News encounters of the unexpected kind
"This, real talk, is stunning to me," admits Gradient's Bradford Davis, in response to a startling new Washington Post poll that shows 9 out of 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the Redskins name (at 7,000+ gobsmacked shares right now). "Hey, look: The whole uproar about the Redskins' name is not grounded in actually offending most native Americans," points out Washington Examiner's Timothy Carney. "So it turns out group most offended by #Redskins is white liberals," concludes Debra J. Saunders at the San Francisco Chronicle. "Hey #Halbritter: 90% of American Indians want jobs, healthcare, education etc. NOT your PC war on @Redskins name," contributor Sean Kennedy takes it a step farther. "I'm not terribly surprised by this. Although I do think cultural appropriation is another issue w/ prob diff results," argues Kelyn Soong, before continuing, "I think if the Q was 'Are you offended by fans painting themselves red & wearing headdresses' the A would be diff. There were others who pushed back against the poll's findings, too: "Asking Native Americans about offensive football team is like asking people on sinking boat if the water's cold," insists Jason Nark at the Philadelphia Daily News. At MTV News, Jamil Smith doubles down even harder: "The name of Washington's NFL team is a slur. If American Indians aren't offended by it, it doesn't change that fact."
Trending at the top of today's headlines is the seemingly vanished EgyptAir Flight 804, the wreckage of which has just been found, an airline official says. Despite no distress call from the plane, officials are pushing terrorism over technical as the reason: early theories seem to indicate that Flight 804 was taken down by a bomb. Follow CNN here for live updates. Hillary Clinton has already jumped on the story, claiming it "shines a very bright light" on the real threat of terror and that it "reinforces the need for American leadership." Vox's Dylan Matthews responds to that piece, "This is dangerous fearmongering. Americans shouldn't be afraid of terrorism, & politicians shouldn't tell them to be." Meanwhile, a dying GOP senator apologized to Muslims for Donald Trump. "This @timkmak is incredible and is hard to read while wearing mascara," confesses Olivia Nuzzi. And in tech, the Wall Street Journal's latest bombshell on the embattled Theranos indicates the company voided two years of Edison blood-test results. "Theranos looking more like Thanatos," quips Slate's Jacob Weisberg.