Jon Cassidy

Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for Watchdog.org.

UT_tower_with_fountain

Ignoring the Real Scandal at the University of Texas

 

The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action at the University of Texas in a 4-3 decision Thursday by openly ignoring the facts of the case. In his opinion for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy dismissed a bombshell report on admissions corruption at UT as mere “extrarecord materials” which “the Court properly declines to consider.” The excuse […]

Continue Reading

Have We Seen His Like Before?

 

Now that Donald Trump’s got the inside track to the GOP nomination, it’s time to figure out how he’ll box out Hillary Clinton in the general election. I think he’ll make a play for some of Bernie Sander’s voters, who are just as sick of the Chamber of Commerce and crooked trade deals as Trump’s […]

Continue Reading

Hang Down Your Head, Debbie Dooley

 

If you’ve ever got to teach a kid the meaning of non sequitur, remember this assertion by one Debbie Dooley, Tea Party eccentric and advocate for solar energy: Support solar energy, because Americans for Prosperity (AFP) says you shouldn’t, and “they refuse to take a position on the fiscal irresponsibility of illegal immigration and amnesty […]

Continue Reading

Is This the Best Green Conservatism Can Do?

 

Tory Perfetti had done a pretty good job. His shiny purple and black tie hung from the approximate middle of his collar, and he hadn’t stumbled at all during his remarks to the journalists assembled at the Florida Press Association. He introduced Stephanie Kunkel of Clean Water Action, the first of a half-dozen activists from […]

Continue Reading

The Impossible Job of Child Protective Services

 

Some years ago in Southern California, a 400-pound lesbian decided that life with her 300-pound partner and their three adopted children wasn’t worth living, so she drove into a semi truck, crushing her legs and hips and leaving her in the hospital for months. When she got out, she weighed just 90 pounds, but she […]

Continue Reading

The ‘Dark Money’ Inquisition Is Coming

 

It’s a brilliant misnomer, “dark money,” the sort of thing you’d expect from the consultant Frank Luntz, if Luntz were a Democrat. The term is a work of semiotic genius, tapping into fears so powerful they manage to convince Americans that free speech isn’t such a good idea after all. It’s flagrantly pejorative, but respectable […]

Continue Reading

Rolling Stone’s Journalism by Synecdoche

 

The moral of Rolling Stone’s unraveling story about gang rape at the University of Virginia should be simple: reporters ought to stop treating rape stories as a unique genre of journalism, exempt from scrutiny. Modern guidelines for reporting on sexual violence from the Columbia Journalism School, for example, instruct reporters: “Don’t be surprised if accounts […]

Continue Reading

About Those Cheating Tarheels

 

Right up until Wednesday, it was still possible for the University of North Carolina faithful to believe that the worst accusations against their school were little better than insinuation. The critics were just connecting dots, they’d tell themselves, even as it became abundantly clear to the disinterested observer that there was precious little space between […]

Continue Reading

The Rehabilitation of Rick Perry

 

Three years ago, a Texas reporter named Jay Root set out to chronicle the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that would land Governor Rick Perry in the White House. He couldn’t have guessed that, in the end, the story wouldn’t have much to do with ad buys or endorsements or personality conflicts. The real event, of course, played […]

Continue Reading

Wendy Davis: Way Over the Line

 

My opponent wishes to rape women, but he cannot, because he is crippled. That’s the gist of Wendy Davis’s argument for why she should be elected governor of Texas over her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott. Needless to say, the people of Texas have not been too receptive. It’s hard to imagine what sort of audience […]

Continue Reading