Leyna Bloom is Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue’s first trans cover star

Model, who is black and Filipino, is also the first ever trans woman of color to be featured in the magazine Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue has unveiled its first ever transgender cover star, Leyna Bloom. The model follows in the footsteps of model Valentina Sampaio, who was the first trans […]

‘I’ve outlasted them all’: the spectacular life of the world’s most powerful crossword editor

The New York Times’ Will Shortz has appeared on The Simpsons, written riddles for a Batman villain and sold over 1m copies of a sudoku book. He talks hate mail, controversial clues and why puzzles are like drugs Every day thousands of people vie to outsmart one man: Will Shortz, […]

Extremist rhetoric from rightwing media and officials is ‘intensifying’, experts say

Comparisons of Democrats to Nazis and suggestions thousands should be executed spark fears of violence The extremist rhetoric from rightwing news networks and some elected Republicans is “intensifying”, experts have warned, after a Republican congressman compared Democrats to Nazis and a hard-right news host suggested tens of thousands of Americans […]

It’s not just racism and sexism. The Golden Globes have been sunk by sheer stupidity

The preposterous Hollywood Foreign Press Association gravy train might have chugged on for ever if its members had just swallowed their pride and done more for diversity An investigative report by the Los Angeles Times into the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, that notoriously rackety organisation which administers the Golden Globes, […]

Teen Vogue employees protest new editor-in-chief over anti-Asian tweets

Staffers sent letter to Condé Nast after racist tweets written by Alexi McCammond 10 years ago resurfaced Employees at Teen Vogue have sent a letter to publisher Condé Nast, protesting the hiring of Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief of the influential magazine. It follows the resurfacing earlier this week of a […]

‘Talk to me’: Molly Jong-Fast on podcasting in the new abnormal

Trump has gone and so for now has Rick Wilson, but Covid is still with us and the Daily Beast pod is as hard-hitting as ever Molly Jong-Fast has known great success as a writer but over the last year on The New Abnormal, her podcast on politics in the […]

Trump ally Nunes sees CNN Ukraine lawsuit thrown out by New York judge

California congressman sought $435m in damages Story linked him to hunt for Biden dirt in Ukraine A defamation lawsuit brought against CNN by the California Republican Devin Nunes, a leading ally of former president Donald Trump, was tossed out by a Manhattan judge on Friday. Related: Icy blast of anti-Ted […]

Spiked New York Times column on reporter’s exit published by New York Post

Bret Stephens piece criticizing newspaper’s handling of Donald McNeil departure over racist language was pulled by senior bosses An article that was spiked by the New York Times – in which a conservative columnist criticised the newspaper’s handling of a former reporter who left the paper over his use of […]

Two New York Times journalists leave paper over different controversies

Donald McNeil, reporter who used racist slur on student trip, and Andy Mills, Caliphate podcast producer, departed, staff memo said Two New York Times journalists have left the paper over separate controversies including its high-profile public health and Covid-19 reporter Donald McNeil following disclosures about his use of racist language […]