Friday, reporters broadcasting live on MSNBC and CNN entered the apartment of the presumed San Bernardino shooters and either “rummaged” or “swarmed” through it, depending on whether you prefer to see them as bargain-hunting grannies or voracious locusts. “Swarmed” wins the Google News count by quite a bit. Media Twitter was shocked (shocked!) at such undignified behavior, and certainly MSNBC airing unredacted shots of Farook’s mother’s ID and social security card seemed like it was a little much. There was nothing newsworthy in the apartment, however, so the story immediately swallowed its own tail and became about whether they should have gone in or whether we should have watched. Or, in CNN’s case, how much more responsible and restrained their vultures are compared to MSNBC’s vultures. As of press time, no one had explained why picking through an empty apartment was worse than what everybody did in Newtown.
Today in Guns: The New York Times ran an editorial on its front page arguing for extremely slight restrictions on the most unnecessary and indefensible kinds of guns, along with a media news story about the New York Times running a front page editorial, but not a story reporting on the reporting about the editorial1. To prove that all gun owners are not maniacs, right wing caricature and name conservationist Erick Erickson literally shot holes in the newspaper:
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) December 5, 2015
Someone please take Erickson aside and explain to him… you know what? Never mind. Also, we learned, to our dismay, that Jerry Falwell managed to spawn, and these Nevada toddlers are wondering where their guns are.
Ijeoma Oluo really hated Spike Lee’s new movie, “Chi-Raq.” Tabs Contributing Editor Bijan Stephen hit the strip club with Killer Mike. Matt Lubchansky imagined a peaceful future far away from any Takes. Today in snake law. Today in boob odor. Max Read explicated the Halpert: ¯\(°_o)/¯ and John Herrman switched from looking at the platforms to looking at what is happening to our former platform-feeders. It doesn’t matter if you don’t care about basketball, Steph Curry is something entirely else. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a voluntary household surveillance device taking orders from your TV–forever.
If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS: https://t.co/am6Sxe3anE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 7, 2015
If I am elected president I will direct the Department of the Interior to destroy the outdoors https://t.co/OCG20VFt34
— Colin Dickey (@colindickey) December 7, 2015
Intern José is here to tell us what’s “on fleek” so let’s watch him whip/nae nae.
Lol what if late capitalism is just the ongoing conversion of authentic subcultural resistance directly into advertising?
Today’s Longread: I don’t like longreads and you (or I?) may not agree with all of this but Alexandra Kimball’s “Unpregnant: The silent, secret grief of miscarriage” is a hell of a piece of writing.
Today’s Song: Run The Jewels, “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)“
~That tab boy life about to be repealed~
Today in Tabs tried hard to keep today shorter than last week’s sprawling mess, I hope you appreciated it. Long or short, we’re always on Fast Company and in your email but, like vampires, you have to invite us in. Did you know you can reply to this email? You can!
I guess that’s what this is. ↩