From the daily archives: Friday, December 1, 2006

Tis true! The country once banned from the Olympics because of apartheid has now legalized gay marriage.

South Africa yesterday became the first country in Africa, and only the fifth in the world, to legalize same-sex marriages.

They’ve joined Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. But it hasn’t been easy.

The Roman Catholic Church and Muslim groups denounced it as violating the sanctity of marriage. In the days leading up to the signing of the law, radio talk shows aired opposition to it.

The public reaction, [Melanie] Judge said, “forced us to confront the deep-seated prejudice and intolerance against […]

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Calling bullshit

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Dan Froomkin on what makes The Daily Show and Colbert Report so popular – and what the media needs to get back to doing: calling bullshit.

Calling bullshit, of course, used to be central to journalism as well as to comedy. And we happen to be in a period in our history in which the substance in question is running particularly deep. The relentless spinning is enough to make anyone dizzy, and some of our most important political battles are about competing views of reality more than they are about policy choices. Calling bullshit has never been more vital […]

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Not sure what happened, but it appears we had some data loss at our host yesterday. Everything seems to be back up now, but I lost a terrific draft I had written up that I intended to publish yesterday. Grumble. Don’t know if we lost any other data.

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