Must-reads for Monday
"When you're unbothered by your own supremacy," quips MSNBC's Janet Mock, in response to the amazing cover accompanying Serena Williams' official selection as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year (at 13,000+ shares so far). "My .02: Read the Scott Price story ... THEN you can be outraged about who won/didn't win," advises USA Today's Joe Fleming. "Race and gender, of course, are inextricable from @serenawilliams's story. @bySLPrice did well in addressing both," praises The New Republic's Jamil Smith. At Slate, Rachael Larimore had mixed reactions: "Good call on #serena, @SInow. TERRIBLE call renaming award to “sportsperson” Why not sportswoman?" SI's own Tom Mantzouranis chimes in, "Also thank you to @SInow for not making it the horse." Aw, poor American Pharoah. And if you're still not convinced, here's why Serena Williams is SI's SOY.
Speaking of sports, sources indicate that Pete Rose will remain barred by baseball, which means "the player with more hits than anyone else in the sport's history will continue to be kept out of the Hall of Fame." Freelance journalist Andrew Feinberg reacts, "Bonds is in and Rose is out? This is wrong." Elsewhere in outrage, the Associated Press has discovered that global supermarkets are selling shrimp peeled by slaves. "Meticulous, heartbreaking @AP investigation on slaves in Thailand who satisfy America's demands for cheap seafood," summarizes Laura J. Nelson with the LA Times. One of the lead reporters, Martha Mendoza, has already done an AMA on this scoop for Reddit. ANd in other investigations, read how AT&T execs took over the Red Cross and hurt its ability to help people.
In politics, President Barack Obama really wants to go to Cuba, but only if the conditions are right. "Great @OKnox interview w Obama on Cuba, in which he talks about desire 2 visit Havana in 2016 & meet w dissidents," Bloomberg's Julie Davis synopsizes. Simultaneously the New York Times informs us that Marco Rubio’s wife is a partner ready to puncture his ego. "Love that this piece dives deeper into who Jeanette Rubio is—beyond the 'former cheerleader' throwaway line," National Journal's Rebecca Nelson approvingly tweets. Meanwhile, young Muslim Americans are feeling the strain of suspicion, no doubt amplified by Donald Trump's recent remarks. "The pain of growing up Muslim American today might have [consequences]," predicts Kim Bui at Reported.ly. Not helping matters: that French preschool teacher who said he was by a man shouting "Islamic State" -- and apparently was making all that up.