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Category Archives: Journalism

Why I read Matt Taibbi

One example: his latest recital of the “Great Silk Road of pseudoleft punditry“: [The New York Times' Matt] Bai is one of those guys — there are hundreds of them in this business — who poses as a wonky, Democrat-leaning “centrist” pundit and then makes a career out of drubbing “unrealistic” liberals and progressives with [...]

The Supreme Court rules that …

The Supreme Court has ruled “… that it does not violate the Constitution for the government to block speech and other forms of advocacy supporting a foreign organization that has been officially labeled as terrorist, even if the aim is to support such a group’s peaceful or humanitarian actions.” That’s how Lyle Denniston at the [...]

The influence of Fox News

Howell Raines, the former NYT executive editor, asserts that the reason why so many journalists not only don’t excoriate Fox News, but actually alter their own stories to conform to the Fox News model, is that they fear offending a potential employer: Under the pretense of correcting a Democratic bias in news reporting, Fox has [...]

Terrorized

The failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas is rekindling a fear of terrorism in the U.S., at least if you believe a lot of the media coverage of the reaction to the incident.  This is, I think, unfortunate.  Our fear of terrorism has been excessive, unreasonable, and irrational since 9-11, and it [...]

Subscriptions

I had a bunch of Delta Airlines SkyMiles laying around that were about to expire, so I used them for subscriptions to three things — the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Coincidentally, thirty minutes later I came across a post from Brad DeLong in which he extols the virtues of the [...]