Ben Bradlee: A Journalist’s Journalist

Former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee was one of the biggest names in journalism. He was so big that when the world thought of him, it pictured Jason Robards, the actor who portrayed Bradlee in the hit 1976 movie All the President’s Men. That Hollywood retelling of how the Post helped break the Watergate scandal popularized Bradlee, who passed away Oct. 21 in Washington at 93, as a real-life version of TV’s Lou Grant — gruff and relentlessly …

Firing of Times Editor Fuels Equal-Pay Debate

The abrupt firing this week of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, once again puts a spotlight on unequal pay between men and women doing similar jobs, as details continue to leak. The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta provided some Times salary numbers. When Abramson became executive editor in 2011, her salary was $475,000, or $84,000 less than her male predecessor’s pay that year, Auletta reports.  Also, during the three years she served as Washington bureau chief, she made $100,000 …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

And so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Fact-Checking the Pundits: Ready to Watch Them Squirm?

PolitiFact, the website that measures statements by politicians and talking heads against the public record, must be doing something right. Right-wing commentator/politician Sarah Palin once demanded to “fact check the fact checkers.” From the other end of the political spectrum, TV commentator Rachel Maddow says PolitiFact is “terrible.” Starting Nov. 4, the folks behind PolitiFact will double the fun by launching PunditFact, taking exclusive aim on “pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.” >> Sign up for …

Golden Days, Quiet Memories

The leaves of the maple trees have turned an iridescent gold along the Oregon coast and in the inland woods, suggesting that each leaf shines from an inner glow generated by the sun. Among them in perfect harmony are the deep reds of the amber leaves, adding to the chromatic mix that creates the beauty of nature’s clock, ticking off the days to winter. It is autumn, after all, and the beauty is but a hesitation between seasons, when the …

Walter Cronkite’s WWII Letters Home in New Book

Before he was the voice of his generation and “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife. Now his namesake and grandson, Walter Cronkite IV, has complied the letters in a book, Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The grandson, a recent college graduate, is working in Washington these days at, of course, CBS News. That’s where Cronkite, who died in 2009, anchored the evening news after …