Tag Archives: Journalism

Ben Bradlee RIP: the temptations of power

Ben Bradlee embodied the tension between the temptation of power and journalism. The Harvard graduate and friend of JFK who supported Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein could not bring his reporters into reaching obvious conclusions about Ronald Reagan after Iran-Contra. … Continue reading

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‘In order to change your mind, you have to have one’

George F. Will wrote, “In order to change your mind, you have to have one” in yesterday’s column. He has experience with not having one. Thus this paragraph, generated by a mainframe in Georgetown called the Will-a-thon 3000: One of … Continue reading

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The perils of false equivalence, pt. 43132

I have a passing acquaintance with gaming culture, friends who dabble. After Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel an appearance at Utah State because concealed weapons laws prevent officials from prohibiting weapons or even police from searching bags, a lot more … Continue reading

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On the Leon Panettas cruising the Beltway

The Beltway pundit class fetishizes bipartisanship like Fernando Rey did Tristana’s leg. A legislator or Oval Office apparatchik who attacks his or her own party is the best kind of bipartisan. Regular people think this. I got into a fight … Continue reading

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The case of Gary Webb

As more media companies admit to cash flow trouble, we’re going to see movies like Kill The Messenger released at a faster clip eulogizing an earlier age of pre-Internet journalism while admitting its gatekeepers were delusional and possibly colluding with … Continue reading

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‘Here’s why invoking verses from the Bible isn’t working’

Among conservative columnists Cal Thomas is akin to Stephen Stills: chops and fervor he’s got, and he defines a movement, but his generational ubiquity is a consequence of age and hold upon an essential bloc. Amid the rush of same … Continue reading

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‘You still can’t flap your arms and fly to the moon’

Charles Pierce had the same thought I did yesterday when I was mad enough to catch six minutes of FOX News coverage on the Texas ebola victim and felt my bellybutton scrunch: The country simply cannot go on this way, … Continue reading

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