This is a perfectly sad and typical TV interview. The advantage of the TV hit should be the imprisonment of the guest, who can't run away when the questions get irritating, and who looks like a liar.
Alec MacGillis gets my favorite story of the day by parsing the Freedom Group's financial reports -- all the optimistic stuff the gun company investor published before it became toxic.
C.J. Ciaramella reports on the red state Democrats who'd have to vote for gun control if a bill came up. I'll have more on this later, because the causality between "voting for a popular gun control bill" and "being defeated in a pro-gun state" is not clear.
Gabe Sherman takes on Fox News (on a pretty uncontroversial matter) and wins.
TODAY IN SLATE
The World’s Politest Protesters
The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.
The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans
The Feds Have Declared War on Encryption—and the New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google
The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You
It spreads slowly.
These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.