Yes, The Grammys Are Dumb, But It's Not Beck's Fault

So everyone's gonna argue about Beck for a few days, which is a mixed blessing for everyone, Beck included. And, look. He should not have won the Grammy for Album of the Year. I can think of at least nine reasons why. This is all mildly embarrassing, and yet inevitable, as we're talking about the Grammys, and the… » 2/10/15 11:10am 2/10/15 11:10am

North and South

The Northern white, having had little actual contact with the Negro, is devoted to an abstract principle of cordial interracial relations. The North has long considered, in a theoretical way, that it supported brotherhood and the equality of man, but the truth is that deep prejudices and discriminations exist in… » 1/19/15 12:37pm 1/19/15 12:37pm

Hey, Jason — Thanks for your note, and agreeing to air it on Politburo. I appreciate the spirit in which it was written. This is a tricky conversation to have, diversity politics and discourse policing being such delicate matters. But let's try. Lively and candid discussion is a precondition for progress. So here goes. » 1/15/15 9:09am 1/15/15 9:09am

This Is The Video CNN Will Play When The World Ends

Thirty-four years ago, at the launch of Ted Turner's Cable News Network, the founder made a grandiose and specific promise about his newly created round-the-clock operation. "Barring satellite problems, we won't be signing off until the world ends," Turner declared. And in anticipation, he prepared a final video… » 1/05/15 12:55pm 1/05/15 12:55pm

You reckon there was any way of mocking Zoe Saldana's choice without being quite so mean to the babies? When they're of internet age, they'll google themselves, and "hipster scum" is the description they'll find for themselves. I know you're joking, but to anybody but your hardcore fans, this is just nasty. You'll… » 1/02/15 6:01pm 1/02/15 6:01pm