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The irony of Trump’s “locker room talk”

As has been well-documented, our dearly beloved President-elect — the one with an ironic penchant for safe spaces — repeatedly took refuge during his election campaign in the proverbial locker room. Every time he did, I could not help but recall a semi-prescient New Yorker cover originally published back on June 1, 2015:

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Steve Bannon is not so far outside the American mainstream, after all

Now that erstwhile campaign manager Steve Bannon helped make the White House white (nationalist) again, President-Elect Donald Trump graciously decided to let him stick around. Unsurprisingly, the announcement that Bannon would fill the role of chief strategist in the Trump administration caused consternation in the Jewish community due to his ex-wife’s allegation that he is an anti-Semite.

Although said ex proffered several bits of evidence to support her claim, only one has been corroborated by independent sources: that Bannon wanted to know why the Westland School’s library stocked so many books about Chanuka. In context, the fact that Bannon singled out Chanuka suggests an unseemly level of concern over Jewish representation at the school.*

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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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Thanks to Bernie, Republicans are gonna need a bigger squirrel

Back when Bernie announced his nascent candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone presciently* wrote that the “question of ‘seriousness’ . . . will dominate coverage of the Sanders campaign.”

*And I presciently put in my two cents.

He was right. Here are just a few headlines from one week in January, around the time that Bernie began to seriously close the gap with Hillary in Iowa:

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How seriousness a candidate is Bernie Sanders, measured in Republican squirrels?

Seventy three-year old Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination this coming Thursday, April 30. I suppose waiting one whole day until International Workers’ Day on May 1 would have been too predictable for the socialist candidate.

But my nitpicking over the timing of Sanders’ announcement probably won’t matter at the end of the day (May Day, that is). Hillary is widely predicted to run him over in the primary. It’s easy to see from the disparity in media coverage that she is simply viewed as a much more serious candidate.

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Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore team up for their best hand-off yet

Jon Stewart used the bulk of last night’s show to hammer CNN, among others, for heavily covering the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner while ignoring riots in nearby Baltimore. It was a Daily Show much like any other. And so after the final commercial break, there were only two* bits of housekeeping left:

  • First, like every Monday, Jon Stewart (who ends at 11:30) handed off to Larry Wilmore (who starts at 11:30).
  • Second, like every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (but not Friday, ahem, The Guardian), the Moment of Zen.

Last night, Stewart and Wilmore spent their minute or so of hand-off discussing Mall Cop 2. And then, during the Moment of Zen, came the real hand-off. Here’s a screenshot:

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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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The New York Times just gave a convincing demonstration of how useless corrections really are

Often, by the time a newspaper publishes a critical correction, it’s far too little and far too late to make much of an impact on the narrative of the original story. For example, when tensions flared across Israel and the West Bank late last year, the New York Times published the following allegation:

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A questionable Huffington Post headline featuring Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin might soon have himself another Super Bowl ring, which reminded me of something i spotted back in May on the Huffington Post. It seems that whoever was in charge of writing the headlines one day was feeling unusually curious:

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Why I’m not too worried about the Seahawks’ early deficit

The Seahawks are down early against Green Bay, but I’m not too worried. Why not? Check out what’s on the White House schedule for the coming week:

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