There, Axelrod spoke about his newspaper days at the Chicago Tribune, the state of the media, and Brooks’ work at the Times.
“When I began reporting, the news cycle was 24 hours, not 30 minutes,” Axelrod said. The pacing was different, as were the competitive pressures. bureau between Tom Friedman and Maureen Dowd—which he dubbed “ego alley”—and how William Safire once told him it’s “tremendously easy” being a columnist, something he didn't find to be true.
Reporters were not asked to file five and six times a day; on three or four platforms; to blog and tweet. “I used to have all sorts of human drives, the need for food, for water for sex,” Brooks said.
(I just wanted to say ‘tweet.’) Axelrod described Brooks as a “true public thinker,” and said that “there are days, sitting in the White House, when I wish I could trade places with David and the scribes in editorial suites and academic centers who are always generous with their advice.” “When David was just starting out, and I was a young political writer for the Tribune, he was nice enough to tell me his goal was to be like me,” Axelrod said, in closing. The one thing I haven’t done is elected somebody president. “Now I have one drive: the need for column ideas." Being a conservative at the Times, Brooks said he cleaned out 290,000 emails in his first six months with one essential message: “Krugman’s great.
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), and strangely off-the-mark needling, while pundits such as Maureen Dowd appeared to be charmed by his rival, George W. For the first time, Gore and his family talk about the effect of the press attacks on his campaign—and about his future plans—to the author, who finds that many in the media are re-assessing their 2000 coverage.
OUT AND ABOUT IN THE HAMPTONS -- LALLY WEYMOUTH held her annual summer party last night at her house in Southampton.
There was a long gold carpet entrance from where the parking was to a big tent next to her house.
As he was running for president, Al Gore said he'd invented the Internet; announced that he had personally discovered Love Canal, the most infamous toxic-waste site in the country; and bragged that he and Tipper had been the sole inspiration for the golden couple in Erich Segal's best-selling novel (made into a hit movie with Ali Mac Graw and Ryan O' Neal).
He also invented the dog, joked David Letterman, and gave mankind fire.
Could such an obviously intelligent man have been so megalomaniacal and self-deluded to have actually said such things?