In case you missed it — The greatness of Bill O’Reilly came through really strong in his Tuesday-night interview with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. O’Reilly switched among various TV-friendly traits, including tough, playful, dismissive and smart.

If only everyone had agreed with those conclusions! There was indeed no such consensus, and a commenter named jhherring did a nice job of brushing me back:


10/26/2011 4:13 PM EDT

So O’Reilly got an admission from his interviewee that the interviewee was not interested in federal revenues, but instead of following up, moved to whether two individuals like one another or not? And we are supposed to believe that it is “classic” news interviewing?

Geesh, let’s not look at the great enemies in the past who managed to work together for the country . . . personal likeability is WAY more important.

Strong writing and thinking there.

Also: There are a lot of reasons why journalism is a depressing career choice. Gawker yesterday added to the pile.


●Note to journalists: Whatever you do, don’t use Skype to communicate with sensitive sources. (Thanks, Mediagazer) Or at least that’s what Christopher Soghoian is writing in an op-ed in the New York Times. He says journalists aren’t up on the latest in data-protection techniques. And that people should “assume” — simply assume! — that “that their communications are being monitored by their government — and possibly other governments as well.”

Here’s some elaboration on Skype:

“Even when journalists try to do the right thing, they still make dangerous mistakes, like relying on Skype. Skype is slightly more secure than phones but is by no means safe from snooping — which can be done with commercially available interception software.”

●Think this great land is the only place where people obsess over media bias? Well, Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak have news for you: The Israeli media does the same thing, all the time.

●Bloomberg is stepping up with a “Live TV” thingy on the iPad, according to There must be money in programming about money.

●Good news for fans of The Baffler.

●Those fellows who said Arianna Huffington cut them out of the whole Huffington Post idea? Their suit against Huffington will proceed, though some of their claims have been dismissed.

●Mediaite struggles to make anything coherent out of CNN host Erin Burnett’s ratings, and that’s not Mediaite’s fault.

●The Washington Post profiles Adela Navarro Bello, editor of a Tijuana-based publication titled Zeta. She lives under constant threat of death, as do many journalists in Mexico, a terrible place to practice this profession.

“In Mexico the crimes against journalists are never solved,” Navarro said. “The special prosecutor’s office for crimes against journalists keeps saying, ‘It wasn’t because of their work as journalists.’ It’s terrible. What is the message? That in Mexico you can assassinate a journalist and not go to jail?”