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The right way to fact-check President Trump

During the election, media organizations were forced to create new and inventive ways to communicate Donald Trump’s new and inventive relationship with the truth. Here’s one famous example:

Such efforts went over so well that some people have clamored for the networks to deploy such correctives on a more regular basis:

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Who exactly did Stephen Colbert just accuse of being Michael Medved?

Late night TV hosts sometimes understandably like to make sure their viewers are still awake. John Oliver, for instance, delights in mislabeling his maps just to keep you on your toes:

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How impotent has media coverage of O’Reilly’s reporting been?

When Brian Williams was revealed as a fraud, I couldn’t help but wonder about one thing: https://twitter.com/mntreiger/status/563505842100908032 Now that Bill O’Reilly has been similarly exposed, I have precisely the same question — but even more so. Consider this extended excerpt from an article about Media Matters, the organization responsible for discovering several of O’Reilly’s fabrications: Continue reading How impotent has media coverage of O’Reilly’s reporting been?

Jon Stewart wants you to rethink how you think about Dick Cheney

I’ve previously questioned the frequency with which Jon Stewart gratuitously invokes Star Wars on The Daily Show, but I’ve never before felt the need to question how they fit into some overarching narrative. Which is why I found it so striking when, last week, he made a Dick joke that looked like this:

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This 275-pound man was offered cookies for dinner. Here’s what he should have done next.

Michael Bennett played a key role in the Seahawks Superbowl victory, but even though the team would like to resign him, the city it calls home hasn’t exactly been giving him the royal treatment. Take, for instance, his recent experience with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines:

Poor guy. Cookies for dinner? Sounds almost as absurd as candy for breakfast! Or the idea that airline customers matter.

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Thanks to John McCain, Richard Sherman suddenly finds himself in good company

Richard Sherman has taken a lot of flak for his post-game interview with Erin Andrews. But with the conversation beginning to shift from “class” (specifically, lack thereof) to “race” (specifically, ism thereof), and with the revelation that Erin Andrews couldn’t be happier with how her interview turned out (and with it becoming ever more clear that it was not entirely unforseeable), Sherman’s fortunes just might be beginning to change for the better. Communications masterstroke, indeed.

There came no better indication of the shifting winds than earlier this afternoon, when John McCain was asked for his thoughts on the Super Bowl:

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Complete guide to spelling the holiday

While some are looking to tomorrow’s special event as some sign of apocalypse, I’d be the first to admit that I’m pretty excited for the coincidence of Thanksgiving and Chanuka. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by encroaching upon its native turf? (Zing.)

This post was prompted by a recent email that turned up in my inbox, with a deceptively-simple subject line — one word: “Thanksgivikah.” I didn’t think much of it as I got to typing my reply, but the moment I pressed send, I noticed something a little off. You see, I had concluded my email in kind, by wishing the recipient a “Happy Thanksgivvukah!” and couldn’t help but do a double-take at my own spelling of the word: Two v’s? That couldn’t possibly be right.

Or could it?

Two years ago, this blog thoroughly covered the debate over the proper spelling of Hanuka/Chanuka/Hanukah/Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chanukkah/Hanukka/Chanukka in a post titled Google’s War on ‘Chanuka’. One of the highlights of that post was Avidan Ackerson’s deterministic finite automaton that helped define all of the possibilities (for Google to declare war against).

This year, Avidan and I have again teamed up to compile all the possible spellings of the seemingly-simple but deceptively-diverse portmanteau of Thanksgiving and Chanuka. Behold, DFA v2.013:

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You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard them on the radio or seen them on TV. But it doesn’t matter how you’ve encountered the advertisements for a supplement made to counter so-called “male menopause” — Ageless Male — because without fail, they all share the single element that is the subject of this very post:

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The significance of Gangnam Style, maybe

Gangnam Style is nearing 440 million views on Youtube, PSY taught Britney how to dance on Ellen (“Dress classy and dance cheesy“), and I’m still surprised whenever I meet someone who hasn’t heard (of) it.

But none of that approaches what I consider the song’s greatest achievement: getting play on American radio.

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