Michael Schaffer

Editorial Director

How to make sense of a watershed moment in media.

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Is a Terrible, Terrible Song

You know it's about bullying, right?

The not-so-hidden meaning of this song will ruin Christmas.

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I'm Sick of Other Holidays, but I Still Love Thanksgiving

It's still inclusive and noncommercial. Be grateful.

Be grateful! The most American of holidays, ironically, is the one that resists the commercialism, competition, and cutsiness of modern American life. 

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The Most Annoying Thing About Cellphones on Airplanes

It's not overhearing conversations. It's listening to people complain about overhearing conversations.

It's not that travelers have to overhear conversations. It's that the rest of us have to hear them complain about having overheard conversations.

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What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?

Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

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Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole

And other things you can't say about small towns

Small-towners are allowed to dis big cities, but not vice versa. The Maryville rape case should change that.

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In an alternative universe—the one where the GOP hadn't gone totally nuts—it would be an easy choice.

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Tom Foley's obit included details about a scurrilous anti-gay smear against him. And then it had this headline:

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Pundits Are Running Out of Lunatics to Compare with Republicans

Find a disturbing historical analogy before they're all taken!

Trotsky? Taken. Col. Kurtz? Spoken for. The punditocracy is dangerously low on unique historical analogues for the GOP.

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Liberals Should Vote Centrist in Local Elections

Why you'll miss the age of the imperial centrist mayor

Why Liberals will miss Michael Bloomberg and the era's other imperial centrist mayors

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