Delusions of Radicalism: A Longstanding Media Syndrome

Think Progress‘s Matthew Yglesias (2/22/10) points to a rather bizarre Economist editorial (2/18/10) blaming President Barack Obama’s problems on his failure to move to the right: It is not so much that America is ungovernable, as that Mr. Obama has done a lousy job of winning over Republicans and independents to the causes he favors. If, instead of handing over healthcare to his party’s left wing, he had lived up to his promise to be a bipartisan president and courted conservatives by offering, say, reform of the tort system, he might have got healthcare through; by giving ground on nuclear […]


The Debate Over Afghanistan–Newspapers Are Full of It

In his Week in Review piece wondering if Obama’s Afghanistan policy is akin to LBJ and Vietnam, New York Times reporter Peter Baker notes that the public mood is seeping into the media: That growing disenchantment in the countryside is increasingly mirrored in Washington, where liberals in Congress are speaking out more vocally against the Afghan war and newspapers are filled with more columns questioning America’s involvement. Newspapers are filled with what now? It doesn’t feel that way to me, but surely Baker must have some evidence. Which he does: The cover of the latest Economist is headlined “Afghanistan: The […]


The ‘Endemic Practices’ of ‘Revenue-Hungry News Orgs’

Furthering the story of “Washington Post executives–reeling…over a flier promoting a ‘salon’ for lobbyists to mingle with prominent newsmakers,” Politico reporters Michael Calderone and Andy Barr (7/4/09) think the suits at the Post might reasonably ask “Why us?”: The fact is the Post‘s clumsy effort to make money on its brand name and market its access to the powerful was a belated effort to follow in the steps of at least two other prominent news organizations: The Wall Street Journal and the Economist magazine. The Journal, for instance, is charging a $7,500 for its two-day CEO Council in November, an […]