Jon Stewart’s Effective Correctives to Press

Love him or hate him (I have always mostly liked him) I think Jon Steward actually does give a crap about keeping the press honest, if only to insure that his own preferences (or stories he finds interesting) are included in the prevailing narrative. Just so:Stewart is actually in a rare and enviable position. If he wants to, he has the strongest bully pulpit imaginable with which to issue effective correctives to the hyper-partisan, agenda-driven press. First of all, he's an … [Read more...]

Drawing A Veil over A Villain

In The Four Stages of Cruelty, William Hogarth depicts the body of Tom Nero, a fictitious murderer, being dissected during an anatomy class. From the ceiling hang the skeletons of Burke and Hare, the infamous grave-robbers. Tom Nero might never have existed, but the fate of his mortal remains was entirely plausible: in 1752, the British Parliament had passed a law, permitting the authorities to donate the bodies of executed criminals, as it were, to science.Hogarth was preaching a homily in … [Read more...]