Apropos a conversation with a friend I want to flag one of my favorite stories from The Atlantic archives by one of the journalists I esteem most--the singular @JamesFallows--and I want to rope in @WesleyLowery and the @wethefifth folks who conversed with him about journalism
This story touches on questions of journalistic ethics, objectivity versus moral clarity, and the relationship of journalists to the United States and to the American public and public opinion. But it has nothing to do with the particulars of current hot button debates
For that reason, maybe it will prove useful to people who are thinking through these complicated matters. Without any more buildup, here is the article theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
Interested in hearing from anyone who reads it and has a constructive take from any perspective.

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29 Oct
I've gotten some emails with requests to explain what informs the judgment that I've reached in the 2020 election. The long answer: lots of articles I've written and read over the last five years. This thread is an incomplete list of them.
The Trump character trait that bothers me most, by far, is his penchant for cruelty.

I wrote about it here: theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

@AdamSerwer wrote about it here: theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…

Cruelty plus great power is a bad combination.
The issue that looms largest for me is COVID-19. I reject the absurd argument that Trump is responsible for all U.S. deaths. But his failures have been significant and catastrophic enough to justify doubting his competence in future emergencies theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
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24 Sep
Annoyingly, Nikole Hannah-Jones blocked me on Twitter today before posting more mischaracterizations of our recent disagreements about 1619 vs 1776. I'd hoped and intended to leave things at my last thread. Now I'll post videos corroborating my position.
Lest there be any confusion, I want to be clear that I do not favor banning the project from schools or the president's attacks on NHJ.
Indeed, this week a hs teacher sent me a link to a video presentation by a student who read The 1619 Project and my essay about it. My discourse and debate-loving self found it so heartening.
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21 Sep
The USC business school imbroglio is among the most alarming instances I've ever seen of administrators running roughshod over faculty, undermining academic freedom, and chilling speech in a way that harms all students. (thread)

The administration cannot help but know that their actions are causing multiple professors to alter their teaching in ways that harm students because they are terrified of being punished for unintentionally giving offense to students.

Will they do anything to alter that?
My reporting and an anonymous survey conducted by the Faculty Council at the school both yielded powerful quotes from USC professors that ought to be more widely known to fellow academics.
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18 Sep
This claim is staggering. Because I wrote an essay arguing that The 1619 Project was great in parts, but was wrong to argue that 1619 was our "true founding," I take exception to it. My essay is here: theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… Was I duped by "the right" or duping others? A thread:
Nikole Hannah Jones repeats this claim on CNN, where the interviewer credulously accepts her framing that the right is misrepresenting the project
Here she is calling Ben Shapiro a liar and saying that the wrongheadedness of his claim is easily verified. Am I going crazy? I thought. So I went back to check myself to make sure I didn't error in my essay. What I found is quite damning. Image
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27 Aug
The most frequent answers I'm getting:

1) this is unprecedented and will therefore generate way more useful attention.

2) this isn't about attention, it's about compelling billionaire owners to use their influence to effect change that hasn't happened yet.
I would certainly love it if billionaire NBA owners somehow secured any or all of, say, the full Campaign Zero slate of reform proposals (or the 8 Can't Wait iteration that came later, and maybe there's a market where this will matter (I wonder what the most likely would be)?
There are two big obstacles that I see to this strategy:

1) If you look at a list of cities and/or agencies with the most police shootings per capita the vast majority have no stake in this.

2) Billionaires can influence policy most easily when
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14 Jul
As ever I'm glad The Atlantic publishes smart people making arguments with which I disagree, even on the issues I care about most.

And one passage in this piece is especially useful as this conversation moves forward (see next tweet)
Here's the passage. I agree with two-thirds of it:
I would argue that liberal society can be threatened if participation in civic discourse triggers workplace reviews of speakers, and I suspect most progressives would agree given certain examples.

For instance:
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