December 10, 2008
Who's more corrupt?

If perception is reality, then Republicans have a lot of work to do to to overcome the belief that they are more corrupt than their Democratic counterparts. Case in point is this bit from CNN's Wolf Blitzer: WOLF BLITZER: You know, most of the scandals -- most of the political scandals, Karen, in recent years, […]

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December 10, 2008
It's like a Raiders fan joke

As a (disappointed) San Diego Chargers fan, I often joke that a prerequisite for being a Raiders fan is a felony conviction -- or at least an arrest. (See second item here.) It appears that being governor of Illinois requires a similar criminal inclination. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest yesterday is really only surprising because of […]

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December 8, 2008
Newspaper industry news

The Tribune Company, owners of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times among others, has filed for bankruptcy. For those interested in the potential sale of the San Diego Union-Tribune (that would be me), it appears as though Sam Zell is out of the running. The New York Times announced today that it would be […]

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December 7, 2008
The Internet...and the U.S. Army

There's taking pride in your profession, but at some point reality has to intrude. The spread of information on the Internet has given the world a new tool to forestall conflicts, Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio said Sunday. In his Nobel lecture to the Swedish Academy, the 68-year-old Frenchman said an earlier […]

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December 6, 2008
Good job Louisiana voters

Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson has been defeated in his re-election bid. The voters of Louisiana did what Jefferson's allies in the House would not -- police their own. Congratulations are also in order to Anh "Joseph" Cao who defeated Jefferson. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.

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December 5, 2008
Good lapdog

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller extends the term of public editor Clark Hoyt for another year.

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December 4, 2008
Greg Mitchell's numbers

Poking around Editor & Publisher for the previous post, I came across editor Greg Mitchell's latest column defending the early media narrative that Barack Obama was breaking new ground. The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) study asserting that Barack Obama actually raised most of his campaign money from "larger" not "small" donors has gained wide, often […]

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December 4, 2008
Can we just drop the whole pretense of objectivity?

Editor & Publisher is "America's Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry -- it says so right on the home page. I remember first reading the trade journal in the early '90s as a j-school student in college and remember nothing particularly politically-oriented about it. The most-read portion of it was the classifieds -- a portion of […]

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December 3, 2008
Is this bizarro world?

Radio talk show host Dennis Prager mentioned this editorial in the Los Angeles Times as evidence that editorial writers don't inhabit the same reality as the rest of us -- and he's right. Yet [the United Nations is] also utterly indispensable. Warts and all, it is the world's only meaningful bulwark against nuclear proliferation, human-rights […]

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December 2, 2008
One too many roundhouses to the noggin'

The Capitol Visitors Center opened this morning -- late and over budget. Senate majority leader Harry Reid had the following to say: The Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: […]

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