May 2014

Gwen’s Take | John F. Kerry: In Search of Credit in a Complicated World

Posted: Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:15pm

Gwen Ifill interviews Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department [Photo:Newshour].

There was so much to get to – Syria, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Nigeria, Sudan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Edward Snowden.


Gwen’s Take: 5 Things You May Have Missed in My Bill Clinton Interview

Posted: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:52pm

I won’t lie. It’s always gratifying when an interview gets headlines. We cover the news, but it’s also kind of fun to make news from time to time.


Gwen’s Take: The Perils of Keyboard Activism

Posted: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:18pm

The Internet makes it so easy. You see a compelling picture, you retweet it, Instagram it, or post it to your Facebook page. Instantly, you have joined a movement and signaled to everyone you know (or kind of know) that this topic is worth paying attention to.

In this manner, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin became household names. Depressing videos about Joseph Kony and happy ones from Pharrell Williams took off like lightning.


Gwen’s Take: Beware the Clickbait (Or Why There’s Always More To the Story)

Posted: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:27pm

Washington does not lack for smugness. It takes only one committee vote, or one fancy dinner to send many of us into paroxysms of self-congratulation.

Pass a bill out of committee?
Hold a press conference.
Snag a cable TV star as your “date” for the big dinner?
Tweet a picture.

But we are not alone in this. A brief survey of the week’s headlines should reassure anyone that overreaching is a common problem.