K.E. Grubbs Jr.

K.E. Grubbs Jr. is director of the National Journalism Center and editor of TheReporter.us

Hollywood’s Dual Lusts

 

The great 17th century thinker Blaise Pascal warned of the twin evils of “megalomania” — the lust for power — and “erotomania” — the lust for, well, lust. I came to the mathematician/theologian’s thought some 30 years ago by way of the great 20th century writer Malcolm Muggeridge, whose explications of Pascal and other Christian […]

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Memo to Dan

 

Your comments this week at Fordham University Law School sure stirred them up. The image of fear stalking America’s newsrooms was the best hoot we the network suits have had in years. The right half of the blogosphere — hey, wait, except for Kos and one or two others, the whole damn lot of the […]

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A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

 

With the media’s fixation on Karl Rove’s chatty telephone habits, President Bush’s greeting this week of two prime ministers almost escaped notice. It shouldn’t have. Indeed, it took an Australian correspondent in Prime Minister John Howard’s press retinue to break through our homegrown journalists’ myopia. He waited patiently, this scribbler from Down Under, as his […]

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The Bloggerstant Reformation

 

Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World by Hugh Hewitt (Nelson Books, 265 pages, $19.99) YOU’RE A CLERIC IN Sixteenth Century Europe — Germany, let’s say — and you’re at the end of a lifelong calling. You have been dispensing doctrine faithfully, and though never on the papal career track, you will go […]

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A Free Journalist

 

In review: Give Me A Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media… by John Stossel (HarperCollins, 294 pages, $24.95) When I think of John Stossel, I confess to an ignoble feeling: jealousy. Damn that guy. When he was a fledgling TV reporter, making his mark […]

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A Pox on Pulitzer Prizes

 

It’s become as much of a spring rite as girls going wild in Ft. Lauderdale: corks flying in newsrooms across the land; editors vowing — in not exactly a lapse of taste — never to wash, indeed to frame, their methode champagnoise shirts; reporters and editors, their native cynicism suspended, celebrating their moral triumphs and […]

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The Bias Bully

 

A special review of Eric Alterman’s What Liberal Media? The Truth About BIAS and the News (Basic Books, 322 pages, $25). So Eric Alterman shoves off in his leaky little vessel, its bold mission to neutralize the conservative attack on the liberal media by the likes of Bernard Goldberg and Ann Coulter. He dips his […]

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The Triumph of the West II

 

“Troy Glaus! You’ve just been named Most Valuable Player of the 2002 World Series! What are you going to do now?!” “I’m going to … DISNEYLAND?! Aw, c’mon. Surely you guys can send me to Cabo. I mean, I can hit a Liván Hernández slider over to Fantasyland from here! Been there. Done that.” And […]

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The Triumph of the West

 

Out here in the lower left section of the continental U.S., October brings a balmy cool. After sunset, and if you’re sitting in a stadium, the impulse is to put the jacket or sweatshirt on, then take it off, then put it on again. There’s a meteorological explanation, something about an early evening shift in […]

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Corporate Scandal at the Networks

 

A few random thoughts, post-speech, on the crisis of capitalism: 1. What network were you watching when George W. Bush, standing soberly before that Wall Street crowd, gave one of the most critical speeches, not only of his presidency, but of our times? I was watching NBC, where, half way through the chief executive’s response […]

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