Posts Tagged ‘Reliable Sources’
In case you missed it on Sunday, John McCormick, the Chicago Tribune columnist who was targeted by Gov. Rod Blagojevich appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss his national prominence due to the case. In response to Kurtz’s question as to whether he had ever felt any pressure from the Tribune to “cool it” McCormick said: “None, zero. And that’s categorical. I want no wiggle room there.”
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One sometimes wonders if Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast would have had such an easy time defining itself if not for the sprawling presence of the Huffington Post — it seems Brown never misses the chance to subtly point the differences. This Sunday Brown was a guest on Howie Kurtz’s Reliable Sources where she defended the Beast a “completely bipartisan” site: “we’ve have as many Republican pieces — perhaps more, actually — than we’ve had Democratic pieces. As for the Daily Beast’s niche in a seemingly swamped market? “There are so many sites out there that what I thought that the intelligent reader needed was a kind of pilot fish [Portfolio fishes out a definition here] that would take them through this absolute sort of mass of data and Web sites and material and links and everything that’s hurled at people morning, noon and night and give them like 10 smart things that they should read every day that are interesting and provocative…we’re sort of like the smart friends.” She also tells Kurtz the difference between editing a major magazine (she’s previously headed-up Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk) and a website is that she spends “a hell of a lot of time in my pajamas” also, she’s having the most fun she’s had since she was 25! Full video including Brown’s thoughts on whether the coverage of the election was sexist after the jump.
Christopher Buckley on Reliable Sources: ‘The Discourse has Become a Little Calcified and Sclerotic’
On this weekend’s Reliable Sources former National Review columnist (and son of its founder) Christopher Buckley discussed his decision to endorse Barack Obama in Tina Brown‘s newly launched The Daily Beast (a decision that resulted in his resignation): “How could I not write an endorsement in a publication called The Daily Beast? But the fact of the matter is I have a new column in The Daily Beast. I went to some pains in that endorsement to point out that I was not writing it for National Review so as to create — well, to use a rather right-wing word, some lebensraum, a little breathing space for National Review.”
He also discusses what his father, William F. Buckley‘s reaction might have been were he alive: “My dad was a tower of tolerance. What pup, as I used to call him, would have done in this situation was he would have devoted six pages in the next issue of “National Review” to denouncing me, and it would have made for some pretty lively discourse and good journalism.”
Buckley also got some ink devoted to him on the front page of the Times venerable Style section where he described the past year as “annus horribilis.” Watch his CNN segment after the jump.