April 2013

Gwen's Take: Will Jeb Bush Run? How Confrontation Politics Will Shape 2016

Posted: Thu, 04/25/2013 - 5:53pm

Former First Lady Barbara Bush announced on the “Today” show that she does not want her son Jeb Bush to run for president [Photo: NBC].

Leave it to Barbara Bush to cut through the confusion. When she was asked just before the opening of her son's presidential library whether her other son, Jeb, should run for president, she said no.

And she didn't dance around it, either.


Gwen’s Take | Journalism 101: Getting It Right

Posted: Thu, 04/18/2013 - 4:38pm

It had already been a hectic, headlong week when a reporter I like, respect and admire made a big mistake. In the rush to get the news fast and first, he got it wrong.

I'm not interested in beating up on him, because it could have easily been me. We all want instant solace. When the President declared to the mourners gathered at Boston's Cathedral of The Holy Cross: "Yes, we will find you. And, yes, you will face justice." We got that. That's how the story ends, right? The bad guys get caught.

Gwen’s Take: Seeing Eye to Eye for a Change

Posted: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 5:11pm

Washington lives in its moments.

I got to sit in the White House East Room this week for the taping of an “In Performance at the White House” concert on Memphis Soul that will air on PBS next week. Justin Timberlake and Mavis Staples were there. I was in hog heaven.

Gwen’s Take | Embracing Difference: Telling Other People’s Stories Well

Posted: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 5:51pm

"Many of us celebrate Dr. King’s life in part because his efforts made life easier for us" [Photo: CNN]

As I write this, we are taking note of the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am not a fan of ritual anniversaries nor of celebrating death rather than life. But I do believe in the value of memories and history.