Today, @RafiaZakaria joins Michael (in for Sam) to talk about the intersection of war reporting and gender. How war is viewed in culture, from Katy Perry videos to Tina Fey’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” as frivolous adventure. Rafia’s critique of the deployment of feminism-based messaging being used in selling war reporting in her article for The Nation, “Can War Reporting Be a Feminist Project?” The idea of “female spaces” in Muslim communities, and the degree to which they’re more accessible to female reporters, and how the subsequent stories result fitting an orientalist paradigm.
On the Fun Half – Hillary Clinton calls out the alt right in a speech. EpiPen CEO struggles to defend price hikes. Donald Trump thinks he’s going to win black votes because Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot. Paul LePage leaves a profane voicemail. Reince Priebus is demoralized by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. How difficult a problem is Syria? Plus your calls and IMs.