Just the Beginning

Gall bladder surgery in the 1960’s was a far different operation than it has become more recently and often resulted in several days in...

First Draft

Tom Wicker was a southern liberal, born and educated in North Carolina and passionate about civil rights and civil liberties. He also...

There is No Herald Tribune Today

So, no George on the trip to Varenna and Bellagio – the one on the big lake in Italy, not on The Strip in Nevada. I remember lovely...

Newspapers to Dodos

On Tuesday morning June, 23 1942 the Portland Oregonian newspaper reported on the details of a Japanese naval attack on the United States...

Graveyard of Empires

Young Winston wrote from the British cavalry barracks in Bangalore where he was stationed as part of his deployment to the part of the...

Dishing it Out

By now, unless you don’t follow what passes for serious news these days, you know that Woodward, the more famous half of Woodward and...

War and Congress

The FBI followed him, particularly after he criticized Roosevelt’s foreign policy prior to American entry into World War II. His...

The Anchorman

This may be the most famous photo of the many famous photos of the famous CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite. The grainy, black and white...

Long Reads

I’m old enough to remember when the mailman brought LIFE magazine to our house. It was a big event every week. The magazine was a coffee...

Obama the Warrior

One of the great strategies in politics is to take your opponent’s greatest strength and turn that advantage  into a liability. It’s not...

Ten I’d Like to See

I’m a news junkie. I consume newspapers, radio, television, the Internet, blogs and more like some folks consume cans of Coke or bags of...

Old School

I didn’t know Pat Murphy well. I wish I had known him better. What I did know and observe firsthand about the former Arizona Republic...

J. Robb Brady

Loyal readers at this spot know that I occasionally rage against the dying of the light of local journalism. The days of independent,...

Reflections

Amid the tenth anniversary reflections over the terror attacks on New York and Washington there is much to ponder, remember and regret,...

A Job for DCI Tennison

I’m thinking as I read about each new revelation in the widening Rupert Murdoch/tabloid/police/political scandal in Britain that we...

All the News

You could not look at a website or pick up a paper over the weekend without seeing the nearly minute-by-minute coverage of the latest...

Woodward

Good Columnist, Good Guy The Idaho Statesman in Boise and the paper’s readers said so long this weekend to long-time columnist/reporter...

Dumbing Down

Fascinating piece by the Public Editor of The New York Times this past weekend taking the gray lady to task for not preserving “its...

A Reporter’s Reporter

In the last few years it became “inside the beltway” sport for some to denigrate the kind of journalism that Dave Broder practiced for so...

The Olbermann File

I have been trying for a week now to sort out just how I feel about this Keith Olbermann matter and I keep coming back to one question:...