“An angry caller…bet that everyone in our newsroom was on Hillary Clinton’s payroll”

It’s not quite a “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline – perhaps the most famous newspaper mistake of all time, which was published by the Chicago Daily Tribune on Nov. 3, 1948, declaring Gov. Thomas Dewey, the losing candidate, as winning the presidential race…. [T]o The Eagle’s bungled headline: There’s no good excuse at all for serving this to our readers. You deserve better. That said, please allow me to explain how last night unfolded: A copy editor responsible for editing and designing eight pages of local and wire copy last night made the mistake. It was one of 25 headlines he wrote during his shift. The back-up system – having another editor proof that work – failed. While we typically have another copy editor working the desk, we’re currently shorthanded, which means fewer eyes making certain each sentence, every cutline and all headlines are accurate.

Growing up in Walker, MN (pop. 941), the weekly newspaper, the Walker Pilot, was one of our main information sources. My favorite section was the police blotter, which related all of the police activity over the previous week. You could see who was busted for DUI or other embarrassing infractions. It served no useful purposes…except for allowing the reader an opportunity to feel smugly superior to those appearing on the police blotter. Continue reading

As if being transgender wasn’t already difficult enough….


Pray for Breitbart (or not): Karma comes home to roost

BuzzFeed News has obtained an internal email from the Australian arm of Omnicom’s media buying business, OMD, that suggests global brands have been demanding their banner advertising be removed from the alt-right news source. The agency….cited the social media campaign Sleeping Giants, which works to shame global brands on Twitter for advertising on “racist websites” such as Breitbart. “An alt-right ‘news’ website called Breitbart has been gaining a lot of attention at the moment, with brands who advertise on this site being called out by a Twitter following called Sleeping Giants,” reads the email. “Although the content [on Breitbart] is pretty unpalatable for most, it isn’t illegal or prohibited by most exchanges such as Google’s [Google Display Network]. “Many of our global clients have already requested that we block this site on our activity.”

In a case like this, it’s important to begin by distinguishing between censorship and a business deciding where to put their advertising dollars. In a perfect world, business would operate independently from political considerations. After all, the bottom line concern of a business IS their bottom line. Money isn’t ideological…until it falls into the hands of those inclined to use it to score political points. Continue reading

“No child in America should have their rights subject to their zip code”


When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

– Declaration of Independence (preamble)

Many Republicans would quite happily avoid tap-dancing through the middle of the minefield that is the culture war. They’re smart enough to recognize the GOP has nothing to gain by being defined as the party of discrimination. Yet here’s the Trump Administration, coming down squarely on the side of discriminating against transgenders. Stay classy, eh? Continue reading

To you and me it’s mass murder; to Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes it’s population control

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart: Seldom has karma been realized more deliciously

In the span of just a few days, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos lost his speaking gig at CPAC, his lucrative book deal, and now his job at Breitbart News. Yiannopoulos’s downfall came in the wake of video posted over the weekend in which he lauded adult men who have sexual relationships with boys as young as 13, while at the same time boasting about a relationship he allegedly had when he was 14 years old with a priest. Yiannopoulos — who has made a career out of making bigoted comments against Jews, Muslims, transgender people and others — has made a lot of enemies over the years, which is why it wasn’t surprising that many Twitter users reacted with unadulterated glee to his career turning into a complete train wreck.

Schadenfreude may be my favorite word, but I’m not normally inclined to revel in the demise of an individual. As odious and objectionable as they may be- and Milo Yiannopoulos is every bit of both- they still have to pay the mortgage and feed their family.

Then again, when someone is deemed too toxic for the staff at Breitbart, you have to know we’re not talking about a Miss Congeniality candidate. Several staff members allegedly threatened to resign unless Yiannopoulos was fired, which is but one reason so many are dancing on the grave of Yiannopoulos’ career. Continue reading