4:56 am Aug. 21, 2012
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Niall Ferguson went on Bloomberg TV this morning to defend his controversial Newsweek cover story that continues to spark "conversation" (mostly vituperative criticism) throughout the media echo-chamber.
It's not quite a television star turn, because Ferguson is a Bloomberg contributor (as his interviewer points out at the beginning of their interview). First question: Was he surprised by the reaction to the piece?
“No," he said, "because the liberal blogosphere has a very tried and tested method of attacking an argument it disagrees with."
That’s what has happened in this case. The first tactic is to ignore completely the arguments of the piece. The second is then to engage in nitpicking and claim to be fact checking when in fact all you're offering is a series of alternative opinions. And then you round it off by making hysterical calls for the office resignation. This is such a tried and tested method and I was fully expecting it. The usual suspects, led of course by Paul Krugman, have obliged. But they have not addressed any of the arguments I have made in the piece so I will dismiss them pretty briskly today.
Here's the video:
Also at Newsweek, the magazine's Tumblr account is under scrutiny for changing its cursor to a coat-hanger in a cheeky nod to a Huffington Post article highlighting a Republican abortion platform.
In other news...
Politico has removed David Catanese from its Todd Akin coverage. [The Huffington Post]
Another journalist killed and three missing in Syria. [AFP]
TMZ passed on footage of the director's fatal leap. [The Atlantic Wire]
Online media will star at the conventions. [The Wall Street Journal]
Conde Nast is booming overseas. [Adweek]
Adam Penenberg is the new editor of PandoDaily. [PandoDaily]