Is this real life or is it fantasy?
Much of the criticism of Bohemian Rhapsody is that it whitewashes or gets wrong several aspects of the real-life history of beloved rock icon Freddie Mercury. The factual shortcomings can be categorized into three types: the little things and events that got compressed together; the people and events who were written out of the film, which are minor. The major factual errors, which when taken in their entirety and sequence, pretty much take up the last 40 minutes or so of the film leading up to the Live Aid performance.
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s shocking losses, Democrats were left reeling to figure out what to do next: what they stand for, where their party goes, and who will emerge as the next generation of leaders. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid’s time as leaders of their party is almost over, and they will likely be respected elder party statesmen (and woman) in the same way many of their predecessors are regarded. Democrats have four years to figure out who they are and how to present a viable alternative to President Donald Trump in 2020, a crucial…
One of the two longest and most incredible droughts in the history of professional sports will come to an end this fall when either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians win the World Series. For the sake of perspective, here is a look at what has happened when both teams won a title and since:
Chicago Cubs (1908)
· Teddy Roosevelt was President of the United States, a century before he became a regular fixture at Washington Nationals home games.
· There were only 15 amendments in the U.S. Constitution.
· There were only 46 states in the union.
One of Donald Trump’s jokes at the Al Smith Dinner last night was at Hillary Clinton’s expense:
And even tonight, with all of the heated back and forth, between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. In fact, just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, “Pardon me.”
And I very politely replied, “Let me talk to you about that after I get into office.”
The joke bears a remarkable similarity to a joke…
The Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump making lewd and explicit comments about women obtained by the Washington Post has elevated to the level of an existential threat to the Trump campaign and the Republican Party at large. I won’t go into the substance of what was on the video, which you can view for yourselves. Rather, I will focus on the immediate fallout and consequences.
· #NeverTrump Republicans: Elected officials, operatives, activists, and media personalities who refused to endorse Trump or actively opposed him from the beginning have been taking a victory lap during the past few days.
Last Friday, Donald Trump launched what Slate’s Josh Voorhees called “Birtherism 2.0”, a lie on top of an already discredited lie, by saying that the birther conspiracy theory began in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and that he had done a great service to the country by finishing birtherism in 2011 by forcing Barack Obama to produce his long form birth certificate. One of the pieces of evidence the right is seizing on to support this is a claim via Twitter from former McClatchy DC bureau chief James Asher that Sidney Blumenthal — a longtime aide and political operative close to…
Rome is one of my favorite cities on Earth, with a deep personal significance for me. I had the incredible privilege of living there for four years on two separate occasions. The first time, I was there for my final three years of high school. The second time, I was working there for a year after finishing graduate school. I’ve traveled far and wide in the years since, but I always find myself coming back to Rome, in body or in memory. My experiences living and growing up abroad were some of the most influential of my life, and I…
Why facts, and the misuse thereof, matter in our political discourse
Fact checking — defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary as “to verify the factual accuracy of” — is a thankless but necessary task, often assigned to younger employees or interns in a supporting role to more senior people. I did it early on in my journalism career and have first hand experience with how tedious, frustrating, and thankless it can be.