Helen Thomas and Oedipus

July 21, 2013

On the CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning, new host David Folkenflik hosted three female journalists, including Judy Woodruff and Candy Crowley in considering the career and legacy of Helen Thomas. The entire discussion addressed Thomas’s groundbreaking career and generous influence on young women journalists like Woodruff and Crowley. Just before the end of the discussion, […]

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Zero Dark Thirty and Torture

April 1, 2013

. I held my peace during the controversy over Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty because I was working on an extended consideration of the film and preferred to make my case fully in that venue. Suffice it to say as brief introduction that I think the criticisms of the film, those that accused it of […]

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Niall Ferguson, (C)Rock Star

August 25, 2012

. Niall Ferguson’s cover story for Newsweek was a journalistic and intellectual fiasco, for him and for Newsweek and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown. It was a journalistic fiasco for read-the-multitude-of-responses-online-and-on-paper. Ferguson now has no credibility as an opining voice in the public square. His intellectual credibility, established as an academic historian and teacher, is […]

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Truth or Objectivity in Journalism

February 15, 2011

When I find myself agreeing with Glenn Greenwald, I check myself in the mirror. I have done so, and I am happy to report that I’m looking pretty good (just by the way) and that Greenwald is not staring back at me, but in the mirror just over. Yesterday, Greenwald took his customary strong issue, […]

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The Wikilieaks Matrix

December 7, 2010

Image via Wikipedia There is no more conspiratorial mind than the mind that perceives conspiracy, genuine or not. There is no more vivid matrix than the matrix imagined, which is its realm. The matrix is the authoritarian apex, domination not only of physical relations, but also of mental relations: total control of reality. Conspiracy and […]

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Forbes and D’Souza’s Basement Journalism

September 28, 2010

The Newt Gingrich comments about President Obama to National Review online, about which I’ve been blogging the past week, and based on the Forbes article by Dinesh D’Souza,  have drawn renewed attention to the empty intellectual shell of contemporary American conservatism. Beyond the obvious media hacks and charlatans like Limbaugh and Beck, and their political […]

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Ten Questions for Monday

July 19, 2010

Weekend over. Work, back to it. 1.     What is it about Argentina or the United States that led the former to legalize gay marriage long before the U.S. is likely to on any national level? 2.     In disagreeing with CNN’s decision to fire Ocatavi Nasr for praising Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Thomas Friedman of The […]

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Juan Cole’s Confusion

July 12, 2010

Juan Cole’s Informed Comment may offer comments that are informed, but they aren’t necessarily well thought out. Cole, of course, criticizes CNN’s firing of Octavia Nasr for her sympathetic Twitter praise of Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. So help me understand this. Nuri al-Maliki, still the Iraqi prime minister for the moment, expressed his appreciation for the […]

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Greenwald-Goldberg I: The Thrilla in Vanilla

June 29, 2010

Somewhere something irritated Dave Weigel. Those were the butterfly wings flapping. (Whatever provoked the irritating behavior – caused the wings to flap – has long dissipated into the stratosphere.) Weigel breezed into a little venting on a not-so-private-as-he-thought listserve, and someone fed those growing winds into a full public downdraft: the blogosphere was scattered to […]

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“Lawyering Up” in the War of Words

May 10, 2010

Journalist pundits are not the most interesting thinkers around. (Radio and talk show host pundits are not even thinkers – they’re talkers. They talk very well.) Their job is to master the conventional thinking of the worlds they cover – to be ignorant of a current conventional thought is to prove oneself inexpert – and […]

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It’s All a Vanity Fair

January 24, 2009

But my vanity is fairer than yours. When I canceled my subscription to Vanity Fair a couple of years ago, some months after I stopped reading my monthly subscription issue, it was because, slow as I am, it had finally occurred to me that despite the high end gloss – or, rather, actually, because of […]

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