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Ben Bradlee, the last giant standing

blogs.reuters.com — One of the great payoffs of having lived a long life arrives on the day the newspapers publish your obituary. By out-lasting your competitors and foes, the storyline naturally bends your way. Time blurs precise recollection in favor of generous feelings, which we tend to bestow upon most famous survivors, no matter what sort of lives they lived.

GamerGate: We now know what evil lurks in the heart of man - or trolls

blogs.reuters.com — For the purposes of this column, all you need to know about "GamerGate" is that it has earned writer Anita Sarkeesian, game entrepreneur Brianna Wu, and developer Zoe Quinn violent threats from anonymous Internet sources (here's coverage in the New York Times , Reason ,the Washington Post , Vox, Huffington Post, the Guardian , and Gawker, if you want to know more).

How scandals play out in the press: White House security edition

blogs.reuters.com — No bungling bureaucracy will last very long once insiders start anonymously dishing dirt to the press, a lesson currently being taught to Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. Anonymous sources from the Secret Service, its alumni, and insiders who have been read-in on current investigations are taking the agency apart brick-by-brick this month with their leaks to the Washington Post about the White House fence-jumper and the White House shooter.

All in all, Eric Holder was just another brick in the wall

blogs.reuters.com — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. first signaled his exit from office so long ago that every reporter and pundit who covers the Department of Justice has stockpiled enough copy assessing his tenure to fill a mattress. Like Derek Jeter, Holder announced his farewell tour this past February, telling the New Yorker 's Jeffrey Toobin that he would depart in 2014.

War without end: The U.S. may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044 . . .

blogs.reuters.com — In a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Army Lieutenant General Bill Mayville called the cruise missiles and bombs flung at targets in Syria "the beginning of a credible and sustainable persistent campaign." How long will the campaign last? "I would think of it in terms of years," Mayville responded.

What do Miley Cyrus, Ricky Gervais and William Shatner have in common? Quitting Twitter.

blogs.reuters.com — Almost as much as celebrities love to tweet, they love to quit Twitter. And as much as they love to quit Twitter, they love to return to the social networking service. If Nexis can be trusted, the first high-profile Twitter quitter was Miley Cyrus, who very publicly ditched the service in October 2009 at the behest of her boyfriend, actor Liam Hemsworth.

You’re not really famous until you’ve quit Twitter - at least once

blogs.reuters.com — Almost as much as celebrities love to tweet, they love to quit Twitter. And as much as they love to quit Twitter, they love to return to the social networking service. If Nexis can be trusted, the first high-profile Twitter quitter was Miley Cyrus, who very publicly ditched the service in October 2009 at the behest of her boyfriend, actor Liam Hemsworth.

Roger Goodell, usually the NFL’s judge and jury, becomes his own executioner

blogs.reuters.com — Oh, yes, let's torch and pitchfork the NFL for its handling of the Ray Rice case and not rest until NFL Commission Roger Goodell pays for his incompetence or his bad judgment - whichever proves greater - with his resignation.

Keep your frenemies list short and your enemies list shorter

blogs.reuters.com — Compiling an enemies list was a cinch for the United States during the Cold War, what with most of the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal targeted its way. Friends of the Soviets immediately became America's enemies, and Soviet enemies became U.S. friends. That made China a U.S.

Newspapers make lots of mistakes and publish damn few corrections.

slate.com — The average newspaper should expand by a factor of 50 the amount of space given to corrections if Scott R. Maier's research is any guide. Maier, an associate professor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, describes in a forthcoming research paper his findings that fewer than...
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