Category Archives: Journalism

Gawker Seems To Have A Point that Howard Kurtz Is Losing It

I’m fascinated with with this Gawker piece on media critic Howard Kurtz. It asks why Kurtz, former media critic for the Washington Post, spent 527 words on his own foxnews.com blog writing about the supposedly-risque Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee. Bradlee is the daughter-in-law of legendary former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee , but […]
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Why Seth Mnookin will be Twitter’s First Pulitzer Winner

The Boston Globe is doing what it’s supposed to this week. They’re producing urgent, accurate multimedia journalism. The pay wall is temporarily lifted and the front page design is spare and utilitarian for readers who are looking for updates and want to get their head around this huge story. Their best feature online right now is […]
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People Helping Strangers in Boston, and a Stupid Distraction for You

I have no special insight or reason to add to the cloud of commentary and public sadness about the Boston Marathon bombing, so I thought I would link to this article from Mother Jones, about one of the heroes from yesterday. I’ve been struck by accounts of witnesses who said they were in awe of […]
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Ding Dong, This is Awkward

The BBC is having a dilemma, Atlanticwire reports. Apparently, since the death of Margaret Thatcher (and not the death of Cher, who is still with us for now), a song has been rising on the British charts and on UK’s iTunes: “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.” It’s possible it will even hit Number One […]
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Human Manwich Guy Fieri Opens Terrible Restaurant

The New York Times’ Pete Wells has just written the Platonic ideal of the scathing restaurant review. His target was Guy Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, which is naturally in Times Square. Sure, Food Network personality Guy Fieri seems like a gigantic tool — the blond tips on his hair. the loud shirts, Oakley shades, the insistence […]
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Did you see this? A TV graphic gone wrong

I used to work in television and I have made my share of on-air graphics. Plenty of people see them before they go on the air, but things move fast when you have a deadline every minute, and mistakes happen. Thankfully, I never made a mistake as hilarious as this. Seems like someone at a […]
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The time Andrew Cuomo got to First Base With Me

While I’m remembering my career in small-town media, this story comes to mind: I was covering an announcement by Andrew Cuomo that he intended to run for governor of New York against George Pataki. At this point in his career, Cuomo was “merely” the former recent secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton […]
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