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June 01, 2012 6:10 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It’s been a long, difficult week here at PA, and I appreciate the patience readers (and editors) have had with me during an extended family medical emergency (or two). But no matter how exhausted we all are, there’s always more to read and talk about:

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides shows empirically that if there is any media bias in the presidential race, it has benefitted Mitt Romney—not every day, but overall, and it’s not close.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates a much-discussed New York Times story on cities with shortages of college graduates.

* At TAP, Jamelle Bouie wonders if the indifference of Massachusetts voters to Elizabeth Warren’s “native American” status will ever convince political reporters to stop writing endlessly about it.

* At the Times Literary Supplement, David Garland reviews The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, a massive indictment of our system of “racialized mass imprisonment.”

* Nate Silver offers some perspective of what the May jobs report actually means politically: it’s all about what happens next.

And in non-political news:

* “Battleship” second straight box office disaster for Universal.

That’s all folks! Matthew Zeitlin will be back for weekend blogging tomorrow and Sunday. I devoutly hope things are looking up all around by Monday.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • TCinLA on June 01, 2012 6:37 PM:

    “Battleship” second straight box office disaster for Universal.

    Surprise surprise. I think the only person involved in the project who had any personal interest in it was the director, who is an idiot. Hopefully everyone else got paid up front and has their mortgages covered.

    I used to work in "duh biz", and even wrote a few movies that got made, a couple of which still get looked at on occasion, but I don't even look at what's playing anymore (I used to go to the movies every Friday night to see what was new and good, and see them with the real critics, the audience). The kind of movies I got in the business to write are now found as series TV over on Basic Cable. Somethong good, like "Hatfields and McCoys," (If you haven't watched it you should, but do it with a DVR so you can skip all the worthless commercials) with great writing, directing, acting, set design, attention to detail, etc., etc., wouldn't even get a two minute meeting with the corporate pod people one finds nowadays working in "development" at the studios.

    It didn't used to be that way. The studios were always horrible, but they used to be run by people who actually liked movies, back when they were independent companies. Now they're minor arms of intergalactic widget makers, who absolutely hate the fact that the three rules of Hollywood are: Nobody. Knows. Anything.

    However, just on the original pitch, any tenth-wit could have figured out Battleship would suck.

    Pardon me while I go get ready for the season finale of something good: "Magic City."

  • Joe Friday on June 01, 2012 6:40 PM:

    In an interview with Jan Crawford for CBS News, Romney was asked if Obama has done ANYTHING well ? Romney responded:

    "Ah, I'm sure he has. I appreciate, for instance, the decision he made to go after Osama bin Laden."

    Except Willard OPPOSED Obama's decision to hunt down Osama bin Laden.

  • j on June 01, 2012 8:03 PM:

    just read the June 1st article on Consortium News website, I am now depressed, please good people, if you can fight and work for the re-election of the president.

  • T2 on June 01, 2012 8:57 PM:

    So the Media is biased towards the Conservative politician........is this supposed to be news?

  • Joe Friday on June 01, 2012 9:01 PM:

    American Catholic nuns to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops: UP YOURS !


  • exlibra on June 01, 2012 10:56 PM:

    Joe Friday on June 01, 2012 9:01 PM:

    American Catholic nuns to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops: UP YOURS !

    Vatican leadership and US bishops to nuns, sadly: PROMISES, PROMISES...

  • bluestatedon on June 02, 2012 7:59 AM:

    "any tenth-wit could have figured out Battleship would suck."

    I haven't seen it yet...the trailers make it look like it's no worse than any of the Transformers movies, which IMHO were shiny, silly pieces of dreck. In what ways is Battleship worse?