Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
A long time ago, Tucker Carlson was a good journalist. He wrote interesting magazine features with actual reporting involved. TV had a hand in ruining him, but his essential dickishness consumed him.
Full disclosure: Carlson has promised to destroy me. (In those words!) (He also said “I will destroy you” to a video store clerk he got fired for blogging about how Tucker Carlson had opened an account at his video store.)
Carlson is a thin-skinned mess of hypocrisy. He’s obsessively protective of his privacy (no crime!) despite coming up as a TV pundit by fixating on Bill Clinton’s sexual exploits. He sued to win control of TuckerCarlson.com and then registered KeithOlbermann.com as a stunt. And it’s sometimes apparent that he has no clue just how much of a dick he is. He proudly admitted to gay-bashing a dude (Carlson is terribly sensitive about his masculinity), and he’s generally a fratty sexist.
After getting fired from all three 24-hour cable news channels, Tucker decided to start a website. It would be a smart website, he promised! With real journalism! Now, a lot of people with better intentions than he have discovered that there’s simply no market for “a Conservative Salon.” What conservative readers on the Internet want is red meat. They don’t want Slate-y challenges to their preconceived notions; they want those notions reinforced early and often. The Daily Caller, to its credit, is not one of Andrew Breitbart’s frothing cesspools. It has settled on being more like a low-rent Daily Beast, or HuffPo with poorer standards of reporting and slightly fewer celebrity nipple galleries. But its attempts at actually grabbing the attention that goes to Breitbart’s cesspools led to its completely misleading “exposé” on the contents of “Journolist,” in which it breathlessly misrepresented random e-mails from bloggers as proof of a liberal media conspiracy. In a shameless editor’s note, Carlson said the stuff his reporter had been treating as a smoking gun was actually mostly “banal.”
No one on either side of the aisle takes its “scoops” seriously — and Tucker remains exceptionally thin-skinned when people point out his failings.
Repeat offenses: Sexism, dickishness, defensive hypermasculinity, dishonesty.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
We're listing the worst columnists and cable news commentators America has to offer. Think of this as our all-star team -- of the most predictable, dishonest and just plain stupid pundits in the media.
6. Marc Thiessen
7. Jonah Goldberg
8. Maureen Dowd
9. Laura Ingraham
10. Peggy Noonan
11. George Will
12. John Fund
13. Roger Simon
14. David Ignatius
15. Mort Zuckerman
16. Michael Barone
17. Bill Kristol
18. Tina Brown
19. Joe Klein
20. Howard Fineman
21. S.E. Cupp
22. Tucker Carlson
23. Howard Kurtz
24. Dana Milbank
25. Mickey Kaus
26. Jeffrey Goldberg
27. Pat Caddell
28. Andrew Malcolm
29. Matt Bai
30. David Brooks