Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2012/05 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en The "Batman v Superman" Trailer Just Leaked—And It's Dark As Hell http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/superman-is-a-fundamentally-flawed-character-batman-is-the-best-superhero-spiderman-is-dumb <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hello, darkness my old friend.</p> <p>I've come to watch this trailer again:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="https://vid.me/e/NlzG" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://io9.com/everybody-hates-superman-in-the-first-batman-v-superman-1698392005#" target="_blank">via <em>io9</em></a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:10:18 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 273836 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch Siskel and Ebert Defend the Original Star Wars Films http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/siskel-and-ebert-star-wars <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>The latest trailer for <em>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakening</em> was r<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/star-wars-force-awakens-trailer" target="_blank">eleased Thursday</a>. It is good. It is reallllllllllyyyyyy good. There may have been audible yelps of excitement in the <em>Mother Jones</em> office upon first, second, and third viewings.</p> <p>There are people living and breathing in this world who are Star Wars haters. They dismiss Star Wars as drivel intended for children, meaningless entertainment that should be discarded in favor of Intellectual Foreign Language Films. These people are wrong, cold-hearted individuals who should be shunned from civil society. "But but but," one might argue, "Episodes I, II, and III were utter garbage, truly horrible, horrible films." This is true. Just erase them from your memory, as I have done. The original three films (Ewoks and all) are masterpieces that should be enjoyed by those of all ages.</p> <p>Need further proof? Watch Ted Koppel interview Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert in 1983. The pair eviscerate a snooty film critic who thinks the movies&nbsp;make children stupid.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ky9-eIlHzAE?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>You are missed,&nbsp;Siskel and Ebert.&nbsp;You are missed.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:06:02 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 273806 at http://www.motherjones.com The New "Star Wars" Trailer Is Here And It's Pretty Great http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/star-wars-force-awakens-trailer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Watch:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ngElkyQ6Rhs" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:12:09 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 273801 at http://www.motherjones.com Lincoln Died 150 Years Ago Today and If He Were Still Alive He Wouldn’t Have Been a Republican http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/abraham-lincoln-died-150-years-ago-today <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. Lincoln died the following morning, just six days after General Robert E. Lee had surrendered and the Civil War, which lasted four years and killed an estimated <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/science/civil-war-toll-up-by-20-percent-in-new-estimate.html" target="_blank">750,000 soldiers</a>, officially ended.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/lincoln.jpeg" style="height: 455px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">JT Vintage/Glasshouse/Zuma</div> </div> <p>As the country commemorates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death, the debate over how the Republican Party has changed since then has been renewed. Lincoln, the first Republican president, has long been a source of pride for modern-day conservatives who still claim to be part of the <a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/180495/when-republicans-really-were-party-lincoln" target="_blank">"party of Lincoln."</a> His legacy is regularly cited by <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/04/13/abraham_lincoln_would_despise_you_all_race_the_south_and_the_gops_most_delusional_fantasy/" target="_blank">GOP politicians</a> when they find themselves having to defend the party against charges of gutting civil rights and holding racist attitudes <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/13/1440471/colin-powell-condemns-republican-party-racism-there-is-a-dark-vein-of-intolerance/" target="_blank">towards minorities</a>. But as <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/04/13/abraham_lincoln_would_despise_you_all_race_the_south_and_the_gops_most_delusional_fantasy/" target="_blank"><em>Salon</em></a> notes this week in a piece titled, "Abraham Lincoln would despise you all: Race, the South and the GOP&rsquo;s most delusional fantasy," attempts to invoke Lincoln in present-day Republican ideology are ultimately futile. The party's staunch opposition to gay marriage, for example, clearly distances itself from Lincoln's to the fundamental "proposition that all men are created equal."</p> <p>One perfect example of what the GOP once was and what it became can be seen in then-<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/08/rip-jim-jeffords-one-of-the-marbles-the-gop-lost" target="_blank">Senator Jim Jeffords'</a> explanation of why he was moved to leave the party in 2001. In <a href="http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2014/08/18/leaving-republican-party-jeffords-speech/14239833/" target="_blank">his speech</a>, which came shortly after George W. Bush became president, Jeffords said his initial decision to declare himself a Republican was largely rooted in principles that aligned with the "party of Lincoln." But Bush's shifting principles ultimately changed that for him:</p> <blockquote> <p>In the past, without the presidency, the various wings of the Republican Party in Congress have had some freedom to argue and influence and ultimately to shape the party's agenda. The election of President Bush changed that dramatically.</p> <p>Looking ahead, I can see more and more instances where I'll disagree with the president on very fundamental issues&mdash;the issues of choice, the direction of the judiciary, tax and spending decisions, missile defense, energy and the environment, and a host of other issues, large and small.</p> </blockquote> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" scrollable="no" src="http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4506703" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Of course, Republicans aren't exactly pleased with this perspective. A peek into that mindset is offered in this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/progressives-try-to-steal-lincoln-1428967905" target="_blank">editorial</a> in the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> published on Tuesday:</p> <blockquote> <p>On a Lincoln anniversary that will no doubt bring even more lectures about how the GOP has abandoned its first president, we do well to remember that Old Abe was a man who enforced his red lines (e.g., no expansion of slavery). Before that, he was a corporate lawyer who rose from poverty through hard work and ambition&mdash;and wanted an America where everyone had the chance to do the same.</p> <p>If America's progressives wish to embrace this Lincoln legacy, more power to them.</p> </blockquote> <p>One hundred fifty years later, it's understandable why both parties are eager to claim Lincoln's legacy.</p></body></html> Mixed Media The Right Top Stories historical memory Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:03:54 +0000 Inae Oh 273651 at http://www.motherjones.com This CEO Just Raised His Company's Minimum Salary to $70,000 a Year http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/ceo-just-raised-his-companys-minimum-salary-70000 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Inspired by research suggesting that the emotional well-being of many of his employees could be improved by a raise, the owner of a Seattle credit card payment processing company has just announced that he will boost their minimum salary to $70,000.</p> <p>The<em> New York Times </em>reports Gravity Payments founder <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/business/owner-of-gravity-payments-a-credit-card-processor-is-setting-a-new-minimum-wage-70000-a-year.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Dan Price will slash his own $1 million salary</a> to $70,000 and use a majority of the company's forecasted $2.2 million profits this year to help pay for the bold move. Many of the workers affected by the raise include sales and customer service representatives.</p> <p>Of the company's 120 employees, 30 will see their salaries almost&nbsp;double.</p> <p>"The market rate for me as a CEO compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it's absurd," Price told the<em> Times</em>. "As much as I'm a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it."</p> <p>In the rest of the country, the wage gap between top executives and well, everyone else, is staggering: In 2014, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/03/income-inequality-chart-wall-street-bonuses-minimum-wage" target="_blank">Wall Street bonuses</a> alone amounted to nearly double the combined income of all Americans working full-time minimum-wage jobs.</p> <p>Publicity stunt or not, Price's plan is a unique story about one CEO's effort to directly&nbsp;address income inequality and create liveable wages for his workers. If successful, we can only hope this turns into a <em>Times </em>trend piece.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Economy Income Inequality Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:04:59 +0000 Inae Oh 273611 at http://www.motherjones.com This Kid's Reaction To Hillary Clinton's Campaign Video Is So Amazing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/how-is-it-only-monday <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid yesterday. There were a lot of reactions! Conservatives had reactions! Liberals had reactions! Lions, tigers, and bears had reactions! All of those reactions were garbage. This is the one true reaction.</p> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="true" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153241648612235&amp;set=vb.508097234&amp;type=1"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153241648612235"> <p>Zeke is ready for Hillary. Just not in the way she'd probably expect...(This was Z's immediate reaction to viewing HRC's announcement video. Instant meltdown.)</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/erincelello">Erin Celello</a> on Sunday, April 12, 2015</blockquote> </div> </div> <p>Children are our future.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:42:24 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 273566 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver and Michael Bolton Serenade the Unsung Heroes Working for the IRS http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/john-oliver-IRS <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Everyone hates the IRS. And as Tax Day nears, complaints about the much-despised agency grow louder and angrier. On the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn_Zln_4pA8" target="_blank">"Last Week Tonight,"</a> John Oliver dedicated his show to defending the IRS and its employees, who are subjected to working a thankless, challenging job everyday.</p> <p>"Blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is a bit like slapping your checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up," Oliver said. "It's not her fault, she's just trying to help you get out of the store."</p> <p>Recent budgets cuts, coupled with constant changes to complicated tax laws only make the situation worse.</p> <p>Of course, asking viewers to sympathize with the IRS is a difficult task. To help, Oliver recruited singer Michael Bolton to serenade a wonderful ode to the agency, "the anus of our country." Because as the lyrics note, you'll never "miss your anus till it's gone."<strong> Watch below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nn_Zln_4pA8" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:51:20 +0000 Inae Oh 273536 at http://www.motherjones.com The Mountain Goats' New Album Takes On the Noble Warriors of Professional Wrestling http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/the-mountain-goats-new-album-beat-the-champ <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4lqy7KBuO7Y" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Mountain Goats<br><a href="https://www.mergerecords.com/beat-the-champ" target="_blank"><em>Beat the Champ</em></a><br> Merge</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://www.mergerecords.com/beat-the-champ" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/10_404_404_516_tmg_2500px.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></a></div> <p>Don't be fooled by the easygoing folk-pop melodies and likable everyday-guy vocals: John Darnielle, leader of California's long-running Mountain Goats, writes some of the sharpest, most thoughtful songs around. On <em>Beat the Champ</em>, he turns to professional wrestling, one of his cultural fixations (another being death metal), and as usual, treats his characters with perceptive compassion, savoring the orchestrated drama of the "sport" without a hint of condescension. While "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" ("I need justice in my life") highlights the uplift that wrestling's morality plays provide for the fans, more often Darnielle depicts the daily struggles, emotional and physical, of its participants in and out of the ring. From "Choked Out" ("I can see the future, it's a real dark place") to "The Ballad of Bull Ramos" ("Get around fine on one leg/Lose a kidney, then go blind/Sit on my porch in Houston/Let the good times dance across my mind"), his noble hard-luck warriors are not soon forgotten.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 273406 at http://www.motherjones.com Gwyneth Paltrow Confuses Her Latest Master Cleanse with Attempt to Relate to the Poor http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/gwyneth-paltrows-latest-master-cleanse-people-food-stamps <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Who better to speak to the struggles of food stamp recipients than Gwyneth Paltrow? The actress and founder of GOOP, the oft-ridiculed lifestyle blog that peddles everything from <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/comedy/10-products-on-gwyneth-paltrows-goop" target="_blank">$900 throw blankets</a> to $50 sunscreen, was recently summoned by chef <a href="http://www.foodbanknyc.org/how-you-can-help/food-bank-nyc-challenge" target="_blank">Mario Batali </a>in an Ice Bucket-esque challenge to join him in the fight against food stamp cuts.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I nom <a href="https://twitter.com/GwynethPaltrow">@GwynethPaltrow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/OfficialSting">@OfficialSting</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BlondieOfficial">@BlondieOfficial</a> 2 take a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FoodBankNYCChallenge?src=hash">#FoodBankNYCChallenge</a> or don8! <a href="http://t.co/IPblQlaPyA">http://t.co/IPblQlaPyA</a> <a href="https://t.co/6Plq0lyRdQ">https://t.co/6Plq0lyRdQ</a></p> &mdash; Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mariobatali/status/584011605018456065">April 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>A worthy cause for sure. But judging by the items she cobbled together to last her an entire week alone, it's difficult to take Paltrow's good intentions seriously:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/paltrow.png"></div> <p>I am no chef, but it looks to me as if the above snapshot would fail miserably in feeding a whole family for even just one meal, let alone a whole week. It does, however, look like the makings of an <a href="http://goop.com/detox/" target="_blank">excellent detox recipe</a>&mdash;if you happen to enjoy that kind of thing.</p> <p>Out of touch is just how we like you, Gwyneth! Stay golden.</p> <p><em><a href="http://jezebel.com/living-saint-gwyneth-paltrow-vows-to-eat-like-shes-not-1696968627" target="_blank">(h/t Jezebel)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Food and Ag Income Inequality Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:21:00 +0000 Inae Oh 273446 at http://www.motherjones.com Elizabeth Warren Explains How Washington Corruption Protects the "Tender Fannies" of The Rich http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/elizabeth-warren-corruption-jon-stewart <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>During a <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/w6rmd2/elizabeth-warren-pt--1" target="_blank">spot on the "Daily Show" Thursday night</a>, Senator Elizabeth Warren broke down the ways in which big banks and large corporations have rigged Washington politicians in order to ensure "the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always carefully protected."</p> <p>"Powerful corporations, rich people, have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it&rsquo;s a tremendous payoff," Warren <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/elizabeth-warren-daily-show-rich-powerful?utm_content=buffer7c06a&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">told</a> host Jon Stewart. "And if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more, and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better."</p> <p>The Massachusetts senator, whose appearance was tied to her book <em>A Fighting Chance</em>, went on to explain how both the steady circulation of money and the constant presence of lobbyists in Washington have worked together to create a culture in which such corruption is the norm. <strong>Watch below:</strong></p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:640px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="354" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:6ea2e13d-f439-43cf-85c9-358c6a1cd140" width="630"></iframe></div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Video Corporations Income Inequality Media Regulatory Affairs Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:54:05 +0000 Inae Oh 273441 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Host Sees No Racial Factor in South Carolina Killing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/race-is-just-a-construct-man-free-your-mind-says-fox-news <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wXgxr5aHsTk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Fox News host Greg Gutfeld is not racist. How not racist is Greg Gutfeld? Very not racist! You're a racist. (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/05/inquiring-minds-david-amodio-your-brain-on-racism" target="_blank">You're a racist.</a>) But Gutfield doesn't even see race. <em>What's race?</em> <em>A</em> race? <em>Are we running a race?</em> The word "race" for Greg Gutfeld only has one definition: a competition of speed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/michael-slager-walter-scott-murder-charge" target="_blank">White cop guns down unarmed black man in cold blood</a>: a thing that happens <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men" target="_blank">unbelievably often in the United States</a>. Almost <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/darren-wilson-ferguson-police-officers-shoot-unarmed-black-men" target="_blank">always</a> the cop gets to walk away scot-free. But this time the cop is actually charged with murder! Not because South Carolina is so evolved (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/south-carolina-police-shooting-walter-scott-michael-slager" target="_blank">haha</a>), but because a video emerges that puts on display <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/04/walter-scott-michael-slager" target="_blank">the undeniable reality of the cop's crime</a>.</p> <p>The Fox News chyron even <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/greg-gutfeld-walter-scott-black-white" target="_blank">calls it straight</a>: "Video shows white police officer shooting black man in back." But apparently the Fox News chyron is less evolved than Fox News host Greg Gutfeld. Because Greg Gutfeld saw something else:</p> <blockquote> <p>"I didn't see a black man killed by a white cop. I saw a man shoot another man in the back."</p> </blockquote> <p>If Greg Gutfeld were at <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/wounded-knee" target="_blank">Wounded Knee</a>, he'd say he didn't see white soldiers massacring Native-Americans.</p> <p>If he were at <a href="http://www.civilrights.org/archives/2009/06/449-stonewall.html" target="_blank">Stonewall</a>, he'd say he didn't see straight cops beating gay men.</p> <p>And if he were in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fCMTQXzoXo" target="_blank"><em>Pleasantville</em></a>, he'd say he never saw color.</p> <p>(<em>via</em> <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/greg-gutfeld-walter-scott-black-white" target="_blank">TPM</a>)</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Film and TV Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:41:53 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 273381 at http://www.motherjones.com Brian Williams Was "Obsessed" With Mitt Romney's Underwear http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/nbc-news-is-just-like-broadcast-news-broadcast-news-is-the-most-honest-film-ever <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>Vanity Fair</em> is out with a <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/04/nbc-news-brian-williams-scandal-comcast" target="_blank">deliciously gossipy long read on the troubles at NBC News</a>&nbsp;by Brian Burrough. The focus is largely on Brian Williams and his recent drama but it also goes into the larger culture clashes that have dominated 30 Rock since Comcast took over NBCUniversal from GE in 2011. There was the <a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/today-show-hosts-2013-4/index1.html" target="_blank"><em>Today</em> drama</a>. There was the <a href="http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/like-david-gregory-got-righteously-fcked-nbc/" target="_blank"><em>Meet The Press</em>&nbsp;drama</a>. Now the <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/02/10/nbc_news_suspends_brian_williams_for_fabricated_stories.html" target="_blank"><em>Nightly News</em> drama</a>.&nbsp; Drama with a capital D!</p> <p>This is the type of story <em>Vanity Fair</em> is so good at. (Back in February they&nbsp;had the <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/02/sony-hacking-seth-rogen-evan-goldberg" target="_blank">definitive insider account of the Sony leaks</a>.) If you like this sort of thing, you should <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/04/nbc-news-brian-williams-scandal-comcast" target="_blank">read the whole article</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of my takeaways from it:</p> <p><strong>A lot of people are sniping about NBC News president Deborah Turness.</strong></p> <p>Turness&nbsp;gets a lot of blame for NBC News' troubles but it's not clear to me that any of the criticisms really mean much. One of the problems with this genre of story is that it's necessarily almost all blind quotes and&nbsp;the criticisms are so predictably&nbsp;broad and meaningless.<em> A la:</em></p> <blockquote> <p>"News is a very particular thing, NBC is a very particular beast, and Deborah, well, she really doesn&rsquo;t have a fucking clue,&rdquo; says a senior NBC executive involved."</p> </blockquote> <p>It's not that this is&nbsp;gibberish, it's that it is meaningless. Every<em>thing&nbsp;</em>is a particular thing. Every&nbsp;<em>place</em>&nbsp;is a particular beast. All this quote tells you is that an unnamed senior NBC executive doesn't much care for Deborah Turness, not one bit, boy howdy.&nbsp;</p> <p>When the criticisms <em>do</em> get a bit more specific they're muddled and contradictory. She is blamed for not being tough enough with talent ( &ldquo;She&rsquo;s letting the inmates run the asylum. You have kids? Well, if you let them, they&rsquo;ll have ice cream every night. Same thing in TV. If you let the people on air do what they want, whenever they want, this is what happens.&rdquo;) but also dinged for not being nice enough to the talent's agents? ("She didn&rsquo;t understand that you communicate [with the talent] through their agents. Like if [WME co-C.E.O.] Ari Emanuel calls, you have to phone back the same day.")</p> <p>Then there is this stuff:</p> <blockquote> <p>"It was almost unfair to give Deborah this job,&rdquo; says one NBC observer. &ldquo;She was basically overmatched. From day one, it was difficult, even just managing the daily job. Because it&rsquo;s a big job, it&rsquo;s got a lot of intricate parts to it, and you know she had a rough time with it."</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>"Come on!&rdquo; barks one critic. "Anybody with a triple-digit I.Q. who interviews somebody to come in as president of NBC News you ask, &lsquo;What are you going to do with the 800-pound gorilla? With <em>Today</em>?&rsquo; And Deborah&rsquo;s answer was &lsquo;You hire Jamie Horowitz!&rsquo; It was almost like it was Deborah&rsquo;s cry for help. Like if you&rsquo;re overwhelmed and you don&rsquo;t have a lot of confidence or vision, you bring in other people: &lsquo;Help me, I&rsquo;m drowning."</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Overmatched</em>. <em>Overwhelmed</em>. She was <em>given</em> a job then found herself <em>drowning</em> in it. She hired a male producer from ESPN as a <em>cry for help</em>. This is the sort of language people somehow never use when describing male executives.</p> <p>Maybe the president of NBC News is bad at her job&mdash;NBC News definitely has struggled under her watch&mdash;but no where in this whole thing does anyone articulate in any meaningful way <em>how</em> she is bad at her job.</p> <p><strong>Comcast treats talent with the same disregard they treat their cable customers.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>"To be honest, you got the sense they couldn&rsquo;t fathom why NBC worried so much about the talent; you know, &lsquo;Why are these people worrying so much about what Matt Lauer thinks?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>NBC staffers resent the fact that Brian Williams has nice hair and good cheekbones.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>An industry insider adds, &ldquo;There is also a lot of envy of Williams&rsquo;s movie-star good looks, his long happy marriage to a wonderful woman, great kids, and he&rsquo;s paid millions to read a thousand words five times a week from a teleprompter.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw don't like each other very much.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Tom and Brian,&rdquo; one longtime friend of both men says with a sigh, &ldquo;that was never a good relationship. Tom pushed for him to get that job. But Brian never embraced Tom. And I don&rsquo;t know why&hellip;. He knows the rank and file will never love him like they did Tom, so he never tries. That&rsquo;s the reason there&rsquo;s not a lot of support for Brian over there.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Brian Williams resents Tom Brokaw for not saving him.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Tom didn&rsquo;t push Brian out, but he didn&rsquo;t try to save him, either.&rdquo;</p> <p>[...]</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>While he has accepted responsibility for his actions, friends say, Williams is bitter, especially at those who he believes might have saved him.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I talked to Brian about this,&rdquo; says one friend, &ldquo;and I&rsquo;ll never forget what he said at the end. He said, &lsquo;Chalk one up for Brokaw.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Side note: Want to giggle yourself silly? Say, "Chalk one up to Brokaw" out loud like you're playing Brian Williams in an off-Broadway play. Repeat until you see the humor. It's pretty fun.</p> <p><strong>Brian Williams exaggerated his personal tales of valor and glory because Tom Brokaw is just so great.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I always felt he needed to jack up his stories because he was trying so hard to overcome his insecurities,&rdquo; this executive says. &ldquo;And he had to follow Tom, which brought its own set of insecurities. He likes to sort of tell these grandiose tales. But, can I tell you, in all the years we worked together, it never rose to the point where we said, &lsquo;Oh, there he goes again.&rsquo; I just saw it as one of the quirks of his personality.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Brian Williams thinks in boxes.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>"...his wife [Jane] tried to explain. She said he put things in boxes [in his mind]. He would only talk about what was in those boxes on-camera.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>I have no idea what this means.</p> <p><strong>Very serious NBC News people think Brian Williams is unserious.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;What always bothered Tim was Brian&rsquo;s lack of interest in things that mattered most, that were front and center, like politics and world events,&rdquo; says a person who knew both men well. &ldquo;Brian has very little interest in politics. It&rsquo;s not in his blood. What Brian cares about is logistics, the weather, and planes and trains and helicopters.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You know what interested Brian about politics?&rdquo; marvels one longtime NBC correspondent, recently departed. &ldquo;Brian was obsessed with whether Mitt Romney wore the Mormon underwear.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>This is so <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B2wVCTH6Ps" target="_blank"><em>Broadcast News</em></a>, right?</p> <p><strong>Brian Williams wanted to be a late night host.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>According to <em>New York</em>, he talked to Steve Burke about succeeding Jay Leno. When Burke refused, Williams reportedly pitched Les Moonves, at CBS, to replace David Letterman, who was soon to retire. Moonves also allegedly declined. Though his appearances on shows such as <em>30 Rock</em> and Jimmy Fallon successfully repositioned Williams as a good-humored Everyman&mdash;and thus expanded not only his own brand but that of <em>Nightly News</em>&mdash;they were not popular among many of his colleagues.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>After refusing Williams the Leno spot, Steve Burke offered him a consolation prize: his own magazine show, <em>Rock Center</em>, a bid to anchor what he hoped would be the second coming of <em>60 Minutes</em>. It wasn&rsquo;t. <em>Rock Center</em> debuted in 2011 to tepid reviews and worse ratings.</p> </blockquote> <p>There is a lot more. If you've made it this far, go <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/04/nbc-news-brian-williams-scandal-comcast" target="_blank">read the whole article.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:09:19 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 273281 at http://www.motherjones.com Area Doctor Seeks SEO Boost http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/doctor-new-york-times <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Here's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/opinion/patient-therapist-and-personal-boundaries.html?_r=2" target="_blank">one way</a> to drum up some business.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Well played, Bruce J. Levin <a href="http://t.co/MJAKY3iFcz">pic.twitter.com/MJAKY3iFcz</a></p> &mdash; Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) <a href="https://twitter.com/harrysiegel/status/585434069061742592">April 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The <em>Times'</em> Letters Editor should talk to the <em>Times'</em> <a href="http://contently.com/strategist/2015/03/27/why-the-new-york-times-sponsored-content-is-going-toe-to-toe-with-its-editorial/" target="_blank">sponsored content</a> department. This could be a bold new revenue stream.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:14:19 +0000 Inae Oh 273201 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Travel to Moscow to Ask Edward Snowden About Your Dick Pics and the NSA http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/john-oliver-and-edward-snowden <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>In the latest <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEVlyP4_11M" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em></a>, John Oliver traveled to Moscow for an in-depth interview with Edward Snowden, or as Oliver introduced on his show as "the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history."</p> <p>The segment, which started out measuring how much the NSA whistleblower missed Hot Pockets, quickly delved into surprisingly tough questions aimed at Snowden and the arguable value over his massive surveillance leak. At one point, Oliver even challenged&nbsp;Snowden&nbsp;by asking how many of the leaked NSA documents he actually took the time to read.</p> <p>"I do understand what I turned over," Snowden responded.</p> <p>"There's a difference between understanding what's in the documents and reading what's in the documents, because when you're handing over thousands of NSA documents the last thing you want to do is read them," Oliver shot back.</p> <p>Throughout the rest of the episode, which was pegged to the upcoming June 1st deadline for Congress to reauthorize or end the controversial Patriot Act, Oliver repeatedly reminds Snowden that Americans don't seem to care very much about government surveillance. But when it comes to more intimate matters, that's a different story.</p> <p>"This is the most visible line in the sand for people: Can they see my dick?" Oliver said.</p> <p>"Well, the good news is there's no program named the 'Dick Pic' program," Snowden explained. "The bad news is that they are still collecting everybody's information&mdash;including your dick pics."</p> <p><strong>Watch the full exchange below:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XEVlyP4_11M" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Civil Liberties Media Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:25:35 +0000 Inae Oh 273121 at http://www.motherjones.com This New Country Blues Compilation Is the Best Kind of History Lesson http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/The-Rough-Guide-to-Unsung-Heroes-of-Country-Blues <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189060221&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Various Artists<br><em>The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues</em><br> Rough Guide</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-03%20at%2012.34.25%20PM.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>There are any number of ways to approach this fine 24-track compilation of performances from the '20s and '30s. First, it's an intriguing history lesson, showing how ragtime, jazz, folk, and other styles were blended to create the music that would ultimately become the blues. If that seems too much like eating your vegetables, instead consider it an exploration of the roots of more celebrated artists. The Lovin' Spoonful covered Henry Thomas' "Fishing Blues," while Cream updated Blind Willie (Joe) Reynolds' "Married Man Blues" and Muddy Waters turned Hambone Willie Newbern's "Roll and Tumble Blues" into a landmark of the genre.</p> <p>It's easy to imagine the Stones cribbing from any of these songs. But the best way to appreciate <em>The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues </em>is on a strictly musical level. There's infinite variety and subtlety to be found in the artful singing and inventive acoustic guitar playing of the men&mdash;and a handful of women, including the elusive Geeshie Wiley&mdash;represented on this excellent set. Start with Lane Hardin's spooky "California Desert Blues," or practically any other song, and prepare to be hooked.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 273081 at http://www.motherjones.com Chris Rock Is Taking a Selfie Every Time He Gets Pulled Over by the Police http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/chris-rock-selfies-police%20 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>"Stopped by the cops&nbsp;again wish me luck."</p> <p>That's the message Chris Rock paired with a selfie on Monday, capturing what is apparently the <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/chris-rock-stopped-by-cops-photos-2015-4" target="_blank">third time </a>in just seven weeks the comedian has been pulled over by police. It's not known why police stopped Rock during these three separate incidents, but the succinct caption alone sums up what's clearly a routine event for him as a black man in America driving what we can assume is a nice car.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><a href="https://twitter.com/chrisrock/status/582767497272803328"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/rocktweet.png" style="height: 700px; width: 500px;"></a></div> <p>Rock has long been a vocal critic of racial profiling. In a December interview with <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2014/11/chris-rock-frank-rich-in-conversation.html" target="_blank"><em>New York</em></a><em> </em>magazine, Rock talked candidly about the everyday racism he encounters with his family, despite being one of the most well-known and respected comedians in the country. "I mean, I almost cry every day," <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/chris-rock-daughters%20" target="_blank">he told Frank Rich.</a> "I drop my kids off and watch them in the school with all these mostly white kids, and I got to tell you, I drill them every day: Did anything happen today? Did anybody say anything? They look at me like I am crazy."</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/screen%20shot%202015-04-01%20at%207.15.56%20am.png" style="height: 576px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">WhoSay</div> </div> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/chris%20rock.png" style="height: 311px; width: 630px;"><div class="caption">WhoSay</div> </div> <p>In 2013, while filming an episode of <em>Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee</em>, Rock and Jerry Seinfeld were <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/07/seinfeld-chris-rock-speeding-new-jersey-video.html" target="_blank">pulled over </a>by New Jersey police for speeding. "It would be such a better episode if he pulls me to the side and beats the shit out of me," Rock jokingly tells Seinfeld. "If you weren't here, I'd be scared. Yeah, I'm famous&mdash;still black."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Film and TV Media Race and Ethnicity Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:23:30 +0000 Inae Oh 272861 at http://www.motherjones.com This Letter From a Gay Veteran's Brother Is the Most Heartbreaking Response to Indiana's Law We've Read Yet http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/heartbreaking-letter-indiana-antigay-bill <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Tuesday morning, Indiana's largest newspaper, the <em>Indianapolis Star</em>, published a full <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/indiana-is-like-barely-a-state-anyway-amirite" target="_blank">front-page editorial</a> calling on Gov. Mike Pence to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the new bill that has incited national furor because it allows businesses to refuse service to gay people, citing their religious beliefs.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/CBZFU8uVIAAlJjE-1.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>Tuesday's Indianapolis Star. </strong>@markalesia/Twitter</div> </div> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>By the end of the day, the paper received a heartbreaking letter from Nick Crews of Plainfield. Crews writes about walking his dogs to the local market that morning to pick up two copies of the day's <em>Star</em>, something he never does. He continues:</p> <blockquote> <p>With the papers under my arm, I walked to Plainfield's Maple Hill Cemetery, and found my brother's grave. My brother, who had been a troubled Vietnam War vet, was gay at a time when being gay was a very difficult thing to be. When he died of AIDS in 1985 in a far-off city, his refuge from his closed-minded native state, some in our family were sufficiently ashamed that his cause of death was not discussed.</p> <p>At the grave I opened the <em>Star</em>. I said, "Well, Charlie, times have changed, thank God. It turns out you were on the right side of history after all." Then I read aloud as much of the paper's editorial as tears would let me get through.</p> <p>And today I'm doing what I never thought I'd do. I'm renewing my subscription to the<em> Star</em>. I'm doing this because, if for no other reason, I believe we must all support those who stand against discrimination and for inclusiveness. I do it too as thanks to the <em>Star</em> whose courage and right-mindedness on this issue made this moment of personal closure possible for me.</p> </blockquote> <p>Read his entire letter <a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/03/31/deceased-brother-stars-editorial/70737358/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Gay Rights Media Top Stories Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:57:06 +0000 Hannah Levintova 272826 at http://www.motherjones.com This Is the Only Funny April Fools' Prank That Has Ever Been Pulled http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/april-fools-is-the-devil <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>It's April Fools' Day! <em>Or is it?</em> It is. But how could you know? I'm just some schmuck stating a fact. On most days you could believe me&mdash;but on this day, April 1, according to tradition, anything stated as fact must be viewed with suspicion. Because it's April Fools', and on April Fools' otherwise normal, sane, decent, jazzy, fun, neat, and cool people lie. For no real reason, really. Rarely are the lies <em>funny</em>. Mostly they're just "haha, I tricked you into believing something that could be true but isn't. GULLIBLE IS WRITTEN IN THE SKY, DIPSHIT."</p> <p>The internet is so awful on April Fools'. It makes me want to put a knife in my head. The information superhighway is filled with hoaxes and bullshit on a normal day! On April Fools' Day, it's extra unreliable. Sometimes the "pranks" aren't even pranks. Here is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/" target="_blank">front page of Amazon today</a>:</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-01%20at%2012.30.21%20PM.png"></a></p> <p>"Whoa, what happened to Amazon? This new design is crazy! It looks like it's from like olden days or something! Oh, snap! It's an April Fools' Day prank! This corporate web portal just S-E-R-V-E-D me good." Except, not really, because it says in big bright words "Amazon.com has gone retro&mdash;April Fools." It's explaining it's own awful prank. It's supposed to be what? Cute? Is that what April Fools' Day is now? An opportunity for #brands to be #cute? It's ironic because in reality April Fools' is about misleading people and #brands spend every day doing that.</p> <p>To be totally real, April Fools' essentially exists to allow boring unfunny people to let loose one day a year by lying to their friends and colleagues.</p> <p>Want an April Fools' joke? Here's an April Fools' joke:</p> <blockquote> <p>Man runs into apartment. A beautiful woman with a very sad way about her is there. He says, "honey, baby doll, light of my life, I love you!" "Leave me alone," she says. "No, honey, you don't understand. I did it." "Did what?" "I left her! I left my wife!" He shows her his left hand. There is no ring on his ring finger. She's overjoyed. She jumps into his arms, wraps her legs around him, kisses him hard and long, and they fall back onto her bed and make passionate love. Then the guy gets out of bed, puts the ring back on his finger and says, "April Fools'!"</p> </blockquote> <p>Resolved: April Fools' is evil. (And <a href="https://twitter.com/daudig/status/583126285045489665" target="_blank">OVER</a>.)</p> <p>However there was once a funny April Fools' prank. It happened once and only once and it will be told about in stories for generations to come:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/enhanced-buzz-29343-1333291880-21.jpg"><div class="caption">Greg Stekelman</div> </div> <p>In 2012, this <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/jgJqf" target="_blank">image</a> made the <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/04/01/bbc_successfully_trolls_april_fools.php" target="_blank">rounds</a> on the <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/apriltruth/april-fools-prank-watch-2012" target="_blank">internet</a> purporting to show how the BBC "won April Fools" with a great prank. (For some reason many news organizations prank their readers on April 1.) But it was not the case. It was actually a joke created by <a href="http://www.themanwhofellasleep.com/FAQ.htm" target="_blank">writer Greg Stekelman</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The BBC have outdone themselves with this year's April Fools joke. <a href="http://t.co/oApV9Yjx">http://t.co/oApV9Yjx</a></p> &mdash; Greg (@themanwhofell) <a href="https://twitter.com/themanwhofell/status/186393952428113921">April 1, 2012</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>As he put it in a <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/04/01/bbc_successfully_trolls_april_fools.php#comment-483124483" target="_blank">comment</a> on this <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/04/01/bbc_successfully_trolls_april_fools.php" target="_blank"><em>Gothamist</em> post</a>, "It seems ironic that an article about April Fools you didn't take the time to check whether the article was actually from the BBC. I thought it would be fun to do an April Fools' story that was so implausible that no one would think it was real. Oh well."</p> <p>So on April 1 let us think of Greg Stekelman, the man who told the only funny April Fools' joke ever.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:56:23 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272766 at http://www.motherjones.com "The Americans" Is One Of The Best Shows On Television—And It Just Got Renewed For Another Season. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/the-americans-is-the-best-i-wish-they-were-real-americans <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Do you watch <em>The Americans</em>? You should watch <em>The Americans</em>! Why don't you watch <em>The Americans</em>? Do you not watch it because it's about Soviet spies who love each other and also work together to bring down America by wearing wigs and having <em>sexxxxxxx</em>? Well, guess what? That's only sort of what it's about. It's really about a marriage. Are you married? If you're married, you'll relate to this show a lot.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>&ldquo;FX&rsquo;s &lsquo;The Americans&rsquo; Proves That True Love Is Real&rdquo; by Ben Dreyfuss</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/581105060878422018">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>You'll watch it and be like "God, my wife and I just had a very similar fight about how to raise our daughter." Just replace spying for the Soviets with whatever you do for a living. They're so cute together, <em>The Americans</em>! They love each other so much, but they're torn in different directions by competing loyalties, and they don't know what to do! Bonus: I recently found out that <em>The Americans</em> are dating in real life, which is so cute OMG.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>OMG did you know that the Americans are dating IRL? That&rsquo;s so cute. I hope they get married <a href="http://t.co/VJkzZ72aky">http://t.co/VJkzZ72aky</a></p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/580912136060289024">March 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>I love <em>The Americans</em>. I'm not nuts about the dumb kids, and some of the storylines are dumb, but the show is really great. The one thing I don't like about the show is that<em> The Americans</em> are not actually Americans, they're Soviets and I don't like rooting for people who are trying to bring down America. I keep hoping they're going to defect.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The Americans are so cute when they&rsquo;re in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/love?src=hash">#love</a>. I wish they would join America and stop helping the Soviets :(</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/564074043675250688">February 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>But I think they probably won't. They seem to like communism a lot. But at the same time they also like living in America and enjoying the fruits of capitalism. Their minds are all messed up! You can see what a complicated situation they're in. A lot of D-R-A-M-A.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I love The Americans, but I wish they weren't Russian spies :(</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/456621287918432256">April 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Anyway, it's maybe the second best show on television (<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/03/good-wife-most-underrated-show-television" target="_blank">after <em>The Good Wife</em></a>).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>I would pay $30 for a ticket to a movie spinoff of The Americans where they just go on a vacation and are happy together.</p> &mdash; Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) <a href="https://twitter.com/bendreyfuss/status/568284913075687424">February 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The problem is, not that many people watch it. :(((.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The low ratings for The Americans make me sad &amp; angry. I don't even care about ratings, but COME ON SHEEPLE. It's the best thing out there!</p> &mdash; emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) <a href="https://twitter.com/emilynussbaum/status/571362654805200896">February 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The ratings for <a href="http://www.vox.com/2015/1/28/7923027/americans-season-three-premiere" target="_blank">season 3 are in the hole</a>. A cloud of pessimism and fear has overshadowed the last few episodes; I figured it was unlikely to get renewed by FX for a fourth season. But, guess what? <a href="http://tvline.com/2015/03/31/the-americans-season-4-renewal-fx/" target="_blank">Good news! It's coming back!</a></p> <p>So start watching it please oh dear god I beg you please watch it, please! We can be best friends if you watch it.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:49:21 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272706 at http://www.motherjones.com Cancel Your Meetings. You Can Now Play Pac-Man On Google Maps. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/pac-man-google-maps <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Just in time for April Fool's Day, Google has released a neat feature that allows users to play Pac-Man pretty much anywhere in the world right now. Simply load up <a href="https://www.google.com/maps" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> and click on the Pac-Man option patiently waiting for you at the bottom-left-hand corner of your computer screen:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pacman.png" style="height: 376px; width: 630px;"></div> <p>The feature then transforms your set location into a virtual Pac-Man universe, where the classic arcade game's dotted streets and gobbling ghosts prepare to chase your every move. Want to mix it up? Click the "Return to Google Maps" icon on the left and edit your location to any other address and voila, your newly customized Pac-Man game awaits.</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/pacman2.png" style="height: 349px; width: 630px;"></div> <p>Prepare for a complete time-suck of your day.</p> <p><em><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/31/google-maps-turned-your-streets-into-pac-man-today/" target="_blank">(h/t Engadget)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:50:04 +0000 Inae Oh 272696 at http://www.motherjones.com Look At These Crazy Wave Clouds! http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/i-am-shiva-the-destroyer-bow-down-before-me <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Look! In the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a cloud that looks like neither a bird or a plane! A wave! It looks like a wave!</p> <p>High above South Carolina yesterday "<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/03/30/amazing-undulatus-asperatus-wave-clouds-seen-in-georgia-south-carolina-photos/" target="_blank">wave clouds</a>" rippled through the sky. They are bonkers!</p> <p>Look at this video:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Or1mdVg1XQU" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Now look at this one:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6bxevvhWehE" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em>Weather.com</em> has a <a href="http://www.weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/roll-asperatus-clouds-augusta-georgia-south-carolina" target="_blank">whole gallery of crazy shots</a>.</p> <p>What is a wave cloud? <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/2009/09/clouds/6/" target="_blank">WIRED</a></em> explains:</p> <blockquote> <p>These crazy clouds that look like a row of crashing waves are known as Kelvin-Helmholz waves. They form when two layers of air or liquid of different densities move past each other at different speeds, creating shearing at the boundary.</p> <p>&ldquo;It could be like oil and vinegar,&rdquo; Chuang said. &ldquo;In the ocean, the top is warm and the bottom is really cold. It&rsquo;s like a thin layer of oil on a big puddle of water.&rdquo;</p> <p>When these two layers move past each other, a Kelvin-Helmholz instability is formed that is sort of like a wave. Parts of the boundary move up and parts move down. Because one layer is moving faster than the other, the shear causes the tops of the waves to move horizontally, forming what looks like an ocean wave crashing on the beach.</p> <p>&ldquo;It really is like breaking waves,&rdquo; Chuang said. &ldquo;A wave breaks when the water on top moves so much faster than the water below that it kind of piles up on itself.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The world is a weird and beautiful place.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:31:50 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272686 at http://www.motherjones.com The Largest Newspaper in Indiana Just Made One Hell of a Statement http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/indiana-is-like-barely-a-state-anyway-amirite <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This is the front page of tomorrow's <em>Indianapolis Star: </em></p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/CBZFU8uVIAAlJjE.jpg"><div class="caption"><a href="http://twitter.com/markalesia/status/582729433607376896" target="_blank">@markalesia</a>/Twitter</div> </div> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p><a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/03/30/editorial-gov-pence-fix-religious-freedom-law-now/70698802/" target="_blank">Hell, yeah.</a></p> <blockquote> <p>We are at a critical moment in Indiana's history.</p> <p>And much is at stake.</p> <p>Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.</p> <p>All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.</p> <p>The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created.</p> <p>Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/03/30/editorial-gov-pence-fix-religious-freedom-law-now/70698802/" target="_blank">Go read the whole thing.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:06:56 +0000 Ben Dreyfuss 272656 at http://www.motherjones.com A Bunch of Idiots Took Selfies in Front of the East Village Fire in NYC—and Fox News Blamed Obama http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/fox-news-host-blames-obama-destroying-gold-standard-society-selfie-stick <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Back in February, President Obama recorded a short video of himself using a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/02/obama-selfie-stick-buzzfeed" target="_blank">selfie stick</a>&mdash;the elongated recording tool some critics warn is enabling a generation of <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/02/13/cue-conservative-media-outrage-over-obamas-self/202531" target="_blank">self-absorbed</a> millennials&mdash;with the obvious intention to promote Obamacare with a side of fun. The clip, recorded for<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewgauthier/the-president-uses-a-selfie-stick#.kidJjqDG0" target="_blank"> Buzzfeed</a>, instantly went viral and was largely well-received with a chuckle.</p> <p>But according to one Fox News host today, Obama and his selfie stick-wielding video are to blame for encouraging ill advised photos such as the ones of New York City tourists snapping selfies in front of a large building fire.</p> <p>Up in arms over the East Village selfies, <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/thanks-obama-fox-host-blames-president-for-teen-taking-inappropriate-selfie-at-auschwitz/" target="_blank">"Outnumbered" host Harris Faulkner explained on Monday:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>When the president does it, you've got a whole new generation now. I&rsquo;m not just picking on the older adults and protecting the little kids.</p> <p>But you&rsquo;ve got a bar that&rsquo;s moving now. That gold standard isn&rsquo;t what it used to be. You&rsquo;ve got on a weekend, we&rsquo;re talking Islamic state, we&rsquo;re talking all sorts of things, and you&rsquo;ve got a president with a selfie stick that&rsquo;s as tall as I am taking pictures of himself, 'Can&rsquo;t get my hand in the cookie jar!'</p> </blockquote> <p>The Obama bashing aside, Faulkner and her co-hosts join a chorus of haters who fundamentally <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/07/22/the-other-side-of-the-infamous-auschwitz-selfie/" target="_blank">misunderstand</a> what it is for millennials to take selfies. While photos such as the ones taken over the weekend probably aren't the best idea, the outrage over selfies is ultimately misplaced. And considering Faulkner clearly enjoys a bit of <a href="https://instagram.com/p/ynJC-2HlRk/?taken-by=harrisfaulkner" target="_blank">selfie-taking herself</a>, this is particularly annoying.</p> <p>As we've argued before, anyone worried a mere selfie is destroying our youth should really just chill and take a moment to <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/on-this-day-rembrandt-selfie" target="_blank">consider Rembrandt. </a></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3XwJnOM27fc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/thanks-obama-fox-host-blames-president-for-teen-taking-inappropriate-selfie-at-auschwitz/" target="_blank">(h/t Raw Story)</a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Media Obama Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:30:40 +0000 Inae Oh 272631 at http://www.motherjones.com Trevor Noah to Replace Jon Stewart as "Daily Show" Host http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/trevor-noah-replace-jon-stewart-daily-show-host <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Trevor Noah, who first debuted on "The Daily Show" as a correspondent in December, is to replace Jon Stewart as the show's new host. "You don&rsquo;t believe it for the first few hours,&rdquo; Noah told the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/arts/television/trevor-noah-to-succeed-jon-stewart-on-the-daily-show.html" target="_blank"><em>New York Times </em></a>ahead of Monday's official announcement from Dubai. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you&rsquo;re in a place where you can&rsquo;t really get alcohol."</p> <p>The 31-year-old comedian from South Africa has only appeared on the show three times. In February, Stewart broke the news he would be exiting from the Comedy Central show after more than <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/02/report-jon-stewart-leaving-daily-show" target="_blank">15 years on air.</a> The network confirmed the news in a <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/trevor-noah?xrs=synd_twitter_033015_tds_45" target="_blank">statement</a> below:</p> <blockquote> <p>Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy&reg; and Peabody&reg; Award-winning The Daily Show.</p> <p>Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.</p> <p>He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR&rsquo;s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Watch Noah's first appearance on "The Daily Show." </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AHO1a1kvZGo" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:51:58 +0000 Inae Oh 272576 at http://www.motherjones.com Laura Marling Just Keeps Getting Better http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/03/singer-laura-marling-short-movie <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DdCdT_dcmUI?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Laura Marling<br><em>Short Movie</em><br> Ribbon Music</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-27%20at%2010.58.37%20AM.png" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>With her clear, forthright voice and ringing acoustic guitar (not to mention enormous songwriting smarts), Britain's Laura Marling has always been a bit intimidating, and this stunning fifth album may be her strongest work yet. <em>Short Movie</em> is an extended meditation on the endless tug of war between the fear of loneliness and the desire to be free from the affections and expectations of others. "Is it still okay that I don't know how to be alone?" she asks in "False Hope," while "I Feel Your Love" finds her declaring, "You must let me go before I get old / I need to find someone who really wants to be mine," throwing cold water on romantic clich&eacute;s with her usual blunt vigor. In "Don't Let Me Bring You Down," she exclaims, "Did you think I was fucking around?" Another cut, "Howl," finds her parting from a lover in far gentler fashion. <em>Short Movie</em> varies its textures with occasional drums and electric guitar, as well as lovely dashes of cello, but Marling's restless, relentlessly honest songs remain the main attraction. Despite superficial similarities to the young Joni Mitchell, she's her own amazing creation, and just keeps getting better.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 272491 at http://www.motherjones.com