What We Talk About When We Talk About 9/11

Max Read · 09/11/11 09:00AM

How do talk about 9/11, ten years later? What stories do we tell? What ideas grab us? We made a word cloud of editorials from 15 prominent local and national papers to see what came up.

Icy Street Corner of Doom Victimizes All Who Pass

Christopher Han · 12/06/10 05:32PM

There's something to be said about this couple filming an icy street corner from out their window, commenting on the passers-by who slowly but surely will fall victim to a certain slippery spot... Well, we're watching too, aren't we?

Big Ski Threatens Snow-Based Media Freedom!

Hamilton Nolan · 12/15/09 01:56PM

In your tricky Tuesday media column: Ski Resorts are the Stasi of Colorado journalism, the White House press corps exercises its shit-eating grin, The New Yorker cuts its fiction, and a dead magazine overview.

Palin/Bachmann '12!

Pareene · 10/24/08 03:02PM

This is wonderful. Commentary, which is basically the most Ridiculous Serious Journal Ever, has decided to tentatively endorse a Palin/Bachmann 2012 ticket! That would be Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Congresswoman recently in the news for asking that Barack Obama and her fellow Congresspeople all be investigated to determine which ones are anti-American. She floated this idea on television, of course. She was previously famous for kissing President Bush creepily, baby-farming, and hiding in a bush while she spied on a gay marriage protest. Now Bachmann is apologizing and the GOP has basically cut her off and left her on her own. Related: Michael Weiss explains that you are not allowed to compliment W. H. Auden or use the phrase "fossil record" in the pages of Commentary. [Commentary via Andrew Sullivan]

Libel Tourists Go Home!

Hamilton Nolan · 09/02/08 12:41PM

In America (the Land of the Free) you can't win a libel suit unless you can prove not only that what was published was false, but also that it was published with actual malice—i.e., you must show that someone meant to hurt you on purpose with false information. But in the UK, the situation is the opposite; it's up to the publisher to prove what they wrote is true. So offended parties from across the world practice "libel tourism," filing suits in the UK against writers and media outlets who have only sold a few copies there, in order to take advantage of the crazy English laws. Luckily our (USA) legislators have now done something useful by protecting gossip sites like us from libel suits across the pond. Here's how one evil Saudi billionaire is helping Gawker write more freely: Commentary has a think piece out this month on new legislation signed by New York's heroic blind governor last spring, which allows judges here to invalidate libel judgments obtained in countries with lesser free speech protections (hello, UK). The prime motivation was reportedly the nonstop libel tourism of Khalid bin Mahfouz (see below), which threatened to bankrupt some journalists. Huzzah for our right to write things, and yours to read them! Here are some of recent history's most notable libel tourists:

Best Magazine Freebie Ever

Ryan Tate · 03/26/08 10:15PM

I was getting kind of sick of the calculators and clocks that come with my other subscriptions. How will any of that stuff ever make my heart explode? [JTA]

What Might You Expect From The New 'Commentary'?

Pareene · 10/18/07 04:50PM

Commentary, the political magazine most famously edited by former literary party animal turned conservative crank Norman Podhoretz, is changing editors for just the fourth time in its 61-year history. Everyone please welcome five-time Jeopardy! champ John Podhoretz, the flightier, flakier son of Norm! Now that the magazine has long completed its transition from home of critical thinking from legendary figures like Lionel Trilling to clearinghouse for vitriolic uber-Zionist right wing bullshit with too many three-dollar words for the Weekly Standard (originally JP's venture with fellow son-of-famous-conservative Bill Kristol), the editor of the New York Post's intellectually rigorous editorial page is the perfect figure to lead it into this glorious neo-conservative future.

Strike a Pose, There's Nothing to It

Jesse · 07/15/05 03:51PM

Can't bear waiting until early August to learn what's on the cover of the traditionally ginormous September issues of the big monthly mags? Of course not. And that, friends, is why Women's Wear Daily has a media column.

Oh, You Wacky Serious Journalists

Jesse · 07/15/05 09:46AM

And with another year and a dozen more committee members — or, at least, with the resources of our Times — the paper also could have recommended that puppies be considered adorable, apple pies delicious, and Hitler a very, very bad man.

We're Just Too Fucking Highbrow

Jesse · 07/14/05 05:47PM

It's a good day today at Broadway and Leonard — although, we suppose, they're pretty much all good days down there. The boys of — you know, that quartet of 20-somethings you read about in The New Yorker back in January, the guys who from their $10,000/month Tribeca loft run a website you've never seen but your younger brother seems to find diverting — today signed a movie contract. It's not for any specific project yet; it's just a development deal, says Variety, "aiming to find feature projects reflecting the college experience along the lines of 1978's hit comedy 'National Lampoon's Animal House.'"

Brooklynite Mag to be Read on Shady, Tree-Lined Street

Jessica · 07/14/05 08:30AM

We could excuse our failure to quickly address the launch issue of The Brooklynite magazine as a result of our typical derision reserved for the domesticated borough from which it hails, but we won't. Rather, we'll just honestly confess to not knowing about the free magazine (though our ignorance has something to do with the fact that the publication hails from a domesticated borough we often deride).

Suddenly, We Understand Why the 'NY Press' is Fading Away

Jessica · 07/14/05 07:45AM

From left to right: Hijinks! Hilarity! Craziness!
It's Tijuana like you've never seen it before, flush with journalism's unbuttoned blue collar. Courtesy of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Convention, the Animal House of alt-weekly culture.

So a Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister Walk Into a Bar

Jesse · 07/13/05 05:19PM

It's like an age-old Japanese koan, except neither age-old nor Japanese: If you publish a blog that's mostly humor, but Google News doesn't label you as satire, are you actually funny?

'Double Super Secret Background' Conversation Finally, Formally Revealed

Jesse · 07/13/05 01:53PM

As we speak (write?), Time reporter Matt Cooper — after months of litigation, ungranted petitions for certiorari, threats in all directions, a fight inside Norm Pearlstine's head, a dramatic farewell to his son, an equally dramatic (or perhaps not) release from his source, Judy Miller's incarceration, and Newsweek's revelation of an email to his boss — is finally testifying before special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's grand jury.