Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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This Is One of the Worst Retractions a Newspaper Has Ever Had to Publish

| Thu Jan. 8, 2015 8:04 PM EST

The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, had a story on its front page today that paraphrased a local police official as saying that most cops typically go into law enforcement "because they have a desire to shoot minorities." Spicy stuff! Only problem: It never happened.

The paper quickly issued a retraction on its home page and updated the online version of the story—ironically headlined "Law enforcement to be honored for service"—to include a formal apology from editor Ben Sheroan. The corrected story now reads: "Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said those who go into the law enforcement profession typically do it because they have a desire to serve the community."

So what happened? The paper initially called it a "typographical mistake" but that obviously didn't make any sense. Jim Romenesko reports that it was actually a joke mistake. "One [copy desk staffer] wrote the 'shoot minorities' line on the page proof as a joke and the second—in charge of the front page—put it in the story."

Never joke on the page proofs.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Bringing Science to Late Night Television

| Thu Jan. 8, 2015 2:39 PM EST

"April is the cruelest month, breeding/ lilacs out of the dead land, mixing," wrote T.S. Eliot. I don't know what the hell he was on about because this April is going to be awesome.

Famous science man Neil deGrasse Tyson's new late-night talk show Star Talk, based on his acclaimed podcast, is coming to the National Geographic Channel in that very merry fourth month of 2015. With it brings the promise of dozens of easily embeddable, highly shareable video clips of Tyson debunking anti-science nonsense to creationists, and explaining actual science goodness to America's sweethearts (movie stars) and black sheep (comedians). The Hollywood Reporter, err, reports:

Star Talk will indeed follow a similar format to Tyson's podcast, which marries science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists. He's still sorting through all of the elements that he'll add to the television iteration, but he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, much as Andy Rooney had for many years on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Look out, John Oliver: America fucking loves science.

(via NYMag)

If This Is What Bipartisanship Looks Like, Count Me Out

| Wed Jan. 7, 2015 12:38 AM EST

Earlier today Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner shared a deeply awkward moment that inspired me to make the following joke on Twitter:

Then @darth, our nation's greatest Twitter account, turned that joke into art.

@paulythegun added some keepers as well.

Please add your favorite Pelosi-Boehner/romcom Photoshops in the comments.

Future Scientist Investigates Ice, Falls Adorably, Wins Everything

| Mon Jan. 5, 2015 6:52 PM EST

This video is from last year but it popped up on Digg today and I really don't care that it's old because today is the first real work day of 2015 and that's sad because work and the passage of time are two of the main reasons I'm going prematurely gray. So, instead of letting that frown sit unturned upside down, press play and, awwwww.

Here is a GIF of the moment when, in Mother Jones copy editor Ian Gordon's words, "someone takes her batteries out."

RIP Mario Cuomo

| Thu Jan. 1, 2015 8:10 PM EST

Former three-term governor of New York Mario Cuomo died Thursday, the same day his son Andrew was inaugurated to a second term of his own as governor of the Empire State.

Here is Mario Cuomo's famous speech criticizing Ronald Reagan from the 1984 Democratic Convention.

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