The surprise has been the extent to which some media seem to be taking the outcry seriously, talking about the militarization of police–brought home by the rough treatment given to reporters–and the criminalization of black people.
One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]
David Brooks says the Middle East thinks Obama has a "manhood" problem.