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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

#Sidney's Picks: The Best of the Week's News

  • “Power lists” glorifying the rich, successful, and influential are all the rage these days. Meanwhile, The Village Voice comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable with its list of the 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers by Steven Thrasher.
  • Tobin van Ostern of Campus Progress on how right wing performance artist James O’Keefe inadvertently proved the impossibility of large-scale voter fraud with an elaborate and well-financed bid to show how easy it is.
  • New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane took the extraordinary step of asking his own readers whether the paper should get into the “truth vigilante” business, i.e., calling out falsehoods from public figures in news stories instead of relegating the debunking to a special truthiness sidebar, as the paper currently does. This kind of bold questioning inspired Juli Weiner of Vanity Fair to ask: “Should Vanity Fair be a Spelling Vigilante” and get all uptight about the correct spellings of “words,” or should the magazine just go with the orthographical flow?

[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]