Posts tagged with ‘food fight’

The Longform Guide to Journalism Takedowns: In which Thomas Friedman, Jay Mariotti, and TED are eviscerated. →

Featuring such pleasantries as:

  • How To Not Be The Biggest Asshole In Media: 4 Lessons I Learned From Meeting Jay Mariotti And Reading His Awful Book
  • Hollywood’s Information Man: a profile of Peter Bart, then-editor in chief of Variety
  • The Buzz Factory: a profile of Steven T. Florio, then-president and CEO of Condé Nast Publications
  • Flathead: a deconstruction of the inanities New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman weaves through his columns and books.

There’s nothing quite like journalists pulling out the knives and going after one another. As Slate notes, “A good takedown is tricky because you’ve got to believe, ultimately, that he/she/it totally deserved it, too.”

Facebook Vs. Google: Oh It’s On!
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Facebook Vs. Google: Oh It’s On!

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Arianna Strikes Back →

Earlier today we noted an article in which Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times, took the Huffington Post to task for the way in which it aggregates content.

Later in the day, Arianna struck back:

I wonder what site he’s been looking at. Not ours, as even a casual look at HuffPost will show. Even before we merged with AOL, HuffPost had 148 full-time editors, writers, and reporters engaged in the serious, old-fashioned work of traditional journalism. As long ago as 2009, Frank Rich praised the work of our reporters in his column. Paul Krugman more recently singled out the work of our lead finance writer. Columbia Journalism Review has credited our work for advancing the public’s understanding of the national foreclosure crisis, and a pair of our Washington reporters recently received a major journalism prize. Matthew Yglesias, Felix Salmon, Catherine Rampell, are among the many others who have cited the work of our reporters. Did Keller not notice that? 

She goes on but we leave it at that.

It’s not our purpose here to amplify snark fights in the media space. But, with a high profile attack against her, we think it right to note her response.

I pray the New York Times doesn’t have to close sections, shrink its newsprint, whore its front page to advertisers and cut its staff in half while a gang of former radio hatchet men hired by a megalomaniacal real estate imp guts the company.

— Geoff Mohan, Environmental Editor, Los Angeles Times, in response to a New York Times article, Despite Distinctions, Los Angeles Times Loses Standing at Home.