Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Pipedreams, but good ones
Russ Smith wants the New York Times to change its name, appending "Democrat" at the end—and to drop the "All the news that's fit to print" motto, which clearly dodges the truth. While he acknowledges that this is never to be, he makes some good points throughout this column. My favorite "heh" moment:

Todd Gitlin, a journalism professor at Columbia—if aspiring reporters need one more reason to skip this expensive and wasteful master's degree, a trip to Gitlin's class might be just the eye-opener—unleashes his dismay about the imaginary GOP hijacking of the Times in April's American Prospect, an essay so insular you'd swear he lived and socialized exclusively with people who supported John Kerry.

Oh wait, he does.
Read the whole thing if you've got time.

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