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Posts Tagged ‘Brent Budowksy’

The Hill’s Copy Editor Gets ‘Standing Ovation’

In a rare note of public gratitude, a columnist is applauding a copy editor.  The Hill‘s departing copy editor Mike Laws has received a glowing review from columnist and blogger Brent Budowksy. Let’s just say Budowksy probably didn’t have to fight too much during the editing process on this one.

The headline says it all, really: “Farewell with standing ovation to Mike Laws, editor par excellence.” Today is Law’s last day as he focuses on a writing program at Johns Hopkins.

An excerpt from the full piece:

As most honest columnists will tell you, we often look upon editors with a wary eye, always worried that our perfect work will be desecrated by forces from above. Having noted this, it a perfect moment to express my respect and admiration for Mike Laws, a talented and extraordinary gentleman and editor I have worked closely with in recent years in my roles as columnist and Pundits Blogger here at The Hill.

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SWAK: The Hill’s Columnist Gives Big Smooch to Drudge

kiss.jpg Who doesn’t love Matt Drudge?
More importantly, what journo doesn’t love getting linked by Drudge?

In today’s column in The Hill, columnist Brent Budowksy goes on a praise-filled mission of Drudge, declaring that Drudge “may be the most influential media figure today.” He says he disagrees with Time‘s Mark Halperin for suggesting that Drudge appeals to racism among some readers.

Budowsky goes on to call HuffPost‘s Arianna Huffington and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz “media beachheads,” and clumps MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow in with them too.

By “beachhead,” he means (I asked): “Keith and Rachel have built a good beachhead for more liberal television…” Budowksy says he’d “rather see MSNBC with more bite and toughness … and more willingness to challenge Obama when he’s wrong while supporting him when he’s right…I think this builds far more audience and in the end is far better for Obama and Democrats, though they are so thin skinned they do not agree.”

Read the entire column here.
Info on Budowksy: He’s a former aide to former Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Democratic Rep. Bill Alexander, former Chief Deputy Majority Whip of the House.