There's a new false equivalence -- "Sure, GOP gone overboard in anti-Muslim rhetoric, but Obama's tone is too defensive." Reagan and Cooke actually reach consensus how to combine "both sides" and what this scare will mean for 2016. Answer: No October surprise, but October inevitability when GOP yells that: "The X are coming!" (fill in blank).
I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
Carson, Cruz, Trump, Christie and Huckabee (and to a lesser extent Rubio) all seem to be competing for the role of "the acceptable face" of outright racism and xenophobia when it comes to African blacks and Muslim refugees.
No one twists facts to suit theories quite like Donald Trump, who spoke with MSNBC on Monday morning about the possibility of shutting down U.S. mosques in light of the Paris attacks.
Hands up -- who changed a Facebook pic to show solidarity with Paris? Raged about the barbarity of the gunmen? Or even, for those "tragedy hipsters" among us, bemoaned the relative indifference of Westerners to other brutal attacks in Lebanon, Kenya and now Nigeria? What about the World Food Programme's confirmation -- for the umpteenth time -- that 1 in 3 North Korean children is stunted due to malnutrition? Anyone?
Here's an idea. This Thursday, let's have a national day of feasting specifically designed to celebrate the most famous batch of undocumented immigrants ever to plant themselves in the land that we call America. That would be the Pilgrims.
If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?
We must fervently voice our resolve and courage through an outpouring of compassion. We must not fear, but rather embrace the Syrian refugees. By doing the right thing in the name of humanity, we'll also win the PR and social media war, disproving ISIS's claims about us.
We have trained a lot of newspaper people to work as VJs. And in our experience, they often make the very best VJs. That's because they already know how to find and tell a great story. What they need to do is learn how to migrate their skills into a new medium. Video.
In an all-Indian school, as I recall, we didn't elaborate by acting out the parts of Pilgrims and Indians. This was a tradition in the white school systems in America. I recall speaking to a lady of Kiowa descent who talked about the actions of her fellow students in a public school in Oklahoma. She said she was hurt and embarrassed to see the white children paint their faces and stick cardboard feathers in their hair while they danced and whooped like Hollywood Indians.
As a writer I've been fascinated by the controversy regarding the discrepancies and potential falsehoods in Ben Carson's biographical writings and speeches. Dr. Carson is hardly the first politician to embellish, misrepresent or fabricate the "truth." What fascinates me is the increasingly common and truly shameless audacity of denying what one has previously stated -- regardless of whether it was in writing, presented orally, or captured on video.
You do a double take when you hear an otherwise levelheaded sounding diplomat or news commentator using the word "kill" when in a civilized democracy we usual try, sentence and then appeal to Justice with her two scales where those who break the social contract are concerned.
Internationally, we can now expect the appreciable annual uptick in coverage of what the media stubbornly call "natural disasters" -- much to the chagrin of many humanitarian workers.
¡Hola! I'm writing from Madrid, where we're in the midst of our HuffPost Global Summit. It's been a productive and inspiring few days, with senior editorial and business staff from around the world gathered to discuss the exciting road ahead for HuffPost and the next chapter of our international expansion. In just a few years, HuffPost has come a very long way -- from publishing in one language to publishing in 10, from being a U.S.-focused site to being a global distributed media company in 15 markets, nearly a third of the way toward our goal of being in 50 markets. Our international audience now exceeds our U.S. audience, with 52 percent of traffic coming from outside the U.S. -- an accomplishment that seemed incredibly ambitious when we launched our first international edition, HuffPost Canada, back in 2011. And since then, we've grown from 30 million to 200 million global UVs.
Today's topics include: The Latest on the Syrian Refugees and the GOP Response; House GOP Blocks Refugees; Obama Nails GOP Cowardice; Ted Cruz Asks Obama to Say It To His Face; and much more.
The Man in the High Castle paints a world in which freedom has vanished to a degree far deeper than the most radical real-life alarmists would conjure. It's a society that demands conformity to the wishes of the state.
Maybe The Bastard Executioner will serve in the end as a possible answer to this perennial question: If a TV show is canceled in the forest and no one had been watching it, was it really on TV at all?