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Back in October, 2009 James Fallows wrote on his Atlantic Monthly blog about how a newly coined word, “obamu,” had “gained currency among some Japanese youths.” The word according to the blog entry was a verb rooted in the name Obama, as in President Obama. Essentially this... Read more
The description for this video, capturing a few minutes of the killer earthquake that rocked Japan in March of 2011, reads: "Residents in Miyagi Prefecture run as debris falls from buildings." The trouble with the story is that the reporter on camera identifies herself as being in Yokohama City... Read more
On February 8, the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial by Dave Seminara (“Legalizing Illegal Immigrants A Bad Idea”) without ever divulging to readers the author’s perhaps most relevant affiliation. Seminara is a fellow of the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization the... Read more
Sherrill said nothing as he immediately walked up to the shift supervisor, Richard Esser Jr., and shot him in the chest at close range. Still silent, Sherrill stalked more victims throughout the winding corridors of the Edmond post office. His rampage lasted for only ten minutes but,... Read more
I saw a complaint about errors in a New York Times story (“Powerful Aftershock Complicates Japan’s Nuclear Efforts” April 11, 2011) on a website called JPquake. I have copied and pasted the claim appearing on the JPquake site’s Journalist Wall of Shame (at... Read more