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Thursday January 03, 2013

Founding Dish Member

Founding Dish Member certificate: Andrew Sullivan

In case you haven't heard, Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish is creating his own business model.

What writing, in the digital age, is worth paying for? Sullivan's, I would argue, so I signed up. Even though I could still read most of his blog without paying a dime. There will be no paywall. But I figure I already owe him that much. $19.99 for a year? Please.

The New Yorker, too, is worth paying for, despite their new online love for Andy Borowitz, and I'm already paying for that. Ditto The New York Times. I'd pay for Joe Posnanski if he asked. Maybe I'll buy him a beer when he's in town. Let me know, Joe.

What about you?

Brave new world that has such blogs in it. You can sign up for Sully here.

Posted at 04:50 PM on Jan 03, 2013 in category Media
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Thursday August 30, 2012

Your Liberal Media at Work: The Times' Awful Puff-Piece on the New Mitt Romney--Annotated

The following is courtesy of that liberal rag, The New York Times, and its journalist Michael Barbaro:

From the moment that Mr. Romney ended his first bid for the Republican nomination, he complained to friends, advisers and family that he had felt cheated out of a chance to explain himself to the country. He had emerged from his debut on the national political stage, he told them, as a caricature he did not recognize: emotionally uncaring, intellectually inauthentic, ideologically malleable. As opposed to now?

Over the next three years, a little-examined period in his life, he sought to reclaim his public identity with the self-critical eye, marketing savvy and systematic rigor of the corporate consultant that he once was. Permission to throw up, please?

When Willard Mitt Romney, 65, delivers his acceptance speech Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., reveling in his success at winning over a fractious party and endeavoring to sell himself anew to Americans, he will owe the moment in no small measure to what he did during this time. Or in large measure to the fact that every other GOP nominee was a loon.

It was a restless period when he labored to persuade voters to see him as he saw himself: a man of deep convictions and big ideas, a credible party leader and inevitable presidential nominee. I see few convictions, old ideas, lots of money, and a man who desperately wants to be president.

He coolly (coolly, Gracie?)  assessed the failings of his 2008 campaign and undertook an intensive yearlong tutorial on everything from the tax code to global jihadism. He wrote a book laying out his vision and values to answer conservative doubters and counter charges of flip-flopping, elbowing aside a ghost writer who he felt could not accurately channel his voice. Well, he does like firing people. He bought good will in his party by crisscrossing the country to raise money for hundreds of candidates, even cutting a check for one lawmaker’s portrait in the New Hampshire State House. The GOP: party of good will. 

Mr. Romney returned as a far stronger candidate — a crisper debater, a more decisive manager, a better strategist and a stick-to-his-message campaigner whose chief selling point this time around, his business expertise, was well suited to the political moment. Didn't he just change his message again? Completely? And isn't his business expertise in taking over and breaking up businesses, and sending jobs overseas?

Etc. This is the biggest pile of horseshit I've read in a long time. It's typical of the genre, the lack of success that led to the present success, “the turnaround,” but it makes up for its lack of meat with a whole messa adjectives and adverbs. It's basically saying that after 2008, Romney, retrospective, changed himself from an emotionally uncaring, intellectually inauthentic, ideologically malleable losing candidate to the winning candidate we see today: who is emotionally uncaring, intellectually inauthentic, ideologically malleable. Thanks, Times.

Mitt Romney laughs

The new Mitt Romney: Now with more whitener.

Posted at 07:00 AM on Aug 30, 2012 in category Media
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Friday December 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

“I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn't ever have to rely on the press for my information.”

--Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Posted at 10:52 AM on Dec 16, 2011 in category Media
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Saturday October 22, 2011

How the Daily Beast Screws Up Its Articles

I saw this article the other day on The Daily Beast. I was there for Andrew Sullivan but saw this.

Daily Beast link: the media and girls and Paris Hilton

Didn't click on the link but questions were inevitably raised about the use of (I assume) Paris Hilton:

  1. Does she represent the media's depiction of girls?
  2. Does she represent girls?
  3. Is she there because she's hot, you'll notice, possibly click on the link, and help the bottom line of the Daily Beast?

I'm guessing a bit of 1) but mostly 3).

Seriously, it's dopey enough having a media site like the Daily Beast talk up the problems of “the media.” But for the Daily Beast to then offer up the very thing it's condemning is a sign either of schizophrenia or a vast, horrible unscrupulousness.

Posted at 06:09 PM on Oct 22, 2011 in category Media
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Thursday July 28, 2011

Quote of the Day II

“Whatever the case, the last laugh has been his. Murdoch knows something that his assailants will seldom concede, and that renders Murdoch's wings clippedtheir call for radical change, in the rapport between governance and the media, both tardy and redundant. The change has already happened; culture, media, and sport are not in Murdoch’s pocket, but the British, not least in their yen to watch soccer and cricket on Sky, have reached into their pockets and paid for his feast of wares. The country is in uproar just now, but outrage en masse functions like outrage in private: we reserve our deepest wrath not for the threat from without, which we fail to comprehend, but for forces with which we have been complicit. The British press has long revelled in the raucous and the irresponsible; that was part of its verve, and it was Murdoch’s genius, and also the cause of his current woes, to recognize those tendencies, bring the revelry to a head, and give the people what they asked for. He reminded them of themselves.”

--from “Hack Work: A tabloid culture runs amok” by Anthony Lane in the latest New Yorker, reflecting my own point-of-view (both here and here) on the whole sordid matter.

Posted at 06:25 PM on Jul 28, 2011 in category Media
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