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Toward Ann Coulter I had always taken a “suffer little children to come unto me” attitude. Not that she ever came on to me or anything. It’s just that she’s a kid. She was born in 1961. I’ve got skinny Brooks Brothers neckties in the back of my closet older than that.
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The Sharp Sting of the Babylon Bee | Mark Hemingway | The Weekly Standard
One of the most successful new media outlets in America does nothing but publish fake news. If that seems like a bad thing, it should be noted that the website in question is even more dedicated to spreading the Good News. Adam Ford, the founder and only full-time employee of the Babylon Bee, a Christian satire website, is clearly surprised at his success. “On the first of March, we celebrated two years in existence, and a couple of days later I noticed we had passed 100 million page views,” Ford tells The Weekly Standard. The Bee’s social media presence—it now has over 400,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter—has grown quickly too. “All of this was totally organic. We’ve never run an ad, never boosted a post, never spent a dollar on spreading the word. And we’ve had no outside funding. Our growth has been totally driven by the content.”

..The Bee taps into a huge audience less accustomed to being the subject of well-intended comedy than of being made the butt of jokes. “There was a kind of a thirst for that perspective. The Onion’s really funny, but a lot of [its humor] comes from a secular and even anti-religion” point of view, says Kyle Mann, the Bee’s head writer. “Whenever there’s a big topic of national discussion” that in some way might touch on religion, comedy and satire in general seem to have only “that one perspective.”

..It’s safe to say that thus far, to the extent it has noticed, secular America is confounded by the success of the Babylon Bee. In March, Facebook threatened to reduce the visibility of the Bee’s stories. The reason? One of Facebook’s fact-checking partners, Snopes.com, obliviously labeled a Bee story (“ CNN Purchases Industrial-Sized Washing Machine to Spin News Before Publication”) false rather than satire. Considering how important Facebook traffic is to Internet publications, the threat was no joke.

..Recent articles such as “Republican Party Publishes New, Improved Edition Of Jesus’s Beatitudes” and an op-ed purportedly written by King David headlined “If You Could Stop Comparing Me To Donald Trump, That’d Be Great” testify to the fact that Ford and Mann grasp a fundamental problem with religion and politics: American Christians may be enamored of the idea of civil religion, but Jesus clearly wasn’t. At one point in How to Be a Perfect Christian, Ford and Mann twist the quotation famously attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and sarcastically exhort Christians to “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use the voting booth.”

..Despite the Bee’s success, Ford maintains “the real motivation behind launching the Bee continues to drive us: speaking truth into the culture in an engaging, intelligent way.” For his part, Mann sees the Bee’s mission as something more than chasing modern cultural relevance. He sees it as also harking back to a time when Christian leaders were not afraid to take a stand for what they believed. Reading Martin Luther’s satirical and harsh criticisms, Mann says, a reader today might react, “‘Wow, this is crazy. Is this guy even a Christian the way he talks to his theological opponents? We don’t really use that kind of language.’ And so when we come along and do it, I think it really does wake a lot of people up.” The comparison to Martin Luther might seem a bit much, as Mann is quick to concede: “I don’t want to overstate what we do, obviously; it’s comedy—it’s fun. But I do hope that once in a while someone reads the article, laughs, and then starts to think about it.”
Evangelicalism  America  Discourse 
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The Fatal Allure of Single Payer | Hoover Institution
The ardent pleas of Bernie Sanders won’t make a socialist system work.
healthcare  policy  america  socialism  rebuttals 
yesterday by Kjaleshire
Rachel Maddow’s Woodrow Wilson Dishonesty | National Review
The other night, I happened to catch Rachel Maddow’s opening monologue.
america  politics  modern-era 
yesterday by Kjaleshire
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think
The New York Times last week broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s long record of sexual harassment. Actresses including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward to detail Weinstein’s depredations, and so did former employees of the man who founded one of the most important independent film companies of the last 30 years, Miramax. The details were so jarring and the trail of abuse so long, that it was impossible to read the story and not come away wondering: How d...
america  film-industry 
yesterday by Kjaleshire
The Real Reason NBC Passed on the Harvey Weinstein Story | Observer
The cultural elite in America—Harvey Weinstein’s buddies—protect liberals who think like them.
america  current-events  progressivism  culture 
yesterday by Kjaleshire
Gillette Ad Is Not Wrong — It Sneakily Conveys a Conservative Message | National Review
Gillette’s ad has been savagely received on the right, but its message is more conservative than critics acknowledge.
america  culture  current-events  media 
yesterday by Kjaleshire

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