I guess I missed the discussion with Douglas Brinkley, the historian, and with with Sister Louise D. Patterson, wife of the Memphis preacher Bishop G.E. Patterson, on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King. But on the way to work this morning I heard a long, substantive, and rather wonderful interview with Jesse Jackson about King—his last moments, his struggle with our government, what he would likely be doing if he was alive, the progress on race and inequality that has been achieved since his death, the distance still to go. Where? On Imus in the Morning, on the 40th anniversary of King’s death and the one-year anniversary of Don Imus’s infamous remark. The human heart is a mysterious and resilient thing.
10:57 AM - April 4, 2008
Martin in the Morning
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy - Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama
GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys - A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
The NYT’s obituary for the South African leader, written by Bill Keller
How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
In magnificent defense of snark
An obituary for a small-town newspaper
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.