Hamilton Nolan's stern post on Gawker, "Twitter is Public," spoke the thoughts of many a journalist yesterday. Those who write for a living (and are therefore themselves occasionally trussed, spit and taken for a spin on the rotisserie of public opinion) can't help but goggle in disbelief that the concept of "public" can be misunderstood. Journalists think about this all the time because the right to report and publicize has often been under attack, such as when the police try to stop someone recording or filming in the street, or when a celebrity or politician objects to the publication of public information, or when [...]
Tiger Woods has always seemed peculiarly uninteresting to me. I became aware of the phenomenon of his dullness early in his career. I was out for breakfast on a Sunday, reading the sports page, which mentioned that a kid named Tiger was doing well at the Masters, and the server commented "How about that Tiger Woods?" I was literally at a loss for words. He is very good at golf, but his excellence has always been clinical-easy not to watch.
Clarence Thomas' former lover comes at last out of the woodwork, after two decades of silence, and throws him under the bus real hard, confirming the already-confirmed stories about him asking women in the office about their breast sizes and his obsession with porn. And there's more! A whole memoir of more.
"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended." —Virginia Thomas, right-wing activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, explains why she left a message on Anita Hill's voicemail asking the Brandeis University professor to "consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with [...]