How the Oscars Got It Wrong*

The lead characters of the Green Book looking back from a rearview mirror

* Or what the Oscars shows us about the insufferable self-congratulatory white people who desperately want credit for fighting bigotry without actually doing anything in any meaningful way whatsoever One thinks of how interesting it must be to be Donald Trump, the only president I can recall of who had not just one, but two

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

We have a narcissistic president who bullies as if he knows no other way to behave. By virtue of the office Trump holds, that behavior now involves all of us Americans, whether we like it or not. As observers, we can end up encouraging bullying behavior by joining in, by supporting the bully, or by

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

A pleased looking Donald Trump next to the dictionary definition of Bully

We’ve gone over the case for Trump as narcissistic bully. Now what? Now we need to start talking about it, beginning with how the media is not talking about it. The media has called Trump a narcissist or a bully before, but they don’t actually analyze Trump’s behavior using those terms. Instead, they keep falling

Roundtable – Wakanda vs Vote Suppression

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on January 21, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. It’s been as busy a week as every

Roundtable – Right-Wing Propaganda

Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Sr. Managing Editor Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussions of news and events. In this week’s Roundtable, we’ll be discussing propaganda in all its forms—and the way the machine seems to be running at top speed to try and counter these very real recent indictments by the Mueller team. Let’s start specifically

Roundtable – Free Speech

Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. With us this week are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Politics Editor Christopher Dahlin, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz, legal counsel Jay Imhoff, Trump supporter Sam Dieffenwierth and myself, Editor-in-Chief Tom Rich. The big news this week was the AHCA’s passage

Roundtable – Trump’s First 100 Days

Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. We’re sitting down on President Trump’s 100th day in office to talk about how those hundred days have gone. With us this week are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Politics Editor Christopher Dahlin, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz, Trump supporter Sam

Roundtable – Bill O’Reilly Fired

Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, our weekly discussion of news and events. With us today are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Politics Editor Christopher Dahlin, Tech Manager James Griffith, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz, and myself, Editor-in-Chief Tom Rich. Our topic for today is the media, specifically the separation of Bill O’Reilly from

Hijacking Civil Unrest for Fun and Profit

Pepsi’s having rough week, eh? Maybe you haven’t seen the now-infamous ad that Pepsi, like a naive veterinary student, released unwittingly into the wild only to watch it be bloodily torn apart by the ravenous native fauna. Let me sum it up: millennial stereotypes live their hip urban lives millennial-ly, maintaining their progressive street cred