Your Tuesday news day
"This woman is such a satire," reacts Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder, after watching the Today Show's exclusive with Rachel Dolezal (at 10,000 shares now and climbing) in her first interview since being accused of misrepresenting her racial background and stepping down as an N.A.A.C.P. official. "Major failing of this interview: Matt never asked WHY Dolezal she identifies as black. Crucial error," critiques KQED's Joshua Johnson. Washington Examiner's Sarah Westwood felt slightly differently: "I wish journalists went after interview subjects of actual relevance with the same aggressivity." The interview did little clarify what's really going on in Dolezal's mind, but it did at least lay the blame ... somewhere. "OMG it's the media's fault apparently. Newspapers identified Rachel Dolezal as biracial, and she never corrected," tweets Shane Dingman with the Globe and Mail. "Another particularly odd thing Rachel Dolezal said on TODAY: 'I certainly can't be seen as white and be [Izaiah's] mom'," observes Mashable's Matt Petronzio. At CTV Toronto, Colin D'Mello also found this worth highlighting: "'Your race is human, your culture is black.' That's what Rachel Dolezal's son told her."
In actual breaking news, there are reports that South African troops were held hostage in Sudan to ensure president Omar al-Bashir would go unarrested in South Africa and return to Khartoum. "Did Sudan hold SA troops hostage? Astonishing. Could explain a lot. But why would govt not confirm? The plot thickens," comes the take from The Daily Maverick's Africa correspondent Simon Allison. In politics, today Trump is expected to declare some $9 billion net worth as he reveals his 2016 plans. A.k.a., "Donald Trump to announce he has many monies and no chance of ever becoming president of the United States," predicts Ben Whiteof Politico. And as prime minister Alexis Tsipras lays down the gauntlet to Greece's creditors, Wall Street Journal's Matina Stevis offers her personal and informed perspective on her country's plight from afar. "Thanks for your comments on my @WSJexpat piece about watching #Greece implode from abroad. Καλό κουράγιο σε όλους," she shares, finishing with the Greek words "Good luck to all."