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Tyler Brûlé, Editor-in-Chief, Monocle

Allow me to introduce you to my newest obsession: The Monocle Weekly podcast.  Every Sunday after church/brunch and before I head out to go grocery shopping, I rush to my computer to download Monocle magazine’s weekly podcast hosted by its Editor-in-Chief, Tyler Brûlé.  Each week, Brûlé is joined by other Monocle editors as well as leaders and visionaries in the fields of global affairs, business, culture, and design for smart discussion, previews, feature interviews, and field reports on these topics.  Every week the show is based out of a different city (London, New York, Beirut, etc.) and I love their global outlook.

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The Monocle Weekly is intelligent,  enlightening, and entertaining.  It successfully does for me what all media should  do for its audience—leaves me feeling informed and causes me to think.

You can listen to the audio broadcast on The Monocle Weekly website, or you can subscribe to and download the free podcast on iTunes.  The Monocle Weekly, and Monocle magazine itself, are well worth your time and are a great way to start your week off right.

Here’s to a phenomenal week,

—-Travers

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If you ever wanted to know ANYTHING (or rather, anyone’s opinion) about First Lady Michelle Obama, you should look no further than the latest issue of New York Magazine

The headline on the cover reads “The Power of Michelle Obama” and the issue has profiles of the First Lady from numerous authors with titles such as: “Regarding Michelle Obama: The Many Meanings of a New American Icon”, “The First Couple’s Sexual Politics” , “From Militant to Princess”, and “Her Body, Ourselves”.

I’ve read most of the profiles in the issue, and while I LOOOOVE our new First Lady as much as much as the next Obama supporter, this issue didn’t sit totally well with me.  While some of the articles did Mrs. Obama justice, I feel that many of them were either overt drool fests, or were slightly offensive assesments that tried to cover up their poison cake with sweet icing.

One of the things in particular that irked me was the Hillary Clinton bash fest that many of the articles turned out to be.  Granted, Secretary Clinton can be a polarizing figure, and was certainly one as First Lady,  but I admire and respect the hell out of her, and I think that the writers could have made their point about the greatness of Michelle Obama without dragging Hillary through the mud. 

Additionally, I’m becoming increasingly weary of partisan, biased media coverage.  I’ve never been one to complain about the “liberal” (MSNBC) or “right wing” (FAUX, I mean FOX News) media—I just wouldn’t patronize those media outlets.  But there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground these days.  From television to the internet, and even the FEW papers that are still hanging on, there seems to be either an obvious bias against Democrats, President Obama, “progressive” ideology, etc., or (which in this political climate is certainly the case) an obvious bias towards the aforementioned.  Just like FOX News’ coverage of the Bush Administration was ultimately treacherous, biased coverage of the Obama Administration will serve as an equally disastrous injustice to the public.  I’m not saying that the media should do hatchet jobs, but can I get some objectivity?

Sometimes I feel that media outlets like New York Magazine are just pimping the Obamas to sell their product, and once public opinion begins to change and the honeymoon ends (which will inevitably happen to some degree), they’ll turn on the President and First Lady just like they have on every other politician and their families.

But media rant aside, you should keep reading to check out these artistic interpretations of First Lady Obama from New York  Magazine .

Thoughts on any of this?

—-Travers

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