Gladwell Picks At NYT Carcass Just Like The Rest Of Us

malcolm_gladwell_digs_carcass_bloggers.jpgAs we reported earlier, one of the reverberating themes to come out of last night’s Slate future of journalism debate revolved around a comment by New Yorker writer, author and sometime-blogger Malcolm Gladwell, who criticized bloggers for feeding off of the New York Times‘ “carcass,” arguing that without the Times, there would be “no blogging community.”

What Gladwell conveniently failed to mention: two of the last four posts on his own blog do just that.

Gladwell’s June 21 post:

The Times’ Drug Problem

The New York Times led its business section today with the headline: “Drug Prices Up Sharply.” The subject of the piece was a study by AARP showing that prices of prescription drugs rose 3.9 percent in the first three months of this year, four times the rate of inflation. Outrageous!

But wait: it isn’t until you read a little closer that you realize that the price increase just refers to brand-name pharmaceutical prices.

May 25:


After reading the article in the New York Times yesterday on the hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation given over the past few years to the CEO of Home Depot, I ran across this: in 1949, the highest paid CEO in America was Charlie Wilson of General Motors, who earned $586,100 in salary, bonus and stock. That’s roughly equivalent to what some of the better-compensated CEO’s are making today.

But what did Wilson pay in taxes? $430,350.

Times have changed.

Yes, yes they have.

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