Ben Howe at BuzzFeed on the quality of conservative entertainment Why, Ben Howe asks, are politically conservative movies so terrible? "Pop-culture portrayals of our party have led many voters to associate us more closely with segregation than economic liberty," writes Howe, an editor at the activist website RedState, who dissects the garish, melodramatic trailer of A Movement on Fire, recently posted on YouTube by a group called the Tea Party Patriots. "Instead of pulling people into a story that espouses the underlying tenets of liberty, [the trailer] slaps them across the face with all of the subtlety of a campaign commercial." Howe's measured criticism earned him the rebuke of Breitbart's John Nolte, who has a long history of criticizing BuzzFeed for allegedly spinning news in favor of the Obama administration. "BuzzFeed is the kind of site that would gleefully exploit Howe's material for maximum effect to marginalize and ridicule a fledgling conservative movement," Nolte says. On Twitter, Howe was less cynical: "If we want to be artists we have to take and give criticism."
Donna Brazile at CNN on Susan Patton's advice for women Princeton alumna Susan Patton's advice for college-aged women, first published in The Daily Princetonian, isn't just silly, argues Donna Brazile; it's actively harmful. "Perhaps if I'd focused instead on nailing down a man by the time I was 22, I could be going to cocktail parties and co-opting my husband and children's successes ... rather than being forced to talk about the current state of politics or what we can do as a society to engage the next generation in the struggles of today," Brazile mockingly laments. In the same fashion, she adds, "There aren't a lot of well-educated women who would be courageous enough to completely sell out the feminist movement ... in favor of the 1950s' mentality that a woman's worth is determined by her marital status." The conservative MSNBC host S.E. Cupp, writing at the New York Daily News, rebuts the charge that Patton is trying to undermine women. "What's so subversive and 'retro' about the idea of talented, ambitious young women finding a suitable partner from a pool of talented, ambitious — and geographically accessible — young men?" Cupp asks.