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David Brooks and Gail Collins Support Media Reporting

Each Wednesday, the New York Times’ David Brooks and Gail Collins do a Q & A. Today’s topic was newspaper journalism. Aside from making themselves feel better about their chosen profession (Do you feel safe? Yes I feel safe. Do you?) they also took some time to express support for what FishbowlNY and many other sites/people do: Report on the reporters.

Here is their exchange, which will hopefully warm the hearts of media reporters everywhere:

David: I used to tell young journalists to start out writing crime stories somewhere. Now I tell them to produce Web pages that link and comment on the best pieces in the national press. The big editors will look to your site if you write obsessively about them. Eventually they’ll hire you.

Gail: That’s a good career strategy, I suppose. Instead of covering the news, you cover the people covering the news.

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David Brooks to Teach ‘Humility’

Longtime New York Times op-ed contributor David Brooks has a new gig. According to New York’s Daily Intelligencer, Brooks is going to teach “Humility” at Yale this spring. It’s not Brooks’ first time in front of a classroom. He told the DI that he taught at Yale “six or seven years ago, and at Duke since [then].”

The conservative writer is also well aware that teaching a class in humility sounds a bit ridiculous, but said the class will look at strategies used by people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Samuel Johnson “as a guide for life and politics and everything else.”

We imagine Brooks will begin his class by explaining,”Well, I don’t know anything, really. I mean, it’s just an honor to be here. Hopefully you listen to my ideas that probably aren’t even that good.”

Matt Taibbi Dusts Off the Hatchet

With his newfound emphasis on the financial industry, we haven’t seen much good old-fashioned media savagery out of Matt Taibbi lately. Brutally hilarious hatchet jobs of media creatures like David Brooks and Thomas Friedman are the reason we started reading Taibbi to begin with. Well, with his book Griftopia sitting solidly in the middle of the New York Times political best-seller list, Taibbi decided to celebrate by going old school.
New York Times writer Matt Bai is the recipient:
Bai is one of those guys — there are hundreds of them in this business — who poses as a wonky, Democrat-leaning “centrist” pundit and then makes a career out of drubbing “unrealistic” liberals and progressives with cartoonish Jane Fonda and Hugo Chavez caricatures. This career path is so well-worn in our business, it’s like a Great Silk Road of pseudoleft punditry. First step: graduate Harvard or Columbia, buy some clothes at Urban Outfitters, shore up your socially liberal cred by marching in a gay rights rally or something, then get a job at some place like the American Prospect. Then once you’re in, spend a few years writing wonky editorials gently chiding Jane Fonda liberals for failing to grasp the obvious wisdom of the WTC or whatever Bob Rubin/Pete Peterson Foundation deficit-reduction horseshit the Democratic Party chiefs happen to be pimping at the time. Once you’ve got that down, you just sit tight and wait for the New York Times or the Washington Post to call. It won’t be long.

Bai is the poster child of those guys.

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Opinion Aggregator Atlantic Wire Launches

atlanticwire.gifAtlantic Consumer Media has launched a new stand alone site The Atlantic Wire, to aggregate some of the best opinions and debates on the Web.

The Atlantic has long been a source for well-thought out opinions and discussions, and some of the voice from the magazine and its Web site, like columnist Andrew Sullivan, do make their way onto the Atlantic Wire’s homepage.

Along with tabs highlighting the biggest debates today — right now they’re “Health Care Reform,” “Joe Wilson Outburst” and “Reforming Wall Street” — that homepage also includes a link to The Atlantic 50, a ranking of the most influential pundits doing the job today. The Atlantic Wire ranks them, then features their most recent thoughts side-by-side. The New York TimesPaul Krugman tops the list, followed by Rush Limbaugh, George Will and Thomas Friedman and David Brooks, also of the Times.

Of the 50, 14 columnists hail from The Washington Post, eight from the Times, five from The Wall Street Journal and eight are primarily bloggers, including Arianna Huffington and Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald. There are also as well as three commentators from the Fox News, including Glenn Beck, and two from MSNBCKeith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

“Taking a systematic and data-driven editorial approach to the exploding universe of opinions, the Atlantic Wire helps readers engage with the most important political, business and social commentary,” said Bob Cohn, editorial director of TheAtlantic.com and the Atlantic Wire. “As readers face an overload of information and a deficit of free time, they can now visit one site to easily follow the topics they care about and the opinion-makers who fascinate them.”

The Atlantic Wire’s launch comes just days after its parent company announced that it had hired Slate founder and columnist Michael Kinsley as a columnist for The Atlantic. Kinsley was also brought on to launch a new digital project for the company early next year. We’re looking forward to seeing how that new project will complement TheAtlantic.com and Atlantic Wire.

Earlier: Slate Founder Michael Kinsley To Lead New Digital Launch For Atlantic

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TVNewser: ABC News paid a pretty penny for the rights to video featuring Joe Jackson and family: upwards of $200,000. Along with the video, the news network also secured an exclusive interview with the grieving father of Michael Jackson.

Huffington Post: Who was the Republican senator who put his hand on New York Times columnist David Brooks‘ inner thigh?

New York Times/The Atlantic: Did White House columnist Dan Froomkin get canned by The Washington Post due to lack of Web traffic? That’s not what the new Huffington Post staffer thinks. “I don’t think page views were a major factor in my dismissal,” Froomkin told Conor Clarke today.

New York Observer: Former New York Observer columnist Rebecca Dana has left The Wall Street Journal to join The Daily Beast. She will be working as the fashion and entertainment correspondent for the Web site, and will be based out of New York but will travel frequently to Los Angeles, where the Daily Beast is establishing a new bureau.

Harvard Business: An analysis of whether Twitter can beat Google at search, or whether Twitter would make a good acquisition for the search giant, for all you techies out there.

The Atlantic Celebrates Gwen Ifill’s The Breakthrough

100_3615.JPGLast night at his home Atlantic publisher David Bradley hosted a well-attended party to celebrate the publication of Gwen Ifill‘s new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama. Spotted among the D.C. heavy-hitters in attendence were David Brooks, Jim Lehrer, David Broder, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw, and (time-less) Maureen Dowd.

Ifill, whose brother, sister, and pastor were all in attendance, remarked that when it came to the book “timing was everything.” When she had first taken the idea to her publishers their first reaction was “‘A black president? Yeah, whatever…’” And with regards to the controversy that surrounded her book after it was announced she would moderate the Vice_Presidential debate: “Of course, there was the moment when everyone decided they knew what the book was about before I had even finished writing it. I thought, ‘Well that’s fine. Truth will out. I will just survive it.’ And I did.”

Little bit of trivia: The Bradley’s home is located on Embassy Row and despite rumors floating around that it had once belonged to the Cuban Embassy, however host Katherine Bradley told us that its former occupant was in fact the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba. More pics after the jump.

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Obama Dines With Conservative Pundits, NYT White House Team Out in the Cold

610ggx.jpgSo! Last night Barack Obama broke the hearts of D.C. doyennes everywhere by choosing to attend his first Washington dinner party at the home of George Will! Talk about taking team of rivals to the extreme. Also in attendance were Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. So maybe keep your enemies closer is the theme here — as everyone knows Bill Kristol responds well to being wined and dined!

Also of interest? As a piece in Politico over the weekend pointed out, unlike President-elects of the past (including George W.), Obama has yet to hold a presser with the New York Times White House team (conservative op-eders notwithstanding!). Michael Calerdone caught up with Times political editor Dick Stevenson to ask him about Obama’s lack of presser love.

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The New York Times to do an Obama Book

nyt1105.jpgPer today’s Publisher’s Marketplace:

OBAMA: The Historic Journey, a heavily-illustrated book covering Barack Obama‘s life, from his childhood through his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, with a final chapter that includes the inaugural address and a 32-page photo essay by 12 New York Times staff photographers, with an introduction by NYT executive editor Bill Keller and essays from Times staff and contributors including Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, David Brooks, and Gail Collins, to Geoff Kloske to Riverhead, for publication on February 16, 2009, by Scott Moyers at The Wylie Agency, produced by the New York Times and Callaway Arts & Entertainment.

Election Endorsements: The Media Really Does Love Barack Obama

coverggs.obama.jpgFor those of you who follow politics regularly (and at this point that probably includes anyone who’s literate) it may feel like the op-ed pages of the nation’s newspapers have been endorsing one candidate or another for the past eighteen months. However! Get ready because the real presidential endorsements have only just begun.

You may not be surprised to hear that thus far Barack Obama is leading the media love-in race. E&P is reporting that Obama “won the day” yesterday by a 17-2 margin and is currently leading overall with 28 editorial endorsements to McCain-Palin’s 11. Even the traditional conservatives have been jumping ship in droves. Gawker notes that Christopher Hitchens is the latest to join Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Andrew Sullivan (an early and ferocious adapter), Christopher Buckley, in giving Obama the nod.

Palination: A Morning After Round-Up

bidenpalinscottolsongetty.jpgWe took a stroll around the Internets this morning to see what Joe Klein, Peggy Noonan, Andrew Sullivan and other powers that be were saying about last night’s debate. The general consensus? Palin exceeded her extremely low expectations. Also? SNL got lots of new material.

Peggy Noonan (WSJ): As far as Mrs. Palin was concerned, Gwen Ifill was not there, and Joe Biden was not there. Sarah and the camera were there. This was classic “talk over the heads of the media straight to the people,” and it is a long time since I’ve seen it done so well, though so transparently. There were moments when she seemed to be doing an infomercial pitch for charm in politics. But it was an effective infomercial.

David Brooks (NYT): When nervous, Palin has a tendency to over-enunciate her words like a graduate of the George W. Bush School of Oratory, but Thursday night she spoke like a normal person. It took her about 15 seconds to define her persona — the straight-talking mom from regular America — and it was immediately clear that the night would be filled with tales of soccer moms, hockey moms, Joe Sixpacks, main-streeters, “you betchas” and “darn rights.” Somewhere in heaven Norman Rockwell is smiling.

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