The story sounded so good from the headline on p.1 of the Times’ Business Day section on July 11: “A Provocateur’s Book on Clinton Overtakes Her Memoir in Sales.” The provocateur is Edward Klein, long-time nemesis of Hillary Clinton and author of ”The Truth About Hillary.” (2005). And now his latest hit on the Clintons, “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” has just … [Read more...] about Journalism for the incurious at the New York Times
Editor's note: the following is an opinion piece by George Salamon Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times since September 2011 and the first woman in that position, was fired by the paper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. on May 14. It was ugly. Some journalists referred to it as a defenestration. Ms. Abramson, in a commencement speech at Wake Forest … [Read more...] about Much Ado or Too Much Ado About Jill Abramson
Editor's note: the following is an opinion piece by George Salamon “The power of facing unpleasant facts is clearly an attribute of decent, sane grown-ups as compared to the immature, the silly, the nutty, or the doctrinaire.” Paul Fussell about George Orwell’s “power to face unpleasant facts.” Orwell would have been proud of the way The New York Times exercised its own … [Read more...] about Let us now praise our paper of record: The New York Times confronts America’s unpleasant facts
April Fools’ Day is getting harder and harder for readers of the news. Which story is meant as a joke of the day and which tells real news? This year, a look at stories in England and the United States reveals just how tough it has become to tell them apart. Take these stories from the April 1 edition of London’s Daily Telegraph: “Logo is a tool of Satan” claims a Polish … [Read more...] about The news on April Fools’ Day: Joke or no joke?
Earlier this month, two heavyweights of journalism wrote about their profession. On March 14, Glenn Greenwald – who revealed much of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks in the UK’s Guardian – answered an attack on his new publication, the Intercept, which is funded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar, founder and chief executive officer of eBay. Journalism, Greenwald … [Read more...] about Journalistic naval-gazing: 2 heavyweights have their say