Afternoon Reading List 10.29.13

The pot called the kettle “seriously misguided”: WaPo’s Erik Wemple wrote about former Veep Dick Cheney appearance on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly’s show where they discussed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the marvels of modern medical science, and the evil left-wing media. When asked if he felt the media was “corrupt,” Cheney responded by saying they are “seriously misguided.” He then he praised O’Reilly and talked about left-leaning groups of society.

Why you should read it: When asked if he felt they were “corrupt,” Cheney called the media “misguided.” Let’s let it slide, considering all the times the media wondered if Cheney was “misguided” and then learned he was at times “corrupt.” Read more here.

“Gattaca’s” Wikipedia page was finally useful to someone: Late last night, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s show where she catches Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plagiarizing the wikipedia page for the movie “Gattaca” in a speech he gave in Virginia. The obscure sci-fi reference was used to illustrate the possible dystopian consequences that could result from using eugenics and abortion as a function of societal control. Politicians just say the darndest things.

Why you should read/watch it: Any 4th grader with an iPhone and a book report knows not to plagiarize straight from wikipedia. Just skim the book and B.S. the report, or read the summary of the movie on the back of the DVD case and use that. Read more here.

Follow the jump to find out who loves writing for free!

The freedom to write for free: Derek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlantic’s Business Channel, has mixed feelings on writing gratis, and Tim Kreider’s Op-Ed piece published in the NYT this past weekend. On the one hand, literally everyone writes for free. Whether it be a letter or an email, a Facebook status, an OKCupid profile update, whatever, writing for free is all but inevitable in our society. You’re in America. If you don’t want to write for free, don’t write for free. On the other hand, writing is a profession, and that profession provides a salary and health benefits, and the only way to get to that neat stuff is to start by writing for free (aka “intern”).

Why you should read it: Everyone knows working for free sucks. But Thompson makes some salient points. Read more here.