Fallon is not apolitical at all. He had Chris Christie on during the unfolding of the Bridgegate scandal, let Christie say whatever he wanted, and didn’t question him about it at all. They even did a stupid dance together.
And then he had the infamous ruffling of Trump’s hair, which I hope clings to him for the rest of his life.
In both of these instances, Fallon had powerful political figures on his show, and he gave them unfiltered access to his audience, letting them deliver whatever message or impression they wanted.
By giving these two men (and others) this platform and opportunity, on the public airwaves, Fallon took an explicitly political position, and that position was “whatever these guys want you to believe is true, because look at how much fun we’re having! Let’s lip sync now!”
He may never overtly express a political opinion, but Jimmy Fallon is anything but apolitical.
For the a New York Times article about China not only catching up to the US in the technology of warfare but slowly starting to overtake the US as well. Represented here by a banged up old US robot arm wrestling a Chinese hologram AI.
Newly hired New York Times columnist
Bret Stephens’ controversial first column is going over like a lead
balloon with the paper’s progressive readers — some of whom are
furiously pledging to unsubscribe.
the column, Stephens cautions readers that even though the data pointed
to Hillary Clinton winning the election, that’s not
what ended up happening. “There’s a lesson here” about climate change,
“We live in a world in which data
convey authority. But authority has a way of descending to certitude,
and certitude begets hubris,” Stephens wrote.
“Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of
science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves
Stephens’ skepticism incensed scores
of readers, many of whom claimed on Twitter to be in the process of
cancelling their subscriptions. Read more (5/1/17)
Sometimes he sits at the piano and we both just start ad-libbing and the song seems to create itself. His excitement and exuberance about writing songs is contagious. He’s an absolute joy. That’s why everyone loves him. I personally wouldn’t trust someone who didn’t.
Companies who market themselves as “feminist” while exploiting their female employees, the Thinx controversy, capitalism incompatible with morality, profits over people, etc. For the NYT today. Article here.