What Is The Journalistic Value Of Publishing Uncorrected Rove Lies?
October 27, 2010

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Karl Rove is practicing the technique of repeating a lie until people stop questioning it. But here he is again explaining away his description of the Tea Party as unsophisticated: “I was thinking of the word ‘sophisticated’ in the way that I think of a lot of members of the media — pretentiously wise,” Rove told POLITICO And here, again, is what Rove actually said to der Spiegel: SPIEGEL: Are you convinced, then, that the Republican Party will be able to integrate the Tea Party without drifting too far to the right? Rove: Sure.

The Virtue of Warmed-Up Rehash
July 31, 2010

Anyone who’s worked for a news organization will recognize the phrase “we did that.” A demonstration at an abortion clinic? We did that. Decay of the New York subway system? Rotting bridges in Minnesota? Shoddy levees in New Orleans? Melting glaciers? Fished-out oceans? Ditto, ditto, and ditto.  Other attendant verbs are “rehash,” “warmed-over” and “-up.” Speaking for myself—maybe this is a personal quirk—when I was a kid, I preferred my hash on the second day, warmed up. “We did that” isn’t a sinister response: It’s occupationally necessary.

Soccer and Human Trafficking
June 08, 2010

There’s a lot of happy talk about how this World Cup will aid the cause of Africa soccer. I hope that’s the case. In the meantime, I highly recommend Spiegel’s excellent piece on how the European soccer economy has sunk its tentacles into the continent. A sample of the piece's ugly findings: More than 10 years ago, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights issued a report warning that "a modern 'slave trade' is being created with young African players." In Belgium, the politician Jean-Marie Dedecker investigated 442 cases of alleged human trafficking with Nigerian players.