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May 06 2012

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jayrosen:

Tom Brokaw blasts the White House Correspondents Association dinner. 

On Meet the Press Sunday, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, an iconic figure in broadcast journalism, ripped into the annual ritual that media people in DC call “the prom,” hoping that their gentle ridicule of it will defuse some of the rage that they know the event inspires outside the Beltway club.

Brokaw essentially told them that the game is up. The people he meets on his book tours are saying: “What’s happened with political coverage in America? We don’t feel connected to it.” The White House Correspondents Association dinner, he said, symbolically “separates the press from the people they’re supposed to serve.” Brokaw acknowledged that he was a charter member of the club. But… “It is time to to rethink it.”

Here’s what gave Brokaw’s comments some teeth: Sitting right next to him were two people who would have to do the rethinking. NBC’s Chuck Todd is one of the stars of the dinner as perhaps the world’s most visible White House correspondent. Brokaw said he loves hanging with George Clooney as much as the next guy, but is this really what we should be doing?  On March 18, host David Gregory had interviewed George Clooney for Meet the Press, so obviously his answer is: yeah! 

Gregory’s only audible response to his senior colleague was: “point taken.” Todd said nothing. Then it was on to the next thing. Gregory had a perfect chance to reflect on Brokaw’s criticisms in a small web-only feature he does after the show; he declined to do so. But he did find time to plug his interview with Robert DiNiro. 

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Jan 21 2012
ilovecharts:

via Jos Berkemeijer 

ilovecharts:

via Jos Berkemeijer 

(Source: phdcomics.com, via copyeditor)

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Dec 16 2011

thenextweb:

This small clip from Seinfeld does an incredible job of explaining why Facebook, and frankly all social media, is such an irresistible life-resource hog. (via Jerry Seinfeld Explains Facebook’s Success in 1992!)

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Oct 26 2011
Occupy Oakland turns violent.
(via Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Oakland, Calif. - NYTimes.com)

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At the end of the democracy dog-and-pony show, the organizers asked if any of the visiting journalists had a question. Not wanting to risk my visa, which allowed me to travel in Libya without an official minder, I held my tongue. Michael Slackman of the Times took the bait and politely asked Gaddafi — I can’t recall his exact words — how he could talk about democracy when his people so obviously lived in fear.

There was a flurry of distress around the Leader. His aides refused to translate the question. According to two people who worked closely with him, Gaddafi did in fact speak English, but he chose not to with most foreign visitors. In this case, it appeared he genuinely didn’t catch Slackman’s question. He looked from one aide to the other, confused, as the mood in the studio soured and we were moved into another room.

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Oct 13 2011

kateoplis:

Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig: Occupy Wall Street Could Bridge Left And Right (via: wreckandsalvage)

“We’re trying to get people to focus. As Thoreau said: ‘There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one striking at the root’. We’re trying to get them to strike at the root and the root is the corruption of this political system. By the way money drives results in Washington and if the Left and the Right can identify that as the root and not give up their differences but unite around the idea that we need a fair platform to fight out those differences I think we can make real progress.”

(Source: twitter.com)

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Oct 11 2011
NGM May 1953

NGM May 1953

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Oct 10 2011

Steve Jobs Oldie but Goodie (by fredburt2005)

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Oct 02 2011
Where publishing is concerned, the Internet is both midwife and executioner.

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