Posts Tagged ‘Paul Krugman’
Perhaps the scariest thing about Huffington Post Media senior editor Jack Mirkinson‘s fun little riff on Maureen Dowd‘s instant-classic “Harsh/Mellow” field trip is that a couple of his suggestions for similar Grey Lady op-eds seem completely reasonable.
In fact, if we didn’t know any better, we could have sworn we already had the following pair of items bookmarked:
After consuming the cocaine that he smuggled through a crumbling American airport, Tom Friedman subjects his cab driver in Bangalore to a deeply intense, four-hour monologue about green capitalism.
Paul Krugman explains how his six-month flirtation with LSD in the early 90s changed how he saw the banking industry.
It all started when Silver took a shot at op-ed columnists, explaining that “They don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Shortly after that, Krugman fired back in a column saying that Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com was long on numbers, short on analyzing them. Krugman has since written a few more columns piling on FiveThirtyEight, culminating with “So far [FiveThirtyEight] looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.”
Silver, of course, decided to swing back. He wrote that when FiveThirtyEight was under The New York Times umbrella, Krugman enjoyed the site. But now things have suddenly changed:
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama gives a wide-ranging interview, and of course he is asked about his reading habits. Obama says that he reads The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post “just to catch up,” but then, when asked if reads Paul Krugman, he replies:
I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going.
That’s right. ALL of the Times’ columnists. That’s quite a healthy dose of Times commentary.
We can’t say the same about Playboy writers; Obama said he doesn’t read the magazine. He said nothing about the pictures though…
Oh boy. If this article by New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane — which essentially asks if the Times should call out lies — wasn’t on the paper’s site, we’d think it was a parody. But nope! Brisbane really wrote a piece wondering if Times reporters “should challenge ‘facts’ that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.”
Here’s some more:
Another example: on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney often says President Obama has made speeches “apologizing for America,” a phrase to which Paul Krugman objected in a December 23 column arguing that politics has advanced to the “post-truth” stage.
As an Op-Ed columnist, Mr. Krugman clearly has the freedom to call out what he thinks is a lie. My question for readers is: should news reporters do the same?
That sound you hear is everyone, everywhere, screaming “YES!” The last time we checked, a journalist is supposed to always report the facts. That’s not being a “truth vigilante,” as Brisbane calls it. It’s doing your damn job.
Forgive us Tim Tebow, but lord almighty, please give Brisbane a clue.
Bloomberg News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal each won multiple Gerald Loeb Awards, which recognize excellence in business journalism. Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News’ Editor-in-Chief, said of grabbing multiple wins, “As there is no greater measure of respect than to be honored by our peers, we are grateful to be recognized with seven Loeb finalists and three Loeb winners, all of them advancing the public interest.”
The awards were presented last night. Below are the winners, congrats to all.
- David Evans- “Profiting From Fallen Soldiers” (News Service Category)
- Daniel Golden, John Hechingerand John Lauerman – “Education Inc.” (Beat Reporting)
- Amanda Bennett and Charles R. Babcock – “End of Life Warning at $618,616 Makes Me Wonder Was It Worth It” (Magazines)
After five-plus years as a business writer, Joe Nocera is making a move at The New York Times. Jeff Bercovici reports that Nocera will join Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman by contributing to NYT’s op-ed page. The move makes Nocera the Times’s first new, full-time op-ed columnist since Ross Douthat replaced Bill Kristol in 2009.
Prior to joining the Grey Lady in 2005, Nocera spent over a decade as editorial director at Fortune magazine. He has won two Gerald Loeb awards and three John Hancock awards to mark his achievements in business writing. Nocera also was a Pulitzer Prize finalist this past year.
Krugman asserted that health care is not his specialty: “I’m not a real health care economist, I just play one on TV.”
He pronounced that he hates Twitter, but Krugman praised some of the econoblogs.
Krugman assured the crowd that the economy is “rare, but not unheard of,” and “if you’re not sure who’s right, the answer is that I am.”
Scheduled earlier due to train constraints, Krugman joked: “Time and the Acela wait for no man.”
Paul Krugman, The New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economics professor, headlines the New York Press Club Foundation’s Conference on Journalism on Saturday, October 9.
Recently, Krugman’s writings have focused on the debate in Congress over extending the Bush tax cuts and other matters involving the economy.
Among the more than 30 journalists scheduled to participate in the day’s panel discussions are Tom Topousis of the New York Post, Simon Constable of the Wall Street Journal and Thomas Lane of the BBC. Other speakers include Dean Miller, director Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and Sandeep Junnarkar of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Additional topics for the half day-long event, sponsored by New York Life, will revolve around the major changes journalists face in the way they are required to do their jobs, including the two-way nature of Twitter and reader comments, and new mandates for news people to work across multiple platforms.
In addition to panel discussions, one of the most popular facets of the conference will return, the review of resumes and demo tapes by longtime TV executives for young reporters.
There will also be a presentation of the Press Club’s President’s Award to Bill Gallo, veteran cartoonist and columnist for the New York Daily News.
The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New York University’s Kimmel Center.
The price of $50 for working journalists and $15 for students includes breakfast and lunch. Press Club members pay $35 (journalists) and $10 (students).
Jokes about bloggers in pajamas were already a cliche by 2005, when a group of blogs banded together to form Pajamas Media. They were even more hackneyed by 2008, when Sarah Palin swatted at “some blogger probably sittin’ there in their parents’ basement in their pajamas.” Now it’s 2010. Paul Krugman blogs. So does Hendrik Hertzberg. So does James Fallows. So does…well, everyone.
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