Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work

A bad day calls for some random link-blogging

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I will not blog about the New York Times’ story on John McCain and his lobbyist friend. That’s right. Everyone and their mother has done it, and much better than I. I will, however, shamelessly plug McCain’s name here in an attempt to fool the Googly folks.

Item of note today: someone agrees with me. You might remember that I asked newspapers to stop shooting themselves in the foot by endorsing presidential candidates. (Jay Rosen rightly points out that the Times endorsed McCain while it was investigating his “ethical lapses,” and at the very least the publisher was in touch with both the editorial and the news sides.) Apparently, Time managing editor Rick Stengel is on my side.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is going ahead with his reform of France’s external media, which I could blog about for hours. He just named famed journalist Christine Ockrent to director of the holding France Monde, which will regroup France’s international radio network RFI, trilingual cable news channel France 24 and francophone channel TV5Monde. Journalism unions were quick to point out that Ockrent is the wife of Bernard Kouchner, France’s foreign affairs minister. Ockrent defended her journalism credentials (I won’t deny they’re impressive) and said today on radio that she’s tired of being reduced to her “wife of” label. “Frankly, I find that unfair and humiliating,” Ockrent said. I couldn’t agree more, but she’s missing the point. Her new job puts France’s diplomacy and our international public media in the hands of the same couple. Can you say conflict of interest?

And lastly, think your job is threatened by bloggers, citizen journalists and the evil empire of Rupert Murdoch? Try fending off an insect invasion to save your paycheck.

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Written by Isabelle Roughol

Friday, 22 February, 2008 at 05:39

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  1. The “Googly folks” probably took off a few points for the combination “fool” + “[G][g]oogl*”, but then added several million since this article has the keywords Sarkozy, Ockrent, McCain, and Murdoch in the same post :)

    Matt

    Friday, 22 February, 2008 at 07:55

  2. Have I told you how utterly I agree with you on the why-the-fuck-are-we-still-endorsing debate?

    Beth Carpenter

    Friday, 22 February, 2008 at 19:51


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