Category Archives: Media Criticism

Sophomoric

But perhaps it’s forgivable, since it was probably written by actual sophomores. Here’s a call by the editorial staff of the Harvard Crimson to repeal the Second Amendment. The amount of historical (and other) ignorance displayed here is breathtaking. I don’t have time to do it, but this needs a thorough fisking.

I do think it’s a good sign in a sense, though. They’re realizing that the jig is up, and that the court is very likely to overturn the DC gun laws, and many others. They’ll no longer be able to pretend that it’s not an individual right.

[Update at 3 PM EST]

Gullyborg has risen to the challenge. He missed a key point here, though:

Written in an age in which minutemen rose to dress and fight at a moment

The “Youths” Are At It Again

This time, they’re attacking the gendarmes with shotguns. This isn’t a riot. It’s an insurrection. What is Sarkozy going to do?

I find this particular euphemism by the press quite irritating. Can’t we be a little more specific and descriptive about the “youths”? By using that phrase, we’re tarring all French youth, many of whom, if not most, I suspect, are not blasting the cops in the faces with shot. Are they Catholics? Huguenots? Mormons? Amish?

In the US, when they won’t tell you the race of a criminal suspect, it’s generally a good bet that he’s of African descent, and if they make you guess the party of a miscreant politician, it’s a good indicator that it’s a Democrat. In French riots, one strongly suspects that when the perps are described only as “youths,” that they are (a) not necessarily that young and (b) at least notional followers of the Religion of Peace™. But we don’t want to prejudice anyone against the religion that cannot be named, no, or tell the readers what’s really going on here. We’ll just slander all young French people.

The “Youths” Are At It Again

This time, they’re attacking the gendarmes with shotguns. This isn’t a riot. It’s an insurrection. What is Sarkozy going to do?

I find this particular euphemism by the press quite irritating. Can’t we be a little more specific and descriptive about the “youths”? By using that phrase, we’re tarring all French youth, many of whom, if not most, I suspect, are not blasting the cops in the faces with shot. Are they Catholics? Huguenots? Mormons? Amish?

In the US, when they won’t tell you the race of a criminal suspect, it’s generally a good bet that he’s of African descent, and if they make you guess the party of a miscreant politician, it’s a good indicator that it’s a Democrat. In French riots, one strongly suspects that when the perps are described only as “youths,” that they are (a) not necessarily that young and (b) at least notional followers of the Religion of Peace™. But we don’t want to prejudice anyone against the religion that cannot be named, no, or tell the readers what’s really going on here. We’ll just slander all young French people.

The “Youths” Are At It Again

This time, they’re attacking the gendarmes with shotguns. This isn’t a riot. It’s an insurrection. What is Sarkozy going to do?

I find this particular euphemism by the press quite irritating. Can’t we be a little more specific and descriptive about the “youths”? By using that phrase, we’re tarring all French youth, many of whom, if not most, I suspect, are not blasting the cops in the faces with shot. Are they Catholics? Huguenots? Mormons? Amish?

In the US, when they won’t tell you the race of a criminal suspect, it’s generally a good bet that he’s of African descent, and if they make you guess the party of a miscreant politician, it’s a good indicator that it’s a Democrat. In French riots, one strongly suspects that when the perps are described only as “youths,” that they are (a) not necessarily that young and (b) at least notional followers of the Religion of Peace™. But we don’t want to prejudice anyone against the religion that cannot be named, no, or tell the readers what’s really going on here. We’ll just slander all young French people.