Meghan Daum

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Enough: This Girl Is Dead

The Jahi McMath case is a 'disgrace,' Meghan Daum argues

(Newser) - The media has been sickeningly "balanced" in its handling of the Jahi McMath case , giving supposed experts (generally religious extremists) the platform to foster the delusion that the girl has a chance of waking up. "But this is no longer a story that requires balance," writes Meghan... More »

Louis CK Rant Is Church 2.0

Meghan Daum on today's hunger for meaning

(Newser) - Why did the world go nuts over last week's clip of Louis CK bemoaning the evils of smartphones ? It's not because we all secretly loathe our smartphones, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times , although obviously many of us can relate to the "existential torpor"... More »

No Kids for Me, Thanks; There, I Said It

Meghan Daum explains her choice

(Newser) - The decision not to have kids seems to be entering the national conversation more and more, the Time cover on a "Childfree Life" being only the latest example. At the Los Angeles Times , Meghan Daum enters the fray: "Though I've offered hints in this column and elsewhere... More »

Stop the Charade: Being a Mom Isn't 'Toughest Job'

It's a PC thing to say, but it's not true, say two female columnists

(Newser) - When Hilary Rosen dropped her never-worked-a-day bomb on Ann Romney, Democrats immediately sensed the political danger and backed away. President Obama himself weighed in: "There is no tougher job than being a mom," he declared. Oh, really? wonder Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times and Vivia Chen... More »

Trayvon Protesters: Beware 'Indignation Fatigue'

Let's ease up on the hoodies and T-shirts for now: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - Now that the Florida state attorney's office has begun investigating the Trayvon Martin shooting, "it might be a good idea to give the tweeting and the T-shirts and the hoodie meme a rest," writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . For starters, it's hypocritical for... More »

Let's Stop Saying, 'Don't Drink the Kool-Aid'

Considering 900 people died, it's more than a little offensive: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - Judging by how often it gets thrown around these days, "Don't drink the Kool-Aid" seems to have become a "staple of self-righteous public discourse," writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . It's a trendy way to ridicule people who blindly follow a particular ideology.... More »

Lay Off Marcus Bachmann

'Deeply closeted' or not, there's 'no evidence' he's a hypocrite: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - An “angry mob” of gay-rights supporters are slamming the anti-gay Marcus Bachmann, suggesting he’s a hypocrite who’s not as “straight an arrow as he purports to be.” Though Bachmann’s views on homosexuality are indefensible, the activists themselves may be the real hypocrites, writes Meghan... More »

Obama's Brain Too Fast for His Mouth

He has an 'intellectual stammer': Meghan Daum

(Newser) - President Obama's tendency to sputter a bit and drop in "uhs" during his speeches has some critics arguing that he's inarticulate. Not so, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . "It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the... More »

Rebecca Black Proves New Rules of Fame

Meghan Daum: To be really popular, you have to be really unpopular

(Newser) - With Friday, 13-year-old Rebecca Black has a top 20 song on iTunes and a video that’s reached 35 million views—but what she’s most noted for is widespread derision. “We don't hate you because you're famous. You're famous because we hate you,” reads one of the... More »

Hey, NPR: Stand Up for Yourself

Station keeps mum in the face of widespread criticism: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - Accusations of a liberal slant are raining down on NPR, and its leaders are putting up with it. It’s time for the station to “show some self-respect and fight back,” writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times . Tell us: “Are you liberal? Are you neutral?... More »

How to Beat 'Facebook Envy'

Meghan Daum: Look at your page; maybe you're not such a loser after all

(Newser) - A recent Stanford study has brought the phrase "Facebook envy" into the vernacular, notes Meghan Daum. Essentially, people tend to think everyone else is way happier than themselves, a notion particularly reinforced by the site. Spend enough time cruising through all those oh-so-joyful photos and announcements posted by others,... More »

Why I'll Always Love Snail Mail

Meghan Daum: Email's great, but the real stuff can be 'magical'

(Newser) - News that the postal service has to cut back even further has Meghan Daum feeling a little glum about her beloved snail mail. "This love affair began decades ago, back when the 'snail' qualifier wasn't necessary," she writes in the Los Angeles Times . She'd sort the mail as... More »

Modern Women, Don't Laugh at Mad Men Fashion

In some ways, you're more oppressed today

(Newser) - Modern women may watch Mad Men and laugh at the cinched waists, gloved arms, and missile-like bras, no doubt relieved they got a pass on the seemingly oppressive fashion era. Hold that thought, writes Meghan Daum. "For all the ways those clothes remind us how far women have come,... More »

Smug Americans Love 'Bad-Parent Porn'

We're addicted to seeing moms and dads face 'public smackdowns'

(Newser) - America, it seems, is addicted to “bad-parent porn,” writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times. Nadya Suleman's new reality show is only the latest incarnation, along with Jon and Kate, of course. (And let us not forget Michael Jackson.) People just love to see moms and... More »

He's a Goofy Dancer, Not a Prophet of Peace

The combination of image and music is mystical, but not necessarily meaningful

(Newser) - No doubt you've seen or heard of the YouTube phenomenon in which Matt Harding dances his way across the world and its cultures, set to a New Age song poem. And no doubt you've heard fans refer to Harding as nothing less than a purveyor of world peace. But please,... More »

Cheer Up! Recession Has a Bright Side

Finally contractors come on time, and driving is easier

(Newser) - While the specter of recession may leave you cold, consider the bright side: These days contractors, starved for work, actually show up on time, and killer gas prices help you to drive around a city like Los Angeles without facing much traffic, Meghan Daum writes in the Los Angeles Times. More »

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