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Saturday, August 6, 2005
Kaus on Novak
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:17 am

Mickey Kaus has a theory on Novak’s ealry exit from the other day.

I must admit, it is quite plausible.

He also points to a Josh Marshall interview with Carville that is of interest.

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Thursday, August 4, 2005
Headline of the Day
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:07 pm

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Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Journalist Murdered in Basra
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:56 am

Via the London Times: Fearless Basra blogger is abducted and murdered:

There are strong suspicions that Mr Vincent, who received numerous death threats, was murdered in an attempt to silence him.

The entire Times piece is worth reading in full.

A very sad event and an indefensible crime.

James Joyner has a lengthy post with a round-up of links.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Well, That Experiment Didn’t Last Long
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:03 am

Kinsley Plans to Change Jobs at The Los Angeles Times

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Thursday, July 14, 2005
Same Song, Different Verse
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:42 am

Fifteen-to-twenty years ago (indeed, more recently than that, this story could have been written about RPGs (and I don’t mean rocket propelled grenades). Or it could have been written about Magic: The Gathering a little over ten years ago.

Heck, I suppose one could write it about poker today (and 100 years ago).

I all way find it amusing when journalists breathlessly write a story about something “new” that really isn’t new, but seems such because there’s a tech angle.

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Monday, June 13, 2005
The NYT on the LAT’s op/ed Page
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:59 am

The NYT has an interesting piece on Michael Kinsely’s attempt to shake-up (indeed, radically rework) the LAT’s op/ed page: Upheaval on Los Angeles Times Editorial Pages.

The piece does not lend itself well to excerpt, so I shan’t attempt to so so (although one nugget of wisdom one can glean for it is: be careful what you leave in the copier). Overall, it sounds like Kinsley has some interesting ideas about moving the op/ed page into the 21st Century-all of which are quite intriguing, but likely to irk establised journalists who may be liberal poltically, but are often quite conservative when it comes to their profession.

For example:

As for outsiders writing editorials, a domain traditionally reserved for the newspaper’s staff, that is up in the air. “We might have a few adjunct board members with special knowledge write editorials that we commission and we would set the editorial line, but we haven’t decided,” Mr. Martinez said. The paper has already run three such editorials.

That notion troubles Jack Nelson, the newspaper’s former Washington bureau chief. “I think it’s absolutely crazy to have outsiders writing editorials at all,” he said. “What happens to the institutional voice?”

Translation: “You can’t do that! That’s not the way we’ve always done it!”

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Sunday, June 5, 2005
The Problem with Allusions
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:56 pm

Dons Surber e-mails to note an amusing cartoon dilemma.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005
More from Newsweek?
By Steven L. @ 7:24 pm

I found an entry from the blog riding sun by happenstance, but this apparently has already been noted by Instapundit: Newsweek has run a cover of its foreign edition with the United States’ flag lying broken in a trashcan.

According to the site, the title for that edition (February 2nd) is “The Day America Died.” One comment at the site indicated that the subtitle reads “”Ideal of ‘freedom’ falls to earth with Bush’s re-election.” As I do not read Japanese, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of that last translation.

When the Eason Jordan affair surfaced, I read a fair amount about the MSM tailoring its news overseas to a more anti-American crowd. Several examples wwere given at the time. At first blush, this certainly appears to be the exact same thing: Newsweek printing stories in foreign editions that it does not print in the doemstic version — stories that just happen to throw in plenty of negative opinions regarding America or President Bush.

I do not have any problem with running the editorial. Instead, I wonder — like at least one reader — why this editorial is not running in the domestic edition if it makes such important points. Newsweek Letter

I have not found the text of the article yet online, but will update if I locate it.

[edited to correct attribution above. Thanks for pointing it out, Buckland]

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Down deep in Texas: The View from Waco linked with Newsweek: The Prequel
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Yglesias: Not Gonna Pay
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:58 am

Matthew Yglesias isn’t too impressed with the NYT’s plans, either:

nobody’s going to pay hard earned money to read op-ed columns in an era when there’s way more free political commentary available every day than anybody could possibly read.

Yup.

He further raises an interesting idea:

Indeed, I suspect this will just be the first step in a process that leads to the total elimination of the op-ed page as we understand it. In a blogging world, the comparative advantage of a profit making newspaper enterprise is clearly its ability to undertake reporting projects that require resources and expertise that can’t be mobilized more-or-less for free by people working in their spare time.

He does raise a point-why pay for people to share their opinions when many offer their opinions for free? Of course, we are a long way from the death of dead tree publications. Further, there is some cache in being associated with being a real, live, paid-for author endorsed by a newspaper v. being on one’s own (unless, of course, one gets lots of traffic on one’s own…).

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And Now, a Very Special Episode of the NYT
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 10:40 am

I’m sorry, but “Special Voices” makes me think of “special” education.

Futher, I hate to break it to the Times, but their colulmnists aren’t all that unique.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse, with whom I wholly agree on this point:

Reading and blogging are a merged activity for me, and I’ll invest my reading time in things I can link to.

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Monday, May 16, 2005
Newsweek Retracts
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:49 pm

Via Reuters: Newsweek retracts story on Koran desecration

Newsweek on Monday retracted a report that claimed U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran, which triggered days of rioting in Afghanistan and other countries in which at least 16 people were killed.

“Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay,” Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker said in a statement.

Sadly, I suspect that this retraction will not have the desired effect on persons willing to riot over the flushing of a book in the first place…

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ConservativeOutpost.com linked with Newsweek lied...people died
A Reverse WSJ?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:58 pm

James Joyner notes this brief story that states that starting September, the op/ed columns at the NYT will be for-fee.

This is as an odd move for a variety of reasons:

1) It is it the reverse of what the WSJ does: which is charge for news, and give away at least most of its op/eds.

2) I don’t read all the Times’ columnists now and they think I’m going to pay for the privilege? And gee whiz-it ain’t like there aren’t columnists at WaPo, the LAT and elsewhere for me to read. Indeed-much of the best commentary is on blogs anyway…

3) Since many of these columnists are syndicated, it is possible to read them in other papers-although I would assume that there would be a blocking of any electronic posting of, say, Dowd’s pieces.

4) And if one of these folks actually said something interesting, surely a blogger with access would just post the interesting parts on their blog. As such, we would all just read Mr. X’s blog instead of the NYT.

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Signifying Nothing linked with Interrupting the two-step flow
Sunday, May 8, 2005
Kinsley on the Decline of Newspapers
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 4:41 pm

Michael Kinsely has an amusing column in today’s LAT on the decline of newspaper readership.

On a serious note: do all these discussions of the decline of newspaper circulation take into account the inrease in web readership on these selfsame papers?

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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Flip-Floppery on the Filibuster
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:34 am

Eric, the Viking Pundit notes a NYT editorial entitled “Time to Retire the Filibuster” in which the editorial board noted:

The U.S. Senate likes to call itself the world’s greatest deliberative body. The greatest obstructive body is more like it. In the last session of Congress, the Republican minority invoked an endless string of filibusters to frustrate the will of the majority.

The date of said piece? January 1, 1995-the eve of the ascension of the new Republican Majority.

Also: Michele Malkin notes a number of Senatorial quotations on the subject and Power Line notes the shifting views of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the subject.

Of course, to be fair, the Republicans were clearly more copasetic with the filibuster when they were in the minority (after all, who do you think that NYT, the Strib and the Dems were railing against?). So I wouldn’t recommend too much triumphalism on the subject of flip-floppery.

Still, it is rather amusing.

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bennellibrothers.com linked with More on the filibuster
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
I’m Pretty Sure that that is Why Drug Companies Advertise…
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 3:16 pm

Via the LAT: TV Ads for Drugs Help Boost Prescriptions, Researchers Say.

Shocking!

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