Daily Archives: November 7, 2013

On NewsBusters, the conservative press-watchdog site, Matthew Sheffield congratulates Robert Costa onhired his move from the National Review to the Washington Post and gives “kudos to new Post owner Jeff Bezos for encouraging his staff to think outside the box like this.”

After reading Sheffield’s piece, I emailed Post national editor Cameron Barr and asked: “Did Bezos have anything to do with Costa’s hiring?” Barr’s reply: “The answer to your question is no.”

Update: I see that Post senior politics editor Steve Ginsberg earlier today told his colleague Erik Wemple: “Would I have pursued [Costa] before Bezos, absolutely.”

* Washington Post hires National Review’s Robert Costa (


— Flint Journal headline

Newly elected councilman Wantwaz Davis tells the Flint Journal that he never hid the fact that he served 19 years in prison; it was just never reported by the news media, he says. “The Journal learned of the conviction Wednesday and Davis confirmed it when asked,” the paper reports.

A Flint Journal commenter writes:

I’ve asked the Journal if the candidates were vetted before the election.

Update: “We didn’t do good enough,” writes editor Marjory Raymer. “We did not inform voters – the way we all wish we could have – of that information [about Davis’s criminal record] before they went to the polls on Tuesday.”

There are a few who criticize The Journal for not getting this story earlier – I agree and I take full responsibility for that.

We’ve been talking a lot internally about how and why we didn’t find out sooner. Here’s what we know: We don’t ever want it to happen again and are developing a process to ensure it never does.

* Flint voters elect two convicted felons to the city council (
* “We should have done better,” says the editor (

Here’s what’s served in “The Colbert Report” green room:

What WNYC’s Brian Lehrer learned from his “Colbert Report” appearance:

* The entire staff is gracious and professional. Some are even listeners!

* They pre-interviewed me on the day before, which I guess helps Stephen and the producers write jokes.

* Stephen himself was very nice, touching base with me out of character before the taping.

* It’s a real trick to be a guest on that show, because you’re there to deliver some kind of real information or opinion, but wrapped in the context of talking to the fake blowhard character.

* The best advice I got from his producers was to talk to him like he was some rich drunk idiot at a bar.

* Five things about appearing on “The Colbert Report” (

(Photo: Brian Lehrer)

buffetThe day after Warren Buffett bought his newspaper, Greensboro News & Record executive editor Jeff Gauger had to apologize to the billionaire for the misspelling of his name (left) on page one.

“A dumb, dumb, dumb error. Embarrassing,” the editor wrote. “A buffet involves food. The new owner is Buffett. Believe me, our team damned well knows that now.”

The page-one mistake didn’t hurt Gauger’s career; Berkshire Hathaway Media Group has just promoted him to publisher.

* News & Record editor Jeff Gauger named publisher (
* Earlier: News & Record misspells new owner’s name on page one (

Cause of accident: “Women drivers, rain, Obama Care”

What the North Carolina Department of Transportation says: “We did not get hacked. After an investigation this afternoon we learned that an IT contractor who was hired six months ago was performing routine tests on the TIMS feed. And that individual violated procedures by failing to turn off the external feed while testing, and for the inappropriate message content. That individual was let go immediately.”

* DOT alert blames crash on “women drivers, rain, Obama Care” (

The Times-Dispatch tells readers that it’s charging $2.35 for the Thanksgiving Day paper and $1.50 for the Christmas edition. The Thanksgiving paper is so big — 5 pounds last year! — that “many Times-Dispatch carriers must use additional help to complete deliveries in a timely manner.”

Dear EZ Pay subscriber:

The approaching holidays are busy times of the year, so I am writing to provide an update on the ever-popular Thanksgiving and Christmas editions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

On Thanksgiving Day, we will deliver the biggest newspaper of the year to your home! We are excited to report it will be loaded with Black Friday sales and savings from all your favorite stores, representing a great way to plan your holiday shopping. Our Newsroom also is planning special coverage and features./CONTINUES Read More

Seems like yesterday….

icon* August, 1995: Netscape shares, priced at $28 before trading, opened at $71 (
* February, 1998: What went wrong with Netscape? (

* Guns & Ammo columnist Dick Metcalf is fired over a piece advocating gun control. ( | Reader: “After the Metcalf piece supporting gun control you can keep your rag!” (
* Two books about fracking — both written by Wall Street Journal reporters. “There was some awkwardness, let’s put it that way,” one author says of the discussions about which book would be excerpted first by the paper. (
* Michael Bloomberg will pay close attention to opinion site Bloomberg View once he leaves office. ( | (
* Everything you need to know about AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong and his baby, Patch. (
* You may want to read this before investing in Twitter: (
bw* How the cover on the right came together. (
* Henry Blodget says he’s ready to invest serious money in Business Insider’s long-form journalism. (
* adds four reporters to its sports staff. (
* New Yorker’s Katherine Boo and NYT’s Gail Collins have been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board (
* Former Fishbowl DC editor Betsy Rothstein joins Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller. (
* Drama at Philadelphia’s newspapers intensifies. (
* Reason Foundation’s Bastiat Prize goes to Newsday’s Lane Filler and Times of London’s Ross Clark. (
* Having the Dallas Morning News print the Fort Worth Star-Telegram “makes all the sense in the world,” says the News publisher. (
* So far this year, 223 local TV stations have changed hands. (

“Where did Robert Costa come from?” New York magazine asked a few weeks ago. The 28-year-old National Review Washington editor became a must-read/must follow during the government shutdown, known as a guy who “tirelessly asks questions and prints the answers without fluff or bluster.”

We find out this morning that Costa is going to the Washington Post. The paper’s memo:

We are very pleased to announce that Robert Costa, one of the country’s best chroniclers of the Republican Party, will join The Washington Post as a National political reporter.
Bob has become an absolute must-follow for his coverage of Republicans, particularly after his stellar runs during this year’s government shutdown, the fiscal cliff negotiations and the 2012 presidential campaign. He is a believer in journalism new and old — he shares what he knows when he knows it, whether in a tweet, blog post or longer form. We look forward to all of the above — and more.

New York magazine, which called Bob the “golden boy of the government shutdown,” wrote this about him last month: “[H]is reporting from behind the closed doors of Republicans in Congress held up as indispensable, a shining beacon of the form in which a man tirelessly asks questions and prints answers without fluff or bluster.” In other words, our kind of guy.

Bob comes to us from National Review, where he has been Washington Editor, directing a team of reporters and leading its Capitol Hill bureau. Before National Review, he was a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal. Bob has appeared frequently as a political analyst for CNBC.

Bob is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge, where he was an active member of the Cambridge Union debating society.

His first day will be Jan. 6. Please join us in welcoming him to The Post.


* How Robert Costa became the golden boy of the government shutdown (