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The Trayvon Martin Shooting Case, Race, and the Media

The shooting of

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Rallies Are No Laughing Matter

Jon Stewart's decision to hold a "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington DC on October 30th - just a few days before the midterm elections - exists, like many things Jon Stewart-related, in the uneasy space between comedy and sincerity. Stewart has always insisted his show is only about the former, despite evidence that his ambitions are far larger than that. If you don’t believe me, check out his takedown of CNN's "Crossfire" on that now-canceled program if you have any doubts.

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The Law, The Media, and Gates-Gate

My inkling has always been that the Gates-Crowley incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts occurred when two gigantic egos – one of brains, one of muscle – went eye to eye and called each other’s bluffs. That doesn’t really matter now because the media has already framed this as a repudiation of President Obama. All we have is the police report prepared by Officer Crowley, conflicting statements, and the fact that President Obama said the Cambridge police acted “stupidly.” Well, he was right. Police officers are employed to uphold the law and that’s not what happened.

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