The Spectacle Blog

New Journalism’s Gaping Hole

By on 4.21.14 | 11:23AM

Much has been made about Ezra Klein’s move to Vox Media. He eschewed traditional outlets like the Washington Post (or, perhaps more likely, they weren’t interested in funding his pet project) for Internet upstart Vox Media. In some ways, I applaud Klein’s entrepreneurial spirit. If the Post doesn't want his idea, he’ll make it a reality somewhere else. On the other hand, is there anything more insipid than explanatory journalism? This new-fangled term is Klein’s way of saying that he will fully explain every subject to his sadly uninformed audience. He and Vox will dive into every nitty-gritty detail while still following the daily news cycle.

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A Fresh Start for Ike

By on 4.19.14 | 10:55PM

The New York Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. 

The Bucs acquired Davis after designating Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Davis’ stats aren’t that much different from Ishikawa's (.208 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI vs. .206 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI) although Davis has a higher OBP (.367 vs. .263). 

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Hollywood Pedophile Allegations Involve Gay Democrat Donor

By on 4.18.14 | 8:05PM

Allegations that a film director raped a teenage boy could impact fundraising for Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, whose close ties to Hollywood’s gay community are potentially implicated in the scandal.

Bryan Singer, the openly gay director best known for the X-Men series of action films, has been accused in a lawsuit filed by a 31-year-old man who says he was 17 when Singer forcibly sodomized him in 1999. The plaintiff in that lawsuit, former model and actor Michael F. Egan III, describes attending Hollywood parties that “were typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present for the parties.” According to the lawsuit, Singer attended the gay sex parties at the estate of Marc Collins-Rector, an entertainment entrepreneur who subsequently pleaded guilty to multiple crimes involving underage boys, and is now a registered sex offender.

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MA Rep. Lynch: Dems May Lose Senate Over Obamacare

By on 4.18.14 | 7:29PM

During an interview with the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch predicted Obamacare would cost Democrats seats in the House and that Democrats might lose control of the Senate. 

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Little Joe Cook, R.I.P.

By on 4.18.14 | 5:07PM

R&B and doo-wop performer "Little" Joe Cook passed away on Monday. He was 91.
 
Little Joe & The Thrillers had a hit in 1957 "Peanuts" which reached #22 on the Billboard Charts. From then on, he was known as The Peanut Man.
 
Originally from Philadelphia, Cook moved to Boston in the late 1960's and in 1980 became a fixture at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge until retiring in 2007. I spent many nights watching "Little" Joe's revue in the upstairs part of the Cantab. He became some a fixture that the city renamed that section of Central Square "Little" Joe Cook Square. Central Square will never be the same again.

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More Useful Idiocy From Edward Snowden

By on 4.18.14 | 5:00PM

Writing in the Guardian, Edward Snowden cannot fathom why anyone would criticize him for asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on a call-in TV show:

I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. 

The problem with useful idiots is that they don't know they’re useful idiots. The only reason Snowden is permitted to ask Putin a question on Russian TV is that it gives Putin an opportunity to poke our country in the eye and claim he has a higher regard for civil liberties than the U.S.. Of course, had an ordinary Russian tried to ask such a question he would have found himself in a gulag.

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Leave the Duggars Alone

By on 4.18.14 | 12:43PM

Amanda Marcotte just couldn’t resist a dirty jab at the Duggars.

In her scathing article at the Daily Beast yesterday, the feminist blogger predicted the end of the Duggar Dynasty.

The popular TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” follows the semi-chaotic, but strangely normal and splendidly wholesome lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen children. Their oldest son is married and has three children of his own; one daughter is engaged and another has a serious boyfriend.

Sure, the Duggars are extreme even for many conservative Christians. They don’t watch TV, the girls all wear skirts and dresses, and for goodness sake, there are nineteen of them. However, they aren’t the women-hating, female-abusing psychos Marcotte presents them as.

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Kerry Should Condemn Palestinian Authority Anti-Semitism Too

By on 4.18.14 | 11:49AM

Upon learning that a leaflet had been circulated in the Ukrainian city of Donestk ordering Jews to register their property, Secretary of State John Kerry swiftly condemned the leaflet.  

When I first heard about the leaflet, it sent a chill down my spine. So I'm glad Kerry spoke out about it. I only wish Kerry would condemn the daily anti-Semitism by the Palestinian Authority with the same energy with which he condemned the leaflet. But he's too preoccupied with getting a peace agreement to concern himself with such matters.
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Morning Round-Up 4-18

By on 4.18.14 | 8:33AM

Feature of the Day: High Tech: How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.

Morning Headlines

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Associated Press

  1. Views Differ of Imam Accused in US Terrorism Case
  2. White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
  3. Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law

Politico

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