Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rupert Murdoch, the New York Times and the Future of American Journalism -- (Don't You Just Love Apocalyptic Headlines?)

In the current Atlantic, Mark Bowden discusses Rupert Murdoch and how his purchase of the Wall Street Journal will impact the New York Times. Bowden also addresses the broader issue about the future of American journalism -- that earnest brown-shoe, Scout's-honor version of journalism that came of age after World War II -- and what Murdoch means to it. After having worked at the Chicago Sun-Times when Murdoch bought it in 1983, and for years at Newsday which Murdoch nearly bought early this year -- I was all ears. He also pops up in my book about Si Newhouse, when the Australian-born media baron testified for the Conde Nast chieftain in his successful $1 billion tax case against the IRS.

Vanity Fair's Blog Graphic Looks Just like the Conde Nast Seating Arrangment

In its latest issue, Vanity Fair unveils its "Blogoptican" -- its assortment of blogs ranging from "Huffington Post" and "The Smoking Gun" to "Jossip" and the "Daily Kos" and "I Don't Like You in That Way." I'm amused by how many conservative blogs are on the list -- like "NewsBusters", National Review and "Michelle Malkin" -- as well as the usual liberal suspects. It makes you wonder if Christopher Hitchens had a hand in putting together this VF graphic?
Speaking of graphics, did you ever notice how everything presented by Conde Nast always seems to be framed like a seating chart at Conde Nast? I've always gotten a kick out of the musical chairs played in the Newhouse kingdom and made mention of it in my biography of Si Newhouse from the 1990s.
In this Vanity Fair arrangement of the blogosphere, I wonder who's closest to being bought by Si Newhouse?