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November 27, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 27, 2013

Small businesses are getting a little bit of breathing room, after the Obama administration decided to delay the rollout of small business SHOP exchanges for a year. It’s the second such delay for the program, a tail feather of the health care plan.

Lara Logan gets the SYMHM nod two days in a row because she was supposed to host a ceremony honoring press freedom as news broke of her suspension. Scott Pelley had to take her place. Awkward.

A guy walked into a church, and he was on fire. It didn’t end well for anyone, and at least two people died. Very sad.

Thanks to some fancy new tongue piercings, the paralyzed may be able to gain mobility using only their tongues.

Bitcoin hit $1,000 today, meaning the Winklevi are very, very thankful.

23:48 // 7 months ago
November 26, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 26, 2013

Pope Francis, the pope for people who don’t like popes, argues in a new document that unbridled capitalism is a misdeed on the world, which should lead to a few turns at confession for the banking industry.

Speaking of religion, the Supreme Court is going to hear an Obamacare challenge regarding its birth control requirements for businesses who don’t wanna offer them for religious reason.

Thanks to that whole Benghazi fiasco, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan will be stuck at home snacking on Ben & Jerry’s.

Not leaving jail anytime soon? O.J. Simpson.

Apparently, animals were harmed.

23:50 // 7 months ago
November 8, 2013
The most important thing to every person is the truth and today the truth is we made a mistake. That’s very disappointing for any journalist.
CBS News reporter Lara Logan • Revealing that the news outlet believes it was misled by key source Morgan Jones in their reporting on the Benghazi story for “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago. Jones, who was interviewed under a pseudonym and whose real name is Dylan Davies, gave differing accounts to Logan and the FBI, and also wrote a book revealing differing information from what he told the FBI. “We take the vetting of sources and stories very seriously,” Logan added. “But we were misled and we were wrong and that’s the important thing.”
9:03 // 8 months ago
April 28, 2011
15:30 // 3 years ago
February 17, 2011

Nir Rosen, explaining to the guy he claimed Lara Logan was trying to outdo exactly what he meant.

0:02 // 3 years ago
February 16, 2011
23:39 // 3 years ago
thepoliticalnotebook:

markcoatney:

cheatsheet:

Our West Coast editor Kate Aurthur asks a good question. We’d like to know, too.

The two aren’t exactly connected, you know? This is like asking, “Has there been a smart piece about one of Mike Vick’s dogs that takes into account the dog’s persona as a treat-hungry bitch?”
I think it would be very difficult to do the kind of story you describe without essentially saying “she had it coming.”

Mark Coatney with absolutely the best take I’ve seen on the media fail that has been the Lara Logan attack.  The gravity of the attack on Lara Logan is the same gravity of  any sexual assault or violence; it exists in isolation from her previous career and from what your opinions may be of that.  There is no way to analyse this attack in connection with judgments on who she was in other areas of her life without creating the argument that this was, in the end, karmic or cosmic comeuppance for a woman whom you found disagreeable or out of place.  There’s no way to highlight her “celebrity” status without saying that somehow she’s getting something out this.  Which she isn’t.  She was assaulted.  It was horrible.  We should all recognise that this was a terrible incident that she now has to deal with physically and psychologically and that our opinions of her are not relevant here.  We should all be sending her our best wishes instead of thinly veiled rape apologisms masquerading as news analyses.

Mark Coatney with the perfect rebuttal. And thepoliticalnotebook with the assist.

thepoliticalnotebook:

markcoatney:

cheatsheet:

Our West Coast editor Kate Aurthur asks a good question. We’d like to know, too.

The two aren’t exactly connected, you know? This is like asking, “Has there been a smart piece about one of Mike Vick’s dogs that takes into account the dog’s persona as a treat-hungry bitch?”

I think it would be very difficult to do the kind of story you describe without essentially saying “she had it coming.”

Mark Coatney with absolutely the best take I’ve seen on the media fail that has been the Lara Logan attack.  The gravity of the attack on Lara Logan is the same gravity of  any sexual assault or violence; it exists in isolation from her previous career and from what your opinions may be of that.  There is no way to analyse this attack in connection with judgments on who she was in other areas of her life without creating the argument that this was, in the end, karmic or cosmic comeuppance for a woman whom you found disagreeable or out of place.  There’s no way to highlight her “celebrity” status without saying that somehow she’s getting something out this.  Which she isn’t.  She was assaulted.  It was horrible.  We should all recognise that this was a terrible incident that she now has to deal with physically and psychologically and that our opinions of her are not relevant here.  We should all be sending her our best wishes instead of thinly veiled rape apologisms masquerading as news analyses.

Mark Coatney with the perfect rebuttal. And thepoliticalnotebook with the assist.

(via thepoliticalnotebook)

17:28 // 3 years ago

Lara Logan released from hospital, in “remarkably good spirits”

good news on the lara logan front. It’s being reported that Logan has been dismissed from the hospital following her “brutal and sustained sexual assault” in Cairo. While an unnamed source claims that, fortunately, Logan’s assault was “not a rape,” we can hardly imagine of the terror of it, especially in the context of a wild, tumultuous scene in Tahrir Square. Logan is reportedly in surprisingly good spirits, and is home with her family. Best wishes for her, and for her recovery. Relatedly, though, film critic Roger Ebert had this to say: “The attack on Lara Logan brings Middle East attitudes toward women into sad focus.” We’re all for somberly analyzing the broad implications of specific events, but really? Unless you can’t imagine a woman in America being sexually assaulted in a chaotic mob, it seems a little cheap and easy to paint a whole part of the world with the brush of this horrible event. Still, better than Nir Rosen’s analysis was. source

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15:01 // 3 years ago
Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted.
NYU Center on Law and Security Executive Director Karen J. Greenberg • In accepting Nir Rosen’s resignation over his comments on Twitter criticizing Lara Logan in the wake of reports of her sexual assault in Egypt. “I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments,” Greenberg wrote in a statement. “They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable.” Rosen, a journalist who has been featured in a number of publications in the past and is noted for his Iraq War coverage, profusely apologized for what he said on Twitter: “There is no point following me, i am done tweeting. Too ashamed of how i have hurt others and the false impression i gave of who i am.” source (viafollow)
11:12 // 3 years ago

More details on the Lara Logan case: What happened?

  • egypt The Wall Street Journal reports that CBS’ Logan was separated from her crew from 20 to 30 minutes. While she was beaten and sexually assaulted, she was not raped.
  • hospital The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz reports that Logan, who is staying in an NYC hospital, will likely be let out today. Her injuries have not been disclosed. source
10:46 // 3 years ago