Author Archives: BD

When to ask the tough questions and when not to

Had a legitimately interesting conversation on Twitter yesterday, starting here: What you’re describing is stenography. Not journalism. Your continued failure to acknowledge your role in this mess is why you continue to be a grave embarrassment. — Imani Gandy … Continue reading

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Star Wars NEVER made sense. Get over it.

Oh no! The Last Jedi ruins our sense of canon! Why would Luke act that way? (For the record, Mark Hamill has walked back some of his misgivings:) I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.Creative differences are a common element … Continue reading

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A response to “Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears”

Dear Mr. Edsall, Please forgive me if the salutation is too formal. I was brought up in the South to say “yes, sir” and “no, ma’am,” and while I have modernized a bit depending on context, I felt it appropriate … Continue reading

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Europe vs. America

I spent the first 27 years of my life in the United States, most of it on the East Coast. I had never been across the Atlantic. I’d never been farther west than Texas. The East Coast, I’d covered. I … Continue reading

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Holiday giving idea: Support journalism

News organizations generally aren’t nonprofits. Their owners have ranged from somewhat benevolent people with a genuine interest in journalism to your basic everyday robber barons. So, under ordinary circumstances, none of us would suggest adding a news organization to your list … Continue reading

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To interview or not to interview a Nazi

You probably know this by now: The New York Times ran a story on a … white nationalist? Nazi? They were accused of “normalizing” Nazis, prompting a thoughtful response from the editor and a strange, defensive response from the reporter, who seemed … Continue reading

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Unraveling the Confederate flag

Our town has a pretty big Halloween parade, and it’s an annual tradition to toss blankets and chairs along the parade route to stake a good viewing spot. Yesterday, I saw this: Yes, that’s a Confederate flag blanket on the … Continue reading

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