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Wall Street Lackeys in the Academy

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On December 28, 2013
As a historian, I don’t really have an opportunity to sell out by using my professional positions to provide expert testimony for Wall Street. But I wonder what that would be like. Evidently, it buys you a really nice home. And there are plenty of academics willing to become complete hacks. And in a squat […]

Amateur Hour

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On January 30, 2013

I thought this Laura Seay piece lambasting English language coverage of Mali pretty outstanding. I know nothing about Mali and thus haven’t commented on it except to express sadness at the loss

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Wanker of the Day

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On December 10, 2012
Nic Kristof. Evidently Kristof is only interested in poverty if he can personally fly in and rescue women from sex slavery. Otherwise, he’s happy to channel the arguments of Gilded Age social Darwinists. Here is an illustration of Kristof’s views, from 1877 “Helping the Poor–Gratuitous Distribution of Coal by the City–Cherry Street,” New York City, […]

Pelosi

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On November 14, 2012

Luke Russert, who replaces John Podhoretz as the most unqualified beneficiary of nepotism in American life today, actually told Nancy Pelosi in a press conference that she was too old for her job. Wat

Rasmussen

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On November 7, 2012

Scott Rasmussen tries to explain why his polls were terrible. I’m reading this over and over again but I keep missing the sentence that reads “My polls suck because I’m a partisan ha

Last Night’s Media Low Point

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On November 7, 2012
Well, there’s probably a lot of media low points. But at least twice, John King (URI grad as is, oddly, Christiane Amanpour) tried to delegitimize Obama’s victory by switching from his state map to a county map to show how red huge spaces of this country are. This is a sophisticated, technology-forward way of saying […]

Economists

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On August 22, 2012

I guess I always assumed that most economists were political hacks hiding behind academic credentials. I don’t have a problem with academics looking to influence public policy. But it is a fine

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