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Slate Calls ‘IT Chapter Two’ Racist Because the Critic Didn’t Notice the Ending

The racist component to the lie Mike Hanlon tells himself is the point of the movie

You may have heard that the second installment of the movie adaptation of Stephen King's IT is subpar. You may have even heard that Pennywise, the evil interdimensional space clown, is, alas, not a gay ally! But did you know the movie is also racist? So sayeth Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton in "It: Chapter Two Adapts a Storyline About Racism Into a Storyline That’s Racist."

CNN’s Bombshell Russian Spy Story Looks More Like a Dud

The New York Times and Washington Post both flatly contradicted CNN's reporting

CNN chief national security correspondent and former Obama diplomatic staffer Jim Sciutto had a major scoop Monday, reporting that "in a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government."

San Francisco’s Anti-NRA Stunt Isn’t Just Misguided, It’s Unconstitutional

Punishing businesses that associate with the NRA is a form of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors stirred controversy after labeling the National Rifle Association a "domestic terrorist organization" in a resolution. That language is more tiresome and lame than it is actually dangerous. Law enforcement officers in San Francisco and elsewhere will just roll their eyes and focus on targeting actual terrorists.

Bloomberg’s Terrible Leif Olson Hit Piece Officially Has No Leg To Stand On

Failure to detect a Trump official's sarcasm was an enormous screw-up

Not that long ago—just a week ago in fact—many in the media lost their minds over a Trump supporter's alleged plan to mine the social media feeds of reporters for damaging material. The New York Times, which broke the news, warned the resurfaced posts would be "stripped of context or presented in misleading ways," adding that the endeavor was "fundamentally different from the well-established role of the news media in scrutinizing people in positions of power."

Think Tragically to Avoid Tragedy

Americans need to recall what happens when global order collapses

It is especially important to remember World War II at a time when most Westerners—especially Americans—have forgotten what real tragedy is.

Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism

Trying to separate hatred of Israel from classic Jew-hatred is an act of willful blindness.

Anti-Semites can have completely opposing political views and social values, but they all have one thing in common: hatred of Israel, the Jew among nations.

Mayor Pete Doesn’t Understand ‘Deaths of Despair’

The problem's bigger than mental health

There is, as Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg correctly noted, a surging wave of suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol deaths. These have been collectively labeled "deaths of despair," first in academic literature and then in the popular press.

Journalists Are Powerful Public Figures and We Should Treat Them as Such

Trump supporter wants to prove journalists hold their friends to different standards than the rest of us. It'd be nice if they proved him wrong

New York Times buildingA minor Twitter fight broke out in January after U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell tweeted that the Trump administration was the toughest ever when it came to taking on Russia.