Today in Stupid: Feminism is Intersectional Enough to Include Convicted Terrorists but Not Zionists?

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Bustle Politics Editor Emily Shire ignited a firestorm last week after The New York Times published her op-ed, Does Feminism Have Room for Zionists?

The piece was an eloquent exploration of whether the present feminist movement in the United States had a role for Zionists, or those who believe in Israel as a home for the Jewish people. While Jewish and Zionist feminists have long played an integral role in U.S. feminist causes, the rise of intersectionality has created rifts within the current  “vagina hat era” incarnation of the movement.

“We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine,” reads the platform for the recent International Women’s Strike.

The practical result of this rift was the heated denunciations Shire has faced from various quarters of the far left. In a recent interview with The Nation, feminist and Palestinian rights activist Continue reading "Today in Stupid: Feminism is Intersectional Enough to Include Convicted Terrorists but Not Zionists?"

National Review Editor Apologizes to NYT: ‘I Was Wrong’ for Headline Altering Accusation

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A common practice that rarely gets any notice by average news consumers is the altering of the headline when a piece appears in print and online.

The National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy didn’t get that memo in time to not move forward with an accusatory column about the New York Times and what he perceived to be a sly move to quietly change the narrative around Russia and wiretapping. But when he did get it, he did something admirable: He pulled his column and apologized to the Gray Lady.

Here’s how he puts it:

I accused the Times of altering the headline of an important report (pertinent to the so-called FISAgate controversy) in order to revise history in light of a shifting political narrative. I was wrong. … My column focused on a report originally published in the Times on the evening of January 19. In the last two days, Continue reading "National Review Editor Apologizes to NYT: ‘I Was Wrong’ for Headline Altering Accusation"

Bureau Chiefs of Major News Orgs Send Letter to State Dept About Tillerson Leaving Press Behind on Trip to Asia

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Yesterday, CNN’s Jake Tapper sternly condemned reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be heading to Asia without the press. As we explained then, the trip is an important one given what’s going on in North Korea right now.

Tapper wasn’t alone in being shocked and agitated, though. According to Poynter, which can also be very stern, on Tuesday, the D.C. bureau chiefs of news organizations like Fox News, CNN, NPR, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal sent a letter to the State Department to outline their concerns and request a meeting to discuss press access to Tillerson on trips abroad.

The letter said this:

We were deeply concerned to hear that Secretary Tillerson plans to travel to Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo to hold key meetings about some of the most important foreign policy issues for Continue reading "Bureau Chiefs of Major News Orgs Send Letter to State Dept About Tillerson Leaving Press Behind on Trip to Asia"

Ben Rhodes Is Very Concerned About Trump White House Lying to American People

This is rich. This is a pretty good example of “right message, wrong messenger.” Yes, Donald Trump‘s tweet about Guantanamo detainees this morning was blatantly false. And yes, the torrent of falsehoods from the Trump White House damages his credibility and will come back to bite us when he seeks to make assurances to our allies. Those are serious concerns. But man oh man, Ben Rhodes is not one to talk here. He’s the former Obama communications staffer, you’ll recall, who caused a scandal by giving an interview to New York Times Magazine where he more or less bragged about how he deceived reporters and the American public and created a false narrative about the Iran Continue reading "Ben Rhodes Is Very Concerned About Trump White House Lying to American People"

The New York Times has found a home — in print! — for its journalists’ tweetstorms

New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman’s tweetstorm on the weaknesses of Donald Trump’s personality when he’s tired was retweeted over 1,500 times. Rukmini Callimachi, the Times’ ISIS and Al Qaeda correspondent, regularly provides context and color around her reporting on Twitter. But as both our Josh Benton and Recode’s Peter Kafka have pointed out, the Times and other publications haven’t always had a great way to capture the value of that content.

The paper’s newly redesigned pages A2 and A3 will highlight some of that content — and the “huge scope of activity that’s going on in the world of The New York Times on any given day,” said Jake Silverstein, the editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine and one of the leaders of the redesign.

I spoke with Silverstein late Thursday about the revamped pages, and what I thought would be a short conversation to grab a Continue reading "The New York Times has found a home — in print! — for its journalists’ tweetstorms"