In an op-ed in today's Times, Mitt Romney makes a pretty good case against bailing out the domestic auto industry. But he seems to lay an inordinate amount of blame for Detroit's woes on the extra costs that current labor agreements impose on American manufacturers in comparison with foreign competitors.
Slate's generally excellent Jack Shafer today offers an impassioned defense of Matt Drudge's continued importance. Among his claims:
If you could access only one home page for breaking news and chose
Washingtonpost.com or CNN.com over the Drudge Report, you'd be a
blockhead. His newswire-meets-tabloid sense of story—hysterical and
playful at the same time—links to both what you need to know and what
you want to know, and he updates more frequently than conventional
media sites do.
Got an e-mail this morning from none other than Newt Gingrich, who urged me to stick it to the media by going to the polls. Because, he explained, the media don't want conservatives to vote:
The latest tactic in this elite media campaign has been to declare the
presidential race over in an effort to discourage some voters from
Given the McCain campaign's ongoing battle with the New York Times, someone at McCain HQ must have gotten intense enjoyment out of correcting today's NYT Magazine cover story:
The cover article on Page 52 this weekend about Senator John McCain’s campaign misspells the given name of Mr. McCain’s fellow senator from Arizona and the surname of the governor of Florida, both McCain supporters.
In today's New York Times, NBC News president Steve Capus says, basically, that Columbia Journalism Review's Megan Garber got it wrong on perils of having Andrea Mitchell--wife of former Fed chair Alan Greenspan--cover the financial crisis:
Steve Capus...called [CJR's] article “overly
simplistic.” The news division has allowed Ms.
At first I thought today's Frank Rich column would stand as the definitive take on the McCain-Palin campaign's descent into incendiary xenophobia. But it's already outdated!. From CNN's The Ticker:
A minister delivering the invocation at John McCain’s rally in Davenport, Iowa Saturday told the crowd non-Christian religions around the world were praying for Barack Obama to win the U.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Maureen Dowd has been barred from John McCain's campaign plane. Here's the explanation, from the Post-Gazette's Timothy McNulty:
It all started when Maureen covered an Aug. 30 McCain-Palin rally in Washington, Pa., then wasn't let on the McCain plane afterward, forcing her to overnight at a Pittsburgh airport hotel while the traveling press went on without her.
24.5 percent. That's how much advertising revenue at the New York Times Company's New England Media Group--which includes the Boston Globe--dropped from July '07 to July '08.
Yeah, it's a tough time for the industry in general. (The NY Times's own ad revenue dropped more than 15 percent for the same period, for example.
That, according to two Globe employees, was one big question raised at the Monday "town meeting" at the paper's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters.
When a possible sale of the Globe by the NYT Co. came up, one employee says, Arthur Sulzberger replied: "As you can imagine, we can't get into that whole thing.... We can't go down that road.