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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian
There are some things too touchy to joke about…We have apologized a hundred times. What more can we do? We screwed up.

Yves Desmet, editor in chief of De Morgen

the left-leaning Flemish daily that published…

"satirical"

images of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, digitally altered to look like apes…which published them days before the president’s visit to Brussels this week.

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March 24th, 2014
thesmithian

'The Washington media taste-makers and “thinkfluencers” loved it. All the signs of 2016 swoonfest are clear already. This insider media group is going to build this guy up, find him “interesting” and “fresh,” and they’ll promote him over that old hecate (as they see it) Hillary Clinton in much the way they once promoted George W. Bush over Al Gore as the superior person to have a beer with.'

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the type and urgency of a news story, rather than audience demographics, determine where Americans go for their news…'

March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…reporters acknowledge that Hillary Clinton’s perception of them as enemy combatants is not entirely irrational. But it is a view that has not always served her well.

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…reporters acknowledge that Hillary Clinton’s perception of them as enemy combatants is not entirely irrational. But it is a view that has not always served her well.

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February 22nd, 2014
thesmithian
When…you work at a newspaper…with high standards, you’re struck by the gap between the story that appears in the paper the next day and what the journalist who wrote that story will tell you about it after deadline. The version they tell over a drink is much more interesting—legally riskier, sometimes more trivial, and sometimes it fits less neatly into the institution’s narrative. Usually it’s a lot truer.
Nick Denton, of Gawker
February 20th, 2014
thesmithian
Reblogged from think on this.
February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

Since the story was published, The Caravan’s offices in Mumbai and New Delhi have received threatening phone calls…100 people gathered in front of the magazine’s office in New Delhi and burned copies of the latest edition of The Caravan. Meanwhile, in a handwritten letter to TV news channels, Swami Aseemanand has denied giving any such interviews to The Caravan. In response, the magazine released audio tapes and transcripts of the over nine hours of interviews.

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Since the story was published, The Caravan’s offices in Mumbai and New Delhi have received threatening phone calls…100 people gathered in front of the magazine’s office in New Delhi and burned copies of the latest edition of The Caravan. Meanwhile, in a handwritten letter to TV news channels, Swami Aseemanand has denied giving any such interviews to The Caravan. In response, the magazine released audio tapes and transcripts of the over nine hours of interviews.

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February 9th, 2014
thesmithian
Maybe the truly savvy thing is to take policy seriously, not to pretend that it’s all a game, and that only you understand the rules?
February 7th, 2014
thesmithian
Every new news item goes through a mechanized process, traveling…a flow chart designed to break down all information into one of just two types of product: meat for Republican readers, and meat for Democrat readers. Nobody else gets to eat. And even if you don’t mind one or the other, nobody can stand the same meal a million days in a row. It’s the numbing sameness and predictability that makes you crazy…
February 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

'…Bill Kristol is now a contributor at ABC News, after a decade spent offering inaccurate predictions and baseless smears against Democrats on Fox News.'

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