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The New York Times published a scathing editorial yesterday in the wake of the N.S.A. phone surveillance scandal titled “President Obama’s Dragnet.” It declared, conclusively: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
Since then, however, the editorial, which appears in today’s paper, has been tweaked. “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue,” the line now reads (emphasis ours), with additional sentences related to new reports published by The Guardian, which broke the news of the domestic surveillance, and The Washington Post.
Can we just let NY1’s Pat Kiernan live? Fareed Zakaria apparently can’t, at least not with all these haters. Neither can a food journalist upset over food journalists dictating the world’s food fads, as she dictates a food fad. But at least New York Post staffers have reason to celebrate (because the Post will let them do so, in the paper). These are your Tuesday Morning Media Briefs:
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Yesterday, we wrote an innocent item about lightning striking The New York Times building the day after the company’s new CEO was announced. It was our own fun little way of checking in on the narrative of the Times‘s new leadership, just a little honey to make the media news medicine of recent bureaucratic shifts at the Times go down easier (not that the drama at the top of the Times really even needs that).
Somehow, it ended up on the Drudge Report. As is wont to happen whenever one gets ordained with a link from Matt Drudge, an influx of viewers came shooting our way. As did, of course, some new commenters.
Aggregator extraordinaire Matt Drudge briefly linked to Gawker’s story that alleged ABC’s Robin Roberts “wasn’t enthusiastic” about landing her big gay marriage interview with President Obama because she was worried it would call attention to the “near-open secret that Roberts is a lesbian” this afternoon and the site took the opportunity to taunt him with an update.
“Internet behemoth Matt Drudge, who has just directed his readers to this post, is also commonly understood to be gay,” the update said.
Andrew Breitbart, a former editor of the Drudge Report, is writing a new how-to book called Thinking Big, that he says will be like The Anarchist’s Cookbook, but with “metaphorical explosions.”
“It’s going to be a call to arms saying, ‘Hey, look, if you want to take it back, you’re gonna have to take Read More
Andrew Breitbart, a self-described “accidental culture warrior” who used to work with Matt Drudge on the Drudge Report, is writing a how-to book called Thinking Big, aimed at frustrated non-leftists who want to fight back against what the author calls the “Democrat media complex.”
The book will be published by Grand Central, an Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson insisted comments he made yesterday about Barack Obama's effectiveness in Washington were not a "shot" at the president. This weekend, it was reported that White House officials delivered a message that Paterson not run for re-election.
"I don't remember that I ever took a shot at him," Paterson replied Read More
Just over a month ago, Linda Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent and current communications director for the Obama administration’s Health Reform Office, appeared in a video posted on the White House’s official blog titled “Facts Are Stubborn Things.”
In the video, the Drudge Report was displayed on one of the computer screens at Read More
An unholy alliance has emerged between Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh. The Fox News Channel is probably involved, too.
O.K., so they didn't all sit down at a conference table and hash out some kind of a formal agreement (at least I don't think they did), but watching this past weekend's Read More
“People kept telling me that they were bored with the Internet,” said Choire Sicha, an “ancestor of ephemeral Gawker” and soon-to-be published book author (not to mention a former Observer editor and columnist), who was calling into The Observer from his “home office” in the East Village this afternoon. Read More