More than 300 newspapers and some prominent journalists agreed to publish editorials Wednesday, denouncing President Trump's attacks on the media. The list includes The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun-Times and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.
What any one of these papers and individuals expects to accomplish remains unclear. Those who see the media as one of the most mistrusted entities in the U.S. will likely not be swayed, particularly given the coordinated effort of it all. It also doesn't help that all but one of the participating newspapers did not endorse President Trump before the 2016 election, with the Topeka Capital-Journal being the exception.
And, when they all say they're just here to report on the president fairly, accurately, objectively, without fear or favor or pushing a narrative, a majority of people regardless of party -- Democrat, independent, Republican -- will not trust the messenger.
The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts -- to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.
That might seem like a small thing, but it's not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things -- religion, philosophy, history, myth -- in a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realizing it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.
Millennials interested in the world of ideas are on a quest for the types of open conversations often lacking in their college classes or in the media. One possible solution is a new rogue movement still sorting out its manners and mores. It's called the Intellectual Dark Web, and it may prove to be the best thing that's happened to civil discourse since the Internet began.
Coined by economist Eric Weinstein, the name describes a group of American thinkers spanning the political spectrum who are pushing back against the divisive rhetoric and constricted ideological parameters of the cultural mainstream. Intellectual Dark Web members include University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson, religion critic Sam Harris, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, and Rubin Report host Dave Rubin.
Businessman and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is headed to jail after a federal judged determined evidence against him of witness tampering is valid. Last week Manafort, who has been charged with a number of federal crimes by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was accused by prosecutors of violating his house arrest agreement and indicted for a third time after engaging in efforts to intimidate witnesses in the case.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced Tuesday the results of a two-phase nationwide operation in which I-9 audit notices were served to more than 5,200 businesses around the country since January. A notice of inspection (NOI) informs business owners that ICE is going to audit their hiring records to determine whether they are complying with existing law. From July 16 to 20, the second phase of the operation, HSI served 2,738 NOIs and made 32 arrests. During the first phase of the operation, Jan. 29 to March 30, HSI served 2,540 NOIs and made 61 arrests.