Within the span of a few minutes over the weekend, the New Yorker and Politico published first-person remembrances of legendary newsman (and Brookline High grad) MIKE WALLACE, both of which had essentially the same headline: I Was Scooped By Mike Wallace.
The anecdotes related are more than 20 years apart, but they feel like they could've happened on consecutive weekends.
Anthony Shadid should have been in Cambridge last night.
The city was like home to him, one of his colleagues recalled, and he had long been scheduled to appear at the Harvard Book Store to launch his new book House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East. He died last month of an asthma attack while covering the bloodshed in Syria.
If you're a journalist in the trenches, chances are you're too busy and too poor to attend (and your publisher is too poor to send you to) SXSW Interactive, the annual to-do where all the smart, well-funded bastards go to interact with other smart, well-funded bastards who can afford to think for five minutes about how to get us all out of this goddamn mess we're in.
year I attend the Goldsmith Prize presentation for investigative
reporting at Harvard. The ceremony – hosted by the Kennedy School
of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public
Policy – is always inspirational, and has certainly pushed me to
bust balls and pursue tougher stories in my own career.
"Death and Football," an important and seminal article about the long-term impact of football injuries, written by Clark Booth for Boston alternative weekly the Real Paper in January 1976, is back online -- legally this time -- thanks to the New York Times.
Although the story got caught in the middle of an ideological cock-fight about copyright between myself and the Times, that skirmish is over, and it's a pleasure to be able to recommend you go immediately to the Times site and read Booth's piece, which is a classic.
In his curious new response to my previous disembowelings of his columns on copyright, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller suggests that the Times somehow did not engage in copyright infringement by uploading a pirated PDF of a Real Paper story last week. "I leave to lawyers – if any care to waste the time – to argue whether
making that PDF available crossed any line in the copyright law," he writes.
Et tu: Boston Review content, posted on New York Times servers without permission
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Bill Keller responds [Friday, Feb 10]
Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, as a response to two smug columns about copyright that he wrote on the same weekend that the Times poached an article from our company's archives.
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Bill Keller? Me again. Here's another article the New York Times pirated [Thursday, Feb 9]
[UPDATE] NEW POST: Joe Nocera responds, Booth article republished legally [Wednesday, Feb 15]
Bill Keller: I heard you like copyright.
Library of Congress photo via Wikimedia Commons.
There's been a pretty interesting development in the battle over Robert Kennedy's papers. The New York Times reports
that members of Kennedy's family are unhappy with the John F. Kennedy
Library in Boston, and may move the papers to George Washington
Before ELLEN BARRY became a world-famous Moscow correspondent for the New York Times, she spent a couple of years as a features writer for the Phoenix. Given that she just won the Pulitzer this afternoon for hard-news reporting in one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in the world, you could say we wasted her talent.
POSTSCRIPT TO THE BELOW: as you probably heard by now, Bill Keller decided not to attend SXSW after all. Something about a nuclear meltdown -- whether his or Japan's wasn't clear.
Although it's already spawned a full-blow webternet kerfluffle and a full-body-contact response from its target, Bill Keller's NYTimes Magazine hit-piece on Arianna Huffington officially comes out in print today, the same day he's scheduled to appear at a South By Southwest Interactive panel on "The Evolution of the New York Times
Today's New York Times has an
excellent article about how a Maine homeowner - and her volunteer
lawyer, working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance - have exposed the
latest round of bank misdeeds: uninformed, and possibly fraudulent, filings of foreclosure proceedings in courts in Maine and all over the country.
If you want to know how this mess has developed, read this story.
Lisa W. Foderaro's page one story in
today's New York Times, "Private Moment
Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump," demonstrates how society's increasing
reliance on fuzzy, politically correct ways of analyzing current events make
national public discourse if not less intelligent, then certainly more idiotic.
Foderaro's absurd take on the Rutgers student,
whose tragic suicide came three days after the secret webcam recording and
broadcasting of his sexual encounter with a male, is evident in the fourth
graf of her story, where she refers to "the online posting of hurtful
Subcultures spawn defining rituals: fans of Insane Clown
Posse have the Gathering of the Juggalos; practitioners of radical
self-realization congregate at Burning Man; and for the national
journo-politico elite and its legion of camp followers there are the
publication of Bob Woodward's inside-the-Beltway, memo-and-tell, docudramas.