(A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…)
New WaPo executive editor is “human Ritalin”-– Martin Baron, executive editor at WaPo, is profiled by National Journal’s Chris Frates. Except “profiled” is usually a word reserved for people who let you in and see at least some of what makes them tick. Baron won’t say what makes him tick. He’ll hardly say anything. It’s even a wonder he agreed to have a story written about him. “Baron is almost a kind of D.C. antimatter,” Frates writes. “He does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post…” But what readers do learn about Baron is that he’s a middle-of-the-road, no frills “newsman” in every traditional sense of the word. “Human Ritalin,” as Frates describes it.
“Morning Joe” is “what’s wrong” with MSNBC?– Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a thing for “Morning Joe.” Namely, he hates it. He regularly calls the show’s main host Joe Scarborough a hack, but then again he has an annual hack list in which lots of journalists are hacks. He picks up on any controversial remark. There’s nothing discernibly nice that Pareene has ever written about the show. That pattern continued Monday when Pareene wrote that the reason for MSNBC’s recent decline in overall ratings can be encapsulated in “Morning Joe.” “Every other TV morning show is mostly fluff and weather,” Pareene writes. “’Morning Joe,’” instead of entertainment news updates, has a former member of Congress wave a newspaper at Mark Halperin for a while. MSNBC’s target audience may just be much less interested in listening to people talk about politics in spring 2013 than they were during an election year.”
Former CBS White House Correspondent was once lifted into the air by Shaq– In a column for The Atlantic, co-host of CBS’s “This Morning” Norah O’Donnell details her media diet. Somewhat arbitrarily included in the column…
“The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me during a commercial break is probably getting picked up by Shaquille O’Neal.”
Columnists offer competing (and discouraging) advice to grads– It’s graduation season which means some journalists take it upon themselves to dole out bits of wisdom they think is worth sharing. The worst of Tuesday’s comes from WaPo‘s Richard Cohen, who says new grads may be saddled with miserable debt coming out of college, but at least they’ve had a learning experience! Hey, Cohen still studies skulls as a hobby. If not for college, he wouldn’t have found that bit of passion, he says. Carl McCoy’s advice in WSJ is more practical but no less irritating. He essentially says new grads hopefully majored in something useful, even if it’s not their passion. Otherwise, there’s a good chance they’ll be poor. ‘”Do what you love’ is an important message, but it’s unwise to build a career on the notion that we should all be paid for our passions,” McCoy writes. Congrats, grads!
Knoller visits “Columbia.”– Tweeting about Vice President Joe Biden‘s weekend trip to Colombia, CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller accidentally misspelled the country as “Columbia.” A flurry of tweets came in to correct Knoller. And, as he is known to do, he documented the number of corrective tweets. “Yeah, I know. Colombia, not Columbia. Thanks for the 47 corrections,” he tweeted Sunday. “Tweets correcting my incorrect spelling of Colombia up to 74. Stop the scolding. That’s my job. It was a typo.”