Not about the Pulitzer
"What gets you kicked off a plane and in front of the FBI? Speaking Arabic on a plane, reports @nytimes," tweets BuzzFeed's Siraj Datoo, sharing today's top trending post (at 63,000+ shares) on how a college student was removed from a flight after speaking Arabic on a plane. "And the criminalization of the Arabic language continues," remarks Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard at the New York Times. Put another way by colleague Alexandra Stevenson, "When the word 'inshallah' [if God wills it] is enough for a Muslim person to be pulled off a plane." Which freelance journalist Jon Letman took further by tweeting, "#Inshallah, I will never fly on @SouthwestAir." "In U.S., talking on phone on a plane about chicken dinner = 'potentially threatening comments.' (If it's in Arabic)," comments NYT's Sid Acker, although former Breitbart writer Jordan Schachtel also points out, "Man mentions the Islamic State in Arabic while on a commercial plane, wonders why he was booted off jet." Perhaps we should just listen to Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News' helpful suggestion, which was "Require all foreign language speakers to wear LED necklaces sharing realtime translations of what they're saying." BuzzFeed's Ivor Tossell is bothered by something else entirely: "Wait, how is Southwest 'unable to comment on the conduct of individual employee'?"
The outrage doesn't end there--in fact, it gets worse. Another story sure to churn a few stomachs concerns an Ohio teenager accused of live-streaming her friend’s rape on Periscope. Richard Deitsch with Sports Illustrated calls it "One of the most horrific things I've read regarding the obsession with social media," and we have to agree. "The asteroid can't hit soon enough," morbidly concludes Boston Globe's Jeremy Fox. Another top story we touched on yesterday but didn't delve into deeply enough: Houston's flooding, which left parts of the city largely shut down and one aforementioned annoyed reporter rescuing a man during his liveshot. "#Houstonflood made an overpass look like a waterfall," the CNN Twitter account shares.
In politics, you may be disappointed to learn Justin Trudeau’s quantum computing explanation could very possibly have been staged for publicity. "I'm not surprised that @jktrotter is one of the only journalists to question the official Trudeau story," muses Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal, although Kif Leswing for the International Business Times reacts, "always truthers for everything." Elsewhere, a top Trump aide reportedly lobbied for a Pakistani spy front. "Trump says put America first. Top aide Manafort has lobbied for dictators, a pro-Putin ally & Pakistani ISI front," points out Yahoo's Michael Isikoff. And while we may be far from the Indiana primary, the Indiana Star seems to be already calling it for ... John Kasich? "The @indystar found only 2 Trump supporters among IN's 57 GOP delegates. IN's primary is May 3," details Maureen Groppe at Gannett. And in the Democratic race, a new poll from Wall Street Journal and NBC News indicates that Hillary Clinton’s lead is narrowing among Democratic primary voters. "To paraphrase Meat Loaf, candidates in rearview mirror may be closer than they appear," quips WSJ's Tim Hanrahan. Maybe it's because we know know Hillary keeps artisanal hot sauce on her person at all times. TIME Magazine's Michael Scherer shares, "Asked if Bernie Sanders also eats hot sauce, a spokesman said, 'His bold ideas are his hot sauce.' It burns, yo."