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Goldberg gets the pillory for something he didn't say.

slate.com — A great man once wrote-well, actually, I once wrote-that to discuss any aspect of race in this country is to invite an " Al Campanis Moment." For the uninitiated, a Campanis Moment arrives when, by the slip of a tongue or somebody's misinterpretation, a discussion of race ends with the speaker being tossed onto the pillory.
Feb 03, 2016

@jadande but the tensions were real and it played out again 10 years later slate.com/articles/news_…

what it means for political journalism.

slate.com — How should we read the defection of political journalists John Harris and Jim VandeHei from the Washington Post to Allbritton Communications, where they'll head a new "multimedia" Web news platform to cover politics? Their site will incorporate the D.C.-based Allbritton's local TV station, its local cable news station, and its forthcoming Capitol Hill newspaper, and they intend to hire a half-dozen well-known reporters.

Sanders bows to the establishment - POLITICO

mattiviikate.newsvine.com — sed to expand funding for Planned Parenthood. | AP Photo POLITICO MAGAZINE ROCHESTER, N.H. - On Friday, Bernie Sanders finally bowed down to the establishment. Three days after getting himself in hot water with several key liberal constituencies by dismissing Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign as " part of the establishment," Sanders gave ground on the point, releasing a statement highlighting the anniversary of Roe v.

Imperfectly Clear

bookforum.com — Transparency is now such a venerated public good in America you'd suspect that-like the Grand Canyon and three-card monte-it has always been with us. But no, writes Michael Schudson in his learned history The Rise of the Right to Know.
Jan 19, 2016

New @bookforum: My review of Michael Schudson "The Rise of the Right to Know." bit.ly/1T1EC9E

Why booze and cigarettes are essential for good journalism.

slate.com — Who would throw a wake without offering the mourners a sip of booze-or at least letting them bring their own bottle? Cincinnati Post Editor Mike Philipps did just that this week as he supervised the shuttering of his 126-year-old paper. In a Dec.
Jan 11, 2016

@JayneODonnell But I thought @jackshafer taught me that booze was essential in the newsroom! slate.com/articles/news_…

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The Post declares war on anonymice.

slate.com — The Washington Post recodified the rules of engagement for its reporters last month, spelling out for newsroom employees the newspaper's policy on the use of confidential sources. The memo, promptly leaked to and posted by , was supplemented yesterday (March 7, 2004) by a piece addressed to Post readers by Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr.

Ratting out the anonymice.

slate.com — Despite the fact that nobody in American journalism professes to like anonymous sources, they keep replicating in newspapers like flesh-eating bacteria. In recent months, both the Washington Post and New York Times have acknowledged the contagion and tried to spritz the anonymice away with tough new memos from the top, dictating the proper use of anonymous sources.

The filth and the fury of Rupert Murdoch.

slate.com — Now that he seems to have bagged the prize, what sort of owner of the Wall Street Journal will Rupert Murdoch make? In his May 11, 2007, letter to the Bancroft family, which controls parent company Dow Jones & Co., Murdoch assumes the pose of an ethics lecturer at the Poynter Institute: I have ...
Dec 18, 2015

This is the way the newspaper business worked long, long ago. Also, the way Rupert worked: slate.me/1QvwJcX twitter.com/DannyVinik/sta…

Dec 18, 2015

RT @jackshafer: This is the way the newspaper business worked long, long ago. Also, the way Rupert worked: slate.me/1QvwJcX twitter.com/DannyVinik/sta…

On the trail of the question, Who first said (or wrote) that journalism is the "first rough draft of history"?

slate.com — Many journalists give former Washington Post President and Publisher Philip L. Graham credit for being the first to describe journalism as "the first rough draft of history." In "many," I include myself. In late 2009 and early 2006, I attributed the remark to Graham and implied that he was the first to say or write it.
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Feb 05, 2016

Is it too late to put @ProfJeffJarvis in charge of Twitter?

Feb 05, 2016

They will have to ruin Twitter to save it.

Feb 05, 2016

I hope you've laid in enough 2C-B to get you through the winter. twitter.com/jakesilverstei…

Feb 05, 2016

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." twitter.com/evanasmith/sta…

Feb 05, 2016

Isn't it about time to start fussing about Bildergerg 2016?

Feb 05, 2016

RT @morningmoneyben: It doesn't take long to "look into" whether or not to release a speech transcript. Like maybe one or two phone calls. Done.


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