Asawin Suebsaeng

Asawin Suebsaeng

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Asawin Suebsaeng is a reporter at the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones. He has also written for The American Prospect, the Bangkok Post, and Shoecomics.com.

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A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Asawin came back to DC with hopes of putting his flimsy Creative Writing major, student newspaper tenure, and interest in human rights and political chicanery to some use. He started cutting his teeth at F&M's student-run weekly, The College Reporter, serving as editor in chief. He has interned at The American Prospect, been a reporter for the Bangkok Post, and scribbled for ShoeComics.com. His favorite movie is either Apocalypse Now or Pirahna 3D, depending on the day or mood.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon Slam Chris Christie in "Born to Run" Parody

| Wed Jan. 15, 2014 9:01 AM PST

On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen stopped by NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he helped deliver a scathing comic critique of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Springsteen and host Jimmy Fallon sang and played and duet of "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam," an original parody of Springsteen's classic "Born to Run." (Watch above.)

The lyrics take aim at the Christie administration Bridgegate scandal, and include lines about the lane closure being a "bitch slap" to state Democrats, and how Gov. Christie's press conference last week was longer than a Springsteen concert.

"You're killing the working man who's stuck in the Gov. Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam!" Springsteen and Fallon belt out.

The governor's office did not respond to a request for comment on Springsteen and Fallon's joint indictment of his administration—but it's not hard to imagine that Christie would feel a little stung by it. Christie is a huge fan of Springsteen and has clearly yearned for The Boss to be his friend. The Jersey-born rock star is a staunch liberal and only recently embraced (literally) the Republican governor in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Fallon and Christie also have a history. The governor appeared on Fallon's show last year to "slow jam" the news (in a bit that included a reference to "Born to Run"), and to participate in a gag about his weight.

Real-Life "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell Really Hates the Liberal Media

| Tue Jan. 14, 2014 2:45 PM PST

Journalist Jake Tapper has taken some heat for an interview that aired on CNN on Friday. The segment focused on the new war film Lone Survivor, and Tapper, who was interviewing actor Mark Wahlberg and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (the real-life lone survivor who cowrote the movie's source material), raised serious questions about the planning and command-level decisions that led to the failed mission in Afghanistan depicted in the movie. At one point, when Tapper asked about the "senseless" deaths of American military personnel during the 2005 operation, Luttrell got mad at Tapper and accused him of implying that his brothers-in-arms "died for nothing."

Subsequently, Tapper, who is well-known for his support for US service members, met with the expected conservative outrage. Fox News personality Megyn Kelly hosted a segment that ran with the chyron, "some in media suggesting Navy SEALs in 'Lone Survivor' died for nothing." The right-wing crusade to portray MSMers as liberal Blame-America Firsters who don't appreciate or back the US military is nothing new. But perhaps one reason Tapper's interview with Luttrell was so tense is that Luttrell has an intense distrust of the media and seems to view them, as is common in certain quarters, as the liberal media.

In his book Lone Survivor, Luttrell describes his team's difficult decision regarding what to do about unarmed Afghan goat herders who came upon his band of SEALs while they were hiding in the woods and waiting for the right moment to capture or kill a local extremist leader. Luttrell and his comrades debated whether they should kill the Afghans to protect their mission or let them go, realizing that if they released them, the herders would rush to tell the enemy about the SEALs. Slight spoiler alert: Luttrell and the others decide to allow the Afghans to return to their village. But in his book, Luttrell notes that if they had killed these noncombatants, chances were good that he and the others would be crucified by a hostile "liberal media" back home.

This is not his only dig at the "liberal media." If you search his book for the word "liberal," you'll find some harsh critiques of the press and critics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Luttrell's political views were flagged in this NewsBusters post on Monday.)

Read Beyoncé's New Essay: "Gender Equality Is a Myth!"

| Mon Jan. 13, 2014 11:58 AM PST

On Sunday, journalist Maria Shriver, in partnership with the Center for American Progress, released The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. It examines the wage gap between men and women and focuses on the issues of the tens of millions of financially insecure women in America. The investigation also features celebrity essays, including ones from Eva Longoria and LeBron James. Grammy-winning singer and self-described "modern-day feminist" Beyoncé Knowles-Carter pitched in with a short essay titled, "Gender Equality Is a Myth!"

"We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," the piece reads. "It isn't a reality yet...Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities."

Read the full essay here:

 

Beyoncé has a mixed political record. She is passionate about promoting women's empowerment around the world and helping the victims of hurricanes, but she also got some much-deserved criticism for performing at a 2009 New Year's Eve party thrown by the family of Moammar Qaddafi, the late mass-murdering Libyan dictator.

WATCH: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Roast Celebrities at the 2014 Golden Globes

| Sun Jan. 12, 2014 8:12 PM PST

On Sunday, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler once again hosted the Golden Globe Awards. Their opening bit was—reliably—a good time. The pair spent those first ten minutes roasting nominated celebrities: "It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age," Fey said, describing the Best Drama nominee Gravity.

Watch it here:


Amy Poehler & Tina Fey - Opening Monologue... by IdolxMuzic

 

And here they are hosting the Golden Globes last year:

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