Mark Mazzetti, a reporter with The New York Times, must need to brush up on journalism ethics. That’s the only reason we can come up with to explain why he leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA.
According to Politico, Mazzetti’s communication with Marie Harf, a CIA spokesperson, was regarding Dowd’s op-ed that criticized the White House for not making a bigger deal out of President Barack Obama’s handling of the mission that eventually led to Osama bin Laden being killed. Dowd’s piece was set to run after a movie about the mission — Zero Dark Thirty — hit theaters. In an email, Mazzetti writes, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.”
One would think Mazzetti has plenty to worry about now, but nope. Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, thinks all is well. “I know the circumstances, and if you knew everything that’s going on, you’d know it’s much ado about nothing,” Baquet told Politico. “I can’t go into in detail. But I’m confident after talking to Mark that it’s much ado about nothing.” Hmmm… Maybe it’s us who need to brush up on ethics?
Writer Alex Leo has nimbly detected the fact that it’s not just the New York Post and Huffington Post that have headlines you can call from a mile away. The New York Times is equally as guilty.
While you can count on every HuffPost headline starting with WATCH or PHOTOS and every NY Post screamer being a pun your grandfather would have found hilarious, the Times has its own headline ruts that seem to have gotten deeper over the years.
Simply mush together a bunch of slangy, pop-culture references into a semi-sensical pseudo-sentence that vaguely reminds you of a commercial jingle or movie title from the latter half of the 20th century.
Her full and hilarious classification system is available at her site. FishbowlNY has been checking to see how many we can spot on the front page of the Times‘ website. How are these for some “Maureen Dowds”?
On Sunday, it will be eight years since George Bush stood on an aircraft carrier and proudly declared “Mission Accomplished.” Bush – to put it in the nicest way possible – was being an idiot, because the Iraq war continues to rage on, 4,000 U.S. casualties (not to mention thousands of Iraqi deaths) later.
But Bush wasn’t the only one to join in the stupidity. The media was quick to jump on the bandwagon too. On the Huffington Post today, Greg Mitchell, a contributor to The Nation, explains how virtually every major media outlet jumped at the chance to announce that the Iraq war was over, and that the United States prevailed.
On her LA Weekly blog, Simone Wilson dredged up Logan’s romantic exploits and quoted a Feb. 3 snipe from the conservative blog Mofo Politics, after Logan was detained by the Egyptian police: “OMG if I were her captors and there were no sanctions for doing so, I would totally rape her.”
New York Times: Public editor Clark Hoytdiscusses book of the momentGame Change and examines how the Times covered the book (with a review and some articles about related matters, like Sen. Harry Reid‘s apology for his quotes in the book) and whether or not the account in the book about Times columnist Maureen Dowd fact checking her column with David Geffen is accurate.
Also on hand is Matt Labash, writing an advice column, which Carlson presents this way <a href="http://dailycaller.com/letter-from-tucker/" in his opening letter:
“Not all of Matt’s advice falls within the bounds of ‘conventional,’ or even ‘legal.’ On the other hand, I’ve lived by it for 15 years and I feel great. So go ahead and ask Matt anything. I dare you.”
You hear that? Carlson dares you to ask his advice columnist for advice. Dangerous stuff. Then again, Carlson is also denying that his site will have a conservative bent, and he’s taken a somewhat friendly approach to his launch, inviting liberal blog mogul Arianna Huffingtonto pen an intro for The Daily Caller. In her post, Huffington says the duo has worked on several joint efforts that are “neither left nor right. It is populism at its best, appealing to the bedrock American values of community and competition.”
We would say the third “c” word missing from Arianna’s message is “capitalism,” but considering how much political writers are being paid to espouse their beliefs on media sites these days, she was probably exercising some prudence in its exclusion.
Last night, Vogue editor Anna Wintour stopped by “Late Show with David Letterman” to discuss the upcoming Vogue-centric documentary The September Issue and all the press Wintour has been getting recently in advance of the film.
Wintour was charming, funny and engaging, even making light of Maureen Dowd‘s description of her as an alien, among other things:
“I read in The New York Times this week that I’m an ice queen, I’m the Sun King, I’m an alien fleeing from District 9 and I’m a dominatrix,” she said. “So I reckon that makes me a lukewarm royalty with a whip from out of space. What do you think?”
Wintour was endearing, which is nothing less than we would expect. She may be a difficult boss to work for, but that’s just part of what makes her such a fascinating character. We would imagine that she only pulls out the charm when she wants to, which makes us feel like part of an exclusive club. Having been Wintour fans for a while, we love her a little bit more now.
What did you think about her Letterman appearance?
There’s something about Maureen Dowd‘s column in The New York Times yesterday that just rubs us the wrong way, but we’re having a tough time putting a finger on it.
Dowd discussed Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in light of the upcoming documentary centered on the fashion bible’s 2007 September issue. It was a chance for Dowd to really tell us something we didn’t know about Wintour. Instead, she talks about her diet, her clothes and her likeness to Meryl Streep‘s character in Devil Wears Prada. The column isn’t serious, it mocks the famously frosty editor. It seems like an unoriginal way to attack a familiar target. If she wants to criticize, can’t Dowd find something new about Wintour to pick on?
“So the question invariably arises: Behind those bangs and dark glasses, is Anna human? Or did she tie Hermes scarves together and make a daring escape from District 9 in a getaway car driven by Oscar de la Renta?”
Although many a shell-shocked assistant may have wondered the same thing, isn’t there something else the New York Times columnist could have latched on to? As the documentary, “The September Issue,” prepares to hit screens on Friday, many journalists, fashionistas and movie reviewers are focusing on Wintour (in fact, the Timesran a great story about the movie last wek) and we don’t blame Dowd for jumping on the bandwagon. Especially when she was “sitting a stiletto’s throw away” from Wintour at Graydon Carter‘s Monkey Bar after the doc’s screening at the Museum of Modern Art. But unfortunately, her attempts at humor have all been done before, namely in The Devil Wears Prada, which Dowd references more than once.
It was a chance to comment on a major New York media player, but what could have been the column equivalent of a five-inch Louboutin stiletto just ended up feeling like a well-worn pair of flats.
What do you think about Dowd’s take on Wintour? And are you as excited for “The September Issue” as we are?
A few hours later, Dowd responded to the accusations through an email to the Huffington Post. She blamed the oversight on a friend, claimed it was inadvertent and promised to set things right with added attribution on the Web version of the story and a correction in the paper today.
Dowd acted fast to correct the problem after it was discovered, but the question remains: will this mistake effect Dowd’s credibility moving forward?