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Ignore the Founding Fathers and Friends at Your Peril

Ignore the Founding Fathers and Friends at Your Peril

Of all the monuments in Washington D.C., perhaps the most significant is that dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers and third President of the United States. Significant, because it is the only monument paid for in its entirety by Congress (the princely sum in 1934 of $3 million). President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1939 and officially dedicated the Memorial on April 13, 1943 -- the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. FDR fervently admired Jefferson and wanted to be able to see the Memorial from the Oval Office.

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David vs Goliath: Politico looks to steal a march on once-venerable Post

David vs Goliath: Politico looks to steal a march on once-venerable Post

 "They says Americans' past-time is baseball but I think it's politics … We want to do for politics what ESPN did for sport … we're here for obsessives and junkies". Fighting words from Politico National Political Reporter James Hohmann -- and just as well, for this is a fight to the death between the future of once-venerable institutions versus the anything-is-possible mentality from relative start-up competitors. Hohmann: "keeping the startup vibe is one of the secrets of our sauce".

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Rather Unplugged: Conversations with a one-time "voice of God"

As a "voice of God" -- referencing the authority of the three U.S. network anchors, who together address nearly thirty million viewers nightly -- Dan Rather had rather big shoes to fill when he assumed the anchor chair from Walker Cronkite in 1981. As Ken Auletta records in his magisterial profile on Rather in The New Yorker: "the one thing I hope … is that even my enemies think that I am authentic." (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/03/07/050307fa_fact2?currentPage=all). 

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In Politics the Unexpected Always Happens ... Crafting the Right Response Remains the Greatest Challenge

In Politics the Unexpected Always Happens ... Crafting the Right Response Remains the Greatest Challenge

We had just wrapped up Judge Tunheim's JFK Masterclass Thursday when news came through that David Cameron had been dealt a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on Syria -- forcing him to rule out British participation in any assault.

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Eschewing Subway and Lovin' It

Eschewing Subway and Lovin' It

In the immortal words of Mae West: “Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.”

So it was -- offered the choice en route from Tracy to the Twin Cities of Subway or McDonalds -- I went for the latter (together with four kindred Fellows) … a culinary dive into the deep-end to assess for the very first time the GMO delights of Maccas U.S.-style.

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In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. And that is the danger we face today.

In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor.  And that is the danger we face today.

The words of Scott Pelley a few months back in this must-watch speech (http://nowth.is/YLornp) I sought out after sitting through Tom Rozwadowski's Now Trending: Social Media Use by Journalists presentation today.

Pelley's remarks resonate because he's so authentic: willing to admit mistakes, walking the walk as much as talking the talk: "Twitter, Facebook, Reddit. That's not journalism. That's gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip."  Check out Pelley's Twitter account. Tweets: 2, Followers: 13.1K.

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The Credibility Quotient: AWOL on a Robust Code of Ethics

The Credibility Quotient: AWOL on a Robust Code of Ethics

Dr Kris Brunton's presentation today Landscape: The Philosophical and Ethical Context for the Practice of U.S. Journalism rightly flagged the scope of the First Amendment: guarding against government's infringement of freedom of expression ('Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press') -- a legal right that doesn't apply as between private individuals/parties.

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