We’ve got a new “Think Again” column called “The DHS Report: Torturingthe Truth,” here and I’ve got a new Nation column about the New York Times company, the Boston Globe and the craziness of the current situation in the newspaper business called “The Newspaper Biz: More Poison Please?” here.
Also, here on The Daily Beast, I criticize a Times story that pretends to be about Obama selling out, but in fact is about the fact that the Times chose to put a story on its front page that has a theme but absolutely no substance. And in this piece, I refute yet another round of sloppy and misleading charges that Izzy Stone was a spy.
The finalists for the Mirror award for covering the media wereannounced this week and my work appeared in two categories: Best SingleArticle–Traditional for “Out of Print” (The New Yorker), and BestCommentary–Digital for a series of columns on the legacy of the Bushwar against the press for the Center for American Progress, which arehere. All of the nominees can be found here.
Speaking of Izzy, Marty Peretz has a very typically charming Marty-likepost about Izzy here. Don Guttenplan, whose biography of Stone is aboutto be published, informs me regarding it that
In 1964, which is to saylong after, so Peretz now says, Izzy had destroyed his credibility bywriting The Hidden History of the Korean War, and at a point when only’the comrades’ supposedly cared what he had to say, his collection The Haunted Fifties, received a rave review in Dissent, both for its ‘lucid and crisp’ style and for the writer’s intellectual integrity. Stone, Dissent‘s reviewer assured his readers, ‘has not permitted his pages to serve as an intellectual pastorate for oppression.’ The reviewer was a young Harvard social studies lecturer named Martin Peretz.
I read “The Note” so you don’t have to.
If there is a phenomenon on earth more annoying than the cutesy, cloying faux-knowing tone that ABC’s “The Note” employs to delineate the daily inanities that animate Washington’s insider conventional “wisdom,” Ican’t recall encountering it. Today’s version begins thusly: “Is there anenhanced communications technique out there? Some black site where theObama White House can take the narrative to keep its messaging safe? Isit legal to waterboard a storyline?”