Dean Baquet And The Inevitable Decline of The New York Times

May 21, 2014

When I was a reporter at The Toronto Star, a once-great newspaper that employed the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Morley Callaghan, it was a family-controlled institution that was staunchly Canadian in its ideals and deeply committed to promoting social justice and individual and civil liberties. The publisher in my day was an incredibly Machiavellian… Read more

THE “UNVARNISHED” TRUTH ABOUT GENERAL MOTORS

March 25, 2014

Back in 1980, I bought what I thought was my dream car. It was an all-wheel, sporty – ok, sporty at the time – front-wheel-drive vehicle called the Chevrolet Citation, which General Motors heavily promoted as “The first Chevy of the 80s” and Motor Trend magazine named its “Car of the Year.” My generation was… Read more

STEPHEN GLASS AND THE MORAL HYPOCRISY OF THE NEW YORK AND CALIFORNIA BAR ASSOCIATIONS

January 29, 2014

In 1998, Stephen Glass was a hotshot, high-profile, twenty-something journalist writing features for The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, and other respected publications. He was also, as it turned out, a serial fabricator. Many of the people and events he chronicled were exposed as imaginary, forcing Glass to resign in disgrace. He deservedly became a… Read more

DÉJÀ VU: THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE DAILY SHOW, THE GRETCHEN MORGENSON EDITION

January 14, 2014

One of my simple pleasures is watching the first 20 minutes or so of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Comedy genius aside, the folks responsible for putting together the opening “news” segment appreciate better than anyone how farcical political discourse via mainstream media has become. The show’s writers regularly serve up heaping portions of… Read more