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Afternoon Reading List 09.16.13

Feminist blogger bashes female reporters, female reporters bash back: The Guardian published an article last week in their Comment is free section, and it was unflattering to women reporters in Syria, to say the least. Feminist blogger and Guradian columnist Jill Filipovic wrote the article, entitled ‘Can girls even find Syria on a map?‘, triggering the female reporter community to fire back with a pissed off and unanimous ‘YES.’ This prompted BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel to write a response to Filipovic’s feminist diatribe, which was eloquently dubbed ‘Women Are Covering The Hell Out Of The Syria War – So Why Haven’t You Noticed?’ Don’t worry, the ‘You’ in the title isn’t pointed at ‘you, the reader. It is a point blank pot shot at Filipovic’s entire piece, and namely, her article’s title. In the response, Frenkel drops the hammer on all of the unsubstantiated claims made by Filipovic, and clarifies why it may seem like women reporters aren’t being featured as widely as men reporters are. Frenkel points out that not only is Filipovic flat-out wrong, she tells us exactly why, too.

Why you should read these articles: Filipovic attempts to rally women everywhere under her flag of feminism with aims of furthering women’s roles in war reporting, and in doing so degrades all of the past and continued efforts being made by female reporters who are putting their lives on the line in Syria as well as throughout the world. In effect, she gets schooled… hard, and it is very, very cathartic.

American copies of Time are not at all like the others: Today’s cover of Time in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific are different from the cover of the American copies.  The rest of the world must not have received the memo about the seemingly coincidental, non-political yet super-dee-duper highly important issue regarding the payment of college athletes. Their covers are about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his dominance over Barack Obama in his handling of Syria, which was totally different from our non-judgmental, pro-education (sort of) Americanized version. Neil Munro, White House correspondent over at the Daily Caller, did more than just catch Time with their pants down in his article about the inconsistent international covers. He also calls out Time editor Rick Stengel for being one of the three journalists to be tapped to run the state department’s public diplomacy mission.

Read more about Time’s ‘Merican cover change and misquoting senators…

Why you should read this article: Unless you strongly, strongly agree with Stengel’s stance on the importance of a need for salaries for college players, then you may want to skip this bullet of today’s Reading List.  If you believe in the need to put only the most important international crises facing American posterity at the forefront of national attention and discussion then give this one a read.  Or move to a country that gives a hoot about that sort of stuff.  Entirely your call.

Senator misquotes Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (thrice): This morning, WaPo’s  Glenn Kessler checked the heck out of some facts in his recurring article, “The Fact Checker.”  In the latest addition, Kessler checks out Sen. Jim Inhofe’s statements made on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN, and finds a subtle key difference in what Inhofe says on camera when quoting General Dempsey and what Gen. Dempsey actually said. Kessler points out the slight difference between the two, and finds two instances of Inhofe correctly quoting Dempsey (once in an interview and once in an opinion article).  Shame, shame, Senator.

Why you should read this article: Anyone who works in a profession that requires them to support their point using some other, more credible sources, they should be dead-on accurate in their quotations or else they’ll get caught.  Just check out how thorough Kessler is! He catches Inhofe for not clarifying the context behind the meaning of a vague, unspecific quote. Give this article a read, and then double check all of the work you do today just to make doubly sure of the accuracy of what you write. Nobody wants to be Glenn Kessler’s next person-of-interest in next week’s “The Fact Checker,” right?

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