Tag Archives: Rupert Murdoch

Exploring Michelle Rhee’s destructive influence over Michigan education reform

I’m spending my evening getting acquainted with Michelle Rhee, the controversial former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools, who’s gone on to a lucrative career as a hired gun in the fight to destroy teachers unions and privatize American public education. While I’d heard about her in the past, and I’d known that she’d […]

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Is the death of Amy Winehouse really newsworthy?

While I feel terrible that Amy Winehouse has passed, and sickened by the fact that her death is destined to become a punchline on talk radio, the really terrible thing, I think, is that it’s going to dominate news around the world for the coming days, bumping the mass murder in Norway, and the current […]

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Racism at Ground Zero, and the role of FOX

There was apparently a big protest yesterday, around the corner from the site of the former World Trade Center. Crazed, middle-aged, white people, emboldened by the likes of FOX News and Sarah Palin, had taken to the streets to show their displeasure over plans to build a 13-story Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan. And, […]

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Oh, she plays softball….

When asked why they chose to run a 17 year old photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing softball on their front page, editors of the Wall Street Journal said, somewhat mater-of-factly, “Because we didn’t have a picture of her fucking a woman.” Of course they didn’t really say that. But the implication was […]

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Prostitution politics in Russia

It’s hard to know what will appeal to me from night to night. Sometimes I feel like writing about local politics, and sometimes I see a relatively small item that sends me spinning off on a tangent. Tonight, it’s an article about a Russian woman named Ekaterina Gerasimova that has me clicking around the web. […]

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