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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

The Buying Greenland Edition.

The more things "change": Based on Republican talking points, The Rude Pundit does not have positive expectations for Republican legislation on gun safety.

What are right-wingers doing, then? OWNING THE LIBS!! And how are they doing it? PRANK CALLS!! To the Supreme Court switchboard. That'll show 'em! Big Bad Bald Bastard has the scoop.

Also from the Court: Balkinization on epistemic closure.

A long one ("8 min read") for the weekend, & nicely illustrated: Scott Soriano at Medium.

Bonus Track: Ala-damn-bama by Max's Dad.

Carefully curated by Web of Evil (& Ennui)'s M. Bouffant. One more chance to submit something at mbru(at)crooksandliars.com.


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'Savages,' 'Subhuman': A Border Agent’s Hateful Career And The Crime That Finally Ended It

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 08:00
 A Border Agent’s Hateful Career And The Crime That Finally Ended It

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It was late November 2017, and Matthew Bowen, a veteran Border Patrol agent, was seething. A fellow Border Patrol agent in Texas had just been found dead in the field, and Bowen was certain someone who’d been crossing the border illegally was responsible for murdering him.

“Snuffed out by some dirtbag,” Bowen, stationed in Nogales, Arizona, said in a text later obtained by federal authorities.

Bowen, if lacking in evidence, wasn’t alone in his anger and suspicion. President Donald Trump, nearing the end of his first year in office and already frustrated in his bid to construct a wall on the southern border, had promised to “seek out and bring to justice those responsible” for the Texas agent’s death. Brandon Judd, the head of the union that represents Border Patrol agents, declared to Fox News and other media outlets that the Texas agent had been “ambushed.”

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The press still struggles with how to cover Trump

Daily Kos - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 07:30

Jay Rosen/PressThink:

Bad headline, small changes at the New York Times

Anxiety over the core audience's rising influence helps explain events after 'Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.'

Picture a power shift. The core readers have more power now. They are a bigger part of the mix. How that power should be recognized, when it might be used, how to listen carefully to it without listening too much… no one really knows yet. The digital audience itself, the Times own interconnected public, does not know its own power. 

But how to achieve independence from the newest corrupting influence — the most attached part of the audience — is already a live concern among Times editors. These events lie in the background of Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism, which is not just a shamefully abandoned headline but the name of a public episode now. 

The readers have more power: 

They have more power because they have more choices. And because the internet, where most of the reading happens, is inherently two-way. Also because Times journalists are now exposed to opinion and reaction on social media. And especially because readers are paying more of the costs. Their direct payments are keeping the Times afloat. This will be increasingly so in the future, as the advertising business gets absorbed by the tech industry. The Times depends on its readers’ support more than it ever has.

1.) Depends on readers’ support more than it ever has. 2.) Got rid of the public editor. That’s an example of the kind of disconnect that has created tension. 

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It’s generational. It’s also editor driven, methinks, so don’t blame the reporters.

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