Another week, another hate crime hoax that the news media embraced hook, line, and sinker. Scott Adams (Dilbert) may be right – the only people who benefit from these hate crime hoaxes are – the news media. Hate sells newspapers, catches eyeballs on TV, and prompts clicks. Hate separates us into tribes. It pushes us into our bubbles. It’s one reason that I stopped looking at Apple News on my iPhone – I realized it had become nothing less than curated outrage.
The Covington high school boys, Jussie Smollett, and the seven-year-old black girl in Houston who wasn’t shot by a white man are a reminder that isn’t just the Trump deplorables who swallow fake news. Highly educated and otherwise intelligent people are equally capable of doing the very things they accuse Trump supporters of doing. On Facebook, I’ve seen Christians leap into this pit as well.
John Horvat at The Imaginative Conservative writes that, with the Covington High School blowup, American crossed a Rubicon, and there may be no going back. Rod Dreher at The American Conservative looks at the Jussie Smollett case, and says we are the enemy, and each of us is fully capable of evil – no matter whom we voted for in the last election.
More Good Reads
The Ruined Saint – Jack Stewart at Image Journal.
Generation next: The rise – and rise – of the new poets – Sarah Crown at The Guardian.
Art and Photography
The Art of Book Covers (1820-1914) – The Public Domain Review.
Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch – Nancy Kenney at The Art Newspaper.
The Shadow of Eternal Life: A Eulogy for a Chicago Cement Mason – Brad Fruhauff at Image Journal.
The First Mexican Protestant Loved the Bible – Eric Rivera at Christianity Today.
Writing and Literature
5 Myths About Christian Publishing – Crossway.
Write to Discover Your Favorite Type of Writing – Ann Kroeker.
8 Things to Do While You’re Waiting – Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent.
The Cairncross Review admits what America won’t about journalism – Emily Bell at Columbia Journalism Review.
A Witch-Hunt on Instagram – Katherine Jebson Moore at Quillette.
A Baptist Abolitionist Appeal to Thomas Jefferson – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.
The Man Who Wasn’t Gershwin – Terry Teachout at Commentary.
The Newby Family Fights for Freedom – Jon-Erik Gilot at Emerging Civil War.
Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon, Annotated
Painting: Man reading a letter to a woman, oil on canvas by Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684).