Long Reads: Bernie Sanders, the Unclimbables, Shia in Iraq

Rich Jackson’s weekly #longreads: how the press ended Bernie Sanders’ run for presidency, the unclimbables of north-west Canada, and the two-facedness of ISIS and revival of Shia in Iraq.


Bernie Sanders can’t win: Why the press loves to hate underdogs – Steve Hendricks (Columbia Journalism Review)

A critique of the press’ miffed reaction to the announcement of Senator Bernie Sanders that he is running for the President of the USA. They unanimously declared his candidacy over before it began, labeled him a fringe candidate, a crank, they constantly reiterated that he had no chance and was a socialist. Whether that is true or not, they did not afford Bernie Sanders the same coverage as conservative candidates like Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham or Rand Paul. I think this is probably a mixture of a conservative bias in power, and a lot of journalists lacking independent thought and just being cows following the herd.


Unclimbable – Eva Holland (SB Nation)

Intercut with stunning photos of the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Canada, this story follows a group of female mountaineers as they attempt to climb the unclimbable. It’s really beautifully told, and a great story about friendship and nature.


ISIS and the Shia revival in Iraq – Nicolas Pelham (The New York Review of Books)

This story, I dunno…it just depressed the life out of me, hearing that this 1,500 or whatever-year-old statue got smashed apart by a sledgehammer – that’s just a waste and a loss. I mean, I don’t even know how to describe it. That’s not just an Iraqi’s cultural heritage, that’s world heritage. Dishonestly though (hardly the worst thing they’ve been called) on the one hand, ISIS destroy this ancient cultural material, claiming they are purifying the faith, and the world, by destroying this “idolatrous material” – but they profit by selling archaeological material to fund their monstrous beheading business.


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