FROM Jason Bailey
When Will the Hollywood Superhero Reflect the Audience That Roots for Him? Last year, 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture Oscar. The Butler and The Best Man Holiday were commercial successes, and it looked like a great year for ethnic minorities in Hollywood movies. But research by the Annenberg School at USC shows otherwise. For the most part, blacks, Asians and especially Latinos, aren’t seeing themselves on the screen in anything like their proportions in the general population.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?