...don't even ignore 'em.
-- Samuel Goldwyn

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Tina Brown.

What can I say about Tina? The only magazine editor, male or female, to conquer the job at both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Now, she's writing a superb column for The Washington Post. To my eye, her analysis is target-center, her wit sparkling, her candor bracing, her voice authoritative. She's everything Maureen Dowd would like to be.

Today, she's writing about the Bob Woodward-PlameGate flap, and what she calls the media "cannibal feast." Like this:

Now that everyone's a moralist, all mistakes are outrages. It's born of the desperation of Big Journalism's realization that it has lost control. Mainstream Media are trapped in the pincer assaults of the fact-free ethical anarchy of the blogosphere and the cynicism of quarterly profit-driven conglomerates enslaved to entertainment values. No one wants to be caught without a chair when the music stops.
That about captures it. In one paragraph. Now this is writing, and it's right on. For complete satisfaction, read the whole column.

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