Posts Tagged ‘Slate’

Pigskins Shame Spiral: The Bedside Readers of Liberal America

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: Slate, the New Republic, Mother Jones, and the Onion.
Change the name? Yes, yes, yes, and duh.
Why? Washington Pigskins owner Dan Snyder has faced lawsuits, the (admittedly tepid) threat of Congressional legislation, and public condemnation over his team’s name, which [...]

Matt Yglesias Doesn’t Want You to Get a Raise

Last Friday, Slate's Matt Yglesias came up with a rather unique interpretation of labor economics, musing about "the Left's big mistake about real wages and the economy." Addressing no actual person or piece of legislation coming from the left (or anywhere else for that matter), Yglesias warns that raising the salaries of everyone in the [...]

Washington Post Papers Lose $53.6 Million, Post Daily Circulation Down 8.6 Percent

Circulation and print advertising declines continued at the Washington Post in the last quarter of 2012, according to the Washington Post Co.'s latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
While political ads buoyed the company's television division, the picture was not so rosy for print. Daily circulation at the Post dropped by 8.6 percent from 2011, to [...]

From Arts Desk: Why Slate Is Wrong About D.C.

Contributor Ryan Little takes on Matthew Yglesias' contention that D.C. is lacking cool because...the murder rate is too damn high (among other things):
Speaking as a proud local resident, musician, and arts journalist, Yglesias–while he's not totally off base–sold our fair city short.
First, there are bizarre references to the murder rate, which is both irrelevant and inconsistent; [...]

Washington Post: David Weigel’s Comments Aren’t Cool—But Praying For A Source Is OK

By now, we all know the Washington Post pushed out David Weigel late last week. Weigel had worked at the paper as a blogger covering conservatives. He took the job seriously. He never took cheap shots at the Tea Party, the Birthers, or John McCain's latest lapse into un-mavericky GOP dogma. He worked damn hard explaining [...]

Morning Roundup: The Ivy Leagues, Hustlers and Realism Edition

Morning everyone. Today’s Tuesday, I believe it’s cold, and there’s a chance of rain.
In case you missed it, the Hirshhorn Museum received a new art installation last night–a patch of realism. Guess nakedness was already taken.
Prom dates are always such a fuss. Should you ask him? Should you wait for him to ask you? Will [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Did Theismann Pile On Riggins Because Riggins Piled On Theismann?

Commercials running all day on Dan Snyder's sportstalk station, WTEM, are pushing the pep rally that Snyder is sponsoring tonight at Dave & Buster's in Rockville.
Listeners are urged, "Bring your best 'Beat Dallas!' sign and you can win a six pack of club seats!"
I can't wait to see how high the "Worst Owner Ever!" banner [...]

The Annie Le Media Fest: It’s Not Just About the Ivies

As Jack Shafer observes in yesterday's column, the Annie Le murder has received the sort of national coverage usually reserved for celebrity deaths and award-show gaffes. To wit, Shafer's incomplete but telling catalog:
The New York Times...has already published five articles about Le's disappearance and murder and the apprehension of suspect Raymond Clark III. The Boston [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Vasquez Stays Another Year? Acta Stays Another Day? Sosa Juiced? Lupica Led the Blind?

Anybody who doesn't think the line between college and pro sports is thin or gone ignores Greivis Vasquez, who is both the Maryland Terps best basketball player, and the most hated by the team's followers.
I don't think I'd ever heard a college player booed by home fans like Vasquez was last year. It was like [...]

Our Morning Roundup: McWhorter, Saletan, and the Color of Performance

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another edition of Freedom Friday. We're wrapping up our Summer Music Guide as I type, and I can assure you that it's going to be a doozie–the kind of doozie you'll likely keep on your coffee table from May 15 through September 1 as a quick reference [...]

Slate to Play Harder on Aggregation

Slate magazine is one of the founding fathers of Web aggregation. Long before the term started getting passed around at publishing conferences and dissed in editorial meetings, Slate was producing "Today's Papers" along with magazine roundups and so on.
But the smart-aleck online publication isn't going to stand pat with its aggregational offerings. It's [...]

Scroll Over, Beethoven

I understand that every publication on the interwebs is trying to crack the whole 'monetizing' nut, but these scrollovers really take things too far.
Take Slate. This a.m., I stole three minutes from actual work to read up on the essentials—you know, my daily dose of counterintuitive rhetorical questions and columns on the best way to [...]

Ron Rosenbaum: Leave Obama (the Smoker) Alone!

I'm not one for fellating fellow journalists, but I'd make a knee-bruising exception for Slate's Ron Rosenbaum, the first big-name journalist (who's not a card-carrying libertarian) to stick up for President-elect Barack Obama's nicotine addiction.

Morning Roundup: And You Thought the Turkey Was Screwed

Hope you all had pleasant Thanksgivings, readers. Here are some tasty tidbits from today's news:
-Mumbai (India) is a disaster. Daniel Politi at Slate writes a smart synopsis.
-Ever been Rick-Rolled? (It's terrible–google it with caution). Andrew Sullivan has a way for you to enjoy the Rick without the Roll.
-The Washington Post has the latest on [...]

Slate’s Tech Writing: Behind the Curve

A month ago I suggested that Slate was growing old. I based my opinion on a rather untimely article about the word "FAIL." The argument still stands. My evidence? A new article by Farhad Manjoo on how to use Skype.