Feb
24
2014

New York Times Critic Doesn't Care What Foreigners Have to Say

Piers Morgan (cc photo: GL Johnson)

New York Times media columnist David Carr (2/24/14) seems to think the relationship between CNN and Piers Morgan was doomed from the start: It's been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate–the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt–and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America. That's a peculiar way to define "provincial"; surely one can be deeply interested in the United States and deeply interested in […]

Sep
10
2013

Barrett Brown Can't Talk About Why the Government Wants to Jail Him for a Century

Barrett Brown

In the US government's campaign against journalists, Barret Brown is one of the lesser-known victims. And now even less will be forthcoming about his story, as the Texas-based writer, satirist and Internet activist is under a federal court gag order, forbidden to talk about his case.

Nov
14
2012

Fox's 'Best Journalistic Instincts' Are Nothing to Write Home About

Fox News' Brit Hume

New York Times media reporter David Carr (11/12/12) had some kind words for Fox News Channel's Election Night coverage: On Tuesday night, the people in charge of Fox News were confronted with a stark choice after it became clear that Mr. Romney had fallen short: was Fox, first and foremost, a place for advocacy or a place for news? In this moment, at least, Fox chose news. After relating the story of Karl Rove's contrarian insistence that Obama had not won Ohio and thus the election–including the oddest part of the story, which is that one of Fox News' featured […]

Dec
19
2011

Louis C.K. and Net Neutrality

New York Times reporter David Carr (12/19/11) takes a look at comedian Louis C.K.'s recent decision to webcast his own comedy special: A scabrous and successful champion of the everyman, Louis C. K. decided last week to go direct with his fans: no cable special, no middleman, just a simple download for $5 on his website to see his comedy show Louis C. K.: Live at the Beacon Theater. The show could be viewed as the consumer wished, with no rights protection or expensive subscription. A buy-it-and-watch-it proposition, no cable company involved. He was also, of course, enabling people to […]

Nov
21
2011

It's True: Cops Beat Protesters Even Before OWS

New York Times media reporter David Carr has written some interest pieces on Occupy Wall Street. His piece today tries to work out where things go from here, but one comment in the piece about how Occupy Wall Street compares with protests of the past caught my attention: There were citizens screaming invective about the rich while being confronted by the police in riot gear, the kind of spontaneous uprising we have not seen in almost half a century. Huh. This is used to explain why the mainstream media found OWS so newsworthy. But I remember things like this happening, […]

Mar
07
2011

Glenn Beck's Factchecking Machine

From David Carr's piece on Glenn Beck in the New York Times today (3/7/11) "When I first came here," he told his audience on Wednesday, "I had this pie-in-the-sky belief that if I told you the truth, if I verified all of my facts and double-checked, and we could make that compelling case with facts to back it up, the journalists in other places would get curious and theyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢d use their resources and theyâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢d investigate and they'd prove it right and they'd show it too." Then he shook his head and laughed bitterly. There's nothing to say about that, really.Everyone […]

Sep
20
2010

NYT's Carr to Jon Stewart: Get Off the Field!

The New York Times' David Carr (9/20/10) compares involvement by media figures in politics–exemplified by CNBC's Rick Santelli and various Fox News figures fueling the Tea Party movement, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's dueling answer rallies to said movement–to "a football game where the reporters and commentators, bored by the feckless proceedings on the field, suddenly poured out of the press box and took over the game." Writes Carr: "In politics, it seems as if the media is intent on not just keeping score but also calling plays." Regardless of what one thinks of any particular media figure's political […]

Jul
06
2010

The WashPost's David Weigel Problem

There's been an awful lot written about the Washington Post and David Weigel. The short version of the story: Weigel was hired by the Post to do blogging/Internet reporting on the conservative movement. This bothered some on the right, since Weigel's left-libertarian politics made them think he was out to get them. Weigel evidently had strong opinions about some of the people in that movement; when some of hismessages to a liberal-leaning email listwere leaked, his time at the Post was over. David Carr at the New York Times wrote a thoughtful column (7/4/10) about the Weigel controversy, noting that […]

Jul
17
2009

Carr on Finke Is Pot vs. Kettle

In his front-page profile of movie industry blogger Nikki Finke, New York Times media reporter David Carr (7/17/09) can't resist a self-congratulatory dig: "Her liabilities in the world of print–a penchant for innuendo and unnamed sources–became assets online." Those familiar with the print media world may recall that unnamed sources are not exactly unknown there. To find an example, I didn't have to go farther than the first half of Carr's own article, where he has a paragraph full of anonymous attacks on Finke: "I'd prefer not to ever deal with her," said a senior communications executive at a studio […]

Dec
01
2008

Creating Black Friday

Is the total frenzy over post-Thanksgiving shopping a recent creation? That's what David Carr writes in the New York Times today: Media and retail outfits are economic peas in a pod. Part of the reason that the Thanksgiving newspaper and local morning television show are stuffed with soft features about shopping frenzies is that they are stuffed in return with ads from retailers. Yes, Black Friday is a big day for retailers–stores did as much as 13 percent of their holiday business this last weekend–but it is also a huge day for newspapers and television. In partnership with retail advertising […]