We opened with some review and commentary on Rebooting the News #55 with Readability developer Richard Ziade, and #56 with Brendan Greeley of The Economist.
We discussed Dave’s post, Why I don’t do interviews.
We sorted through a big event in national politics and Beltway journalism: Rolling Stone, the Church of the Savvy and the resignation of General Stan McChrystal. Jay’s post about The Politico “disappearing” a key passage is here.
Jay: I think you need outsiders as well as insiders reporting on big institutions. Dave: I wish we only had the outsiders.
Meanwhile, CNET reports… growing pains afflict HTML5 standardization. The nasty emails are flying. The big companies are moving in. Momentum toward a common standard is being disrupted. Dave: “This is how the tech industry works,” but it’s surprising to a get a journalistic account that brings us inside it.
We finished up with what Scott Rosenberg called “the war between journalists and bloggers at the Washington Post,” occasioned by the resignation of a young blogger the Post had hired to cover the conservative movement, Dave Wiegel, and a poorly-reasoned ombudsman column about the episode.
Dave’s given up on the Washington Post; he think they’re pretty much dead. Not Jay: “I criticize because I care.”
Here’s the show, we hope you like it.