Gliddy glup gloopy!!
1. Tennis Ethics: Yes, I’d call this a double standard…When I saw the headline at AOL— “The US Open has been accused of sexism after a female tennis player was slapped with a code violation for changing her top in the middle of a match”—I assumed that this was another bare-breasts equality story. No, it was even stupider than that. At the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows this week, Alizé Cornet was playing Swedish star Johanna Larsson when Cornet realized she had put her her top on backwards during a break.
So she quickly fixed the wardrobe malfunction on the court, briefly exposing her black sports bra. The Horror. The umpire slapped Cornet with a code violation, unsportsmanlike conduct. But male players frequently remove their shirts on the sidelines, and usually aren’t wearing any bra at all. Indeed, male player Novak Djokovic removed his shirt on the same day Cornet received her warning. Women’s Tennis Association rules state that women are not allowed to change clothes while on the court, but there is no similar rule for men.
2. Signature significance for an unethical politician. (But it’s Andrew Cuomo, so we knew that anyway.) During the New York gubernatorial candidates’ debate between Governor Andrew Cuomo and actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon, there was this exchange,
Cuomo: Excuse me, can you stop interrupting?
Nixon: Can you stop lying?
Cuomo: Yeah, as soon as you do!
The audience thought this was funny.
3. Today’s alarming “Nah, [enter Social media of mega-tech company here] doesn’t abuse its power 0r manipulate information for a political agenda! Why would anyone suggest such a thing?” note:
NPR, to its credit, published an investigative reporting piece debunking a popular anti-gun fake stat, one that David Hogg et al. have wielded repeatedly: the U.S. Education Department’s claim that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The NPR investigation findings:
“…NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.
We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.
In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to our inquiries.
“When we’re talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful,” says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.
Gee, ya think?
This statistic has been disputed before, but since the challenges came from conservative news media, the NRA or other Second Amendment supporters, the mainstream media kept using it, and I’m sure the Parkland kids will keep using it anyway, since facts seem to have little importance to them. National Public Radio, however, has been resolutely anti-gun for decades, and never saw a liberal cause it didn’t admire.
When a Facebook user shared the NPR article on Facebook, however, it was removed because, as Facebook informed him, “it looks like spam and [it] doesn’t follow our Community Standards.” See?
Again: You cannot trust these companies or the people who run them.
4. Be proud, John McCain fans! Striking from beyond the grave, Senator McCain won the pettiness war with President Trump. That’s hard to do, but McCain was the man to do it.
While my Facebook friends, few of whom (if any) voted for McCain (I did, though I’m pretty sure he would have been an awful President, because I knew he was going to lose big, so my vote was a symbolic expression of respect and sympathy), nor complained when the Washington Post smeared him with a front page hit piece about rumors that he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a female lobbyist (I did), nor were troubled when their party used ageist insults during the the 2008 campaign (I wrote about it several times) were horrified that the White House flag only flew at half mast for one day in McCain’s honor, none appear to be troubled about McCain’s orders that Sarah Palin be barred from his funeral. Maybe this isn’t as quite as petty and mean as McCain snubbing the President of the United Sates; I’m torn. Both should have been welcome, but Palin, unlike Trump, has never done anything but praise McCain, even after he took a gratuitous shot at her in his autobiography.
On the other hand, the conservative blogger narrative that McCain ruined Palin’s promising political career by exposing her to prime time before she was “ready” is absurd historical revisionism. Palin is entirely responsible for her career botch. A smarter, more diligent, more principled politician could have turned her national exposure in 2008 into a launching pad for a successful life in public service. John McCain didn’t make her resign as governor; he didn’t stop her from getting her facts right before she shot off her mouth. He didn’t make her choose a lucrative celebrity monetizing strategy rather than a serious dedication to bettering her country.