OUR media watchdogs require close watching. It’s been an article of faith for Nation editors and readers since the founding of the magazine. In recent decades, Nation writers have provided smart, often witty, media coverage. I’m excited for the chance to join this tradition, and take it to new terrain as writer and editor of The Nation‘s first blog devoted to highlighting the best and worst of current media (print, digital and broadcast) several times a day.
Every day at the blog – and at our Twitter feed @MediaFixBlog, which arrived in March — we’ll probe the latest media outrages, and uncover a few ourselves, while also providing links to important articles and blog posts at other sites (both mainstream and alt-), along with essential or amusing video. Since this is The Nation, we’ll pay special attention to media politics and media culture, and update often, even at night and on the weekends. Others in The Nation family, and perhaps even readers, will contribute. We’ll try to have some fun with it as we go along. Please take advantage of the Comments feature.
Another bonus, starting tomorrow: an a.m. cheat sheet titled “Daybook” (apologies to Mike Allen), a daliy collection of links to win your morning. UPDATE: Here’s the Tuesday edition! Plus: My interview with Frank Rich.
Who am I? For most of the past decade I served as editor of Editor & Publisher, while writing two books, So Wrong for So Long (on Iraq and the media) and Why Obama Won. I’ve blogged every week at Huffington Post for the past two years, as well as at E&P and for my own blog. But for me, coming to The Nation feels like a match nearly forty years in the making.
In the 1970s, as senior editor at the legendary Crawdaddy, I met Victor Navasky and interviewed Nation editor Carey McWilliams. When Crawdaddy folded, we handed off our office space to The Nation. I wrote my first piece for The Nation in 1979–on Bertell Ollman’s "Class Struggle" board game. Around 1980, I organized the first Nation softball team, where I met David Corn, Richard Lingeman, Kai Bird, Ham Fish, among many others. Corn later worked for me when I edited Nuclear Times magazine; so did Maria Margaronis. Researching my books The Campaign of the Century, on Upton Sinclair’s race for governor of California in 1934, and Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady, I explored Carey McWilliams’s papers at UCLA. (Katrina vanden Heuvel, as an intern at The Nation, had organized them for the library.)
Other subjects I’ve tackled in articles for The Nation have ranged from the films of Akira Kurosawa to the psychic scars of Hiroshima (with Robert Jay Lifton, my co-author on two books). At Editor & Publisher, I helped one of my ace interns, Ari Berman, land what he declared was his dream job–at The Nation.
I could go on, but it’s time to get to work: You can help by sending links to new articles, postings or videos that make you happy or mad. You can reach me at GregMitch34@gmail.com. And for (even) more frequent filings, follow us @MediaFixBlog as well!