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The pot called the kettle “seriously misguided”: WaPo’s Erik Wemple wrote about former Veep Dick Cheney appearance on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly‘s show where they discussed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the marvels of modern medical science, and the evil left-wing media. When asked if he felt the media was “corrupt,” Cheney responded by saying they are “seriously misguided.” He then he praised O’Reilly and talked about left-leaning groups of society.
Why you should read it: When asked if he felt they were “corrupt,” Cheney called the media “misguided.” Let’s let it slide, considering all the times the media wondered if Cheney was “misguided” and then learned he was at times “corrupt.” Read more here.
“Gattaca’s” Wikipedia page was finally useful to someone: Late last night, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s show where she catches Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plagiarizing the wikipedia page for the movie “Gattaca” in a speech he gave in Virginia. The obscure sci-fi reference was used to illustrate the possible dystopian consequences that could result from using eugenics and abortion as a function of societal control. Politicians just say the darndest things.
Why you should read/watch it: Any 4th grader with an iPhone and a book report knows not to plagiarize straight from wikipedia. Just skim the book and B.S. the report, or read the summary of the movie on the back of the DVD case and use that. Read more here.
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What’s Jeff Bezos up to right now at Amazon?: According to Derek Thompson‘s recent piece in The Atlantic, Jeff Bezos is up to Nunya. As in nunya-business, a business model that served him fine at Amazon when investors asked him what he was up to, and he responded with “Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood,” and then tripling profits four years later.
Why you should read it: This dude bought WaPo, and if you want to know what he’s going to do with it, you’re going to have to wait and see. Read more here.
Fox News plays dirty, for keeps: WaPo‘s Erik Wemple posted a piece last night about an anecdote from David Folkenflik‘s new book about Rupert Murdoch. In the story, a reporter wants to write about CNN beating Fox News and MSNBC in the February ratings. When the reporter approaches Fox, they blow him off, then “secretly” feed him a false tip (that he runs with) and then they discredit him completely when the tip turns out to be fake. Epic burn.
Why you should read it: Because you should see how dangerous it could be to mess with Fox News. The slightest thing ticks them off, and they only go for blood. Read more here.
Who used a card trick to call Republicans racist?
The Atlantic’s annual ideas issue is out, with 17 of the mag’s picks for “modest” and unconventional notions they think can change the world. It’s a mix of some good, some bad and some entirely nonsensical.
- Slate’s Emily Bazelon, in her typically well-reasoned style, says states rights are for liberals, too.
- Molly Ball thinks the “do-nothing Congress” has actually done a lot. Not sure how this idea can change the world, especially when she admits that most of the big things Congress has done have actually been done to them, automatically.
- Cable TV isn’t going anywhere, argues Derek Thompson, because it’s arguably still the best deal around when compared with every other imaginable form of entertainment. Anyone who’s called a cable company’s customer service line recently might beg to differ.
- What if U.S. citizenship was not guaranteed by birth? Eric Liu wants you to take a citizenship test he thinks many of us will fail. He’s probably right.
- Climate change is real. Hardly a novel idea, but this caught our eye because of Nicole Allen‘s key takeaway: “The apocalyptic weather of the past year may soon be the new normal.” Maybe if the argument shifted that way, this one really could change the world.
The Atlantic‘s complete list of their picks for the year’s best ideas is online here, and it’s worth a look.
Some other stories that caught our eye…
On Wednesday, the always imposing National Economic Advisor to President Obama Gene Sperling will be among the panelists at The Atlantic‘s 2013 Economy Summit at the Capital Hilton on K Street. He is scheduled to personally threaten all journalists in attendance.
Other guests include: Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Paul Volcker, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, Former Sec. of the Treasury Robert Rubin, Former Nat. Economic Advisor to President Bush Lawrence Lindsay, Fix the Debt Founder Maya MacGuineas, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sheila Blair, Former Dep. Chairman, Federal Reserve Board Alice Rivlin, NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, Publisher of Naked Capitalism Yves Smith, Co-founder of The American Prospect Robert Kuttner, Sens. Joe Manchin, John Hoeven and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Interviewers and moderators include: The Atlantic‘s Steve Clemons, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, Financial Times‘ Edward Luce, WSJ’s David Wessel, The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennett, The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson and NJ‘s Ron Fournier.
The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., at which point there will be a “festive” reception. Drinks to include “Sequester on the Beach” and “Old Fashioned Debt on the Rocks.” (Only in Washington…)
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TheAtlantic.com has hired Derek Thompson to be its new business editor. He’s a former fellow for The Atlantic. They say that his “instincts for creativity and rigor” make him qualified along with his work on the business team since 2009.
See the internal memo from Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital…