Have I mentioned how much I enjoy Stephen Colbert?
He may be wrong about Citizens United but he’s right about so many other thing and, more importantly, he does it so damn well. If I could be half this funny I think I could be actually content in life.
Just a reminder, in case you somehow missed it amidst all my shameless self-promotion, my piece in The Atlanticdeals with Colbert’s candidacy and the power of big media.
Okay, the title is totally misleading. My apologies. I don’t actually think that men are funnier than women at all. Indeed, I think that Alyssa Rosenberg is right on the money with this assessment of the sexes: It’s particularly interesting that men would be given more credit for being funny even though they tend to […]
We’ve all seen the various alignment charts floating around the internet for everything from Muppets to Game of Thrones characters to various politicians, but alignment is only one character trait in Dungeons & Dragons – one of many traits to choose while filling out your character sheet. Fortunately, Funny or Die has gone to great […]
As most of you know The Onion is a satirical, fake news source that prints often-hilarious fake news reports. I noticed earlier that The Onion was tweeting some humorous stuff about various congressmen who had taken congress ‘hostage’. This is usually a metaphor for when an elected official halts legislation. Think back to the healthcare […]
There’s only one downside to the news that David Leonhardt (right, NYT pic) will become the new Washington bureau chief for the New York Times: presumably it means that he will do less writing on his own.
It is still too rare to find in mainstream journalism people who are (a) comfortable enough with the language, conventions, and math of formal economics to be able to write confidently about the substance of economic issues, rather than just reporting thepolitics of the issues in a "critics claim…" / "will Obama be vulnerable?" way; but also (b) detached enough from those conventions and shibboleths to be able to report clearly and confidently about what economic specialists get right and wrong.
I have always been impressed with the quality of Leonhardt’s work, even when he was blatantly copying my stuff.
Okay, okay I’m joking of course! But still…I come out with a post about how McDonald’s employees will be better off with Obamacare than with their crappy “insurance” plans and then a couple days later Leonhardt comes out with a column saying the exact same thing.
This is like when Google+ totally stole my idea for “circles” which I came up with four years ago while on a walk in the woods behind my house. And told only my wife about…or when Dungeons and Dragons stole a bunch of my RPG when they came out with 3rd Edition (which I told…nobody about).