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Mel Gibson and Stephen Colbert haven’t changed at all

On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert hit Mel Gibson hard: “Hey, Mel-Mels? When you look back on your life, do you think you’ll have any regrets?” (Mel-Mels’ reply: “No. Not one.”) And had Gibson asked Colbert the same question in return, I’m sure Stephen could have come up with at least one regret of his own: going soft on erstwhile interviewee Donald Trump.

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The subtle sexism of closed captioning

After Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for President by a major political party in the United States (one helluva baseball stat), a lot of ink was spilled in the matter of her outfit. To many, the fixation on the female nominee’s sartorial decision-making was clear evidence of sexism. For the media to give the same sort of attention to what a man chose to wear, they pointed out, would come off as absurd.

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Cory Booker was so conveniently nonspecific about the children he imagined

Here’s how Cory Booker tried to put Hillary’s nomination last night into perspective this morning on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert (taping of which began at five minutes to midnight) :

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Jeb Bush’s new campaign logo represents a clear effort to distance himself from the Hispanic community

Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo received a lot of attention (much of it negative) when first released,* and pundits have continued to dissect it in the two months since. And now, design critics finally have something else to talk about. Today, another contender for the presidential throne revealed his own icon [click or see above].

Pundits argued that the emblem represents “an attempt by Bush to distance himself from his famous family name” slash dynasty:

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Larry Wilmore really doesn’t like one of his Nightly Show correspondents

Like its mothershow (the daily one), Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show employs several regular correspondents. This is not altogether surprising. Although the Nightly Show added a few twists to differentiate itself from the show that airs just beforehand, the format remains largely recognizable — after all, Wilmore served as Jon Stewart’s Senior Black correspondent for nearly a decade.

There is, however, one major difference between Daily Show and Nightly Show correspondents, which is as follows: Nightly Show correspondents are not very good. One, in particular, stands out as out of place on Comedy Central: Shenaz Treasury, who has appeared on the show several times. It’s not that she is a bad person, or isn’t perfectly bubbly and delightful — it’s that she’s just not funny.

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Larry Wilmore is a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life, and mean. And mean. And mean.

On last night’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore  said something – in connection with the recent confirmation of new attorney general Loretta Lynch – that is just demonstrably untrue:

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How anti-Semitic are New England Patriots fans?

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made headlines yesterday when he (sort of nonsensically) accused the Philadelphia Eagles of making roster decisions on the basis of race. But the idea of a racist team in the modern NFL is not so far-fetched — it’s probably just playing in Foxborough.

Suspicions were raised last year, when the Patriots’ official Twitter account shared the following:

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Can you even believe that thing Benedict Cumberbatch just said in his “apology”?

Benedict Cumberbatch has roundly drawn praise for his efforts to remedy a recent Benedict Cumberbotch. I’m not so sure he deserves it. Via the Huffington Post:

Benedict Cumberbatch apologized on Monday for using the phrase “colored actors” on the Tavis Smiley PBS show, and said he was “devastated to have caused offense.”

First of all, this is Benedict Cumberbatch; if anything, he said “coloured actors”, and that’s certainly deserving of at least a modicum of additional forgiveness.

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The New York Times inexplicably chopped this quote in half

The New York Times has an inexplicable love for the city of Seattle. I’ve documented one measure of it here, and could give other examples if prompted. But that’s not what this post is about — this is about a rare instance in which the Grey Lady voluntarily shifted focus away the Grey City.

Here’s what the Times published in its account of the  Seahawks’ miraculous victory over the Packers on Sunday in Seattle:

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