Alleged Rapist Bill Cosby Bullies Reporter, Explains How Life Works

The problem with most conspiracy theories about how the media works is that they assume power exerts itself overtly. The truth is that it doesn't have to. Journalists are rarely told by powerful or influential people not to cover certain stories; they usually simply decline to cover them out of a variety of motives,… » 11/20/14 10:46am Thursday 10:46am

Pumpkin Fest Lady, TV Reporter Wrestle Over Mic Live On Air

Independent journalist Jared Goodell covered the riots (along with other events) at this year's Pumpkin Fest in Keene, N.H., and at one point during his broadcast, festival organizer Ruth Sterling tried to cut him off in attempt to let everyone know that all was well. Witness the symbolism of BIG PUMPKIN FEST… » 10/20/14 11:39am 10/20/14 11:39am

How Grantland Screwed Up The Story Of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, Inventor

This weekend, Gerri Jordan, proprietor of Yar Golf, agreed to speak with me about the chain of events that led to the October suicide of her partner, Essay Anne Vanderbilt. Today, she declined to carry through. "I have spoken with an attorney," she wrote in an email, "and we are gathering information for potential… » 1/20/14 9:55pm 1/20/14 9:55pm

It Was A Great Year For Sportswriting; Here's Some Of The Best Of It

Every so often, some crank will write something suggesting that sportswriting is in decline. The argument goes that due to ease of publishing, a general lowering of standards, the reading public's divided attentions, and millennial narcissism and careerism, an entire art has been lost, subordinated to witless jostling… » 12/27/13 1:33pm 12/27/13 1:33pm

How A Reporter Eavesdropped On Barry Bonds's Grand Jury Testimony

Ten years ago today, Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating BALCO that he did not know the substances he was taking were illegal steroids. It was that claim which would lead to Bonds being indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and convicted of the latter. The testimony was… » 12/04/13 1:57pm 12/04/13 1:57pm

Get Me Rewrite! At His Own Funeral, Kaplan Still Gets the Last Word

It takes an extraordinarily brave and clear-eyed writer to compose his own epitaph. Four years ago—four years before his death at age 59—Peter W. Kaplan did. He was speaking to the media reporter for the New York Observer, his media reporter, after he had just told his staff there that he would not be their editor… » 12/04/13 11:55am 12/04/13 11:55am

Al Neuharth's Scant Positive Journalistic Contributions Were To Sports

Al Neuharth’s obituary in the New York Times was notable as much for what it did say as what it didn’t. What it did say: The founder of USA Today and driving force behind Gannett’s dubious rise to “a communications Leviathan” profoundly changed the newspaper industry. What it didn’t say: Anything much nice. » 4/20/13 9:34pm 4/20/13 9:34pm