Cover, New York magazine.
On the bottom left of Manhattan island is Battery Park City, formed from landfill dug out to make room for the foundations of the original World Trade Center complex.
The power of media criticism: A play in two acts.
UPDATE: It’s there. And it’s spectacular.
Oh dear. There are so many choice passages here, but I’ll cite this one:
It is time for Mitt Romney to get in touch with his inner rich guy.
Some Occupy Wall Street types, believing it to be the height of wit, have begun to spell Romney’s name “Rmoney.” But Romney can do better than that — put it in all caps: R-MONEY. Jay-Z can keep his puny little lowercase letters and the Maybach: R-MONEY doesn’t own a flashy car with rims, R-MONEY does billion-dollar deals with Keystone Automotive and Delphi. You want to make it rain? R-MONEY is going to make it storm, like biblical. Rappers boast about their fat stacks: R-MONEY’s fat stacks live in a beachfront house of their own in the Hamptons, and the bricks in that house are made from tightly bound hundred-dollar bills. You have a ton of money? R-MONEY has 200 metric tons of money if he decides to keep it in cash.
So we have R-MONEY and now we just need a faux-rap handle for Paul Ryan.
With about three months to go until the 2012 US presidential election, the Pew Research Center has given us a look at how both major candidates are running their online campaigns. For two weeks in June, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism gathered and analyzed everything Romney and Obama’s campaigns posted on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and official sites or blogs. While the results show some interesting differences in campaign style (and a great deal of overall similarity), one of the biggest takeaways is that despite the web’s reputation as a way to spark discourse, both campaigns heavily control the content they post, with few links to outside sources and very little citizen-generated content appearing except in comments.
This seems obvious, really. Politics is about message control. Focusing on outside sources and the average user experience online is totally contrary to the way these things work. They’re insular by nature.
A mother, who got drunk before accidentally smothering her baby and killing him, was ceaselessly mocked by Headline News host Nancy Grace on one of her shows, asking “Did mommy booze it up and kill her baby?” and suggesting she should have been charged with murder.
(via The New York Daily News)
It doesn’t matter, because Nancy Grace has no capacity for shame.
In a startlingly damning report after months of investigation into the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, a parliamentary panel here concluded on Tuesday that he was “not a fit person” to run a huge international company, amplifying a public outcry against him, but threatening further bruising divisions within the political establishment.
The conclusion about the world’s most influential media tycoon went much further in lambasting Mr. Murdoch than had been expected from Parliament’s select committee on culture, media and sport, which has conducted several inquiries into press standards in recent years, the most recent starting last July as the hacking scandal burrowed ever deeper into Britain’s public life.
But the impact of the report by the all-party committee was blunted by divisions within the panel itself. Presaging further disarray within Britain’s strained coalition government, the committee said it had split, 6 to 4, on party lines, with the dominant Conservatives opposing the censure of Mr. Murdoch while the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, joined the Labor opposition in supporting it.
“On the basis of the facts and evidence before the committee,” the report said in one passage, “we conclude that, if at all relevant times Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully informed about phone hacking, he turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications.”
“This culture, we consider, permeated from the top throughout the organization and speaks volumes about the lack of effective corporate governance at News Corporation and News International,” its British newspaper subsidiary.
“We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company,” the report said.
The New York Times, “British Panel Finds Murdoch Unfit to Lead Media Empire.”
In today’s stories you probably won’t see on Fox “News.”
A Florida prosecutor filed a murder charge on Wednesday against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated the United States and prompted civil rights demonstrations.
George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Martin, according to Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida’s governor to investigate the racially charged case.
Corey said at a news conference on Wednesday that Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities, who then arrested him. He remains in police custody.
Nearly two months later is better than nothing. I’m more interested in what happens to the law enforcement apparatus that botched basic procedure in Sanford.
From “Why Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters Didn’t Hurt Him in Texas” over at The Atlantic. This quote comes from a voter in Texas’ 14th congressional district, in a 1996 focus group. We don’t even. (via motherjones)
Like I wrote earlier — this is why Paul has reacted badly to being asked about these newsletters. He’s never had to justify them outside of his district. He’s never had to justify or explain them in his district. This is the vulnerability of being a Congressman or Congresswoman who runs for a presidential nomination: if you’ve never had to explain your policies outside a (usually) gerrymandered district, you’re incredibly ill-prepared for a larger spotlight.
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