May 09

When a blogger owns a story…

Most blogs and/or bloggers have an issue, topic, subject, or event that they simply own and dominate.   Brendan Skwire has been doing just that with the Inquirer’s disastrous hiring of John Yoo as a columnist.   Read all of his posts on Yoo, or his open letter on the subject.   As is usually the case, the Inky (in the form of Harold Jacksons) dismisses the controversy (and boycott) and blames the bloggers (via Philebrity), including Daily News journalist, author, and blogger Will Bunch:

Unfortunately, most of the critics of our contract with Yoo have their facts wrong.

But that happens when your information comes from those bloggers who never let the facts get in the way when they’re trying to whip people into a frenzy to boost Web site hits.

It’s a shame that one blogger who disseminated poor information is actually a full-time journalist for a sister publication in The Inquirer building.

Bunch, of course, destroyed Jackson.

At this point, it doesn’t matter that torture doesn’t work, that it further radicalizes those that it victimizes, that it endangers our soldiers, and that it lessens us all as both a people and a country.   Thanks to the moral beacon of and “he said, she said” reporting of the Village – as Digby aptly noted – torture isn’t a subject of moral clarity but simply a matter of policy difference.

Feb 09

PMH CEO Brian Tierney’s Leadership Lunch at the University of Pennsylvania

I was unable to attend Tierney’s Wharton Leadership Lunch at the University of Pennsylvania.   Fortunately, I am a close friend with someone who did.   This anonymous writer is well grounded in the disciplines of business, politics, economics, and the business of journalism.

These are his thoughts, presented without any of my commentary (previously).

Brian Tierney — CEO of Philadelphia Media Holdings, CEO and Publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and CEO of The Philadelphia Daily News — visited the University of Pennsylvania today for a “Leadership Lunch” with undergraduate students. He arrived 20 minutes late, bustling and jovial, no apology. His public relations background shows; he is an optimistic, outsized media personality, all confident and energetic. He uses the pronouns “my” and “I” often, very few references to the credit due his employees or co-investors — except editor William Marimow, to whom we will return. (Perhaps, given the current state of the company, they are grateful that he takes all the credit.)

Tierney opened with a brief biography, then segued into the challenges of the Inquirer and Daily News. Continue reading →