Weekend Reading: Eric Alterman: How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage

(Early) Monday Smackdown: I Am Now Sorry I Ever Linked to Yves Smith...

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Why, yes, Yves Smith is like Wile E. Coyote. Why do you ask?

Scott Lemieux does the intellectual garbage collection:

Scott Lemieux: Rarely Has An Argument Refuted Itself So Comprehensively: "The headline is…instructive: 'Why Some of the Smartest Progressives I Know Will Vote for Trump over Hillary.'

You must know a lot of really dumb, or at least really uninformed, people. I’m reminded of one of our commenters, who is fond of citing all of his unnamed friends and colleagues who totally agree with positions like ‘Maureen Dowd is a deep thinker and sparkling prose stylist’ and ‘someone who, coming out of rural southern Washington, became a Sterling Professor at Yale Law in his early 30s and was tabbed by FDR to head the SEC was an imbecile of no professional accomplishment.’ To the extent that these friends aren’t apocryphal and you’re stating their views correctly, so much worse for your friends!

"Why do progressives reject Hillary Clinton?" They mostly don’t, even the ones who think Sanders is a better candidate for the Democratic nomination. "The highly educated, high-income, finance-literate readers of my website, Naked Capitalism, don’t just overwhelmingly favor Bernie Sanders." ‘You know that Pauline Kael quote about Nixon that people willfully misinterpret? I’m going to say it but really mean it.’ "They also say ‘Hell no!’ to Hillary Clinton to the degree that many say they would even vote for Donald Trump over her." Apparently, ‘high-income’ doesn’t guarantee smart. Who knew?...

"I don’t want to vote for Trump. I want to vote for Bernie. But I have reached the point where I feel like voting for Trump against Clinton would be doing my patriotic duty.… If the only way to escape a trap is to gnaw off my leg, I’d like to think I’d have the guts to do it"...

Let me cut it off there. It is great. But I was reminded, apropos of the "gnawing off my leg to escape the trap" of a line that Lloyd Bentsen used to use when talking to UT-Austin graduates: Yves Smith reminds me of that Texas Aggie coyote that, when caught in a trap by a leg, gnawed off three legs--and was still caught in the trap...

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