Weekly Reader Vol 1 Issue 44

It’s time once again for news and views that you can peruse! It’s another edition of your Weekly Reader! As always, if you have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments! The more articles, the better! Because sharing is caring! ❤

The Making of the Fox News White House (from the New Yorker): “Hemmer argues that Fox—which, as the most watched cable news network, generates about $2.7 billion a year for its parent company, 21st Century Fox—acts as a force multiplier for Trump, solidifying his hold over the Republican Party and intensifying his support. “Fox is not just taking the temperature of the base—it’s raising the temperature,” she says. “It’s a radicalization model.” For both Trump and Fox, “fear is a business strategy—it keeps people watching.” As the President has been beset by scandals, congressional hearings, and even talk of impeachment, Fox has been both his shield and his sword. The White House and Fox interact so seamlessly that it can be hard to determine, during a particular news cycle, which one is following the other’s lead. All day long, Trump retweets claims made on the network; his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has largely stopped holding press conferences, but she has made some thirty appearances on such shows as “Fox & Friends” and “Hannity.” Trump, Hemmer says, has “almost become a programmer.””

The Problems with Green Book Start With Its Title, and Don’t Stop Coming (from Esquire Magazine): “But the film’s first sin is right in its name. It takes its title from the Negro Travelers’ Green Book, and yet gives this important piece of American history little screen time or analysis. The Green Book was an annual guide published by Victor Hugo Green and his family between 1936 and 1966, and listed hotels, gas stations, and restaurants around the nation that would be hospitable to black visitors. Thousands of copies were sold each year to black travelers well aware that even the most innocent of road trips left them prey to racist humiliations ranging from refusal of service to outright violence.”

The Crime of Parenting While Poor (from the New Republic): “At the GABI center in St. George, one woman with a quiet voice and long, dark hair described her terror when ACS banged on her door in the middle of the night, demanding to speak to her children. “I was so scared,” she said. “I thought they were going to take my kids.” Another mother nodded her agreement. “They want to put you in that state of fear,” she said. A third spoke of how she’d been taken from her own mother at age eleven, separated from her younger brother, and shuffled through nine foster and group homes, some of which were abusive. She emerged traumatized and struggled to rekindle her relationships with her siblings. And now, as a parent, she said ACS continued to hound her, showing up at her door or at her daughters’ school in response to what she said were false reports of domestic violence, waiting for her to slip up. “For people like me, who’ve been in the system,” she said, “ACS is a place I hate.””

The Trauma Floor (from The Verge): “Collectively, the employees described a workplace that is perpetually teetering on the brink of chaos. It is an environment where workers cope by telling dark jokes about committing suicide, then smoke weed during breaks to numb their emotions. It’s a place where employees can be fired for making just a few errors a week — and where those who remain live in fear of the former colleagues who return seeking vengeance.”

Why Idaho Lawmakers Killed a Child Marriage Bill (from Love Joy Feminism via Patheos): “The root of the issue, though, is how we define “two willing people.” The problem with child marriage is that children lack the autonomy adults have. Even a child of 16 or 17 can’t move out of her parent’s house without parental consent. There’s a reason marriage equality supporters spoke of marriage being between any two “consenting adults.” Adults have certain legal rights that children simply don’t have. That gets in the way of Zollinger’s “two willing people” equation.”

‘You Have To Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border (from the New York Times via MSN): “But less understood is that the violence that befalls migrant women happens not just during the perilous journey through Mexico: Much of it happens after women reach the supposed safety of the United States.”

I Wish I’d Had A ‘Late-Term’ Abortion Instead of Having My Daughter (from the Huffington Post–Warning! May be upsetting to some readers so tread lightly!): “A short, painful existence. I thought it was my fault and that I had done this to her. No one could convince me otherwise. I was both victim and perpetrator, in the unique position of having no agency in either.”

And that’s all for this week. Drop by again for more linkage that you didn’t know you needed in your life. Until then, happy reading!

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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