Category Archives: Media

Why is the NYT Breaking the Web?

Websites get old, and need to be redesigned occasionally. That we understand. But the first rule of designing a website is that you make sure you can redesign it without breaking all the incoming links. And the first rule of … Continue reading

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Newsweek’s Fearful Krugman Profile

Evan Thomas has a profile of Paul Krugman on the cover of Newsweek. The 2,825-word article has six on-the-record quotes about Krugman; none of them — not even the one from his mother — are particularly flattering. No one is … Continue reading

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Adventures in Flackery, Private Jet Edition

Two high-profile financial columnists filed two strikingly similar opinions on corporate jets today: A private plane is really a flying office. It is a way for a busy executive to get from one place to another as efficiently as possible, … Continue reading

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Alex Dalmady, the MSM, and Stanford

Alex Dalmady, the analyst who broke the Stanford story, has a blog now, and he’s not afraid to use it: his latest blog entry has appeared with the headline "The WALL STREET JOURNAL can kiss my ass!": (Update: Dalmady’s entire … Continue reading

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Magazine Cover of the Year

There really can’t be any doubt about this one: World Finance splashes Sir Allen Stanford all over the cover of its Jan/Feb 2009 issue. And the prose couldn’t be any more glowing, or more ironic: World Finance’s 2008 Man of … Continue reading

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Stanford: The MSM’s Caution

While it’s somewhat heartening to see the MSM pick up the Stanford story, one can’t help but be struck by the ultracautious way in which they’re doing so. The WSJ, for instance, finally gets on the case today, under the … Continue reading

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Kanjorski and the Money Market Funds: The Facts

With the Kanjorski Meme still spreading (see Ben Smith, Andrew Leonard, Moldbug, and more), I think I’m finally able to squash it with some hard figures: there never was a $500 billion outflow from any asset class in the space … Continue reading

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The Kanjorski Meme

This is the way that memes propagate: after appearing on LiveLeak and being picked up by Zero Hedge (twice), Paul Kedrosky, and Clusterstock, it hit BoingBoing, and now it’s everywhere: Panzer, Alphaville, SAR, the Economist, you name it. I’ve been … Continue reading

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The CNBC Cacophony, Taleb-Roubini Edition

Josh Marshall points to a classic case of people talking past each other, when Nassim Taleb and Nouriel Roubini appear on CNBC to talk about big-picture economic crisis, while the anchors in the studio are interested in things like why … Continue reading

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Why Micropayments Won’t Work for the NYT

I’m not sure why the micropayments-as-the-savior-of-journalism meme seems to have taken off of late, but I’m glad there are lots of people trying to squash it: I’d particularly recommend Gabe Sherman and Clay Shirky. But in the case of Steve … Continue reading

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Kindle 2: Still Expensive

Megan McArdle loves her Kindle, but says that Amazon doesn’t want to have "a glut" of Kindles if the new Kindle 2 fails to sell as well as the original. My feeling is that having too many Kindles in stock … Continue reading

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How the Ad Recession Could Improve the Web

There’s an interesting quote buried near the end of the NYT’s article on the NYT: Across the Internet, “we have a glut of unsold inventory every single day,” said Kelly Twohig, the digital activation director at Starcom, which buys media … Continue reading

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Recessionwire, in Theory and Practice

Congratulations to my former colleagues Laura Rich and Sara Clemence for getting the great-looking Recessionwire up and running — and for snagging some very valuable NYT real estate, as well. This is my favorite bit from the NYT article: … Continue reading

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Cacophonous CNBC

Marion Maneker gets an astonishing admission from Jonathan Wald, the man in charge of news at CNBC who’s now leaving the station: "Conflict is king in cable television," Wald says. "You want more than one guest at a time. You … Continue reading

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Paying for News

Walter Isaacson has a big article extolling micropayments as the future of the publishing industry — despite the fact that, as he admits, the technology simply doesn’t yet exist to make them easy enough to be workable. What’s more, the … Continue reading

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The Blog Stigma

Today marks a small step in the acceptance of blogs as legitimate news sources: Mayor Bloomberg took two questions from Gothamist’s Jen Chung during a press conference about a mysterious maple syrup smell. But more than four years after Gothamist … Continue reading

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Where’s Markopolos’s Blog?

Ray Pellecchia is right: if Harry Markopolos had taken all of his evidence about Bernie Madoff and put it on a blog, instead of submitting it to the SEC, there’s a good chance that would have been the end of … Continue reading

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Bill Keller Examines the NYT Business Model

Bill Keller’s musings about online subscriptions are causing something of a storm in the blogosphere, and even making the MSM. But I’d highly recommend you read the long version of Keller’s comments, rather than the soundbite version. Keller spends 2,164 … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Newspapers: Worth a Try

Jonathan Weber is not a fan of the nonprofit newspaper. Why not? I think it’s a vague sense that being nonprofit is un-American, a bit like bank nationalization: That newspapers should be run as nonprofit organizations strikes me as a … Continue reading

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When Newspapers Rewrite Their Online Articles

Many thanks to Ashley Huston in the Dow Jones PR department for chasing down answers to the questions I posed last week when I asked whether the WSJ was rewriting old articles. In the case of the article about John … Continue reading

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When I had lunch with the FT’s Rob Grimshaw, we spent all of our time talking about two sources of revenue: advertising, on the one hand, and subscriptions, on the other. Little did I imagine there was a third coming … Continue reading

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There’s a small silver lining of good news in today’s atrocious GDP report: the New York Times has started linking to primary sources from its home page. And this isn’t one of those open-in-a-new-window links, either: it’s a proper link, … Continue reading

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The Nonprofit Newspaper

Steve Coll, reacting to David Swensen and Michael Schmidt, picks up the nonprofit newspaper meme and runs with it: Not to pick on any one institution, but, from a constitutional perspective, how did we end up in a society where … Continue reading

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The FT’s Online Business Model

I just had a long lunch with managing director Rob Grimshaw. He’s been in the job for about six months now, and I was interested to hear his take on everything from subscription firewalls to RSS feeds. It was … Continue reading

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John Thain’s PR Expenditures

When Maria Bartiromo asked John Thain about his notorious office, he replied: Well, first of all, it– it is true. This was a year ago or actually a little bit more than a year ago in a very differ– different– … Continue reading

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