Each week I solve the Wall Street Journal’s weekly metapuzzle on Fridays and submit an answer with the thought that maybe I’ll be their lucky random winner of a WSJ coffee mug. I mean, I’d still solve them even if no prizes were available, but it’s neat to have a remote chance at a small prize beyond bragging rights. Anyway, on December 17, I had joked on Twitter that it was inevitable that I would win that week’s mug (because I was “due” for one). The very next day, I got this email: How cool is that? I’ve never been a weekly winner of the WSJ metapuzzles or Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest. I must have mutant Nostradamus-like powers of foresight. That’s the only explanation. Or, it’s one of the randomest of random coincidences I’ve ever experienced in the puzzle world. Or, I concocted a dirty pyramid scheme to collude with the WSJ, rig the contest, and win a coffee mug after I had … [Read more...] about Evan Birnholz’s Dec. 31 Post Magazine crossword, “End Game”
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The New York Times building in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. was a brief Golden Age of American journalism, though what glittered like gold leaf sometimes turned out to be tinsel. Then came regression to the mean. Since 2000, we have seen the titans of the news presuming that Bush was the victor over Gore, hustling us into war with Iraq, obscuring climate change, and turning blind eyes to derivatives, mortgage-based securities, collateralized debt obligations, and the other flimsy creations with which a vast, showy, ramshackle international financial house of cards was built. When you think about the crisis of journalism, including the loss of advertising and the shriveled newsrooms — there were fewer newsroom employees in 2010 than in 1978, … [Read more...] about Is the Press Too Big to Fail?
Devotees of “balanced,” “objective,” “fair” and “evenhanded” nonfiction–well, they be hurtin’ in these early days of the twenty-first century. Enough, perhaps, to demand that self-help, how-to and “wisdom of menopause” books return to dominate, as they once did, the now separated-from-birth (and diet and crosswords) New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. In the April 21 issue of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, nearly half the top ten nonfiction bestsellers belong to a genre that middle-of-the-road innocents might label “one-sided,” “unbalanced,” “exclusionary” or worse, though the Times‘s blurbs artfully avoid the issue. Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men, which manages the non-Euclidean trick of being centrifugally one-sided, denounces us as a racist, sexist “nation of idiots” even though we’re plainly not a nation of idiots. Whether you … [Read more...] about Listing Left, Listing Right
Deal with it, News: Trump won West Springfield, Mass.: I read with interest the Wednesday editorial Wednesday morning (“At the dawn of the Trump era,” Nov. 10). Especially where you said, “The News’ power-packed approach was immensely popular among the large segment of readers who shared our views.” The Daily News’ “views” were a daily spewing of your hatred towards Donald Trump. Just like the Obama administration, the News fanned the flames of hatred and bigotry among your readers and you did it on purpose. The only satisfaction many readers got was to have the News’ candidate lose and have this backfire. Perhaps if the News acted like a professional newspaper for the past 18 months there would not be such a divide of hatred between those who supported or did not support Donald Trump. You will not fool all the people over the course of the next four years. Underneath the olive branch editorial you wrote lies the deep … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on Daily News coverage, Donald Trump and women voters
Carrying the last edition of his most popular newspaper, Rupert Murdoch arrived in London Sunday to take charge of the mushrooming scandal threatening his media empire. The latest outrage: a report in London's Daily Mirror claiming that Murdoch's News of the World reporters asked a former New York cop to hack the phone messages of British 9/11 victims. The unnamed cop-turned-PI turned down the job, the Mirror reported. Murdoch staged a dramatic public show of support for his embattled CEO, Rebekah Brooks, posing for cameras with his arm around the flame-haired 43-year-old editor he treats like a daughter. Asked what his first priority was, Murdoch gestured to Brooks and said, "This one." Both were smiling broadly, as if Murdoch's reputation were not reeling from revelations that News of the World reporters routinely hacked into the phone messages of thousands of celebrities, crime victims and war dead - and also regularly bribed cops. The outcry threatens to sink … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch’s disgraced News of the World prints final edition; says ‘Thank you & Goodbye’