So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got some heat – shocker – for allegedly using a southern, “Black”-tinged drawl while speaking at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event last week. Atlantic Editor John McWhorter wrote an interesting piece defending AOC, saying that she slipped into a pattern of speech that is likely entirely natural given her upbringing in close … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World
It seems like every other day some media or tech company is settling a lawsuit. Discrimination this, monopoly that, to the tune of millions of dollars. But I’ve noticed a pattern. When the suit involves women and minorities vs. say, a company, the restitution is considerably smaller. Take Vice Media, for instance. The company has … Continue reading When It Comes to a Woman’s Money, What’s with the Punishment Slap on the Wrist?
Some days I feel like a spectator in this really weird game of media bumper cars. As a career journalist, I have inside knowledge of how the media works. The good, the bad, and we all know things can get very ugly. But lately things seem especially wretched. Huge companies that have a huge impact … Continue reading Media Influence Is so Bad, Apple Wants to Teach Critical Thinking
So, the big news this week is the college admissions cheating scandal. But it’s not the scandal itself that I find interesting. Didn’t we always know that rich people pay in unsavory, under the table type ways, to get their kids into the best schools? It’s been a storyline or a sub story line in … Continue reading Don’t You Love It When Criminals Are Happy, Smiling and Perfectly Contoured?
So, actor Jussie Smollett is officially on fire. The Cook County State’s Attorney charged him with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report, he was arrested Thursday and later released on a $100,000 bond. Until the office charge came down, I was still hoping that all the hubbub was just that, some kind of grandiose … Continue reading Jussie Smollett: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
You know those westerns where the sheriff smirks and tells the bad guy who’s been terrorizing the citizens, “you’ve got ‘til sundown to get outta town,” then turns and walks away? It’s implied that if you don’t, Mr. Bad Guy, I’m gonna fill your ass fulla lead. We need that. Day after day the stories … Continue reading We Need a Sheriff for the Internet
I was in the gym a few days ago when I saw it: National Enquirer publisher in league with Trump. Ordinarily I would’ve just rolled my eyes and refocused my attention elsewhere. First, it’s a Trump story. Second, it’s the National Enquirer. I’m no Woodward or Bernstein admittedly, but I still rate myself slightly higher … Continue reading There’s a Connection Between the National Enquirer and the 2016 Election
I don’t know much about Indian culture. In fact, the closest I’ve been to any is second-hand stories from my friend Deanna, a fabulous movie called “Lion” starring Dev Patel, and my nephew, who is currently in Calcutta or thereabouts on a tour of Asia. I do know that actress Priyanka Chopra is Indian, and … Continue reading Here’s Wishing Priyanka and Nick the Best, Mariah Smith
So, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta had his hard pass revoked this week after he challenged President Trump in a post-midterm election press conference. USA Today reported that “news organizations condemned the move, calling it a threat to freedom of the press. “Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the … Continue reading Privilege Can Be Petty — and Dangerous