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Stuever Tells Post to Stuff It

Yesterday was a good day for unhinged rants about long-simmering grudges. Robert Novak finally got his Howard Beale moment and WP Style writer Hank Stuever used the Post's new project in "radical self-criticism" -- a daily critique of the paper by someone at the paper -- to pronounce that the publication reminded him of "a bulletin board in a middle school social-studies classroom" and that they've "overlistened [word?] to people who never read the paper, and yet insist it include more about their neighborhoods, lives, and concerns."


Stuever's suggested motto for the paper's new approach: "News Flash: Everything's Not Always About You." Citing an apparently paper-wide mania with making stories shorter, he asked, "Why are we obsessed with the paper being too much, too large?"

Hey, if the paper has room to run Stuever, they can't be trying too hard.

Critique the Critique: Stuever Tells Off Washington Post [Media Mob]

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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