The Present Age Weekly Recap: October 21, 2022
Two weeks worth of posts packed into one update.
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From me the past couple of weeks:
Using the example of Kanye West and his recent string of antisemitic rants, I highlighted how American journalism’s hesitance to call out bigotry has made it much easier for bigots to rise to power (see: Trump, DeSantis, etc.).
I also tracked down a bizarre reporting flub in an Associated Press story about the Pennsylvania Senate race. Other outlets caught up a day or two later, so I was happy to have been on this one first.
Here, I looked at how right-wing media used Cassidy Hutchinson’s June testimony before the January 6 committee and exploited a single anecdote to brand her a liar (even though there’s zero reason to believe she lied).
And finally, I wrote about the death of Lucy Meadows, a trans woman who was hounded to death by the British media in 2013. And then I wrote about my worries that it’s happening again.
Here’s where I usually plug other people’s work, but today I want to do something a little different.
Five years ago today, Kayla and I got married. She is wonderful. She is great. I love her so very much.
But also, she’s extremely talented! She runs a small online shop called Tiny Werewolves out of our basement, and I’m just really proud of all the work she does. As I have roughly… zero artistic talent, I’m always just blown away and so impressed by her work, and I wanted to share it with you all.
So check out Tiny Werewolves, buy some stickers or whatever if you want, and have a nice weekend.
Happy anniversary, Parker and Kayla!