Washington, DC’s Media Industrial Complex

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, discusses Washington, D.C.’s “media industrial complex.” This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital uncovers how Big Ticket Washington Funerals like Tim Russert’s become the social events of the year for journalists and politicians.


Mark Leibovich

Comments [7]


Opal S, I am a fan of neither Republicans nor Democrats. But when you say that Obama is "doing a good job," which one of the following "good jobs" are your referring to? (Notice I don't even include the recent NSA spying scandal.)

Obama's War on medical marijuana

"But over the past year, the Obama administration has quietly unleashed a multi¬agency crackdown on medical cannabis that goes far beyond anything undertaken by George W. Bush."

Obama's War on whistleblowers

Obama's Drone War on innocent civilians in Asia

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes — including more than 60 children."

"We’re looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very [drone war] policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush," says Scahill."

Obama's War on civil liberties

Noam Chomsky: Obama's Attack on Civil Liberties Has Gone Way Beyond Imagination

Obama is Bad on Civil Liberties, But That Shouldn't Surprise Anyone

“Obama voted for the 2008 FISA amendments, a position that outraged liberals at the time. He continued the Bush-era surveillance of communications networks. He ramped up the war in Afghanistan. He vastly increased drone use overseas. He's declared a war on leakers. He participated in the assault on Libya. He's approved the assassination of American citizens abroad. His DOJ has aggressively made use of the state secrets privilege. He's fought relentlessly to block lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.”

Obama protects Wall Street bankers from going to jail

Obama promised to close Guantánamo. Instead, he's made it worse

Obama's War on U.S. citizens with drone attacks

Jul. 15 2013 04:34 PM
Opal S from NYC

I never thought I would be quoting Spiro Agnew--one of my unfavorite people but gnattering nabobs is what you two sounded like. The Kennedys had their Camelot junk and the Clintons - fugettabout it. I am not an uncritical observer of Pres. Obama, but by and large I think under the terrible circumstances he has been working under(the Tea Party and utra-conservative Republicans) he's doing a good job.
This man has the most difficult job in the world and what he does in his off-hours, is nobody's business but his own.

I heard that Russert was a closet Republican.

Jul. 15 2013 01:09 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Washington is filled with the Empire’s apparatchik?

Jul. 15 2013 12:45 PM
antonio from baySide

With all due respect, I remember another journalist saying that Mr. Russert was in the tank for the republican party. The account was described as he had a pin on his lapel and was showing it off...

Today once in a while 'Meet the press' gets a hardcore guest on, but by enlarge they're all hacks... right?

The irony is we get nuggets of truth from places like the 'john stewart show...'

Jul. 15 2013 12:36 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How much money is spent in all this self-celebration, how much is paid for by the taxpayers, & how much good could it do if put to better uses?

Jul. 15 2013 12:27 PM
Andrea from Philadelphia

Thank you for the term "power mourning." I've been trying to think of a way to describe the discomfort I've been feeling over all the celebrity tweeting in response to the recent deaths of James Gandolfini and Cory Monteith. Instead of expressing sympathy directly to the loved ones of the deceased or discussing their sadness with people close to them, they have to go on record (and, perhaps, get quoted on celebrity gossip sites?) and get credit for their 140 characters of grief.

Jul. 15 2013 12:24 PM

Five of the ten wealthiest counties in America are in the DC area. This tells anyone just about all they need to know.

Over the last 50 years, average incomes have moved along with CPI, the overall economy has posted 2% more gain each year, however the CAGR for government spending is three-quarter of a percent HIGHER than that. How long can government grow faster than the economy?

Jul. 15 2013 12:16 PM

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