Archive for March, 2013

Wither the Newsmags?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

As newspapers and magazines stumble along the rocky road from print to digital, two recent signposts seem to point the way forward: Time Warner’s decision to spin off Time Inc., its magazine division, and Newsweek’s termination of its print edition after 80 years of continuous publication.
The third general newsmagazine. U.S. News and World [...]


A Sad Day

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Today, March 19, 2013, is a tragic anniversary.
With one exception: It is the 10th birthday of my dog, Red, a fine Borzoi, who is a splendid companion and steady friend. Happy Birthday, Red.
But it is the 10th anniversary of the unjustified, immoral, wrong-headed, foolish, ill-conceived and flat-out wrong war against the Saddam Hussein [...]


WOODWARD VS SPERLING: A TINY TEMPEST

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Tom Brokaw had it right on NBC’s Meet The Press when he described the war of words between White House aide Gene Sperling and journalist Bob Woodward as “a speck that became a sandstorm overnight.”
Overblown is the word for it, since Sperling clearly was not threatening Woodward when he wrote in an e-mail that Woodward [...]