September 17, 2003

New Blog: PressThink

NYU J-school professor and media critic Jay Rosen has a new blog - PressThink - up and running. Among his latest posts is an interview with Columbia J-school's Todd Gitlin about Attorney General John Ashcroft's refusal to take questions from print journalists. Despite the academically incestuous nature of the interview, it's worth reading. A sample:

"PressThink: But what does John Ashcroft know about the American press that perhaps the press does not know about itself?

"Todd Gitlin: He knows that TV reporters can be relied upon not to show solidarity with their repelled print colleagues. Just as reporters at Bush's last press conference refused to bridle when he acknowledged-take that, minions!-that he was calling on them from a script, he knows that the press corps is no corps at all, but a band of competitors (emphasis added) more committed to seeking advantage over rivals than protecting the public's right to know."

Posted by Tim Porter at September 17, 2003 10:26 AM
Comments

This is very interesting. Have bookmarked Rosen's new blog. (Send it to Janet...do you have her e-mail?)

Posted by: d rabin on September 17, 2003 11:30 AM

Great Link, indeed

PS:Story of note
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In 1970, George Mcgovern, the way-long-shot antiwar candidate, began to experiment with the novel political fund-raising technique of direct mail to finance his unlikely primary race.
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Posted by: Jozef on September 19, 2003 07:30 PM
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