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@reason senior editor. 2016 @forbes 30 Under 30 list. Author of "Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump." Available now: https://t.co/IvMcmoIVJz
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4 May
Well, the CDC's guidance for summer camps is probably the most draconian and insane thing the agency has said during the pandemic: masks, distancing, even for kids, no sports, no contact, no nothing. reason.com/2021/05/04/cdc…
Experts described it as "cruel, irrational," and even "simply virtue signaling" in interview with The Atlantic nymag.com/intelligencer/…
Really, this guidance is stricter than the guidance for vaccinated adults who are outdoors.
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7 Apr
The 60 Minutes DeSantis/Publix story is the biggest journalism screwup in quite a while. But with one exception, no media watchdogs at mainstream outlets are covering it. Why? reason.com/2021/04/07/60-…
Neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post have covered this. Nothing from CJR or Poynter. The PolitiFact Truth-o-Meter dial hasn't budged!
Worst of all, Axios framed the story as DeSantis trying to "milk" his mistreatment, calling it "a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media." Uh, the media bashing is well deserved here. DeSantis didn't start this, CBS did.
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5 Apr
The 60 Minutes piece on Ron DeSantis and Florida's vaccine rollout is wildly, embarrassingly flawed. Journalistic malpractice.
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CBS claims Publix got the vaccine contract because of a "pay for play" scheme, i.e. donating to DeSantis's campaign. DeSantis calmly debunked this entire notion, but 60 Minutes cut the clip to make it look like he dodged.
DeSantis gave CBS this extremely plausible explanation—Publix was NOT first, they have 800 stores, etc.—and CBS just didn't use it. They clipped it so that DeSantis looks irate and combative. Image
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22 Jan
As I am primarily known for criticizing cancel culture, Will Wilkinson—who once suggested I branch out to "slightly more important stories"—may be the closest thing I have to an ideological foe. In that spirit, I oppose his firing.
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Staggering number of hypocrisies here, frankly. Will's tweet was very bad, but more obviously a joke than what the president of the organization, Jerry Taylor, tweeted earlier this year.
Taylor's tweet "can be interpreted as condoning violence" to a much greater degree than Wilkinson's. And Taylor is the boss, so one could reasonably infer that sort of thing is okay if he does it.
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10 Jan
I don't think Trump's speech on Wednesday meets the legal definition of incitement to riot—i.e., I don't think he could be prosecuted. But it inarguably contributed to the riot. He should resign, and if he doesn't, he should be impeached, removed, and barred from seeking office.
For the Founders "high crimes and misdemeanors" did not literally mean criminal behavior, it meant abusively abhorrent public misbehavior. Having egged on a crowd that ransacked the Capitol, resulting in 5 deaths, I think it's hard to argue that standard was not met.
If your rebuttal is “but Democrats” or “but media unfairness,” then you are not actually responding to the charge that what Trump did and said was horrible. Enough excuses.
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28 Dec 20
Like most people with a vaguely functioning moral compass, I was horrified by The New York Time's story, "A Racial Slur, a Viral Video, a Reckoning." But I don't blame the teen who publicized the video. I blame the NYT editors who lionized him for it. reason.com/2020/12/28/new…
I refer to Jimmy Galligan as cancel culture's Count of Monte Cristo for his unusually elaborate revenge scheme. But really, there's nothing unusual about teenagers being extremely cruel to each other. Maybe you don't remember high school? I sure do!
Young people say and do awful things to each other. The point of school is to socialize them out of this, to teach better behavior, to allow them to fail, to learn, to grow. That's why it's wrong to expect perfect behavior from a 15-year-old. No one can pass this standard.
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14 Oct 20
It's a huge problem that many in the mainstream media and pundit class (i.e. the people attacking Maggie Haberman for daring to share NY Post's Hunter Biden scoop) now think its their job to suppress information they don't want the public to read. reason.com/2020/10/14/hun…
Would social media sites reduce distribution of the mainstream press's articles, which are often thinly or anonymously sourced? Would the BuzzFeed report on Steele Dossier need to pass a fact-checker's muster before you could share it? What are the rules here?
In defending publication of the Steele Dossier, @benyt wrote: "We trust you to reckon with a messy, sometimes uncertain reality." Try squaring that statement with all the mainstream media and social media moderators now asserting it's wrong to even note the Hunter Biden story.
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13 Oct 20
News organizations should not repeat her words without what now? Ridiculous. (And when did "sexual preference" become offensive? Five seconds ago?)
Yes, I am aware that "orientation" has existed for some time as an alternative, and some people have—dare I say it—a *preference* for it. I really don't think the former is typically malicious, though.
This is really being made into a thing, I guess? "Orientation" can also be used in a way that implies a choice, though: i.e. people say "political orientation" all the time. slate.com/news-and-polit…
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12 Oct 20
Every election year, in the interest of full disclosure, @reason lets its writers explain who they are voting for. I am voting for LP candidate Jo Jorgensen, for the following reasons. reason.com/2020/10/12/how…
The bottom line is that Jorgensen recognizes the government's coronavirus response "has been the biggest assault on our liberties in our lifetime," which is more than sufficient to earn my vote in these insane times.
I cannot vote for Trump. Biden had a small opportunity to win me over by picking an independent-minded veep—I would have voted for him had he selected Tulsi Gabbard, for instance. He didn't, obviously, so no vote.
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28 Sep 20
Thread: I just had an unbelievable encounter with a Karen in DC. I was running outside—unmasked, which is permitted during recreation per the mayor’s orders—and as I passed a woman (also running) she pulled down her mask and loudly blew air at me on purpose.
I stopped, whirled around, and demanded to know whether she had just done what I thought she had done. She said yes, but she was only treating me the way I was treating other people (by running without a mask).
Again, running without a mask is permitted. If you think you are likely to catch covid outdoors during brief, incidental contact with another person—in a city with an extremely low infection rate—please educate yourself.
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24 Sep 20
Was just instructed (nicely) by the protesters not to take pictures.
Lots of banging, fireworks, and some smoke canisters.
Many on foot, many bicycles, some scooters, some skateboards, some fancy motor wheels, and at least one roller blader, who wiped out right next to me. As an infrequent blader, I can relate. (I’m on a scooter right now.)
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23 Sep 20
Even if the Breonna Taylor raid was technically not a "no-knock" raid, consider that the denizens of a living unit might be reasonably confused, or fail to understand who was at the door, if police come at midnight, shout "police" and then bang down the door.
One cop was charged with recklessly endangering the neighbors by shooting wildly, which seems like just the absolute bare minimum accountability citizens should want in this case. reason.com/2020/09/23/gra… via @cjciaramella
Fellow citizens, are low level drug busts so important to you that you want the police breaking into people's house in the middle of the night and shooting guns at their neighbors during the ensuing confusion? Not to me.
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19 Sep 20
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Mourners chanting “vote him out” and “honor her wish” Image
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17 Sep 20
NYU suspended a student for attending an outdoor, rooftop party. This puts his scholarship and employment in jeopardy. The catch? He was taking all online classes, and had no plans to set foot on campus. reason.com/2020/09/17/nyu…
"I am not a student who will be staying at or near NYU housing, nor will I be entering Campus Grounds or NYU buildings as I am currently enrolled in all online courses," he wrote in his appeal.

It was rejected.
Note that NYU learned of the party because the student appeared in a short video, circulated on social media and then reported to the administration using its hotline for covid snitching. It's an NYU email address, but might as well be 1-800-KAREN. reason.com/2020/09/17/nyu…
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11 Sep 20
Students demand Skidmore College fire art professor David Peterson for attending a pro-cop rally, and they don't care that he was just watching it from the sidelines reason.com/2020/09/11/ski… via @reason
It's hard to overstate how crazy this is. The professor, Peterson, did not attend the rally as a supporter of cops, he just went to watch. He has told the students this, but they don't care.
Students put a note on Peterson's door, warning other students that if they entered the classroom they were in effect crossing picket lines, and it was a matter of safety for the marginalized. Safety! reason.com/2020/09/11/ski…
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1 Sep 20
The tendency among many on the right to want to identify some secret funding source or leadership organization that's supposedly behind the riots and violence... is quite misguided. (1) reason.com/2020/09/01/who…
The reality is that much of the destruction following anti-police protests in cities like Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis is opportunistic and only vaguely ideological. When public order breaks down, some subset of the population will rob stores and smash windows. (2)
Others flock to protest in hot zones because they like the fight. These are the maladjusted, not paid foot soldiers in some wealthy villain's war. (3)
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25 Aug 20
For all the complaints about Big Tech censoring conservative speech, it was the tech platforms—YouTube, Facebook, Twitter—where you could watch the RNC unrestricted (and for free). Meanwhile, cable news cutaway from the convention constantly. reason.com/2020/08/25/rnc…
I think this matters! Rachel Maddow was afraid to let her audience consume the RNC because she was panicked about disinformation. Even Fox cutaway a few times. On social media, you got easy live access to the whole thing.
For all the alleged anti-conservative bias on tech platforms, it seems fairly obvious—bordering on inarguable, frankly—that the real anti-conservative bias is with traditional media. Why so many conservatives want to destroy the former and benefit the latter is a mystery to me.
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19 Aug 20
Laura Loomer is crazy. She palled around with Richard Spencer and Jacob Wohl and InfoWars. She said she wants a non-Muslim version of Uber so she doesn't have to pay immigrants. The GOP should shun her. Instead, they've embraced her. reason.com/2020/08/19/lau…
I say this as someone who routinely defends people (on all sides of the political spectrum) from unfair smears. Madison Cawthorn: not a nazi. reason.com/2020/08/11/mad…
But Loomer's associations with the alt-right, grifters, provocateurs, conspiracy theorists, and other kooks are direct and numerous. It should be an embarrassment for Republicans that she's running.
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14 Aug 20
White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo will conduct a training workshop for University of Connecticut administrators this fall. Her fee is $20,000. reason.com/2020/08/14/uco…
Note that she's training the administrators—the campus speech cops—rather than lecturing to the students in a forum where her ideas could be scrutinized. It's not an exchange of ideas, it's new HR policy enforcement.
'White Fragility" is a book that @JohnHMcWhorter called a "racist tract." Difficult to imagine, in any other circumstance, a university training its employees in the methodology of an author whose book was accused of being racist! theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
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6 Aug 20
One of the most absurd cancel culture stories I've yet covered: Edward Ball is the author of "Life of a Klansman," in which he reckons with a white supremacist ancestor. It's an acclaimed anti-racism book. Students forced Tulane to cancel his virtual talk. reason.com/2020/08/06/tul…
Mind you, this is a book hailed by the New York Times as "a haunting tapestry of interwoven stories that inform us... about the resentment-bred demons that are all too present in our society today." NPR called it resonant and important. Ibram X Kendi joined the author for a talk.
Ball was going to do a virtual discussion with a Tulane professor of geography African American studies. Students forced the university to cancel, and their comments on the subject are some of the most unhinged I have ever read.
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29 Jul 20
This antitrust hearing is farcical. Democrats' questions for Amazon and Apple—companies beloved for delivering services we depend upon—are ridiculous. As for Republicans, the proper target of their ie is Dorsey, and he's not there, so Zuck gets smeared. reason.com/2020/07/29/mar…
Facebook isn't a monopoly. It's free! It doesn't matter if it's, like, the most popular website for sharing photos. Zuck doesn't belong in an antitrust hearing.
Maybe there's a case against Google, but a lot of the accusations are more complicated: The Federalist thing was actually mostly NBC's fault, which backs up my position that traditional media is more of a threat to conservative speech than social media. reason.com/2020/06/17/goo…
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