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The failing New York Times may be taking this whole “post-truth” thing a little too seriously

The New York Times reported Tuesday on the installation of a cross at the St. Nicholas National Shrine beneath the World Trade  Center. The Times’ article included a most curious assertion:

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Stephen Colbert is not some sort of pronunciation savant

About a year ago, back before even one episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert ever aired on CBS, the network wanted to introduce its shiny new host to a broader audience. And so journalists like Dave Itzkoff found themselves with behind-the-scenes access as Colbert & friends frantically readied for their big launch. What they produced, generally speaking, was not journalism. Here’s a sample I found particularly objectionable:

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If only Stephen Colbert had read Paper Treiger

A good friend is extremely fond of Stephen Colbert, but somewhat less committed to actually watching his every word than I am. So when I do watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (to say nothing of the Colbert Report before it) every next-morning, I try to pass along his best work as a public service.

Truth(iness) is, the worthwhile pieces have been noticeably fewer and farther between since Stephen made the switch to CBS, despite the fact that he now has twice as long on the air — not to mention Fridays! Indeed, this past Friday’s show contained just the third LSSC clip I felt moved to forward [redacted]’s way. The clip in question was, in my opinion, vintage Colbert:

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Why I haven’t written in seven months

It’s been a while since I opened this tab and started writing. And the people deserve answers. Luckily, it’s all quite simple. I decided to take a break while studying for the bar exam, but not because I was too diligent in my studies or didn’t have enough time. (I did, after all, blog right through final exams in early May.) Instead, in the event I failed the bar, I did not want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs announcing the creative non-studying uses to which I had put my time. In other words, I wanted to preserve at least the potential for sympathy.

But I took the bar in July. I found out I passed four months ago tomorrow.* There’s obviously a bit more to the story. So here goes:

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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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Just what is Haaretz desperately trying to hide in Elisheva Goldberg’s murky past?

Last week, Haaretz published a report about a minor trend that sees some Birthright students who become more critical of Israel’s policies after visiting. The piece devotes extensive coverage to notorious anti-Israel advocate Elisheva Goldberg* (who did not come to Israel through Birthright, but does volunteer with Extend, an organization that takes Birthright participants on follow-up tours of the West Bank). The article even refers to the incident that the first link in this paragraph is about (this one, if that’s confusing).

*If you don’t know why, you should probably read the link.

Though on the surface, the piece goes into great detail concerning Ms. Goldberg’s interests and activities — listing pretty much every trip she has taken abroad over the past decade or so — Haaretz appears to have gone to great lengths to actually obscure the true nature of Elisheva’s past. Because this blog has devoted a great deal of space (that’s three separate links) to the task of thoroughly exposing that past, it shall continue to do so now.

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Are Washington (D.C.) fans really the most illiterate in football?

According to a study commissioned by the Wall Street Journal, fans of the Washington Redskins have the worst writing skillz in the National Football League — and it isn’t even particularly close. The gap between D.C. and the second-worst New Orleans Saints is a whopping 4.1 mistakes (~30% worse!) for every 100 words published in online comments. That is almost inconceivably bad, kind of like the Redskins on the field (who have won seven times in two years). For the sake of comparison, 22 teams rank within 4.1 mistake-margin from the league-best Detroit Lions:

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