Some reads this morning:
- Cousin TVNewser offers some insight into a new Pew study on news sources.
- CNN’s Jon Klein says there might be two years ahead before CNN makes meaningful in-roads into Fox’s dominating lead.
- ABC’s interview with Deep Throat FBI boss L. Patrick Gray made big news, including articles in the NYT, WP, and the ABC report. The interview shows an impressive battle of the wills between Gray and W. Mark Felt, who we all now know is Deep Throat: “Gray told ABC News that he totally trusted his deputy, despite being told on five occasions to fire him for suspected disloyalty. He said he resisted calls by Nixon for Felt to take a lie detector test because he thought such a step would be ‘degrading to the second-highest official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and I would not stoop to that.’ ‘When I asked him point-blank, ‘Are you leaking, Mark?’ he said, ‘No,” Gray recalled. He said that Felt continued to assure him that he was not Deep Throat as late as 1976, three years after both men retired from the FBI.”
- Howard Kurtz looks at bloggers today, as a non-CNN-employed Post writer profiles CNN’s new star Nancy Grace.
- Last but not least, if you missed Christopher Hitchens’ op-ed last week opposing D.C.’s smoking ban, make sure to read it today. It’ll probably never make the Hitchens Anthology, but it’s amusing to read his argument that America will never again see great thinking or literature sans smoking: “This dreary, prohibitionist policy has already been adopted in many American cities, some of them once famous for their stress on diversity and choice…. In a few months, it seems, the prohibitionists will have managed to destroy something that has no value to them and which cannot be measured in revenues: the right to create an atmosphere of one’s own devising, in which tongues are loosened and barriers to conversation broken down. This was the atmosphere–rich in tobacco and other fumes–of the taverns and coffee-houses where the American revolution matured. Instead, we are to have a mirthless, risk-free Disneyland.”