I’d be a rich gal if I had a dollar for every humor piece–again take the laughing or leave it, it’s typically a subjective thing–that caused more grief than not. It’s almost not worth running them because of the annoyance of being asked if it’s real or not. Sometimes it’s understandable–if it’s especially good, you’re gonna be a little taken in, especially when you’re reading a lot as part of your daily diet. Normally I try to make sure we do something to make it bleedingly obvious it’s humor. “This speculation was written by” or “This parody was written by” or the like. But you (I) always want to hesitate to do that–it almost hurts the joke to have to point out that it’s a joke. And in a piece that began “The Washington Post is trying to kill me.” and ends with an ID of the author as a “humorist,” I, for one, thought it was all pretty obvious.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader, “Save Ike from the Kikes.” I’d better explain. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the Nazi troll armies’ march ... Read More
Will Democrats pull an “October Surprise” this year and announce that the highly polarizing Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco won’t be their candidate for House speaker after all? Growing up in the Bay Area, I saw Pelosi’s iron will and stubbornness up close for decades. The possibility of her stepping back ... Read More
Michelle Williams, an actress, has decided to become a spokesman on the issue of pay inequality in her profession, and appears this month on the cover of Vanity Fair with a headline to that effect. This decision follows what she describes as a humiliating episode in which she learned in the pages of USA Today ... Read More
Corey Stewart has had a rough few weeks. Stewart, the Republican nominee challenging incumbent Democratic senator Tim Kaine in Virginia this fall, has come under sustained fire lately as news outlets have uncovered disturbing past comments from his campaign staff and from Stewart himself — shedding new light ... Read More
Studies will someday be done on the deleterious effect Donald Trump has had on the brains of people who loathe him. It drives them to say things that are as palpably foolish as some of the president’s own doozies. This week’s winner: There is no such thing as a “perjury trap.” Because some of the ... Read More
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at e21. It is adapted here with permission. Two weeks ago, the Mercatus Center published my estimates of the cost of the Medicare-for-All (M4A) bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) along with 16 co-sponsors. Although my ... Read More