It’s the Truth…

Jim Lehrer, the old school journalist who helped invent a sane and sober television news program on public television that he co-hosted...

A Carnival of Buncombe

The journalist and social critic H.L. Mencken was made for the Trump era. Unfortunately Mencken, a guy given to using words such as...

The Ministry of Truth…

“By the way, newspapers are the first of over 50 companies that I started where my employees tell me how to run my business.” Sheldon...

What I Got Wrong in 2015…

“Get ready for the “Bush Rebounds” stories. You heard it hear first.” One of my less-than-perfect predictions from 2015 ——— In the spirit...

Grab the Pitchforks

“The CDO – collateralized debt obligation – was, in effect, a credit laundering service for the residents of Lower Middle Class America....

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...

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...

Sorry, Wrong Number…Many, Many Times

The Longest Day – about the D-Day invasion of France in 1944 and was, in turn, telling his own father about the film. The old man listens...

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...

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,...

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...