Bubble Alert!

A New York Observer profile of NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker looks at the differences between D.C., where Whitaker is now stationed, and New York City, where he’s spent most of his career. (OMB chair Peter Orzag can turn heads at a D.C. party, but in NYC, no less than Beyoncé or Tom Cruise will do the trick!)

Along the way Whitaker makes an observation all New Yorkers can identify with–all New Yorkers who spend their waking hours rubbing shoulders with the wealthy, powerful and influential, that is. Pointing out how exciting things are currently in the capital, Whitaker reflects on the grim situation in NYC: “You go up to New York and everyone is talking about how much money they lost and who invested with Bernie Madoff.”

It would be naive to think that someone assigned to that job would have much contact with the less than well-heeled, but it is a valuable reminder.

About Steve Rendall

Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. He is co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (The New Press, 1995, New York City). Rendall has appeared on dozens of national television and radio shows, including appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV and Fox Morning News. He was the subject of a profile in the New York Times (5/19/96), and has been quoted on issues of media and politics in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and New York Times. Rendall contributed stories to the International Herald Tribune from France, Spain and North Africa; worked as a freelance writer in San Francisco; and worked as an archivist collecting historical material on the Spanish Civil War and the volunteers who fought in it. Rendall studied philosophy and chemistry at San Francisco State University, the College of Notre Dame and UC Berkeley.