‘New Journalism’ MIA

The Committee to Protect Journalists honored journalists from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador this evening with the International Press Freedom Awards. This comes at a difficult time for journalism in America, with leading news organizations under fire for propagandizing and multiplying the dishonesty of America’s wars, BLM, and HRC’s candidacy, and for failing to predict the outcome of the election (perhaps intentionally in the hope of…

Cultivating Radicalism

The inflamed and untruthful way many in the Press have covered/commented on recent police shootings in the US has likely added to ignorance, hatred and the body count — but maybe that’s the idea. There is a long history in America of disinformation being used to mislead people into war. Black Lives Matter is part of a Black Power movement bent more on domination and destruction,…

Bill Cunningham (1929-2016)

Bill Cunningham, the intrepid and big-hearted Style photographer for the New York Times, was remembered on 57th and Fifth yesterday — his favorite spot for documenting fashion trends, on the street.

Tit-for-Tat Over Mary Pat

–Leaving Trump headquarters yesterday, Gov. Christie told NBC’s Katy Tur that meeting his wife Mary Pat for dinner was “more important” than her question. Several hours later, Ms. Tur called attention on Twitter to Mrs. Christie’s eye roll during Mr. Trump’s comments on Hillary Clinton’s playing the “woman card.”

Hall of Fame

Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame inductees Dr. Phil McGraw and Kathie Lee Gifford were feted this evening in NYC. LE asked Dr. Phil what he considered to be the biggest problem for Americans today. He said it would take too long to answer the question.

ELLE @ 30

Elle’s 668 page Anniversary issue says on its cover: It’s The New Starting Line — Power. Sex. Beauty. Love. Success. People who follow such guides (on how to be) can wind up like the car—a wreck. Photograph: Stephen Wise

Blog Her 15

“After Eric Garner what am I supposed to tell my son?” Maybe you can encourage him to live truthfully, which includes mastering himself. There’s no future in narcissistic rage (black or white). Eric Garner, a man with a criminal past and health issues, died in the commission of a crime while resisting arrest. He acted in a threatening manner towards cops who were acting on…

BDS Sharpton

Calls to boycott advertisers of Al Sharpton’s show on MSNBC were heard outside of NBC headquarters today. LE asked one protester: “Is Al Sharpton bad for black people?” The African-American protester replied: “Sharpton is bad for everyone!”

NBC Yesterday & Today

The fact that Brian Williams lied about being fired-on in Iraq is more accidental, and less consequential, than the substantial deception, manipulation and misleading, of viewers and readers, that goes on regularly at NBC News — and other news outlets in the U.S. — with real consequences. In his book The Greatest Generation (Random House, 1998) Tom Brokaw, formerly anchor NBC News, says that he “felt a…

Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) held their 24th Annual International Press Freedom Awards Dinner last evening in NYC. Al Jazeera correspondent Abdullah Elshamy, recently released from jail in Egypt, was on hand. From the evening’s program guide: “CPJ promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and…

CPJ International Press Fredom Awards 2013

CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), a non-profit that supports press freedom worldwide, held their annual awards dinner in New York this evening. According to the CPJ website, this years awards were given to journalists who faced “imprisonment or other persecution for exposing realities in Egypt, Turkey, Ecuador and Vietnam.” In an interesting twist, Lara Logan, the evening’s host, was dropped from the program and…

NewsBeast Flails

“Tina tried hard to save Newsweek which was probably impossible, but this captures the chaos, waste and dysfunction.” Howard Kurtz, Twitter, August 5, 2013 “Hey @Howard Kurtz am I forgetting something or didn’t I fire you for serial inaccuracy?” Tina Brown, Twitter, August 5, 2013  

RIP Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis reporter and columnist for the New York Times, and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, died today at age 85. LE met Mr. Lewis in 2009, at the CPJ Awards Dinner, and asked him what he thought the U.S. should do in Afghanistan? He didn’t hesitate, saying — “We should get out.” Commentary: In matters of American foreign policy, Anthony Lewis understood the…

America’s Dirty Wars

On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, American news organizations are suggesting that Pope Francis could have done more to confront human rights abusers in Argentina (1976-83). And yet what have those same news organizations done to confront the murderous bastards, policies and lies of their own government — which have destroyed millions of lives over the past 10 years?…

‘To Early to Tell’

At the recent International Press Freedom Awards Dinner in NYC, LE asked various media elites their thoughts on how the so-called Arab Spring is going? The response given by most was: “It’s too early to tell.” It would have been nice to have heard just one journalist say that U.S. involvement in the Arab Uprising is wrongheaded, and more akin to the Russian Revolution than the…

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists held their 22nd International Press Freedom Awards dinner last evening in New York. The event was hosted by PBS senior correspondent Gwen Ifill. David Boies was the dinner chair. Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, was honored as were four journalists from Brazil, China, Kyrgyzstan and Liberia. Lhamo Tso (lower photo), wife of Dhondup Wangchen, accepted his award. Mr….

‘Citizens United’

The indifference, even complicitness, of American leaders with Israel’s unjust policy towards the Palestinians can be traced to the billions of dollars in aid to Israel that has made its way back into the ‘war chests’ of elected U.S. officials, through organizations like AIPAC. We asked David Boies, prominent First Amendment lawyer, about the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited funding of campaigns….

Der Spiegel — “The Mirror”

Stefan Kiefer, the Art Director in charge of cover designs for German magazine Der Spiegel, spoke last evening at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. In an unrelated event this week, The New York Times reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested to Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, that British soldiers had helped to liberate her country from the Nazis during World War…

‘Vote DoDo’

Commentary: Media elites like to sneer at what they call ‘low information voters’ (LIVs) — when in fact they helped to create LIVs by misleading, misinforming and manipulating the public. Now they’re saying: Vote DoDo. It’s interesting that the 2012 U.S. presidential election may be decided by just a few votes — while many votes don’t matter. Sadly, a victory for either Obama or Romney…

2012 Hogwash Award

Lotus Editions has chosen David Brooks of the New York Times as this year’s recipient of the Hogwash Award. The award is given each year to an American journalist or commentator who is ‘mucking-it-up’. Mr. Brooks likes to talk about the ‘real world’ and yet in a recent column said the U.S. federal debt was only 73% of GDP. Even the most corrupt bureaucrats…

The Daily

Photograph: Stephen Wise

“We’ll Be Fine”

Members of the Columbia Journalism School Class of 2012 prepare for a class photo on a rainy day 5/15 billed as ‘Journalism Day’. David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and commentator on PBS Newshour, spoke to the graduates. Afterwards LE had a chance to ask him some questions, the first being if he had any regrets about any of his columns? Mr. Brooks said, “All the time, some…

Journalist Security

The Committee to Protect Journalists presented their new Journalist Security Guide, 5/2, at the Columbia J-School. The guide covers the full spectrum of risks faced by journalists, on-site and on-line, as well as psychological issues related to ‘stress reactions’ from their work. The first of two panels featured: Ahmed Rashid, Carolyn Cole, Stuart Karle, Frank Smyth, and Anne Garrels. “The world is an increasingly dangerous…

Women in Communications

Ann Curry, of NBC, received a 2012 Matrix Award today from New York Women in Communications. Meredith Vieira was the presenter. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Net Neutrality

Rebecca Mackinnon, Hearst New Media Professional in Residence at Columbia, gave a talk at the Columbia Journalism School last evening called Collateral Damage: News Organizations, Free Speech and the Internet. She exhorted journalists and concerned citizens not to be neutral on ‘net neutrality’, but to do everything in their power to support it.  Ms. Mackinnon is out with a book called: Consent of the Networked. Photograph: Stephen Wise

Joseph Pulitzer

Joseph Pulitzer’s birthday (April 10, 1847) was celebrated at the Columbia Journalism School today. His gift of $2 million helped to establish the Columbia J-school in 1912, the year after he died. Mr. Pulitzer understood the need for honest journalism if democracy was to endure. Commentary: With the passing of Mike Wallace on April 7, journos mourn one whose many assignments for 60 Minutes (over…

Revolution 101

Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist at NPR, spoke with students at the Columbia Journalism School, March 27, about his experiences tweeting the Arab Spring. Mr. Carvin said that he doesn’t see himself as a journalist, although he just received the Shorty Award for Journalist of the Year. Later he tweeted that he became a journalist while tweeting the Arab Spring. Since 2007 Carvin has used Twitter as a ‘fact…

Optimized Search

Acquisio gave these T-shirts to attendees of the Search Engine Strategies Conference & Expo. Commentary: The messages sound like U.S. foreign policy — nine years after the invasion of Iraq.  Among the consequences of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the ongoing eclipse of ‘truthfulness’ in America, and along with it ‘justice and freedom’.

Andrew Brietbart 1969-2012

“The GOP sucks and the Tea Party has terrible PR!” Andrew Brietbart, addressing C.O.R.E. on Martin Luther King Day, 01/17/11 Commentary: Mr. Brietbart railed against injustice, but didn’t seem to have a coherent philosophy or world view to anchor his work — so his journalism tended to come across as erratic and self-centered activism. In spite of his shortcomings, Brietbart did help to expose the dereliction of major news organizations in failing…

Entitled & Misguided

“The revolution will be tweeted.” Social Media editors from leading news organizations including: Associated Press, Reuters, New York Times, CBS Sports and NBC gathered recently to discuss the expanding role of social media in their organizations. One of the panelists said that news of Whitney Houston’s death was broken by someone on Twitter, but because that person had only 200 ‘followers’ they weren’t taken…

Anthony Shadid 1968-2012

New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid (center) died Feb 16 while on assignment in Syria. It has been reported that he died of an asthma attack. He was with NYT photographer Tyler Hicks (right) who carried his body to Turkey. This photograph was taken March 31, 2011 at the Columbia Journalism School where Messrs. Shadid and Hicks, along with Lynsey Addario, recounted their imprisonment in…

Lara Logan

Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent CBS News, has spent ten years covering wars around the world. She spoke at the Columbia Journalism School Jan. 20. In her remarks, Ms. Logan blithely said “we’re headed for war with Iran—it just feels that way.” It should be noted that her 60 Minutes segment — A Relentless Enemy, is now being used by the U.S. Army as a…

Education & Reality

New York Encounter, a cultural event organized by the Catholic organization — Communion and Liberation, featured a discussion today called: Education and the ‘Online’ Generation. The panel was moderated by Chris Bacich, U.S. Leader of Communion and Liberation, and included Ross Douthat, New York Times Columnist, and Matthew Kaminski, member of the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board. In his remarks, Mr. Bacich suggested that education should “walk people to reality.” Quoting…

Credulous Press

Historically the press has included people who cared about telling the truth. Today, that rarely happens. When the U.S. government comes out with rosy economic data, crime stats or figures on war casualties, how often journalists just repeat what they are told, as though it’s true. A line from Stieg Larsson’s Trilogy should be placed in every newsroom in the world: “Your job description as journalists is…

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Photo-Tweeter

On January 15, 2009 Janis Krums was a passanger on a ferry crossing the Hudson River when the U.S. Air flight piloted by Sully came down just a few hundred yards from their location. The ferry was on the scene before the first responders and aided in helping the passengers get off the plane. Mr. Krums (a non-journalist) sent a tweet w/photo to his 200 Twitter followers…

Changing Media Landscape 2011

The Hearst Foundation & Columbia Journalism Digital Media Program presented Changing Media Landscape 2011 this evening at the Columbia J-school. In addition to a panel of leading journalists and media experts, a ‘bonus’ to the program featured five Columbia Journalism School alums, now work for start-ups,  giving their ‘elevator speeches.’ The practice of journalism, within a ‘tech continuum,’ that is harnessed to social media, is a mixed bag that offers reasons…

“Slaves to Sources”

The Society of Business Editors and Writers SABEW held a conference last week in New York that attracted financial journalists from around the U.S. In one of the sessions Floyd Norris, chief economic correspondent, of The New York Times interviewed Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard University economist who previously worked for the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board. Regarding the financial crisis, Rogoff said that…