1. It’s almost an overworn joke to notice how many white guys tell you that (sorry!) they aren’t into black women, or how many gay guys will include “No Asians” in their profiles. (I think I’ve read like 18 Huffington Post pieces alone about that last anecdote.) This is real racism, blatant and banal, casual and even comfortable. For those who say that “people have their preferences,” I would simply ask them whether it’s worth broadcasting them simply to prevent the appearance of a picture of a black woman or an Asian man in your inbox.
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    Marc Ambinder

    The last racial taboo: Sex

     

  2. Fox News chief Roger Ailes reportedly asked David Patraeus to resign from the military and run for president. 

    It’s no secret that Fox News is an outlet for conservative voices. But Ailes’ promise of support to a particular candidate bolsters the widely held belief that the channel is not an independent news organizationand suggests just how entrenched Fox is in conservative politics,” writes Ryu Spaeth. 

    Keep reading…

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  3. Republicans frequently complain that news reporters are cheerleaders for President Obama. But a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says it’s Obama who “has suffered the most unrelentingly negative treatment” of all the presidential candidates over the past five months. Pew found that only 9 percent of news stories about Obama were “positive” during that period. On the GOP side, Texas Gov. Rick Perry got the best treatment, with 32 percent positive coverage. Has the press soured on Obama?

    Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

     


  4. climateadaptation:

    Emails released in a FOIA request show that the Obama administration is biased towards getting the Keystone XL Pipeline built. I’ve been covering Keystone XL for a few months (see all my posts, here). I used to believe the pipeline will get the green light. Now I suspect it will be delayed…

     


  5. If I had given money through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce you would have never, ever known.
    — Keith Olbermann apologized to viewers but not to MSNBC upon his return to “Countdown” last night. He was suspended from the network for two days after giving political donations without approval of his bosses. Critics call him “indefatigable” (which is a fancy way of saying he is untiring), and say he now has more leverage than ever at MSNBC.