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Fact-checking New York Times’ coverage of The Interview

The Grey Lady published an article yesterday describing Sony’s decision over whether or not its upcoming film, The Interview, ought to depict the exploding head of a living national leader (Kim Jong-un):

“The gory killing of a sitting foreign leader is new territory for a big studio movie,” said Jeanine Basinger, a professor of film studies at Wesleyan University.

In the end, Sony decided to censor the scene for distribution outside the United States.

Fine.

But the Times wasn’t done there. It also had to provide some context:

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What really happened to flight MH17? A deep dive into the pool of idle speculation

The first time a Malaysian Airlines flight disappeared under mysterious circumstances, news media had themselves a field day: at least a month of wall-to-wall MH370 coverage, much of it idle speculation — or worse — due to the near-complete lack of hard information about the missing plane.

A second plane was tragically shot down today over Eastern Ukraine, but unlike the original missing flight, the circumstances under which it disappeared are far less mysterious. We have the body, we have the bodies, and now, we have the black boxes. I imagine that, pretty soon, we’ll have the full story.

Which means that if there are going to be batshit crazy theories about what happened and why, we’d better get moving in a hurry. What follows is my contribution to the concoction of crackpot. You’ve been warned.

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Don’t give Kim Jong-il too much credit

Kim Jong-un is not happy (and probably a little lonely).

After Seth Rogen and James Franco released their first trailer for The Interview, in which they play journalists charged with assassinating the North Korean dictator, Kim’s lackeys promised “merciless” retaliation:

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A brief analysis of Jon Stewart’s television-viewing habits

Let’s dissect Jon Stewart’s television and movie-watching habits. His predilection for Star Wars is already well-documented (“Jon Stewart is sort of adorably predictable”), so I couldn’t help but imagine that our viewing preferences — to some significant degree — overlap. Sure, he spends all day watching FOX News, but I thought he might at least make time for some of the other media I adore.

Until, on last night’s show (at the 4:30 mark), when he discussed the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to the democratically “elected” government of the Republic of Iraq:

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