James West

James West

Senior Digital Editor

James West is senior digital editor for Mother Jones, and before that, the senior producer for its reporting project Climate Desk. He wrote Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008), a far-reaching account of modernizing China’s underground youth scene. James has a masters of journalism under his belt from NYU, and has produced a variety of award-winning shows in his native Australia, including the national affairs program Hack. He's been to Kyrgyzstan, and also invited himself to Thanksgiving dinner after wrongly receiving invites for years from the mysterious Tran family.

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New York Daily News Just Upped Its Front Page Game—Again

| Sun Dec. 6, 2015 10:07 PM EST

The New York Daily News has been running one helluva campaign against guns on its front page lately. Last month, the (financially troubled) tabloid launched one of the boldest attacks on the National Rifle Association in recent memory with just three words: "NRA's Sick Jihad." The story inside accused the gun rights group of tacitly abetting terrorists by blocking a proposed bill that would make it more difficult for suspects to buy guns.

Then, last Wednesday, after 14 people were killed in an allegedly terror-inspired rampage in San Bernardino, California, the paper rebuked Republican politicians for supporting victims with their "thoughts and prayers" rather than taking meaningful action to curb access to guns. That front-page headline was four words: "God Isn't Fixing This."

Now comes this lesson in high sarcasm from the New York tabloid:

The NYDN isn't the only New York paper using its cover in this way. For the first time since 1920, the New York Times ran an editorial on its front page on Saturday slamming politicians' inaction on gun control measures.

On Sunday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, detailing his efforts to destroy ISIS and tighten gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings.

This is Possibly the Trumpiest Trump Campaign Photo of All Trump Time

| Thu Dec. 3, 2015 1:12 PM EST

The scene: A Trump rally held at the Prince William County Fair Ground, in Manassas, Va., on Wednesday.

The moment: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, autographing a supporter's chest following a speech. This might be the Trumpiest campaign photo of all time, caught by the lens of Corbis/AP photographer, Cliff Owen. Mother Jones is trying to work out whether other photos exist of candidates signing supporters' chests from previous campaigns, or if this is unprecedented Trumpiness. If any are out there, please leave links in the comments section.

Cliff Owen/AP

 

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