Robert De Niro Is Doing a Convincing Portrayal of an Anti-Vaccination Kook

Tom Scocca · 03/25/16 02:38PM

Robert De Niro’s upcoming Tribeca Film Festival is in trouble for including the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, directed by Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced physician turned anti-vaccination activist. The festival site describes the film as “[d]igging into the long-debated link between autism and vaccines,” a description that avoids the official conclusion of that debate, which is that Wakefield was a fraud peddling destructive lies to desperate parents.

Should Universities Be Policing Professors' Ethnicity Claims? 

Hamilton Nolan · 09/22/15 10:13AM

Academia is one of the few venues in America where claiming membership in a minority group can potentially further your career, rather than, you know, the opposite. Are colleges adequately policing their professors’ ancestry claims, like true detectives?

Hamilton Nolan · 10/30/14 08:09AM

Fizz-input company Sodastream announced that it will move its factory out of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, so it may finally be safe for left-wingers to make seltzer at home.

Easy Rules for Free Speech on Campus

Hamilton Nolan · 09/15/14 12:43PM

Another week, another ultimately meaningless free speech controversy on an American college campus. Should Ayaan Hirsi Ali be allowed to speak at Yale? If only there were some simple way of settling these nonstop arguments.

The Stupidest Solution to the "Redskins" Controversy

Hamilton Nolan · 10/18/13 08:56AM

Charles Krauthammer is a conservative columnist with a permanent sourpuss etched into his self-impressed face. He is not a sports columnist, okay? Yet he has managed, quite impressively, to come up with the single most inane solution yet for the "Washington Redskins" name controversy.

Hamilton Nolan · 07/10/13 12:19PM

Here you will find an evenhanded discussion of "preferred gender pronouns." Or will you?

Is Spying Okay?

Hamilton Nolan · 07/01/13 02:19PM

In the aftermath of the revelations about the NSA's secret spying programs, there is plenty of anger to go around. American citizens are pissed that they were spied on. European governments are pissed that they were spied on. Nobody, it seems, is happy with being spied on. So why is spying such an accepted institution?

Secrecy Is the Problem

Hamilton Nolan · 06/26/13 12:11PM

Some people say that Edward Snowden is a hero because the secret NSA spying program that he exposed was ripe for abuse. Other people say Edward Snowden is a villain, because the program seemed to be well-run and lawful. Both of these positions are grounded in fantasy. Nobody knows whether the government's power was abused; it's a secret. That's the problem. That's the point.