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At Ellen and Gerry Sigal‘s book party for 9/11 Commissioner and Mayer Brown Partner Richard Ben-Veniste, talk veered from Obama’s mission to the Middle East to Watergate (Ben-Veniste was chief prosecutor). His new book, The Emperor’s New Clothes, covers five riveting cases with which Ben-Veniste was associated and the Sigals’ living room looked like Kennedy Center Honors. From Congress, former Senators Ted Stevens and Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Jane Harmon and Congressman John Dingell and lobbyist wife Debbie. Media wunderkinds included Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Schorr, Nina Totentenberg, Elizabeth Drew, Kim Eisler (Washingtonian) and the New York Times Neil Lewis. Lewis found plenty of time to chat with Senator Stevens’ wife Catherine – perhaps about Senator Stevens’ trial which Lewis covered for the Gray Lady.
Sam Donaldson and Richard Ben-Veniste
Elizabeth Drew, Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman
The New York Times Neil Lewis thought NYU Professor Jay Rosen was unfair to NYT’er Jim Rutenberg in a previous post.
In this exchange, the two hash out lots of issues, including the NYT decision to pull out of WHCA weekend.
- previously understood and corrected for their most egregious failure in 50 years?
- remain in general denial about their most egregious failure in 50 years?
- persist in ironic detachment from this debacle, so as to return things as smoothly as possible to Normal?
- are completely deluded about the current state of the watchdog press and our basis for trusting it?
- aren’t worried at all because the bloggers and “activists” who say things like that have an ax to grind?
It’s impossible to know when you look at that crowd, and this is what Colbert exploited so skillfully for laughs. The WHCA saw it and got Rich Little to come the next year. Dean Baquet and Bill Keller saw that, and pulled the plug. A perception problem, they called it.
I agree with Michael Getler that newspapers like yours and the Washington Post have done more to reckon with their collapse under Bush than their colleagues in other places, especially TV news, who have done almost nothing. But this is not the same thing as doing enough. Maybe I am wrong, but I get the impression you think the whole subject talked to death.
Watching the dinner on C-SPAN, I found it impossible to decide: Are the press people sitting there with Bush sitting there as professionals who…