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The New Republic Discovers That Media Reporters are Self-Important

magazinesThe New Republic has uncovered something: Some media reporters and those in the media are full of themselves. In its exploration of why people care about The Wire’s “media diet” feature (in which journalists list what they read), TNR found that there’s a lot of bragging and/or lying going on:

Divulging your media diet is the more elite equivalent of sharing a Granta link on Twitter to demonstrate your obscure and fashionable tastes. And it’s easy to see why the media loves a media diet: it stokes industry vanity, it smacks of insideriness, it reflects assorted journo-rivalries and feuds…

To read the past few years’ worth of media diets is to witness the inexorable slide into greater and greater delusion in our virtual self-depictions…

Surprise!

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Cindi Leive Loves Reading The NY Times, Has Love-Hate Relationship with Instagram

In the latest edition of The Atlantic Wire’s “Media Diet” series, Cindi Leive — the editor-in-chief of Glamour for the past 12 years — discusses what she reads, and The New York Times emerges as the clear favorite. Leive says she peruses the Times first thing in the morning, and that having the paper delivered is “one of those things that tells me I’m a grownup with a real home,” which is endearing.

Leive also checks Twitter a lot (she follows The Cut, The Atlantic, WWD and many more) and subscribes to The New Yorker and New York. Other titles she mentions include National Geographic, 10, EW, People and Harvard Business Review.

Aside from Twitter, Leive’s other online obsession is Instagram. She describes the social network as good and bad. “I think it’s completely addictive and if you spend a lot of time on Instagram you’re very aware of the self-conscious way people portray themselves,” Leive tells The Atlantic Wire. “In general it’s 80 percent love, 20 percent hate. There’s that eye-roll reaction that kicks in sometimes. We all dress ourselves up for Instagram a little bit.”

What Choire Sicha Reads

Choire Sicha, the Co-Founder of The Awl, is the latest to take part in The Atlantic Wire’s Media Diet series. As someone who runs a great site, we’re surprised that he reads as much as he does, but maybe that’s what makes The Awl so good.

So what does Sicha read? First he goes to Twitter, Tumblr and The New York Times (though he does say “After breakfast you can’t really look at the front page — it’s useless.”). He says that he checks college papers, like from Harvard, Yale and UCLA, which is pretty interesting. He also reads a slew of local news sites — Gothamist, City Rooom, EV Grieve — and he eventually makes his way to other major papers, like The LA Times.

Sicha is also a supporter of print, which is always nice to hear. He says he subscribes to The New YorkerHarper’sArchitectural DigestN+1The Atlantic, Meat Paper and Lucky Peach.

There’s quite a bit more (BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Observer, Europopped), and maybe it’s too much — Sicha says he usually falls asleep reading on his iPhone.

Gay Talese Reads a Ton of Newspapers

The Atlantic Wire has a new Media Diet today, featuring Gay Talese. He says that the first paper he reads is (of course) The New York Times, and that he reads it cover to cover. But that’s not all. Throughout the course of his day, Talese reads The Daily News, The New York Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Observer. The one paper he doesn’t read? The Washington Post.

Talese also uses a computer to write on that is “about 20 years old,” but fear not, he still loves typewriters:

But I do have typewriters, I still have them, I still use them. I know a man who repairs typewriters, who supplies parts for typewriters, who gives you tape for typewriters. He’s in his late 70s, and he’s as old as I am. He just wanders around town making house calls for typewriters that are in disrepair or typewriters that are ailing from whatever typewriters ail from.

That typewriter statement is kind of sad, right? Something about that image is just depressing. Anyway! Check out the rest of what Talese reads here.

Ann Coulter’s Reading List

In the latest installment of The Atlantic Wire’s Media Diet series, Ann Coulter discusses what she reads each day. Most of the time, people take Media Diet at least semi-seriously and that’s what makes it interesting – it’s fun to know what people you admire or read, read themselves. But this is Coulter – a person who thinks women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, that terrorists are always Muslim and so on – so naturally she takes a different route.

Coulter explains that she reads Newsmax, Drudge and the “Treason Times,” because that’s a funny way to describe The New York Times if you’re 12, and says she begins her days like this:

When I first wake up, I don’t open my eyes right away so I can read the backs of my eyelids, which say on the right one: ‘God is Republican’ and the left: ‘Christie 2012.’ Second, I turn on MSNBC because there’s nothing like a good belly laugh to start your day, then Fox News, to make sure Obama hasn’t issued an executive order banning it yet.

Maybe this section of her Media Diet would be funny if there wasn’t a small part of us that actually believes she has that inked inside her eyelids.

Maybe.