Winning Managers in Baseball Act a Little Like Good Editors

Here’s sports columnist Tom Boswell telling Washington Post readers why Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez made the right move in last night’s Nats game against the Pittsburgh Pirates:

The third Nationals player who may be of potential importance was one of the latest and least-expensive additions—veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson who pitched ­5 2/ scoreless innings Thursday in a 3-1 win over the Pirates. In four turns in the rotation, Hellickson has been uniformly useful and given a super-quick hook every time.

Quotes for President Trump’s White House Bulletin Board

Those are my principles, but if you don’t like them, I’ve got others. —Groucho Marx

Why earn self-respect when you can have self-esteem. —Thomas Moore

The Indians didn’t have a strong immigration policy and look where it got them.

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist. —Norman Mailer

The press loves a clown who loves the press. —Donald Westlake

You don’t have to know anything. You just have to have a strong opinion. — The new journalism

The MeToo Movement Finds Tom Brokaw: Some Background on the Man Once Called an “Anchor Monster”

Tom Brokaw, in Email, Angrily Denies Harassment Claim

Tom Brokaw as an NBC News anchor.

Tom Brokaw, the longtime NBC News anchor, issued a pointed rebuke on Friday to a former colleague who has accused him of groping and harassing her during the 1990s, describing himself as “angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career.”

It’s One Thing to Behave Badly in DC But Why Televise It to the Rest of the Country?

British journalist Henry Fairlie 35 years ago on how Washington journalism was changing:

“The people in the media dictate the terms. The people in the media make the killing. Even more than the three A’s—attorneys, accountants, and associations—that feed off the federal government, rapacious members of the media feed off every political activity. Abusing, if not manipulating, the protections of the First Amendment, prattling about the ‘public’s right to know,’ they use this city to enhance their reputations and push their incomes, first to six, and then even to seven figures.

How Journalism Became Mostly About Strangers

A previous post about obits in big city newspapers being different from those in country newspapers said, “Serious newspapers are all about strangers.” Here’s Barbara Holland, who worked for a country paper in Virginia, writing about how country people see serious newspapers.

Country people read the Washington Post, of course; we may be 60 miles from the corridors of power, but we aren’t barbarians. We know that a successful democracy depends on an informed electorate, so we dutifully suffer information on Serbs and Kurds and Hutus; congressmen and prime ministers; terrorists, CEOs, and rock stars.

The Pleasures of Writing Obits About People Not Prominent, Rich, or Notorious

By Barnard Law Collier

At the New York Times of the 1960s, the staff-written obituaries that appeared in the back pages were usually required to include in the first paragraph or two that So-and-So from Wherever was dead, the age, and cause of death.

Obits were perhaps the only stories in the newspaper that began with the end.

The close of a life is clear and un-illusive. The job for an obit writer is to describe, as accurately, artfully, and respectfully as possible, the real-life character of the person whose life has ended in the lead.

The Magazine Sub Game Gets Ever More Creative

My wife Jean subscribes to a lot of food and cooking magazines so when I got a sub offer from Food & Wine I passed it on to her. She looked at it and said, “I think they made a mistake. They’re offering one year for $10, two years for $20, or three years for $20.”

No, they don’t make mistakes—an orange box says “LOCK IN SAVINGS Get 3 years for the price of 2.”

It is a new wrinkle in the magazine world’s ever more creative search for paid subscribers. Food & Wine once was an American Express magazine, then was sold to Time Inc., and now is part of Meredith.

What’s News in Big Cities—Especially the Obits—Is Increasingly About Strangers

For readers of the Washington Post, New York Times, and other big city papers it’s ever harder to read about someone you actually know, or have seen in person. The obit sections of big newspapers seem—probably for reasons of digital traffic—increasingly about people of national and international renown. Locals going to eternal rest are written about in death notices paid for by the family.

As writer Barbara Holland put it in a 1999 Washingtonian article, “Serious newspapers are all about strangers. That’s how you can tell they’re serious.”

Bezos to Gatekeepers (He Means Editors): You’re History

From Brad Stone’s 2013 book, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon:

Amazon’s founder repeatedly suggested he had little reverence for the old “gatekeepers” of the media, whose business models were forged during the analogue age and whose function it was to review content and then subjectively decide what the public got to consume.

This was to be a new age of creative surplus, where it was easy for anyone to create something, find an audience, and allow the market to determine the proper economic reward.

“Even well meaning gatekeepers slow innovation,” Bezos wrote in his 2011 letter to shareholders.

Barbara Bush and Millie: “She Told Me That She Really Loved Me”

The picture with today’s page one Washington Post story about the death of Barbara Bush shows her smiling, wearing her trademark pearls, and holding a Springer Spaniel. It was President and Mrs. Bush’s love of dogs that gave the Washingtonian a story that got more world-wide attention than any other we ever published.

In the summer of 1989, trying to add some fun to a July best and worst cover, we added a picture of Millie, the president’s Springer Spaniel, and called her, in the worst category, Washington’s ugliest dog. That happened after a neighbor of mine with a Springer Spaniel said she thought Millie was a very homely representative of the breed.