Sordid Citizens

But hey, it gets worse. So the murdered children and their moms, right? They are totally to blame, says NBC. You know why? They were sordid:

Slain U.S. citizens were part of Mormon offshoot with sordid history

This is the actual headline. The NBC will probably change it after a backlash so here’s a screenshot:

It’s impossible to get from this headline that these sordid citizens were babies and their moms. The text of the article isn’t emphasizing that information either.

Bizarre Reporting

This is what NYTimes tweeted tonight, for real:

The brutal killing of 9 members of an American family in northern Mexico on Monday highlights the long history of religious fundamentalist settlers in the region. Our religion reporter, Elizabeth Dias, details their history back to the
early 20th century.

Absolutely unbelievable in its cynicism. The brutal killing of 6 small kids (including infants) and three moms and the wounding of 8 more kids highlights… not the complete collapse of state authority in Mexico, not the utter lawlessness miles from the US border, not the outlandish cruelty of cartels… No, not at all. The brutal murders somehow “highlight the long history of religious fundamentalist settlers.”

The next step will probably be to inform us that these “fundamentalist toddlers” brought it all on themselves.

I’m researching this story for class tomorrow, and the coverage is ridiculous.

Business Books

I read business books. Vivid Vision by Cameron Herold, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, Start with Why by Simon Sinek – all the business bestsellers.

I’m not interested in starting a business, God forbid. I love academia and have zero interest in business. But these business bestsellers are amazing for academic productivity and really help to ace service. I discovered utterly unsuspected leadership skills in myself thanks to these books.

Example. I chaired a committee a while ago that did interesting, important work and had to produce a long, detailed report in the end. The process sucked ass for me because I ended up doing all the work myself.

I did it again two years ago and it was slightly better but I still ended up hating everybody else on the committee and detesting the process.

This year, though, I really aced the work. I was given fewer people and significantly less time to do the assignment but it’s done well ahead of time. Instead of scrambling around trying to get people to send me the data three days before the report is due, I’m floating in the bathtub while the report is all done. And not by me. And everybody on the committee is happy with everybody else.

I also tripled my research output this year. This is very specifically due to what I’m learning in these books. Most importantly, I’m enjoying things a lot more. It’s good to be an effective leader. It feels nice.

Plus, there is zero whining in these books. Zero. Nobody is victimized by systemic injustices. Nobody lists their identities. It’s so relaxing.

Covering for a Pedophile

ABC’s Amy Robach talks about how her network, too, killed the Epstein story:

I’ve had the story for three years. I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air. first of all, I was told who’s Jeffrey Epstein, no one knows who that is, this is a stupid story. Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will, that also quashed the story. And then Alan Dershowitz was also implicated in it because of the planes. She told me everything. She had pictures, she had everything. She was in hiding for 12 years, we convinced her to come out. We convinced her to talk to us. It was unbelievable what we had, Clinton, we had everything.

I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new relevant revelations and I freaking had all of it. I’m so pissed right now, like every day I get more and more pissed because I’m just like, oh my god, what what we had was unreal. Other women backing it up. Brad Edwards the attorney three years ago saying like, ‘there will come a day for we will realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known.’ I had it all three years ago.

Hey, where are all the people who felt all condescending because I watched Fox News? I’d like to know how they feel about NBC and ABC and their history of covering for “the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known.”