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Book Notes: Gary Hart and Abe Lincoln

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Home
Tom Alderman

To a tsunami of Lincoln lit, please add Todd Brewster's detailed reporting, Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. This is a seven-hour-and-14-minute audiobook about one president's extraordinary executive action.

Michael Calderone

New York Times 'Corrects' Gary Hart Scandal Chronology Now Disputed 27 Years Later | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- The New York Times issued an unusual correction Monday after former Miami Herald journalists disputed a chronological detail included in a...

Michael Calderone

Matt Bai: Gary Hart Media Frenzy Had ‘Profound Reverberations On Our Politics' | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.03.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- When The New York Times Magazine recently published an excerpt from Matt Bai’s newly released book on Gary Hart’s media-fueled downfal...


Peter Clothier | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Clothier

As for our president, Barack Obama, others may disagree with me, but I persist in seeing him as a man amongst these boys.

American Politics Are a Mess. Is This Why?

Noam Bramson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Is the media's excessive interest in personal scandal really at the root of the superficiality and viciousness of today's politics? I'm not convinced. Yes, tabloid-style coverage is a problem, but I see much bigger factors at play

Gary Hart's Waking Nightmare Marked Media Devolution

William Bradley | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
William Bradley

The storyline has long been that Hart challenged the press to follow him around and, in the post-Watergate spirit of enterprising investigative journalism, the press did just that, fearlessly uncovering, well, er, what?

Journalism's House of Cards

Brian Rooney | Posted 05.24.2014 | Media
Brian Rooney

The trouble with journalists appearing as themselves in entertainment is that the public already has difficulty discerning fact from fiction in the news. When real reporters allow themselves to be part of fiction, it costs them their credibility.

Michael Calderone

Can The New York Times Retain Top Talent? | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.13.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -- When New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was in negotiations this past summer to keep stats guru Nate Silver at the paper, his a...

NY Times Political Writer Joins Yahoo News

Michael Calderone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Michael Calderone

Veteran New York Times political writer Matt Bai joins Yahoo News.

Imaginary Enemy

Brett C. Di Resta | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Brett C. Di Resta

By every indication, President Obama has tried to negotiate grand bargain deficit deals with Speaker Boehner. And twice, Boehner, not the president, walked away from the negotiating table.

Dispatch From the Buckeye State

Steven Conn | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Steven Conn

Many of you saw Matt Bai's recent profile of Ohio in the Sunday Times magazine section. To summarize it crudely, Bai explores this question: Ohio is c...

Michael Calderone

Why Do Journalists Still Flock To Conventions? | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the morning of Aug. 30, Sheelah Kolhatkar, a features editor and national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, made her way...

Aung San Suu Kyi's Triumph and the Prospects for a New Grand Bargain

David Paul | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
David Paul

President Obama and Speaker Boehner understood the parameters of a solution and came remarkably close to a deal. The solutions are not difficult to imagine, just the willingness of our leaders to embrace them, and their followers to follow.

The Nihilist Party: Republicans Who Believe in Nothing

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Nothing in nihilism's long intellectual history has prepared the world for its latest incarnation as the 21st century Republican party, or in its ultimate flowering in the likes of Mitt Romney and Herman Cain.

The "Liberal Press" Continues Its Assault on Unions, Pensions, and Public Employees

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Samuels

Perhaps mainstream media reporters are feeling threatened in their own jobs, but that is no reason to turn on the few people who still have some modicum of economic security in this country.

Broadcast News: Love, Truth and Television

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2011-01-18-BroadcastNews_image_01.jpgA legendary film captured the battle over the soul of news and the women and men who delivered it.

Both Sides Are Not Equally Responsible for our Toxic Discourse

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

And if we're going to have the civility conversation, it would be nice if commentators avoided resorting to the mindless meme that "both sides" are equally responsible for the ugly, over-heated rhetoric that is now so commonplace.

Violent Rhetoric and Media False Balance

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

Yes, there are people who called Bush a "modern Hitler," or believed he had some role in the 9/11 attacks. Those people are generally not given talkshows, and cannot be found in positions of power in the Democratic Party.

The Money Paradox

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

If there's one thing you can still count on from today's increasingly erratic politics, it is pure unadulterated paradox. One could say the Washington circus features as many morons as oxymorons.

The New York Times' Versailles Manifesto

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

Today's "journalists," like Matt Bai of the New York Times, see no difference between themselves and those they serve. Indeed, when they hear the term "political elites" -- they now see themselves in the mirror.

The New Silent Majority

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the president can let go of his attachment to his postpartisan self-image and embrace the policies Americans want and need, they can be his North Star. But he needs to get over his reflexive distaste for the "old dogma" of the "left."

In Blue Dog Battle, Progressives Are (Half) Right

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Blue Dogs are right about campaign strategy in some conservative districts -- but they greatly overstate their case. Granularity is usually lost in our political narrative, and the numbers suggest subtle, diverging politics.

Sit! Stay! A New York Times Chew Toy for Blue Dogs

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The conservative wing of the Democratic Party just drove it over a cliff, but you'd never know if from reading Matt Bai's latest New York Times piece.

Simpson's 'Tits' Are the Least of It

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Social Security is in surplus until 2037. Yet the idea that the road to recovery leads through cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and other social outlays that are keeping the depression from worsening, if anything, is gaining traction among opinion elites.

Milk Cow Blues: Why the Alan Simpson Flap Won't Go Away

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's hard not to be impressed by the science-fiction weirdness of that "giant milk cow" image, which seems like a mashup of The Matrix and Babe. But the fact that he spews abuse is less of a problem than his lack of comprehension.