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Bari Weiss Self-Deports From New York Times

Nothing of value was lost.

Bari Weiss has left the New York Times. Yay! However, like the evil mayor on “Buffy" who made everyone listen to his entire graduation speech before killing them, Weiss has released a very long, tedious, Sturm-und-Drang-filled resignation letter that I guess I'll read.

Dear A.G.,

“A.G." is A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the Times. Not to veer into a tangent over the paper's organizational structure, but why is Weiss resigning directly to the publisher? Maybe her actual boss was too busy singing “Happy Days Are Here Again."

I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages:

You mean idiots? Then yes, the Times's affirmative action program for morons worked splendidly.

The reason for this effort was clear: The paper's failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn't have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.

This is such bullshit. Weiss grew up in a well-off Pittsburgh suburb. She attended a fancy private school and graduated from Columbia University. OK, she didn't spend her summers at socialist summer camps, but otherwise she's exactly who you'd expect the Times to hire. If Donald Trump's election caught the paper flat-footed, it should've hired more Black people — who knew all along Trump could win — or at least actual drooling, conspiracy theorist Trump supporters. As VOX noted in 2018, the Times still presents a PG-13, Aaron Sorkin-like version of conservatism, which doesn't reflect the larger GOP base.

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The Miseducation Of Betsy DeVos

It's Your Sunday Rundown!

The Trump Administration is what happens when hubris, nepotism, corruption, incompetence and pure self-interest love each other very much and decide to make a baby. A perfect example is Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos. We have written a lot about DeVos's hate, greed and incompetence. But if you are somehow not familiar with how bad she really is, here's some from her confirmation hearing:

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Of course that wasn't the only time our secretary Of Education couldn't answer basic questions, as we also have her disastrously 2018 "60 Minutes" appearance, which was roundly mocked by late night comedians:

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If you think DeVos has gotten any smarter or better at answering tough questions, you are wrong.

DeVos made appearances this weekend on CNN's "State of The Union" and "Fox News Sunday." Since DeVos gave the same canned answers in both interviews, we'll mainly focus on her infuriating appearance on CNN.

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Fox News Loves 'Sweden Model' Now That It Means F*cking Off Coronavirus Response

Guys, that’s not how herd immunity works.

Sweden was once conservatives' go-to example of a dystopian socialist nightmare state. They assumed no one had ever been there. (It's almost a 12-hour flight from Iowa.) During the 2016 GOP primary, Sen. Marco Rubio claimed that Bernie Sanders was better suited to govern Sweden than the good ol' US of A.

"Bernie Sanders is a socialist," Rubio told the audience, who laughed. "I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president of Sweden."

That was a generous endorsement, but Sweden doesn't have a president. It has a prime minister like a common Britain. This was one of many instances when you knew Rubio was never gonna be president now.

This week, Fox News has been sending shout outs to Sweden for its COVID-19 response. Monday night, Dr. Ramin Oskoui was a guest on Laura Ingraham's White Power Hour, and he insisted “herd immunity" was a viable goal and it's wrong to “trash it."

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23 Married Couples Who Realized Their Spouses Were Imaginary! Tabs, Tues., July 7

Come and get your Tabs!

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tested positive for the coronavirus. She had no symptoms. This shit is serious. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Californians are losing their fear of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, they're not gaining an immunity to the coronavirus. (LA Times)

The Trump campaign thinks Americans will stop noticing or caring that people are dying from COVID-19. That's both grotesque and idiotic. (Washington Post)

Variety has a great piece on the state of Black Hollywood.

Video journalists show how the George Floyd protests evolved in Seattle. (Seattle Times)

Amy Cooper should've kept on walking. She's now charged with filing a false police report when she tried to sic the cops on a Black man.

Jemele Hill correctly observes that the most anti-racist act from the NFL would be to sever ties with Donald Trump. (The Atlantic)

The actual descendants of Confederate traitors think we need to stop honoring them. Journalist Brett Forrest, whose ancestor was Nathan Bedford Forrest, the KKK's first grand wizard, shared a heated discussion with his father, who repeated the tired argument that we can't judge yesterday's racists by today's standards because "If I'd been alive then, I'd probably have slaves." This reveals a lot, while also ignoring that abolitionists existed. Let's have more statues of Thaddeus Stevens. (Politico)

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Lucian K. Truscott, a direct descendent of Thomas Jefferson, thinks we should remove the Jefferson Memorial and replace it with a bad ass, 19-foot statue of Harriet Tubman. That's boss. (New York Times)

Kansas Republican Party chair Dane Hicks also publishes a weekly newspaper that ran a cartoon comparing Gov. Laura Kelly's mask mandate to the Holocaust. Hicks kinda, almost apologized but said that Kelly is probably, sort of more of a Nazi than Trump. (Time)

The Trump administration warns student visa holders that if their college moves to online-only classes, they must leave the country immediately or transfer to a school that doesn't care about their health. These people are monsters. (Mother Jones)

The Supreme Court ruled that states can punish so-called "faithless electors" -- members of the Electoral College who don't vote for their state's popular vote choice for president. I'm normally big on democracy, but maybe we needed more faithless electors in 2016. (CNN)

Kongonaphon kely was a dinosaur smaller than your cellphone but with limited battery life. (Associated Press).

Kanye West, The Ayn Rand Institute, and The Daily Caller all received some sweet stimmy from the Paycheck Protection Program. (The Daily Beast)

Italian composer Ennio Morricone died Monday at 91. A master of his craft, his epic scores were heard in spaghetti westerns and Quentin Tarantino films. He won his first competitive Oscar in 2016. “A Silhouette of Doom" remains my jam, even if my wife vetoed it as the intro music at our wedding. (Deadline)

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