Wednesday, April 02, 2008
you're old and your hands are grey:
David Hershey complains:
“Thirty years ago, you worked at a newspaper, you moved to a magazine, and then you wrote books or screenplays. Today you can be a blogger who writes books or you can be a stripper who wins an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.”
By far the best part of the Observer piece:
One 23-year-old political journalist told The Observer that the New Republic reporter-researcher job—famed for launching the careers of Slate editor Jacob Weisberg, New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza, Atlantic editor James Bennet and author Hanna Rosin, among others—is no longer quite the coveted position it once was. “Part of the reason why the TNR internship isn’t as big as it used to be is that if you were a young sharpie on the make in 1990 or even 1995, there just weren’t that many places where you could get your start,” the political journalist said. “But the rise of the kind of whole bloggy progressive thing has, I think, really kicked off the careers of some people, or at least for smart liberal college students.”
Plus Ryan is thoroughly untrustworthy.
--Spencer Ackerman
“Part of the reason why the TNR internship isn’t as big as it used to be is that if you were a young sharpie on the make in 1990 or even 1995, there just weren’t that many places where you could get your start,” the political journalist said. “But the rise of the kind of whole bloggy progressive thing has, I think, really kicked off the careers of some people, or at least for smart liberal college students.”

Yeah, and the other half of the "sharpies" on the make at TNR in the 90s and early 00s were just making shit up.
Blogger WackedEcon | 9:03 AM

Hey, that was only one of us! I never made shit up. Wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Lizza did though!
Blogger Spencer Ackerman | 9:06 AM

Another sign of the times is that James Kirchick still works at TNR. I guess he keeps the page views up when readers complain he has written yet another piece of crap.
Blogger ndm | 9:51 AM

I've been trying to find out for some time now: Is this Ryan Lizza the same Ryan Lizza who went to UC Davis?
Blogger James F. Elliott | 4:53 PM

Why exactly are you linking to a 'Not For Public Use' picture of Diablo Cody? Do you think they won't figure out that its here?
Blogger Zach | 8:02 AM