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Now Peter Thiel’s Lawyer Wants to Silence Reporting on Trump’s Hair [Updated]

One day after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal attack on Gawker Media to the New York Times, Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg published a lengthy investigation that sought to solve the enduring mystery of Donald Trump’s infamous mane, which she described as a “cotton candy…

Congrats on Making That Stanford Rape Story Go Mega-Vi, Content Creators

After Elena Kadvany, a writer for the local site Palo Alto Online, published the moving letter a sexual assault survivor read aloud in court to the man who raped her, BuzzFeed writer Katie J. M. Baker also published the letter for BuzzFeed’s much larger audience. It was a worthwhile way to use a huge platform, which…

The Smear Campaign Against Jane Mayer Takes an Interesting New Turn

Jane Mayer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, has a new book out this month about the political power of America’s wealthiest citizens, including the billionaire libertarian activists Charles and David Koch. Among Dark Money’s myriad revelations—we haven’t finished it yet!—is that one or both of the Koch brothers…

Everybody Wants to Make Lifestyle Content Except for the Companies That Make Lifestyle Content

Last week, television network Bravo announced they were launching “a series of new lifestyle content platforms featuring food, travel, home design and relationships.” This week, gym chain Equinox announced they’re creating a “digital magazine,” led by a former Self editor. Prior to these pieces of news, Shape and …

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Erick Erickson’s Mom Denies Son’s Story About Boycotting Asian Food Because of Pearl Harbor

Erick Erickson—the influential conservative blogger, Atlanta-area radio host, and Fox News talking head—published a curious claim on Twitter this past Monday, which marked the 74th anniversary of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s coordinated attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in 1941. “Growing up, I remember my parents never…

Once Again, The Media Is Overhyping The Health Benefits Of Chocolate

“There does not appear to be evidence that chocolate should be avoided in terms of impact on cardiovascular risk.” So conclude the authors of a report published Monday in the august medical journal Heart. Their takeaway is decidedly unsexy (takeaways from well-conducted health studies, which the aforementioned…