*There’s something that Reuters columnist Jack Shafer really, really wants to make happen. And that’s that Michael Bloomberg buy The Washington Post from Donald Graham.
Consider the many points of affinity between Bloomberg and Graham: Both believe in “straight” news pages. Both are vigilant beyondists, David Brooks’s label for people who insist that their politics are beyond left and right. Bloomberg is the more accomplished beyondist: A lifelong Democrat, he ran for mayor in 2001 as a Republican and then became a registered independent in 2007 while still serving. You’d be hard-pressed to slip a piece of paper edgewise between the beyondism of Bloomberg View editorials and the Post’s. As previously mentioned, the Post already runs substantial Bloomberg News coverage in its business pages, and the two organizations formed a joint news wire in 2010. Bloomberg and Graham enjoy a friendly, towel-snapping relationship, as shown by Graham’s introduction (audio) of Bloomberg at a 2006 event. And just last month, Graham joined the Bloomberg “family,” marrying Amanda Bennett, an executive editor at Bloomberg News.
*CNN’s Piers Morgan goes deep on constitutional issues with Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia says, “I’m not king.” And he doesn’t always like the outcome of rulings, but his job is to apply the Constitution.
*Go ahead — just try keeping track of the twists and turns in the New York Times Co.’s contract talks with the paper’s guild.
It would be nice to think that newspapers could continue to finance a local bureau in every small town, with a reporter who could get to know the community and cover town-council meetings, human-interest stories and so on. But that simply isn’t economically viable for many papers any more, thanks to the rapid decline in the print-advertising income that makes up the bulk of their revenue. Journatic critics argue that they should see hyper-local reporting as more valuable, but many newspapers like the Tribune simply don’t have the resources to do that in addition to the kind of civic reporting they are supposed to be doing.
*Business Insider headline: “How Fox News Covers Its Own Poll When The Poll Shows That Obama Is In The Lead.” The key: Emphasize how people see government as the problem.
*Fox News’s Sean Hannity comes up with this exclusive interview with George Zimmerman: