Of all the people they could target at Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the Onion targeted nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis for a horrible tweet. After an hour of outrage, the online news site took it down. And on Monday, the satirical news site issued an uncharacteristically sincere apology.
An amusing comic by way of The Strip in the New York Times.
A New York Times article asks whether Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame is to our times what CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow was to the news media of the 1950s. My tweeted response? Jon Stewart has his Murrow-esque moments mainly when he abandons his comedic persona & plays a journalist on TV.
That honour would go to the Toronto Star: No prostitution free-for-all this weekend
The BBC explores whether squirrel should resume its traditional place in the American stew pot. I particularly liked this quote from William Hovey Smith, who lives on his family’s old plantation in the great state of Georgia: “I do not cook the squirrel heads, although my mother dearly loved them – squirrel brains,” he recalls. [...]
I don’t know what to think of Jon Stewart in his Daily Show persona. Does he pick fights for ratings, because he’s a genuine warrior on the battlefield of public discourse, or a bit of both? This April 24 NYT article talks about his current head-butting with Fox News:
Margaret Wente wrote a remarkably ignorant column rhetorically asking, Why are bloggers male? Many others have debunked the premise of her column, which had absolutely no quantitative information in it whatsoever to back it up. But I’m wondering if it was deliberately stupid.