Tony Kornheiser Plays His 15th Round of Golf With the President

Mark Knoller, a White House correspondent for CBS and the unofficial chronicler of President Obama’s travels, says the President is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir, an Army post in suburban Virginia, with Tony Kornheiser, the former Washington Post sportswriter, now a talk show host at ESPN. Knoller says it’s the 15th time Obama has played golf with Kornheiser since becoming President.

Sins of Writers: Editors Should Save the Latter from the Former

By Jack Limpert

I’m reading away at a good novel, One Man’s Flag, by David Downing. He’s a terrific writer—his earlier novels (Zoo Station and others) were set mostly in Berlin before and during World War Two. This one is set in Germany, England, Ireland, and India as World War One is looming and some Irish and Indians would like to see those damn English lose.

Then I hit this sentence: “She bought newspapers for the train and a copy of the popular Woman’s Weekly. She was done with the former by the time they reached Hitchin.”

Editors at Work: When Rich People, Lawyers, or Advertisers Try to Tell You What to Do

By Jack Limpert

Gawker is in an expensive legal battle with wrestler-celebrity Hulk Hogan and today there were reports that Peter Thiel, a tech billionaire, secretly funded Hogan’s lawsuit against the we’ll-publish-almost-anything website. Gawker then said it would use the Thiel allegation to contest the damages awarded in Hogan’s lawsuit:

Hogan sued Gawker Media, Nick Denton, and former editor A.J. Daulerio in October 2012 after Gawker published several excerpts of a sex tape depicting Hogan having sex with the wife of his best friend, the Tampa-area radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. In March of this year, a jury in Pinellas County, Florida awarded Hogan $140,100,000 in damages. Today, Gawker will appear in a St. Petersburg court to contest the jury’s verdict.

Old Pro Journalists Debate the Redskins Slur and the New Journalism

Bill Mead and Mike Feinsilber are two veteran journalists.

Bill worked for United Press International in its Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington bureaus. He then moved  into magazine work as Washington correspondent for Money magazine and then as a writer and editor for the Washingtonian. He has authored six books on baseball history.

Mike spent a quarter century with United Press International in Pittsburgh, Columbus, Harrisburg, Newark, New York, Saigon, and Washington and about a quarter century with the Associated Press in Washington, with a spell as assistant bureau chief and a stint as writing coach. He was a deskman, reporter, and editor and he covered Congress and 18 political conventions.

Bernie, Don’t be Another Gene McCarthy

By Norman Sherman

A cheering audience is a political aphrodisiac. Presidential candidates, moved by affection of crowds, become convinced that they are right, their opponents wrong.

Every campaign, no matter how humble and reasonable the candidate at the beginning, encourages a growing conviction of unique importance. Senator Bernie Sanders is justifiably gratified by his leap from obscurity to a string of primary victories and his success in capturing the hopes of millions, particularly the young and idealistic.

The Sanders-Clinton Battle Echoes 1968 But Is Really More Like 1966

By Jack Limpert

Tom Sherwood Retweeted Martin Austermuhle
Bernie: look at ’68 & how that turned out. But some Bernies say a Trump win wd energize real liberals for 2020.

Tom Sherwood covers politics for the NBC television station in Washington, and Martin Austermuhle covers politics for public radio station WAMU in Washington, and, yes, there are some echoes of 1968 as Bernie Sanders supporters want their candidate to fight to the end, maybe hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. Clinton is just not liberal enough for some Sanders supporters.

Don’t Blame Jeff Bezos for the Washington Post No Longer Being a Hometown Paper

By Jack Limpert

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Jeff Bezos: “The idea was to take the Post from being a great local paper and to transform it…”

Two days ago I put up a post, On Being Disconnected and No Longer Having a Hometown Paper; it said that the Washington Post no longer seems a hometown newspaper for those of us who live in Washington, D.C. I said the Post “was now much more an international digital newspaper and not so much a local newspaper.”

Maybe the Best Letter Ever Sent to an Editor by a Writer

Dear Scientific American,

A while ago I received an offer from the editor (Dennis Flanagan) of $1,000 for an article based on my work on St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. I am afraid that it has taken me longer to complete than I anticipated. I have no idea how long contracts are valid but I hope you will consider for publication the enclosed response to your kind offer albeit somewhat delayed. My wife used to work for Penguin, Random House and Macmillan, all of whom used to regard authors as unreliable, often not delivering what was promised. My perspective as a slow writer is that publishers are too impatient, and if they waited a little while—in this case 47 years—they would receive a worthwhile submission.

On Being Disconnected and No Longer Having a Hometown Newspaper

By Jack Limpert


Frederick Ugast was chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court but couldn’t get a timely obit in the Washington Post.

Last Saturday my wife Jean and her brother Wayne scattered the ashes of their sister Samantha in the Chesapeake Bay. All three had moved to Washington, D.C., after college, leaving behind the small town of Rockville, Connecticut, where their father ran the downtown pharmacy and was a director of the local bank. In Washington, Sam was a self-employed accountant.

You Also Can Learn a Lot About People by Driving a Cab

As a postscript to Friday’s post, Tim Hayes sends along this wisdom from coach Al McGuire, whose 1977 Marquette basketball team won the NCAA championship:

“I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they really would be educated.”