News Organizations Can Now Objectively Say Donald Trump Is Lying

Tom Scocca · 06/02/16 02:20PM

One of the difficulties the mainstream press has faced in covering the Donald Trump campaign is that Trump is a ceaseless and aggressive liar. The traditional etiquette standards known as “objective journalism” discourage media outlets from pointing out that a politician’s message is contrary to known facts—to do so seems like taking sides, or, God forbid, expressing an opinion.

A Brief Note on the Donald Trump/Joe Scarborough Feud

Alex Pareene · 05/06/16 03:00PM

As has been often noted this election cycle, Donald Trump is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Trump and WWE founder Vince McMahon have known each other since 1988, and worked together frequently. But in 2007, Trump and McMahon pretended to be bitter rivals, culminating in Trump shaving McMahon’s head on pay-per-view TV. This was all play-acting, or “work” as its known in professional wrestling. In real life, Trump and McMahon were friends, and the feud was mutually beneficial to both.

Free the Art

Hamilton Nolan · 01/22/16 11:50AM

What good is a work of art that sits in a storage space, unseen by anyone? No good at all!!!

Hamilton Nolan · 01/13/16 05:54PM

A new “Yoga in America” study finds that there are more than 36 million yoga practitioners in the U.S., which is an increase of more than 50% in just the past four years. At this rate, in 20 years nearly every U.S. citizen will be doing yoga, which is sure to bring us all together.

Terrorism Is a Sideshow

Hamilton Nolan · 12/15/15 10:00AM

The issue that the most Americans regard as the most important one facing our country right now is terrorism. Fear is more powerful than reason. Not that there has ever been a reason to doubt that.

Hamilton Nolan · 11/06/15 09:22AM

“Dr. Taz says waist trainers makes heart burn and indigestion worse, and women pass out after wearing them because they can’t get enough air.” Why not just run hill sprints and pass out from lack of air while actually improving your waistline?

Every Lottery Ad Is a Crime

Hamilton Nolan · 11/02/15 12:37PM

Hee hee, ha ha, the New York state lottery has a new series of television ads coming out that pokes fun at the idle rich. Oh ho! Lottery advertising executives should be locked in jail for fraud.

Hamilton Nolan · 10/01/15 11:30AM

Spruce Alpha, a hedge fund that recently collapsed after little more than a year in existence, attracted investors by noting that one of its managers “was a former researcher who had worked on simulations of laser defense missiles.” Wow. Laser defense missiles.

Study: Hedge Funds Don't Do Shit, Suck 

Hamilton Nolan · 08/17/15 03:08PM

Hedge funds—which, as an asset class, are a scam—charge exorbitant fees in exchange for the sort of top-tier investment skill you supposedly can’t get with a dirt cheap index fund. A new study says that is bullshit.