Campaign watch: What would we do at the New York Times?

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016

Taking the Okrent Challenge:
On Tuesday, Slate's normally sensible Isaac Chotiner took temporary leave of his senses.

He asked Daniel Okrent what he would do to improve the coverage of Candidate Trump. Okrent seemed to have no earthly idea. Once again, here's the Q-and-A:
CHOTINER (3/22/16): If you were running a major news organization right now—

OKRENT: And thank God I’m not.

CHOTINER: Would you try to cover Trump differently?

OKRENT: I pretty much rely on the New York Times and online stuff from a variety of places. I have not been disappointed by the Times’ coverage, but I think at times it has been a little specious in terms of digging up things from Trump’s past. But the Times is specious like that about all political candidates, in terms of digging up stuff someone did as a teenager. Do you really need to tell me what he did in some negotiation in 1987? Or is that a waste of newsprint? I don’t know.
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Sometimes you just have to laugh! Okrent couldn't seem to think of a thing he'd do to change the New York Times' coverage of Trump.

He does think they've been a bit tough in digging up silly stuff from the past! Sometimes you just have to laugh!

If we were in charge at the New York Times, we know what our first new assignment would be. And yes, it would involve Candidate Trump.

Before long, we're going to share it. For today, just reread that Q-and-A and utter a long mordant laugh.

5 comments:

  1. What is it that makes Isaac Chotiner a "nornally sensible" fellow?

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    1. @5:21

      Chotiner's review of David Remnick's profile of POTUS Obama in New Yorker is an example of his sensibility.


      "The more familiar way in which liberals characterize this is to say, as John Stewart said during the 2008 campaign, that Obama talks to us "like adults."

      Does he? I'm starting to have my doubts. Yes, the president is capable of giving intelligent and mature answers to questions. But the intent is so obvious—and the effort shows such strain—that the answers feel more condescending than enlightening. Remnick's piece, in fact, doesn't show Obama's complexity; it shows Obama applauding his own complexity. The president is like a novelist who demands on telling you the motivation of every character, except he is the only character.
      The result is that he actually ends up speaking to us like children."
      Isaac Chotiner
      January 21, 2014


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  2. cicero, I knew Cicero. He was an enemy of mine. And, cicero, you're no Cicero.

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  4. OKRENT: And thank God I’m not.

    CHOTINER: Would you try to cover Trump differently?

    OKRENT: I pretty much rely on the New York Times and online stuff from a variety of places. I have not been disappointed by the Times’ coverage, but I think at times it has been a little specious in terms of digging up things from Trump’s past. But the Times is specious like that about all political candidates, in terms of digging up stuff someone did as a teenager. Do you really need to tell me what he did in some negotiation in 1987? Or is that a waste of newsprint? I don’t know.Essay paper writing service

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