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.”

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.’”

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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.

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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



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