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High Anxiety

January 10, 2020

To live in Donald Trump’s America is to be burdened with a perpetual sense of anxiety. Its intensity fluctuates with the never-ending roller coaster of bad news; one moment he’s cutting emissions standards, the next he’s firing missiles at Iran.

This week we were riveted to the spectacle of our president on trial, with all the grisly entrails of the Ukraine scandal spilling onto the floor of the United States Senate. At the same time, we kept a worried eye on the presidential race, which in 10 days will see the first votes of the season cast in Iowa. READ MORE

Past Editions

Jan 10, 2020 To the Apocalypse and Back in a Week Spring in Our Step Let’s suppose you had slept through the past week and turned on your television this morning. What would you notice had changed?

Dec 20, 2019 The Spring in Our Step
Last Friday, Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times authored a sobering column about the despair that has overtaken blue America in the Trump era.

Dec 6, 2019 The Media’s Pete Buttigieg Problem
An unknown mayor from a tiny city enters the race for president, enchants a legion of voters, raises a fortune in campaign contributions, defies the conventional wisdom and blows past the established front-runners to take the lead in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Maybe we’re missing something, but that seems like a pretty big story.

November 7, 2019 Going Postal
“Trump is the first New Yorker to be president since FDR, yet city and state Democrats won’t even show basic respect for the office,” New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin lamented last Sunday.

October 31, 2019 Failure to Thrive
October was a cruel month in New York City, with three horrific attacks by violent, mentally ill homeless men dominating the news.

October 25, 2019 STRESSED OUT
“There’s more anxiety than ever,” said a Democrat in the Times this week about the spreading contagion of Democratic primary anxiety.

October 11, 2019 Who Was Rudy Giuliani?
According to CNN, the same U.S. Attorney’s Office that Rudy Giuliani once famously led is now investigating his role in a scandal that produced two indictments yesterday and could ultimately bring down a president.

September 27, 2019 Cracks in the Red Wall
That adrenaline rush we’re experiencing with each revelation in the Trump-Ukraine scandal is conjuring up old feelings of euphoria from our days as Watergate-obsessed teenagers. 

September 13, 2019 A Savior in Search of Friends
“We will not wait to integrate our schools!” our schools chancellor Richard Carranza declared this spring. “We will not wait to dismantle the segregated systems we have!”

August 9, 2019 In Search of Perfection at The Times
“I canceled my subscription,” Joan Walsh of The Nation and CNN announced Monday. “I know a lot of folks will tell me I’m wrong. I will miss it. But I can’t keep rewarding such awful news judgment.”

August 6, 2019 Bill de Blasio’s Endless Summer
Like Bill de Blasio, we spent much of August on the road, leaving this dyspeptic metropolis behind to experience the America New Yorkers rarely see. Our paths didn’t cross on our respective road trips, but we shared the mayor’s exuberance over getting out of Dodge.

August 2, 2019 Still Crazy After All These Years
If someone had told journalists back in the 1980’s that the media would still be covering Al Sharpton’s feuds with Donald Trump 30 years later, they would have had a good laugh. But here we are, a befuddled public watching as Trump, now President of the United States, tangles with Sharpton, now America’s most influential civil rights leader. This long-running show is playing to a whole new generation of news consumers, like a third remake of “Batman.”

July 19, 2019 What’s a Good Euphemism for “Racist”?
How is it possible two and a half years into Donald Trump’s presidency that media organizations are still agonizing over whether to describe his words as racist?

June 21, 2019 A Community In Search of Itself
Recently, on a sweltering afternoon that was “dunk-tank-envy hot,” per the New York Times , a handful of presidential candidates trekked to the annual Capital City Pride Fest in Des Moines and pitched their candidacies to a large crowd of revelers waving rainbow flags.

June 14, 2019 The Times Talks Back to Donald Trump
“Our job is to cover the hell out of Donald Trump, not be his opponent,” New York Times editor Dean Baquet said two months after the president’s inauguration in 2017. Few could disagree.

June 7, 2019 A Royal Time for Donald Trump And Rupert Murdoch
“Anyone for tea and Trump-ets?” the New York Post inquired Tuesday. For Rupert Murdoch, the media baron whose tabloid devoted nine adoring pages to Donald Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom, the answer was an emphatic yes.

May 31, 2019 Coping with the Insanity of the Trump Era
We are living through a terrible era in our country’s history. Our president is dangerous, vindictive, and immoral. Because we cannot live every minute of the day in a state of outrage, we tune out the insanity, or normalize it to the extent that we can laugh at the absurdity. But there are moments when the totality of the nightmare that is the Trump administration hits us all at once.

May 24, 2019 How the Media Missed the Joe Biden Story
“Imagine believing that what the Democratic Party is looking for in its leaders in 2019 is a handsy geriatric white man,” Matthew Walther of THE WEEK wrote about Joe Biden’s potential candidacy for president back in March.

May 17, 2019 The Media’s Bronx Cheer forBill De Blasio’s Campaign
By the time Bill de Blasio made his long-awaited announcement yesterday that he was running for president, the conventional wisdom had long since formed.

May 10, 2019 Bill de Blasio and the Media Hate-Fest
As our readers know, we’ve burned more than a few brain cells this year trying to understand what it is about Bill de Blasio that brings out such deep feelings of hostility.

May 3, 2019 Kirsten Gillibrand:Still Stuck on the 2020 Sidelines
Like a clock ticking backwards, Kirsten Gillibrand’s poll numbers went from one percent to zero this week, the latest indignity for a presidential candidate whose campaign has been curiously moribund this season.

April 26, 2019 Bernie Sanders? Really?
“It’s the first big misstep of the 2020 Democratic primary season,” announced Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post on Wednesday.

April 19, 2019 What Do You Do When The MediaFalls Out of Love with You?
“It’s too early to tell who’s going to be the nominee,” Axios proclaimed on March 15th, “but Beto’s early buzz is clearly something his Democratic opponents aren’t taking lightly and can’t afford to ignore.”

April 11, 2019 Wait, is Bill de Blasio Actually Running for President?
Maybe everyone else assumed it, but we were under the impression for the longest time that Bill de Blasio wasn’t going to run for president.

April 4, 2019 Will it Last for Pete Buttigieg?
We are not immune to Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s considerable charms.
But the coverage of his surging campaign took on the quality of a rising fever this week, creating a vertiginous quality to a Democratic race that was still in its infancy when the Buttigieg phenomenon sprang up out of nowhere.

March 29, 2019 The Mueller Blame Game Begins
“Nobody wants to hear this,” writes Matt Taibbi, “but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.”

March 22, 2019 Coming to Terms with That New Blue City
It is a strange time to be a capitalist in this country, and in New York City in particular.

March 15, 2019
What Has Happened to Vanity Fair?
It isn’t often that a publication turns against its audience, but that’s what seems to have happened in the 16 months since Radhika Jones succeeded Graydon Carter as editor of Vanity Fair . The former editorial director of the New York Times books department has been hailed as a breath of fresh air since Carter’s imperial quarter-century reign came to an end.

March 7, 2019 The Post Loses it Over A.O.C.
Jeez, New York Post – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really drives you crazy, huh?
We know she makes conservatives nuts, with her Green New Deal, her dreams of single-payer healthcare, and her college-era dance videos. She’s also causing agita for Democrats . But with you it’s become, like, a thing .

March 1, 2019 What’s the Plan, Bill de Blasio?
We have no idea whether Mayor de Blasio really believes he can be president. But whether he does or doesn’t, you have to wonder why he would willingly subject himself to the worst kind of hometown ridicule yet again.

February 21, 2019 A Press Champion Emerges In Dark Times
When the history of this awful era in America is written, there will be no shortage of villains in the Trump story, be it the president himself, the apparatchiks who enabled him, the party elders who abided him or the right-wing television hosts who egged him on.

February 15, 201
9 Farewell, New York – And Thanks For Nothing
The recriminations over who lost Amazon commence today and will continue for years to come. The implosion of the project, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, is on a scale without precedent in modern times, dwarfing Mike Bloomberg’s failed effort to build a west side stadium and Nelson Rockefeller and John Lindsay’s efforts to construct a new west side highway.

February 8, 2019 When a Big Story Starts Small
Last Wednesday at around midnight, on the coldest night of the year, a New York Times reporter named Annie Correal was still at work when an email popped up in her inbox.

February 1, 2019
Where Are All the Female Editors?
Ex- New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is back with a new book, “Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” that chronicles how The Times, The Washington Post, VICE and Buzzfeed navigated the fast-changing news business over the last decade.

January 25, 2019 Time to Head Back to New York, Rudy
Last April, Rudy Giuliani signed on as Donald Trump’s attorney with a vow to “quickly” bring an end to the Mueller investigation. “ I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country,” he said at the time.

January 17, 2019 The Heroes of Local Television News
Amid all the tectonic shifts in the way we get our news and when we get it – which is pretty much whenever we want it – no news medium has clung to its old model as tightly as local television news. Most have some type of web presence, but the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts remain their raison d’être, even as many people in their twenties not only don’t watch thesix o’clock news but may not even know what it is.

January 11, 2019 Conventional Wisdom Stalls on the L Train
Over the past two weeks the applause meter on Governor Cuomo’s L train drama has swung back and forth so wildly that the conventional wisdom has barely kept up.

January 3, 2019 Welcome to the first Communications Breakdown of 2019. Last night, the sports editor of the Daily News announced that his position had been eliminated, which if true was an act of pure insanity at a tabloid made famous by its sports coverage.
Yet as the insults to our great publications continue to pile up, the media industry in this city is far from fading. We’re devoting the whole shebang today to the state of New York City print journalism. And there’s a great deal to be optimistic about.

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