Links To Make You Go Hmm
by Alex Carnevale
I got a lot of mail about my piece on the New York Times profiles of presidential candidates. Apparently if you question The New York Times you are a villain.
Most bones were made about my allegation that the Times was participating in Karl Rove-type “shit” by slamming McCain’s diverse family.
This particular e-mail put it succinctly.
The New York Times writes an article about John McCain’s family, and it’s automagically biased. You’re a retard.
P. S. I liked your article about Woody Allen, but putting Celebrity in his top ten movies? WTF?
I’m no McCain fan, but let’s take a look at the article in question. Mere paragraphs in:
Yet unlike the absent children of Rudolph W. Giuliani, who have strained relations with their father, the McCain children speak with endearment of Mr. McCain. They have maintained close relations with him in spite of long absences during childhood, a period of intense disappointment — among his older children when Mr. McCain remarried — and the breadth of geography and generations.
The article is not even about Giuliani. Is it really necessary to throw a shot in there? I want to see in an article about bakeries, Unlike the absent children of Rudolph Giuliani, the Magnolia Bakery is a place that is filled with love. I mean come on. Plus, the second part of the paragraph takes backhanded compliment to a whole new level.
Then there’s this super graf:
Mr. McCain was the sort of father who would not discuss his torture at the hands of Vietnamese captors, who kept his emotions close, and whose second-oldest son saw him emotional only once, when a pet dog died. He was not the father sitting in the front row at back-to-school night, lobbing questions about curriculum, or the presence at the end of the bed after a bad date.
It’s one thing to throw stones, it’s a completely other thing to throw them at a veteran for not discussing his torture ordeal. To the extent that this article is even journalism, it bears only a passing resemblance.
Car that drives itself.
The best conversation ever. (Lindsayism)
The Metro Card needs a makeover.
Quotes from Albert Einstein.
Hillary seemingly thinks that smearing Martin Luther King Jr. is the way to the White House. Hmm.
“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act,” Mrs. Clinton said when asked about Mr. Obama’s rejoinder by Fox’s Major Garrett after her speech in Dover. “It took a president to get it done.”
Twenty hottest photosets of the year.
Only humans embrace.
When you want Peter Gammons.
White Flight from facebook.
“College” – Michael Ian Black (mp3)
Warner and Blu-Ray.
The series finale of Extras was sublime.
Sprint keeps billing dead guy.
The Mole is coming back. I kinda liked that show. If they bring back Temptation Island no reality show of genius will remain undone.
Soldier’s death note.
Tax challenges for the next president.
All the vintage pornography you could realistically ask for.
Way to go turtles.
Begin the wire backlash.
All the Hayden Christiansen and Rachel Bilson you can handle.
Hitchcock on Broadway.
“Daughter” – Pearl Jam (mp3)
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Julia went out last night and yes, she looked great:
after this she went pole dancing and all hell sort of brook loose. hmm
Edith on the discernible joy from the Weddings and Celebrations section.
Men claim abortion for their very own:
These days, he channels the grief into activism in a burgeoning movement of “post-abortive men.” Abortion is usually portrayed as a woman’s issue: her body, her choice, her relief or her regret. This new movement — both political and deeply personal in nature — contends that the pronoun is all wrong.
“We had abortions,” said Mark B. Morrow, a Christian counselor. “I’ve had abortions.”
Morrow spoke to more than 150 antiabortion activists gathered recently in San Francisco for what was billed as the first national conference on men and abortion. Participants — mostly counselors and clergy — heard two days of lectures on topics such as “Medicating the Pain of Lost Fatherhood” and “Forgiveness Therapy With Post-Abortion Men.”
I already tell people when I’m on my period, so what the hell.
It’s always darkest before dawn.
Eva Mendes is extremely comfortable with her body.
Tom Wolfe’s $7 million dollar book proposal.
The genius of Tracy Morgan.
Some crazy shit is going on in Greenland, and you won’t want to wait for Science Corner to know what.
Celebrity couples fight prejudice:
FRENCH President Nicolas Sarkozy has been advised by a Saudi diplomat to leave his model girlfriend and rumored fiancée, Carla Bruni, behind when he visits the country on Sunday. The anonymous diplo reportedly said Bruni should remain at home for “religious reasons,” because strict Islamic law in Saudi Arabia won’t permit them to share a hotel room. The lovebirds infuriated devout Muslims in Egypt when they were photographed frolicking in swimsuits on the beach there last week.
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