The new journalism

Odd Man thinks of himself as jaded, but he obviously is naive and way out of the loop. He was shocked to read Bill Boyarsky’s piece about censorship, inspired by a New York Times story by Jeremy Peters. Boyarsky wrote:

…[Peters] revealed how politicians and their advisers “are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.” Such approval is now routine in the White House and President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Those interviewing Gov. Mitt Romney’s five sons must submit their quotes to the press office for approval. “And,” Peters wrote, “Romney advisors almost always require that reporters ask them for the green light on anything from a conversation that they would like to include in an article.”

He said organizations such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Reuters have agreed to these restrictions.

Submitting to such censorship is another sign of how the Internet and cable TV news have changed the business of reporting on politics, as well as other areas such as sports and business…

More here.

News You Can Use, Beer Edition

Howdy kids, Brendan here.

Some of you may know that I’m in the middle of opening a production brewery here in Philadelphia. It’s a pretty small operation for now -we’re still crunching numbers and tweaking the business plan- but when we finally open our doors in 2014, we expect to be cranking out 30 barrels at a time. That’s about 60 kegs each batch.

Anyway, we’re not licensed yet, so we can’t SELL our beer. But we CAN give it away for free! So, if you live in Philadelphia or thereabouts, come on out to the Interstate Drafthouse at 1235 East Palmer Street this Sunday, July 22. Starting at 4:00 PM, we will be pouring our Liaison lavender saison -a spicy Belgian farmhouse ale- and our Brownzilla brown ale -an American brown with a nice balance of hops and caramelized malts. Our beer is free… but make sure you enjoy some of Interstate’s awesome food and their impressive selection of craft beers.

Come on down, drink some beers!

Virtually Speaking tonight

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – 6pm slt – Thurs July 19 – Listen live and later at BTR –

Jay Ackroyd talks with Gaius Publius, contributing editor at, about the recent Jeffrey Sachs Financial Times column in which Sachs plays the “both sides’ economists do it” card. The column exposes the neoliberal (“centrist” / elite) view of what must drive public policy — the need to abandon the New Deal for good.

Jay and Gaius also discuss Gaius’ recent column on “rent-seeking” economies — what they are; why ours is killing us. See Krugman’s comment: Magneto Muddles

Follow @gauis_publius @JayAckroyd @AmericaBlog

Join Jay & Gaius in the Second Life studio audience

Anne Romney admonishes ‘you people’

Questions about Mitt Romney’s tax returns remain unanswered, as does the question of whether Mitt is an android or a pod creature from deep space sent by the angel Moroni. The Romney people don’t intend to budge on the tax returns, if the candidate’s wife is to be believed:

Anne Romney… on Thursday insisted that she and her husband would not be giving voters any more information about their tax returns because they had “given all you people need to know.”

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”

More here.

Poor Mittens

Mean old people trying to make him do something he doesn’t want!

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.

Bain executives say they’ve been instructed to keep company and Romney-specific information completely confidential, tightening the lockdown on an already closed company.

But pressure has been building on the presumptive GOP nominee. On Tuesday, the conservative National Review added its voice to a chorus of Republicans pushing him to disclose his returns from the years before 2010.

I think they call it “hubris.”

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