Happy Monday! Is Matt Lauer Brian Stelter’s white whale? Is Steve Coll a boring writer? Does Chris Hughes have more money than sense?
New York magazine has a juicy cover story on Today host Matt Lauer and the behind-the-scenes fight with Ann Curry. Mr. Lauer is cast as New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s white whale: “[Mr.] Stelter, an ambitious reporter and hyperactive Twitter star who once interviewed for a job at NBC, was a hovering presence in the morning-TV world as he worked on a forthcoming book called Top of the Morning, which promised to be the definitive account of what was happening at Today,” the piece says.
Rebecca Dana takes on MSNBC for The New Republic. Apparently, during snowstorm Nemo”(remember that one?) MSNBC staff participated in a team building drill “designed to sharpen their competitive instincts” in which “teams of two each created a specialty cocktail they felt ‘embodied MSNBC.’” MSNBC president Phil Griffin picked Guinness, which we would classify as a beer rather than a cocktail, because it’s an acquired taste but “those who drink it, drink it a lot.”
Speaking of TNR: recently fired New Republic columnist Timothy Noah tells Politico that he “quietly” worried that TNR owner Chris Hughes “might be a young man with more money than sense.” Looks like he isn’t keeping his concern all that quiet anymore.
Michael Wolff thinks that New Yorker writer and recently appointed Columbia J-School dean Steve Coll is a boring writer who has never even tweeted (burn!). Mr. Wolff also takes aim at one of the easiest targets ever: journalism school.
Will Rupert Murdoch buy The Los Angeles Times? That depends on whether he gets a waiver from the F.C.C., whose chairman resigned last week, Amy Chozick writes in The New York Times.
R.I.P, Anthony Lewis. The former New York Times legal reporter and columnist died at his home in Cambridge, Mass., this morning. Mr. Lewis, who “transformed coverage of the Supreme Court” and won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work, was 85.
Time lists the 140 (get it?) best Twitter feeds of 2013. Some journalists made the list, some didn’t. Expect tweeting about it.