Media Mashup: November 24, 2015

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The Hero of Baltimore Riots Beats Back Cancer

If you want to read an uplifting story, here is one about Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. As The Washington Post puts it: “Amid all of the disagreements, anger and name-calling filling up our airwaves and our computer screens, take a minute to watch Hogan’s announcement. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/17/want-to-feel-good-about-politics-for-a-minute-meet-larry-hogan/

Political Correctness Run Amok

The National Interest looks at political correctness, along with The New York.

“George Orwell once remarked that Stalin’s Soviet Union was a place yesterday’s weather could be changed by decree. America, it seems, is not wholly immune to this totalitarian impulse either. It increasingly manifests itself in political correctness, a phenomenon that is flourishing at elite American universities. Make no mistake: the authoritarian implications of this movement, as Jonathan Chait points out in New York magazine, should not be pooh-poohed. Quite the contrary. The tribunes of political correctness, Chait notes, ‘are carrying out the ideals of a movement that regards the delegitimization of dissent as a first-order goal.’”

For more, see http://nationalinterest.org/feature/political-correctness-goes-war-american-history-14427

Paris Attacks Result of Intelligence Breakdown

A French friend says the government isn’t admitting the massive breakdown in intelligence that allowed the Paris attacks.

For more, see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3330073/Turkey-warned-France-Belgium-Paris-terrorists-year-ago.html

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

 

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