Some are criticizing the veteran newsman for holding on to damning revelations about Trump until now. But these criticisms miss the mark.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan on September 10, 2020 (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

The latest bombshell revelation about President Trump came on Wednesday, with a series of news stories about the contents of Rage, the upcoming book about the Trump White House by journalist Bob Woodward. (Note: I have not read Woodward’s book, and this is not a book review.)

Woodward has Trump on the record, in early February — at a time before there were any confirmed cases in the U.S. — admitting that the president knew about the severity of the coronavirus early on, even as his public comments stated the exact opposite, and subsequent interviews with Trump have him admitting…


Is the infamously undeserving 2005 best picture winner as bad as you remember?

Thandie Newton (L) and Matt Dillon (R) in “Crash” (2005). (Credit: Lionsgate Films)

After a week of horrific racial conflagration, from the Central Park confrontation to nationwide uprisings following the police killing of George Floyd, what better time than now to take another look at Crash, the controversial winner of the Academy Award for best picture of 2005?

Crash, which recently marked the 15th anniversary of its theatrical release, has acquired a certain reputation over the years. Watching its critical standing develop has been like watching a slow-motion … well, you know. …


The case against “Good News”

Everyone just living in the moment, reading only good news, no bad news in sight. Amazing. Wish we could go back. (Getty)

According to a new Politico report, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is rolling out an unconventional digital strategy: Instead of the in-your-face tactics favored by the Trump camp, the Biden plan is to reach “suburban Facebook empathy moms” with positive content that “reminds one of Upworthy, the go-to site for feel-good news.”

The Upworthy approach— fight bad news with good news and hatred with goodness — is an increasingly familiar one these days. In fact, it’s become the go-to strategy for a large chunk of the news media.

And why not, you might ask? After all, these are very feel-bad times…


Zeckendorf Towers in New York (Wikimedia Commons)

Anyone who has followed politics in the Trump era knows that we’re in an age of conspiracy theories. As we’ve learned from truly absurd mythologies like “pizzagate,” the Seth Rich murder conspiracy, and “QAnon,” the theories are now no longer required to even make sense.

Earlier this month, we got an instructive look at how these theories work, and how they spread.

On July 10, a woman was found dead at the Zeckendorf Towers, a high-end apartment complex in downtown Manhattan. Most reporting indicated that the woman, Lara Prychodko, had been drinking, and had stumbled into the building’s trash compactor…


According to a series of reports Monday, there’s “concern” that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a torn ACL and knee dislocation in training camp and will miss the entire 2016 season, may not ever make it back to the NFL.

In reality, though, there’s little new information and nothing coming from anyone close to Bridgewater. We don’t have any more idea of Bridgewater’s future prospects now than we did before the latest reports. This episode says a lot both about the way sports media reports injuries, and the pitfalls of over-aggregation.

Here’s what happened: On Sunday’s edition of…


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As the Sixers enter their first season post-Process, there’s still a schism about the value of Hinkie’s unconventional tenure.

The three-year tenure of Sam Hinkie as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers led to something of a civil war among those in Philadelphia who care about the local NBA team. On the pro-Hinkie side, there’s a coterie of local bloggers, podcasters, and vocal fans. On the anti-Hinkie side is most of the city’s newspaper columnists, radio hosts, and basketball old guard.

When Hinkie departed the Sixers with a 7,000-word, instantly infamous resignation letter back in April, one might have expected it to mark an end of the long “Hinkie: For or Against” debate. But it really hasn’t. …


No, Jon Stewart Couldn’t Have Stopped Donald Trump

There are many, many reasons for the rise of Donald Trump to the presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Dissatisfaction with the Republican establishment, and “politics as usual.” Economic stagnation. The sheer force of Trump’s personality and celebrity. A significant amount of full-on racism and misogyny in the GOP race. It’s likely some combination of all of the above.

But do you what isn’t a reason for Trump’s rise? Jon Stewart’s retirement from The Daily Show.

Versions of this argument have been creeping up lately, that the absence of Stewart on the…

Stephen Silver

Writer/editor, @appleinsider Film critic, cofounder, @philaFCC/ Film Scribes podcast, Also: @splicetoday @thephillyvoice @broadstreview @backstage

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