Trump responds to Democratic gains by again citing his goddamn electoral victory

A year ago, the majority of voting Americans—65.8 million to 63 million, to be exact—were walking around in a state of shell-shocked horror at the utter failure of the democratic experiment. Despite the fact that more people voted for Hillary Clinton, and despite a sweeping system of safeguards designed to prevent a…

South Park acknowledges this season’s flaws without actually fixing them

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A little over a week ago, Newsweek published “Dispatches From The Alternate Universe Where Hillary Clinton Won,” a collection of Op-Eds from numerous websites that would have ran had the election gone the other way. South Park could have likely been featured in there, too. Somewhere in the back of Trey Parker and Matt…

Thanks to the internet, Mike Pence is one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest donors

When Donald Trump assumes the presidency in January, he brings with him Indiana governor Mike Pence, a dyed-in-the-wool conservative whose record on reproductive rights—not to mention his support for so-called “conversion therapy”—has a lot of people legitimately spooked. But, as reported by New York, some of those…

Teens can’t tell the difference between real and fake news, unsettling study reveals

The ghost of Edward R. Murrow wept in the afterlife today as a Stanford University study revealed that 82 percent of middle-schoolers were unable to tell the difference between a legitimate news story and “sponsored content” from an advertiser. This is a significant finding, especially as America reels from the…

In the dawn of the Trump era, the satire on South Park writes itself

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Although Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem as worried as the rest of us about Donald Trump being president, his oncoming incumbency at least makes their jobs a little bit easier. As “Members Only” proves, the satire writes itself. Parker and Stone didn’t have to imagine Mr. Garrison/Trump getting ushered around the…

“Post-truth” is the word of this sick, sad year, Oxford Dictionaries says

The year 2016 has seen its share of high-profile casualties: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Gene Wilder, Prince, Muhammad Ali, and now the truth. This last death notice comes courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries, which has named “post-truth” as its word of the year. Despondent journalism teachers around the world should…

Imgur users rally to replace political strife with nice pictures of sea slugs

There have been a lot of attempts to calm anxiety this week, from cats to other cats to Samwise Gamgee. Users of the image-sharing community Imgur opted to fill the site’s front page with nice, politically neutral images of sea slugs. The phenomenon started with an Imgur user called Homophone, who memorably declared,…

In the wake of the election, even South Park can’t think of much to say

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If there was ever a time for the current season of South Park to kick it into high gear—to amp up the sex, violence, absurdism, and general profaneness, it was in its post-election episode. But, like many of us, Trey Parker and Matt Stone currently seem to be in a state of numbness, wandering around in a stupor as…

The election’s over: Which pundit is the most desperate to keep it going?

The people have spoken, the votes have been counted, and the results are clear: Everyone wants this unpleasant election to be over. For many, the end couldn’t have come soon enough, with the experience of living through the previous seven or eight weeks yawing vertiginously through their minds, sending them reeling…

9 unconventional places to get your election coverage today

If you want straight-up news coverage of election results tonight, you probably already know what you’re watching—maybe Wolf Blitzer trying to corral holographic screens on CNN, or the even-keeled tones of Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on PBS, or if you’re truly brave and/or insane, Fox News. But if you want to keep an…

Wow, “Bitch” singer Meredith Brooks sure hates Hillary Clinton

Even though the election is almost over, we are still learning new things about each candidate. To wit: While there’s been a lot of hate slung at Hillary Clinton over the years, we didn’t know until just very recently that some of it comes from singer Meredith Brooks, whose feminist anthem “Bitch” just missed topping…