Tuesday, July 16, 2019

One day encapsulated everything that’s wrong with Fox News

Tuesday was an especially ugly day for Fox News. It began with revelations that host Sean Hannity helped spread Russian propaganda about Seth Rich’s murder. It ended with an astoundingly racist attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by host Tucker Carlson. In between, hosts slut-shamed sexual assault accusers and spread misinformation about former President Barack Obama. Put everything together and it encapsulated all the channel’s worst impulses. Take Carlson’s increasingly aggressive attacks against Trump administration adversaries, which culminated with his xenophobic indictment of Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress: He attacked her...

Vox Sentences: Obamacare goes to court — again

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A federal appeals court panel will rule on whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional; France imposes an eco-tax on plane tickets. The Affordable Care Act is back in court Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in court — again — this time in front of...

Friends is leaving Netflix in 2020

Friends is leaving Netflix. After months of speculation, WarnerMedia — which owns the distribution rights to the beloved hangout sitcom — confirmed that the series will depart Netflix in 2020 for a new home on HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s own (still forthcoming) streaming service. All 236 episodes of Friends will stream only on HBO Max when it launches in the spring of 2020, the company announced in a press release detailing the service. The show will join a wide array of new and well-known shows, from Pretty Little Liars and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to original series from film and...

To bring in new fans, opera companies are leaving the opera...

Opera has always been an art form that I’ve wanted to love, but have never quite figured out how to like. I built my understanding of storytelling and character on the 19th-century novel, and in that medium, the novel creates an emotional bond with the reader by making its characters feel detailed and well-rounded and psychologically complex. The more specific a novel gets, the more universal its emotions feel. Opera doesn’t work the way a novel works. Opera has no time for those kinds of character details. Instead, opera — and especially classical opera — is about aesthetics and...

Racist Border Patrol groups show Facebook still has work to do...

Facebook keeps saying it’s getting better at filtering out racist, sexist, and other hateful content. But if it’s struggling to do so with public posts, the company may have an even harder time in private posts behind tightly closed doors. Case in point: the multiple secret Facebook groups of US Customs and Border Protection agents that reportedly share that type of content. In case you’ve missed it, earlier this month, A.C. Thomspon at ProPublica revealed the existence of a secret Facebook group including current and former CBP officials called “I’m 10-15,” a reference to the Border Patrol’s code for...

Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning...

Big Little Lies’ fourth episode, “She Knows,” marked the first salvo from Meryl Streep’s menacing Mary Louise, and now its fifth episode, “Kill Me” speeds the show toward its incendiary confrontation and climax: a custody battle between Mary Louise and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) over Celeste’s two young boys. Though I am salivating at the idea of watching Streep and Kidman go head to head, I don’t know if I totally buy everything the show has been selling this year when it comes to the pair’s rivalry. I’m primarily skeptical of the idea that these women have never really thought...

US women’s soccer team wins its fourth World Cup

The United States beat the Netherlands in the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Sunday 2-0, following a month-long tournament that attracted more attention to the sport — and to social issues surrounding the women’s league — than ever before. The 8th Women’s World Cup, which kicked off on June 7, culminated Sunday evening at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, in France, and resulted in a hard-fought fourth world championship for the US team. From the outset of the tournament, the US team was favored to win. In their first match against Thailand, they won 13-0, scoring, as some have pointed out, more...

Earthquakes shook California this week. More could come, but predicting them...

California’s largest earthquake in decades rattled homes, damaged buildings and led to widespread power outages on the Fourth of July — before being followed up by an even larger quake on Friday night. On Thursday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southeastern California. Its epicenter was in Ridgecrest, a city of fewer than 30,000 people about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The following night, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake led to structural fires and injuries, but no fatalities. Although tremors were felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico, Ridgecrest’s relatively remote location may have helped contain the worst...

Border Patrol leadership reportedly knew about derogatory Facebook group for years

Top officials at US Customs and Border Patrol reportedly knew about a Facebook group in which current and former agents routinely posted derogatory, inflammatory, and sometimes violent memes years before the group became public knowledge following a report by A.C. Thompson at ProPublica. That group may also not be the only one of its kind, according to reporting that found a second, smaller, but similar Facebook group. An investigation by ProPublica earlier this week revealed that some 9,500 border patrol agents were part of a secret Facebook group where they shared sexist and racist memes, joked about the deaths...

Vox Sentences: Turning off the red lights

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Sudan’s military and civilian leaders reach a power-sharing deal; Amsterdam’s first female mayor wants to reform the city’s red light district. Sudanese military and protesters strike a deal Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images After a weeks-long standoff, riddled with violent crackdowns on protests, Sudan’s ruling military council and pro-democracy...