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Rhetorician on Hoover

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 12, 2011 - 1:47pm

AE Schiappa (author of "Protagoras and Logos") on Hoover:

Agitator at a young age, I guess.


The New York Times and Charging for Web Content

Submitted by Jim Brown on January 20, 2010 - 10:55am

It has been announced in various places over the past few days, but the Times has now published its own article about how it will, in early 2011, begin charging for content:

Starting in early 2011, visitors to will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site.


LA Times Tweet Gets Everyone in a Tizzy

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 15, 2009 - 3:29pm

Earlier today, the LA Times Twitter feed reported the following:

California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage (Prop 8) ban:


The problem isn't "journalists." The problem is a backwards looking industry.

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 11, 2009 - 8:08am

I was going to write this as a comment to Rosa's post below about George Will and journalism in general, but it kept getting I thought it deserved a post.


Another Reason To Have Little Sympathy for Journalists

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 16, 2009 - 5:37pm

I love newspapers. I read them every day. We need to figure out a way to keep investigative reporting alive (though, Walter Isaacson's recent appearance on the Daily Show shows me that journalists still aren't really coming up with viable plans).

But whenever I hear someone bellyaching about how blogs are parasites on the news business (I'm looking at you Andrew Keen), I think of stories like this one. It seems that George Will selectively cites when discussing the "myth" of global warming (and global cooling).

As Nate Silver and others dig deeper into Will's citations, they are finding that Will's piece was, at best, intellectually dishonest.

Silver's comments are dead on. This isn't just about blaming George Will, it's about the integrity of WaPo (and the entire field of jourrnalism):

But let's not lay all the blame at Will's feet. Why is it that claims that would never have been tolerated by a competent fact-checker on the news page are okay on the editorial page? The Washington Post owes its readers an explanation -- and an apology.


"Read what they read"

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 28, 2008 - 8:44pm

When I logged into Google Reader today, I got a message that I could read what journalists and what people from the Obama and McCain campaigns are reading. So, I subscribed and started reading "what they read":


Reclaiming Freedom of the Press

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 10, 2008 - 11:28am

All three potential presidential candidates have backed a shield law to protect the confidentiality of journalists' sources. As the New York Times points out, conservatives are now showing support for this bill:


The Vindication of Dan Rather?

Submitted by Jim Brown on September 28, 2007 - 4:52pm

Salon's Sidney Blumenthal takes a look Dan Rather's attempt to clear his name. Blumental, predictably, builds a bit of a conspiracy theory as he retraces the days of the Bush Air National Guard story. For instance, he notes that the CBS "review panel" was made up of Bush loyalists who had been previously criticized by Rather (Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi).


meta-blogging and graphic novels

Submitted by Cynthia on May 30, 2007 - 2:39pm

A new entry to the graphic novel scene is the digital graphic novel, and there's a fascinating one recently released called "Shooting War." It takes blogging and war, politics and fiction, to a whole new level by offering a meta-critique of all of the above through the form of a graphic novel. Here's the site with a link in the right column to each chapter and a trailer (which is cool):

"The year is 2011, and Jimmy Burns, a young anti-corporate blogger has just seen his Williamsburg apartment blown to bits by yet another terrorist attack on New York City. He’s recorded the gruesome scene on his videoblog camera—footage Burns beams live to a freaked-out world and that makes him an overnight media sensation. Exploited by his own network (Global News: “Your home for 24-hour terror coverage”), enraged by the terrorists, and determined to tell the American people the truth, Burns takes off for Iraq to get the real story of a war that’s been raging for more than eight years. SHOOTING WAR is written by Anthony Lappé, illustrated by Dan Goldman."
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