For the last couple of years, if you had asked my now six-year-old daughter who Tiger Woods is, she would have emphatically and angrily told you that he is “the man who broke my daddy’s heart!” Partially because she was tipped off to this reality by her mother, and she was exactly right. From 1994 until Thanksgiving on 2009, I was arguably the world’s biggest Tiger Woods fan. As an avid tournament golfer, I saw Tiger not only as the most compelling athlete and personality that the sport had ever seen, but as a test case for the potential of the human species, which I had long ago determined was pathetically and fatally flawed. I even created a now defunct (and mostly satirical) website www.TigerWoodsIsGod.com which was written about all over the world and was listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the three best things ever Continue reading "Why Tiger Woods Winning Again is Way Bigger Than Just a Golf Story"
Well well well, here we are again. The New York Times has published a story that confirms Trump supporters’ worst suspicions of Rod Rosenstein. Now, if we are to take the New York Times‘ word for it, Rosenstein suggested during conversations last year, after the chaotic firing of former FBI Director James Comey, that he wear a wire to record his conversations with Trump. The deputy attorney general also suggested, per the Times, that members of Trump’s cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. The Washington Post backed up the Times with their own report. Fantastic, the Trump supporter thinks. We’ve been saying this all along: Rod Rosenstein is corrupt, he’s an archetype of the Deep State, seeking to undermine our president from within the Justice Department. I was watching Jeanine Pirro the other day, and she called for Rosenstein’s impeachment. Sweet Continue reading "Wait, Now Pro-Trump Pundits Suddenly Believe the ‘Fake News’ New York Times on Rosenstein?"
“Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” Hillary Clinton made that declaration during the 2016 election. Putting the irony of her remark aside, this is a recurring theme we hear from so-called advocates of abuse victims. In the era of #MeToo, women feel more empowered to come forward and share their stories about the men who’ve harassed them, groped them, assaulted them, and raped them. But if this past week has proven anything, it’s that some alleged victims matter less than others. On Sunday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the woman who wrote the letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. She alleges that at a party in high school, Kavanaugh drunkenly forced her on a bed, groped her, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth to prevent her screams from being heard. And that the Continue reading "Brett Kavanaugh, Keith Ellison, and the Deafening Double Standards"
It’s fun to hate on newspapers’ op-ed sections (inspiring debate is kind of the point), meaning the job of editing them is not for the faint-hearted. And changing and diversifying them can be a challenge — whether you’re battling bad-faith arguments from the alt-right or just trying to get rid of a strain of [deep, booming, obviously male voice] “I want to tell you about Middle East policy.” The deep, booming “I want to tell you about Middle East policy” had been the problem with the Financial Times’ opinion section, but Brooke Masters is up to the challenge of fixing it. At the FT for more than a decade, she was the companies editor before becoming opinion and analysis editor this past spring. Her role — diversifying the 130-year-old paper’s opinion section, previously known as “Comment” and dominated by opining men — is just a piece of what the Continue reading "Here’s what the Financial Times is doing to get bossy man voice out of (okay, less prominent in) its opinion section"
Now that Christine Blasey Ford has come out as Brett Kavanaugh’s high school accuser in the pages of The Washington Post, and Republicans have lost the strongest argument for ignoring the allegation (her remaining anonymous), it is possible to at least start to evaluate the validity of her claim. While we obviously don’t have all the facts as of yet (do such things still matter in this era of instant analysis by the Twitter mob?), we do have enough information to examine what is really going on, and where this is all likely headed. Even to a skeptic of some elements of the #MeToo movement, there are parts of Ford’s story which appear to be highly credible. She has intricate details and she told her therapist about the alleged episode well before Kavanaugh was a nominee to the Supreme Court. She may have even told her husband Continue reading "Kavanaugh’s Accuser May Be Telling the Truth, But There Are Still Big Problems with Her Story"
As one of the few commentators with the gall (foolishness?) to commit blasphemy by expressing consistent skepticism and concern about the #MeToo movement, I have watched mostly in horror, but with some amusement, as the saga involving an ancient allegation of sexual abuse against Brett Kavanaugh has unfolded. Revulsion because it sure looks like a good man is getting unfairly smeared, but gratification because the frailties of both the conservative media and the #MeToo movement have been exposed in different, but significant, ways. Both the political left and right and right have compared — for very different reasons — what is happening now during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process to what occurred during the hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas when he was infamously accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. While there are obviously parallels here between those two circumstances, however, even more significant context for what is Continue reading "How the Ghost of Al Franken is Haunting Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative Media, & #MeToo"
The Trump administration has been plagued with reckless spending scandals, most notably from EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, HHS secretary Tom Price, and VA secretary David Shulkin, all who have lost their jobs. Now, it’s Nikki Haley who is being accused of such carelessness. The New York Times ran a story with the headline “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence.” Obviously, such a headline does not look good for the Ambassador to the United Nations as it clearly suggests she, or at best her staff, made the decision to splurge like royalty while the State Department experiences cuts. But if you took the time to read the article, there is more to learn than what the headline offers. This comes four paragraphs in:
A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Continue reading "The New York Times Smears Nikki Haley For the Obama Administration’s Interior Decorating"