off the record
The ongoing rivalry between ESPN’s Grantland blog, founded by Page 2 star Bill Simmons, and Gawker Media’s Deadspin is shaping up to be more entertaining than anything either blog covers on the field.
For a second, it seemed Deadspin was losing yardage to Grantland, which had seen its buzz steadily increase since ESPN announced a Read More
The New York Observer‘s Man in Beijing, Tom Scocca, has a few thoughts on yesterday’s announcement that Sam Zell’s Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection.
Here he is, channeling the Tribune Company’s Chief Innovation Officer, Lee Abrams:
CRUSHING POVERTY is not only a GREAT MOTIVATOR, but it is also Read More
tomscocca (9:40:01 PM): How come Mitt Romney showing up in Denver means GOP Serious About Attacking Obama rather than Despised Has-Been Begs for Attention? Read More
Chuck Schumer tells Jason Horowitz that the biggest failing of the Democrats in the Senate was allowing Sam Alito onto the Supreme Court. He speaks up (now that the election is over) about his support for a controversial Iraq strategy. And he talks about his upcoming Democratic manifesto, to be entitled “Positively American: Winning Read More
From: Tom Scocca
To: Choire Sicha
From the NYT Mag ARTICLE with those pics:
“When the mayor came for a post-Katrina visit, Ranatza had the students draw their wishes for the city. They do not lack for colored crayons, yet they rendered New Orleans in sepulchral black and white.”
If journalistic activities were sporting events, then surely counterfactual storytelling would be tee-ball: a simulation of the real thing with all the difficulty taken out of it, suitable for hapless children. And counterfactual storytelling about sporting events, of course, only threatens to compound the embarrassment. It leads the way to lame esoterica best suited Read More
In today’s Observer, Tom Scocca has a really nice reported exegesis of the New York Times endorsement of Ned Lamont.
In the piece, Joe Lieberman’s loyalists suggest that “the goalposts have been moved,” but Scocca explains why it was more a matter of “Lucy Van Pelt yanking the football away from Charlie Brown yet Read More
…all look the same. From Boston, at least. You know they’re going to love it over at the News and the Post that the Weld campaign has identified his sorta-endorsement from the News as an “NY Post editorial.”
If you are interested in the difference between the two, check out the Observer’s Read More
Presented as an irregular public service by the Transom: a discussion with the New York Observer’s Off The Record columnist Tom Scocca regarding the Thursday Styles section of the New York Times.
Jess Bruder and I argue that Hillary’s current campaign is of a piece with her run for President, noting that observers find it hard to imagine her spending the kind of money she set out to raise in New York alone.
Tom Scocca and his crew delve into the Miller crisis at the Read More