Phi Beta Cons

Even at Brown . . .

A recent poll of Brown University students found 58 percent of them opposing racial preferences in university admissions. An anti-preference ballot initiative in Oklahoma passed earlier this month with 59 percent of the vote. One suspects that you can’t get much redder than Oklahoma nor much bluer than Brown, and yet on this issue the two see almost exactly eye to eye.

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Questions for Those Who Believed Jussie Smollett

The “we reported the Jussie Smollett case responsibly” contention has been blasted to smithereens. Twitter accounts and headlines in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times reported as fact Jussie Smollett’s wildly implausible allegations, and many other journalists did so as ... Read More

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