Daily Archives: January 15, 2024

All the News That’s Fit to Click: How Metrics Are Transforming the Work of Journalists

Journalism is judgment about what matters. It is the primary way we understand the wider world around us. This judgment springs from the particular hero system that made Russiagate the most important news story in America from 2016 to 2019 … Continue reading

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Did Biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin Sleep With Her Subject LBJ?

Slate: “The best example is Doris Kearns (now Kearns Goodwin), who spent many hours interviewing Lyndon B. Johnson at his Texas ranch. The author probably didn’t help matters by admitting that LBJ liked to climb into her bed for interviews. … Continue reading

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Assume Nothing: Encounters with Assassins, Spies, Presidents, and Would-Be Masters of the Universe

Here are some excerpts from this 2023 book by the late Edward Jay Epstein: * Indeed, it was from [Gerald Ford] that I first heard the term “political truth,” a concept in which facts may be tempered to fit political … Continue reading

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What Distinguishes Winners From Losers?

Around 2015, my therapist said to me, “I wonder if you are so radical in your politics because you are so passive in your life.” It was a great point. Since then, I’ve noticed that as I become more successful, … Continue reading

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