Breaking the News

James Fallows
Dispatches from a veteran reporter
Created 07 Jul 2021
  • ‘Fools, drunks, and the United States of America’
    04 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 31 14
    From a cartoon by William Charles during the War of 1812, President James Madison, at right, teaching John Bull and the invading forces of King George III a lesson. Twenty-five years earlier, Madison ...
  • Angela Zerad begins her 101st year
    27 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 31 21
    From the left: Susan Zerad Garau, Angie Zerad, and Deborah Zerad Fallows, on Angie’s 100th birthday, November 26 2021. Shortly after this photo, Angie began an hour-long piano recital. Back in the blo...
  • A Civic Thanksgiving
    24 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 10 5
    On the stage at the outdoor Hunter Amphitheater in Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park this past Sunday, Nov. 21. From left: Sharon Yancey, Rev. Freddie Tellis, Donell Seager, Dr. Elizabeth Benchley. ...
  • Rev. Freddie Tellis, 'Today'
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    In my post about the multi-faith, multi-racial ceremonies in Pensacola, Florida, on November 21, I quote from a speech by the Rev. Freddie Tellis, of the Allen Chapel AME Church. This is how that part...
  • The Questions I Ask About China
    17 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 8 4
    At the beach in Qingdao, as it was preparing to be the water-sports locale for the 2008 Olympics based in Beijing, to the north. (All photos by James Fallows, from pre-Olympics trips to Qingdao in 200...
  • 'Fate is the Hunter'
    14 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 9 3
    A few minutes after I landed at Montgomery County Airpark outside Washington this afternoon, another plane had bad luck on its landing. The main news is: neither of the two people aboard were hurt. No...
  • Open Thread, November 12
    12 Nov 2021 17 67
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  • They Promised Us Flying Cars...
    11 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 7
    It doesn’t look like the cartoonish Jetsons-era idea of the flying car. But this is the kind of zero-emission, battery-powered, vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicle that companies are testing right n...
  • ‘Politics-as-Sports’: Why It Matters
    08 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 21 6
    Even in the olden days, reporters wrestled with “how” versus “what”. (The French journalist and novelist Guy des Cars, via Getty Images.) This post has a simple purpose. It is to clarify and illustrat...
  • Weekend Reading: November 5 Edition
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    This post is a pre-weekend sampling of links, leads, updates, and previews on subjects I’ve covered recently and will dig into again. 1. Leaf blowers Last month I posted this long piece, “The End is N...
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