May 2010

California Post - Schwarzenegger: A Left Coast Fable

Posted: Thu, 05/27/2010 - 6:24pm

I was strolling through the town square in the pretty, precious town of Mill Valley, California last weekend, reporting on California’s gubernatorial race, when I realized I might have to change my mind about politics.

Only a few weeks ago, I told an audience in Tampa, Florida that, when it comes to news value, their state is the gift that keeps on giving. (Think Elian Gonzales, Charlie Crist, the 2000 recount). Politics is never boring in the Sunshine State.

When Washington Insiders Become Outsiders

Posted: Thu, 05/20/2010 - 6:39pm

Every few years, national politics seems to get a jolt. Tuesday’s elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas proved once again how Washington insider status can be a two-edged sword. One man’s experience can be another’s complicity – especially in times of national voter discontent.

The Blog Wars

Posted: Thu, 05/13/2010 - 4:27pm

I am frequently asked if I think journalism is doomed. I happen to think it’s not. We’ll always need to know more; we just may have to find new ways to learn and alternate platforms from which to tell the story.

In general, I side-step these periodic media debates, mostly because I’m not a professional media critic, but also because such circular arguments seldom lead anywhere.

The Politics of Panic

Posted: Thu, 05/06/2010 - 6:53pm

It felt as if everyone was rushing to the ramparts this week. From Times Square to the Gulf Coast to Greece and Wall Street, the world has seemed positively out of breath.

Part of the reason, of course, is the pace of events. If you weren’t already terrified by the idea of hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil gushing toward New Orleans, you were certainly rattled by the panicked shouting on CNBC Thursday afternoon when the Dow suddenly plunged nearly 1,000 points.