Such accidents are not the least bit amusing, but Jack Shafer's take in Slate on what happened to this one-time newspaper staple is pretty funny.Click here.
JOHN, WE HARDLY KNEW THEEJohn Tierney has been a disappointment as a New York Times op-ed columnist.
Tierney, who was touted as kind of sort of a conservative replacement for the wonderful William Safire, never found his voice. I might not have agreed with Safire, but his columns always were edifying must reads. I read Tierney for a few weeks, found much of his punditizing to be idiotic and have skipped him altogether for most of the last two years.Anyhow, Tierney is retreating to the Science Times section where he will report and blog.
His farewell column is here.
WHEN THE LAST REPORTER IS GONENicholas von Hoffman, writing in The Nation:
"Thanks to the Internet, the iPod and so forth, we have more media outlets than ever before --but fewer reporters. When the last reporter is laid off, we can subsist on rumor, speculation and gossip. These three are usually more interesting than the facts, but do you want to bet your life and livelihood on them?"