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Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln’

An Heroic New York Tribune Pair

From its founding in the 1840s through the 1860s, the New York Tribune was an American paper of record, influencing national opinion and political discourse. The publication it became, the New York Herald-Tribune, ceased publication in 1966, but this summer there is a delightful way to travel back to the paper’s robust origins.

Peter Carlson‘s book Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey retraces the remarkable Civil War tale of two Tribune reporters. It’s been getting solid reviews and today, AP reviewer Christopher Sullivan adds his voice to the chorus:

The reporters witnessed fighting or its aftermath at Shiloh, Antietam and other slaughters. They met Abraham Lincoln more than once. But mostly this is a story about their capture and 19-month imprisonment by Confederates, how they survived and, amazingly, how they plugged into a complex network that risked all to help prisoners escape to seemingly unreachable Union lines.

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McCain/Palin Vs. The Newspapers

Our thanks to Wonkette for this video. This is John McCain getting agro on a Des Moines Register reporter. It’s really weird to get angered by legitimate questions. It’s even weirder to compare Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Might as well say that she has more executive experience than George Washington had when he took office. Abraham Lincoln never went to the Mideast – never got his passport. Teddy Roosevelt is exactly like Sarah Palin in every way.

Also, Sarah gave her first newspaper interview. It was to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla, Alaska. By – wait for it – email. Yes, her hometown newspaper of 12 subscribers got an exclusive interview, the only newspaper interview to date with a national candidate. The interview didn’t answer any questions. But it sure brought up some. Like – how come there are Gitmo prisoners that have had more media interviews than someone running for vice president? Why?

We’re just gonna have to get back to ya!

Media Mavericks and Moguls: Ross Johnson

Friday lunch at Orso was surprisingly fruitful, big name-wise, with Mel Brooks holding court at a table full of cronies, Larry David in a black velor tracksuit, and tall, blond and Brit Bill Nighy looking dreamy. Perfect for FBLA’s new weekly feature, Lunch with Media Moguls and Mavericks.

Ross Johnson surprised a number of people when he joined PR powerhouse Sitrick and Co., after a long career in journalism. He’s enjoying himself greatly, he says. He raves about how honcho Mike Sitrick built his firm from the ground up, and claims Sitrick works a room like no one else on this coast or the other one.

Other insights:

In 1983, William Goldman said about show business–”nobody knows anything”. Today, thanks to Nikki Finke, everybody knows something.

Patric Verrone has become the Abraham Lincoln of the WGA. But remember, Lincoln got shot.

The big thing about the WGA strike is like Woodward and Bernstein. Just like they made journalists look cool–now TV writers look cool.