I’m taking a break from Twitter for a couple of days. Even the most benign tweets - im sure even this one! - result in rage and insults. I engage here a *lot* bc I think it’s important for journalists to do so - to show that they are real people with real thoughts. But...
...im not sure how to strike a balance. This website is a way for me to talk to ppl who otherwise wouldn’t reach out. It’s a way to keep up with news from parts of the country im not in. But it’s not real life. And the daily contest to see who can be most outraged is exhausting.
Idk what the solution is or if there is one. I don’t expect twitter to ban everyone who is annoying. I’m not willing to mute notifications from ppl who don’t follow me or ignore my mentions. This is a two way platform - the point is a two way conversation. But honestly. HONESTLY.
It’s great how I tweeted that a common plot point in movies is tired and men crawled out of the woodwork to remind me that movies are fictional which is something I never knew I guess
And like it’s totally weird that that one high profile example of a woman sleeping with her source you know of out of thousands of currently employed lady journalists invalidates my whole point I mean math is wild
Or like did you know that other jobs are sometimes subjected to tired, tropey writing as well? I guess if it’s happening to everyone no one is allowed to complain about it you lean something new about to world every day I am amazed.
The men who are portrayed as journalists in movies are hard-charging geniuses with ink stains on their hands. The women are sleeping with their sources and struggling with their own insecurities. Every. Single. Time.
Anyway, remember when Spotlight won a god damn Oscar and no one slept with a source or went to work drunk?
I welcome any producer wanting to depict a female journalist to spend some time with a real one. Maybe then America would realize female journalists are generally not egomaniacs teetering on the brink of a breakdown and sleeping with all of their sources. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
Come on down! Pull up a seat next to my cubicle! Have some of my beef jerky and watch me call seven dozen election administrators — none of whom I am sleeping with — while wearing entirely normal clothing and drinking club soda instead of straight vodka.
tbh my favorite/most hated example of this is is in Trainwreck: Assigned a story on a topic she knows nothing about and doesn't bother to research, gets drunk and sleeps with the subject, gets fired, enters relationship with subject, gets article published in VANITY FAIR anyway.
I’m just baffled as to 1) why she believes reporters are unable to protect victims, which we do every day and 2) why she believes a public event that admins *anyone* and that anyone could have posted anything on social media from protects the identity of victims.
One time a social services agency sent me a child's entire file, and the person had redacted it using a blue pen she'd just scribbled out black ink with. Then she scanned it in full color and sent it to me. Was I just supposed to ignore that the text was completely visible?
Another time a state sent me a CD containing the full social security numbers of every single social worker in the state (I sent it back). Another time someone accidentally CC'ed me on a report they were sending to someone else so they could redact that report and send it to me.
This "data expert" did this completely insane hack where he sorted by birthdates in excel or maybe he did a really cool pivot table.
The voter roll in it's current state in Florida was created in 2006. It is a common problem that people who registered before that year don't have any birthdate at all, and so a placeholder is put in. Also, these birthdays are inputted *by hand* and typos happen.
Once when I was a teacher I was so stressed by a stack of 115 essays that I convinced myself it was necessary that I create an intricately detailed timeline spanning from the Stone Age to the renaissance. It took 12 hours and the students didn’t notice.
I’ve seen no serious reporter suggest that she is trustworthy, nor have I seen them suggest she is some kind of Oracle. I have seen them suggest that she’s always been unreliable, which is a bit different than what the GOP stance on her has been.
Pretend shock that a woman E! once named reality TV’s number one bad girl might not have been the most loyal WHITE HOUSE STAFFER is just flatly insane.
Kobach, who has spent his career ranting about voter fraud and election integrity, initially refused to recuse himself from his own recount, has a spox that serves both his office and his campaign, and his opponent sets up an "election integrity hotline" over his office's antics.
*AHEM* A story, in multiple parts, about @WestElm. Last year, I ordered an Adult Couch. It arrived broken. It took them two months to give me a new one, which was fine, bc it was good enough and I wanted an Adult Chair, which could be delivered at the same time as the new couch.
The very last day in the delivery window comes and goes. No word from West Elm. I call multiple times. Finally, delivery scheduled. Delivery day comes. I stay home from work. No furniture arrives. I call. They have forgotten to put it on the truck.
I am given some money back. The Adult Couch and Adult Chair arrive several days later. They are fine. I have $20 or so in store credit left over after this debacle. Several months before, I had purchased some nice mugs at West Elm. I decide to order two more. This was in February
All of this is stunning. Kobach gets to oversee the recount for a race *he is in,* and if his opponent in that race wants to pay for a hand recount, Kobach gets to set the price. kansascity.com/news/politics-…
Three wealthy Mar-a-Lago members (who are *not government employees*) are issuing guidance at the VA, which VA workers treat like commands. Stunning, insane piece from @iarnsdorf. propublica.org/article/ike-pe…
THIS STORY KEEPS GETTING CRAZIER. THEY RECOMMENDED AND MET WITH SHULKIN.
Guys you have to read this story it just keeps getting more insane