“Lance’s quote-unquote confession on Oprah’s OWN network was an absolute farce. It’s the way these stories are supposed to end. We do something terrible, we go on television, we cry a little bit, we confess and then we move onto our second act or our third act or our tenth act. Lance’s sort of pre-digested semi-confession satisfied nobody. I don’t think it satisfied his critics and it certainly didn’t satisfy his fans. When I watched that, to me it just seemed like business as usual. The key issue there was the hospital confession in 1996 to a couple of friends. When he was in the hospital, he said to one of the doctors, ‘Listen, I’ve done EPO, I’ve done testosterone, I’ve done this, I’ve done that. Could this have some effect on why I’m dying from cancer?’ He really had come out and said that so long ago and he didn’t come clean about that one aspect on Oprah.”
Richard Poplak on Lance Armstrong and his Farcical Semi-Confession
Have you seen the video of Turkish demonstrators singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” It’s been making the rounds this week, aggregated on the usual aggregation sites and retweeted by the usual tweeters, including the famous croaking policeman himself, Russell Crowe. Accompanied by a piano that was trucked into the square recently, the group starts with an English verse and chorus of the Les Miserables anthem before switching to Turkish. It is a joyful video, with the young singers, mostly women, leaning into that big refrain. It’s also a move that shows some savvy, attaching a little pop culture panache to a political movement and sending it viral.
Isn’t that how it goes: you meet a nice guy, you fall in love, you change your entire life for him. And then, like some asshole, he turns a bunch of National Security Agency documents over to journalists because he has some kind of moral code? MEN ARE SO SELFISH . Poor Linsday Mills, the girlfriend of NSA -leaker Edward Snowden. Her boyfriend is responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history, and she’s being dragged in the mud too.