Writes The Book About Racism That America Needs

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    Sometimes the slim volumes are the most deadly. Such is the case with Thomas Sowell’s “Discrimination and Disparities,” which in fewer than 200 pages lays bare the grave faults and assumptions of people on both sides of the political divide about outcomes for racial groups. In a long, storied career, Sowell has been a beacon of reason and evidence-based thinking. In this book, he makes the fruits of his labors accessible to almost anyone. Anyone who wishes to think, speak, or write on race in America would be remiss in not reading it. READ MORE...

  • NYT Must Explain Why Its Racial Double Standard Is Good For Society

    NYT Must Explain Why Its Racial Double Standard Is Good For Society

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    The New York Times announced this week that it had hired Sarah Jeong as a new member of its editorial board. As is the unfortunate custom in the modern media age, this hiring led to a dissection of Jeong’s Twitter history in the hopes of finding something offensive. It did not take long for offensive things to be discovered. But in this case the offensive content came with a twist unique to the age of privilege. What the tweets described — and there were many — was how horrible white people are. READ MORE...

  • Michael Anton’s Attack On Birthright Citizenship Is A Disgrace

    Michael Anton’s Attack On Birthright Citizenship Is A Disgrace

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    What do the words in the Constitution mean? Do they mean what they say? When the Second Amendment says, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” does it really mean that? Or can we go back and try to figure out what the authors really meant, even if somehow they failed to write it? Most conservatives would say, the words mean what they say. But not Michael Anton. He argues in a Washington Post op-ed we should overthrow the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection of birthright citizenship in exactly the way progressives try to overthrow the Second. READ MORE...

  • Why Don't The WaPo And NYT Have A Single Pro-Trump Columnist?

    Why Don’t The WaPo And NYT Have A Single Pro-Trump Columnist?

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    President Trump is absolutely correct that the news media is against him. There is simply no way to objectively look at how the vast majority of the press reports about him and not reach that conclusion. But he’s wrong to think this bias is the result of some animosity against him personally.

    Lest we doubt that the press uniquely treats Trump badly, let’s look at the opinion pages of the nation’s two leading newspapers. Neither The New York Times nor the Washington Post have a single columnist on staff who actively approves of the sitting president. This is an unprecedented and even bizarre state of affairs. Never before in modern American history have the two papers of record failed to employ even one opinion writer who unequivocally supports the president. READ MORE...