It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement. It really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues. Well before Prop. 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side. So it’s encouraging to know that this too will seem like such a silly argument to our next generation. There are even a lot of young conservatives today for whom marriage equality isn’t an issue. It always takes government an extra generation to catch up to the people.
— George Clooney, speaking on marriage equality in The Advocate

“Balanced” ≠ “true”

One of the biggest problems we face in the dying world of journalism is the fallacy — pioneered by Fox News and other right wing propaganda outlets — that there are always two sides to a story, that every truth has several options. Is NPR about to break this cycle and return to reporting truth instead of “balance?”

I’m finding it hard to respect my seniors

When I hear my elders spout clueless, fantasy-based political opinions like this I can only take comfort in the fact that they probably won’t be around much longer.