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August 13, 2013
theatlantic:

Obama has Already Broken His Pledge on Surveillance Reform

Last week, he promised an ‘independent’ review by ‘outside experts’. Then he assigned insider James Clapper to lead it.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]


IMHO, Conor Friedersdorf is the Obama administration’s toughest critic that truly matters. He earns this status not because he’s critical. He earns it because he’s someone the administration could have won over if it had done things differently. Every administration has its haters on the other side; folks like Friedersdorf generally don’t have their opinion decided on the first day, meaning he’s a potential supporter lost by administration actions alone.

theatlantic:

Obama has Already Broken His Pledge on Surveillance Reform

Last week, he promised an ‘independent’ review by ‘outside experts’. Then he assigned insider James Clapper to lead it.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

IMHO, Conor Friedersdorf is the Obama administration’s toughest critic that truly matters. He earns this status not because he’s critical. He earns it because he’s someone the administration could have won over if it had done things differently. Every administration has its haters on the other side; folks like Friedersdorf generally don’t have their opinion decided on the first day, meaning he’s a potential supporter lost by administration actions alone.

11:06 // 11 months ago
March 5, 2013
Hi, we reach 13 million readers but we can’t afford to pay you freelance types for your work. Can we have 1,200 words for free?

The Atlantic

Meanwhile, Marco Arment’s The Magazine has just 25,000 subscribers who pay $1.99 a month, allowing him to pay writers $800 per article.

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The second this-makes-the-Atlantic-look-really-bad thing to happen this year.

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12:48 // 1 year ago
March 4, 2013
So this is where I was profoundly foolish. I told them about the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto. And in doing so, Aaron would explain to me later (and reporters would confirm), I made everything worse. This is what I must live with.
Journalist, and close friend of Aaron Swartz, Quinn Norton • Discussing her role in the case, during a long article she wrote for The Atlantic. Read the whole thing. This one quote does not do the story justice. But we recommend starting with the editor’s note from Alexis Madrigal. It’s a tough one to read, and shows how the federal government can break people down in federal cases.
10:25 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013
digg:

markcoatney:

theonion:

SPONSORED: The Taliban Is A Vibrant And Thriving Political Movement: Full Story

Honestly, The Onion will never let us down. 

Ever.

And The Onion wins everything. 

digg:

markcoatney:

theonion:

SPONSORED: The Taliban Is A Vibrant And Thriving Political Movement: Full Story

Honestly, The Onion will never let us down. 

Ever.

And The Onion wins everything. 

15:56 // 1 year ago
12:14 // 1 year ago
January 14, 2013
We have temporarily suspended this advertising campaign pending a review of our policies that govern sponsor content and subsequent comment threads.
The Atlantic • In a statement regarding their controversial scientology ad, which we wrote about earlier in clearly positive terms. Perhaps not the best way to make a good impression.
23:56 // 1 year ago

Trip Report: The Atlantic’s Sponsored Post by the Church of Scientology

My eMeter was working overtime today. Hey mofos, when I clicked on this link over here, I felt like jumping on a couch and screaming about my love for The Atlantic! They really just GOT me as a reader by letting the Church of Scientology pay bajillions of dollars to sponsor this article on their site. On this article, I learned that David Miscavige is a playa who is taking scientology to NEW FREAKING HEIGHTS! LIKE EXPLODING LIKE THAT VOLCANO THEY SHOW IN DIANETICS ADS! Tom Cruise, Jason Lee, John Travolta, they all finally have a place to celebrate on the internet! It’s this ad!

But, you know, the best part? It was going down to the comments, where everyone (except the most recent comments, which seemed confused for some reason) seemed so EXCITED that The Atlantic was giving Scientology the love it deserved, as if they had finally seen the light and had written a glowing critical reassessment of Battlefield Earth in a 20,000-word magazine piece where the lede was “We were wrong.” We get it. L. Ron Hubbard was a visionary. All they had to do was pay The Atlantic a boatload of money to admit it. The Thetans now have a place to play. The haters will go away. All I have to do is reload the page and see the moderators work.

(Seriously, though: What the hell, Atlantic Media?)

EDIT: The Atlantic, clearly catching onto the controversy, took the ad down.

SECOND EDIT: In case you want to see the article in full, here’s a screenshot, taken by Gawker. As it’s a large file, we’re hosting on Dropbox.

THIRD EDIT: The magazine has apologized profusely, starting the apology with the phrase “we screwed up.”

20:39 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012
idroolinmysleep:

InstaSnopes: Sorting the Real Sandy Photos from the Fakes (also, follow Is Twitter Wrong?)

Have been saying for years that you could create a hugely popular news publication that was like Snopes, but faster. This article? Proof.

idroolinmysleep:

InstaSnopes: Sorting the Real Sandy Photos from the Fakes (also, follow Is Twitter Wrong?)

Have been saying for years that you could create a hugely popular news publication that was like Snopes, but faster. This article? Proof.

23:49 // 1 year ago
October 4, 2012
11:01 // 1 year ago
August 23, 2012
brooklynmutt:

Fear of a Black President
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
Read: The Atlantic

Three lines that really grab you in this piece:
1) “The moment Obama spoke, the case of Trayvon Martin passed out of its national-mourning phase and lapsed into something darker and more familiar—racialized political fodder. The illusion of consensus crumbled.”
2) ”The president’s inability to speak candidly on race cannot be bracketed off from his inability to speak candidly on every­thing. Race is not simply a portion of the Obama story. It is the lens through which many Americans view all his politics.”
3) Regarding Shirley Sherrod: “In her new memoir, The Courage to Hope, she writes about a different kind of tears: when she discussed her firing with her family, her mother, who’d spent her life facing down racism at its most lethal, simply wept. ‘What will my babies say?,’ Sherrod cried to her husband, referring to their four small granddaughters. ‘How can I explain to my children that I got fired by the first black president?’”

brooklynmutt:

Fear of a Black President

As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.

Read: The Atlantic

Three lines that really grab you in this piece:

1) “The moment Obama spoke, the case of Trayvon Martin passed out of its national-mourning phase and lapsed into something darker and more familiar—racialized political fodder. The illusion of consensus crumbled.”

2) ”The president’s inability to speak candidly on race cannot be bracketed off from his inability to speak candidly on every­thing. Race is not simply a portion of the Obama story. It is the lens through which many Americans view all his politics.”

3) Regarding Shirley Sherrod: “In her new memoir, The Courage to Hope, she writes about a different kind of tears: when she discussed her firing with her family, her mother, who’d spent her life facing down racism at its most lethal, simply wept. ‘What will my babies say?,’ Sherrod cried to her husband, referring to their four small granddaughters. ‘How can I explain to my children that I got fired by the first black president?’”

(via brooklynmutt)

8:22 // 1 year ago