Politico: Embarrassing Journalist Tweets Are Fair Game for Exposure

August 28th, 2019 8:00 AM
If New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger is looking for support from other media outlets for his complaint about embarrassing tweets by journalists for his newspaper being exposed, he can cross Politico off his list. Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer has no sympathy for that complaint as he made clear in his Monday Politico Magazine article, "Why Journalists’ Old Tweets…

Politico Declares Beto O'Rourke a Has-Been, Spotlight Now on Buttigieg

April 19th, 2019 9:32 PM
Politico on Wednesday chronicled Beto O'Rourke's tragic loss of his magic mojo in "Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete." Buttigieg, in today's media environment, is "burning with the velocity of a prairie fire on a gusty Indiana day."

Politico Writer Labels Beto O'Rourke a 'Semigogue'

March 16th, 2019 7:48 AM
At the very least, the Beto O'Rourke candidacy for president is certain to be the inspiration for a lot of humor.  Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine already labeled him as the Seinfeld candidate and that it is a "Campaign About Nothing, Not that there's anything wrong with that." 

Politico Denies Censorship: Twitter ‘Punishments’ Aren’t 'Arbitrary'

November 27th, 2018 1:38 PM
Conservatives should just suck it up and accept their online punishments, according to Politico. In an article criticizing the conservative backlash to Jesse Kelly’s ban on Twitter, Jack Shafer argued that there really wasn’t a reason for conservatives to be angry at Twitter.

Politico Pundit to Press v. Trump: 'Time to Circle Behind Enemy Lines'

January 18th, 2017 1:59 PM
Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic now with Politico, wrote an article on Monday with the wisecracking headline "Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again." In short, he argued since Trump is so hostile to the press, it's reinvigorating journalism and making it relevant. He doesn't seem to catch that he's also saying, by contrast, that Obama was then a bad thing for…

Politico's Sixth Sense: 'Brian Williams Knows He's Dead'

May 1st, 2015 12:20 PM
In a scathing article for Politico Magazine on Thursday, senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote an obituary for the career of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: "At this point, Brian Williams knows he's dead: He's simply negotiating the terms of his burial."

New York Times 'Best Books' List Is Wildly Inconsistent -- Except For

December 22nd, 2012 9:55 PM
Reuters media blogger Jack Shafer has no use for year-end "Best of the Year" lists. "Lined up, one-by-one, the best-of-year-in-review packages resemble the floats gliding down wide boulevards during a New Year’s Day parade: colorful, big, but pointless." Shafer then picked on the New York Times best-of-books list for complete inconsistency (without commenting on its…

Open Thread: 'Release the Dead Laden Photos,' Says Jack Shafer

May 5th, 2011 10:01 AM
Slate's media reporter Jack Shafer has a great column up calling on the White House to release the apparently-gruesome photos of Osama bin Laden after he was shot and killed by Navy SEALs on Sunday. Suppressing the photos, Shafer claims, "infantilizes the nation and gives the White House unwarranted news control." Check out a longer excerpt below the break.

Time's Crowley: McGinniss Deals Blow to Journalism, Plays Into Palin's

May 28th, 2010 12:08 PM
Time's Michael Crowley, late of the liberal publication The New Republic, took to his new magazine's Swampland blog with a salutatory post yesterday. After the obligatory kind words about how excited he was to be on board "another great [journalistic] institution," Crowley laid out his case about why author Joe McGinniss was foolish for renting a house right next door to the Palin…

Slate's Shafer Praises McGinniss's 'Stalking' of Sarah Palin

May 26th, 2010 3:06 PM
"It's called legwork, it's called immersion journalism, and it doesn't look pretty. But it should come as a surprise to only naive newspaper readers that every day journalists treat the subjects of investigations the way [Joe] McGinniss is treating Palin,"  Slate's Jack Shafer argued in a May 26 post subheadlined, "In defense of a journalist's stalking of a politician."…

WaPo Collaborates on Front Page Piece With Far-left ProPublica

April 3rd, 2009 11:55 AM
The Washington Post published an extensive investigative piece about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday which was a collaboration with the far-left media outlet ProPublica (h/t Carter Wood).As NewsBusters executive editor Matt Sheffield and I reported last September, ProPublica was founded by Herb and Marion Sandler, the California billionaires that have contributed millions to liberal…

96% of Slate.com Staff to Vote for Obama; 55 to Just One for McCain

November 1st, 2008 11:29 PM
A beyond overwhelming 96 percent of the staff of Slate.com, the online news magazine site owned by the Washington Post, plan to vote for Barack Obama. A Tuesday posting, “Slate Votes: Obama wins this magazine in a rout,” reported 55 staff members plan to cast their ballot for Obama, a mere one person will vote for John McCain, the same number (one) who support libertarian Bob Barr. Another…

Slate's Shafer: NYT Isn't Pulling for Obama

September 24th, 2008 9:19 AM
"I don't believe that the Times is pulling for Barack Obama." Jack Shafer, Slate, 9-23-08There's actually much to agree with in Jack Shafer's column today regarding McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt's criticism of the New York Times.  Consider this observation by Shafer, for example:The press corps does adore Barack Obama. They like his story. They like writing about him. They like…

NYT Admits Fault in Salmon Story; Industry Spokesman Calls Times’ Cl

May 13th, 2008 5:07 PM
Even when The New York Times admits they were wrong, they still don't quite get it right. The paper acknowledged May 13 that a March 27 story, "Salmon Virus Indicts Chile's Fishing Methods," was incorrect when an article by Alexei Barrionuevo had identified security guard Adolfo Flores as the Port Director of Castro, Chiloe Island (see full "Editors' Note" here). Their…