Fair. Balanced.

The only way to make sense of the news that the New York Times has hired William Kristol as an op-ed writer is to imagine that, tomorrow, we will learn that the Wall Street Journal has handed a column to Noam Chomsky. [tags]william kristol, new york times[/tags]

The value of coming clean about mistakes

The 10ZenMonkeys blog has the transcript of an extraordinary speech by Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland delivered at a recent conference for the Craigslist Foundation. (Found via BoingBoing.) This passage about admitting your mistakes is worth taking to heart, particularly for those newsroom veterans who scratch their heads […]

LotR and Potter: some notes

As I said above, I came reluctantly and very late to the Harry Potter saga, as a Tolkien fan prepared to be dismissive. And I was thoroughly won over. Rowling’s work may fall short of Tolkien’s in sheer mythological scope, grandeur and sublimity; yet it also exceeds its predecessor in other areas –Rowling, for instance, […]