I am of the mindset that good journalism takes hard work. Great journalism? LOTS of hard work. So, when I came across the piece by PBS for which reporters interviewed 74 former Biden staffers, I was blown away.
Imagine contacting, scheduling, then interviewing and processing 74 interviews. This is how journalists get at the truth. They make calls. They study. They make appointments. They are flexible. They are on the fly. They knock on doors. They make more calls. They have conversations. They ask questions.
Dan Bush, Lisa Desjardins, Rachel Wellford and Saher Khan deserve a hand for this tenacious, persistent reporting.
Enemy of the people?
Not even close.
This is simple, clear. Louisa Thomas of The New Yorker spells out the case, breaks it down and adds an exclamation point.
And, it just crushes my soul a bit.
I have spent a little bit of time over the last few days wondering why I am taking a court ruling so personally and the answer is so obvious: This one was supposed to be for my nieces. It was supposed to say, "You can do whatever you want -- and it counts just as much."
These little girls and their friends... oh, bless them in their Rapinoe kits and their Alex Morgan swag. They watch and cheer. They practice and play. They make their signs and they believe.
We are going to leave them a polluted globe with rising waters, a politically divided place that is going to be harder to get by in. I genuinely thought we could give them this, an acknowledgement that they are valued.
Not yet. Not yet.
I can't even imagine. If my ex was dating Lady Gaga, or anyone famous for that matter, what the hell would I feel? Well, Lindsay Crouse breaks it down for me.
And, while she is at it, she provides commentary on living in a social media age when, well, having our exes, old friends, rivals, etc. in our lives -- without really being in our lives -- is just how it is.
Crouse brings us this column in the New York Times with humor, wit, a little pain and a bit of uncomfortableness. It is vulnerable, and crazy and absolutely the best thing I've read this week.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.