City Paper is not for tourists
*Interesting development on the comeback-from-disgrace beat. Sunday’s Washington Post has an opinion piece from an expert on how to regulate Wall Street. Well, that certainly couldn’t be Ayn Rand lover Alan Greenspan. Or just about anyone who’s held power for, lo, the last 16 years. That’s right! It’s Spitzer. The piece occupies the central spot in Outlook and carries this closer, which is blurbed on the page:
Although mistakes I made in my private life now prevent me from participating in these issues as I have in the past, I very much hope and expect that President Obama and his new administration will have the strength and wisdom to do again what FDR did.
Must applaud Outlook Editor John Pomfret here. I mean, here you got a guy who’s sat on the bench for half a year now, watching as deregulations threatens to push us into a second Great Depression, or at least a Pretty Damn Good Depression. And he is muted. Of course, I mean, he can’t really appear on tube—that’d be a laugher. And I can’t imagine he’d ever do a piece like this for the New York Times—they’re the bastards who busted him out on this whole traveling john thing to begin with. So why not a nice opinion piece in the Post?
*Deborah Howell just won’t give up. This week, after banging the drum for weeks on the “tilt” in the Post toward Obama, is at it again this week, talking about the various ways in which the tilt manifested itself and how to remedy it. Here’s a possible addendum to how this whole tilt manifested itself: Obama was smarter than McCain; understood the economy better than McCain; raised more money than McCain; understood the Web better than McCain; was attached to a party that hadn’t essentially ruined the country and the planet over the past eight years; got social networking and what it could do for him; connected with youth better than McCain; debated better than McCain; gave speeches more impressively than McCain; and had a more presidential temperament than McCain. Just a factor or two to take into consideration when evaluating media “tilt.”