BuzzFeed news reports on the newsroom drama at the New York Times in response to Amy Chozick’s new book, Chasing Hillary, about the paper’s coverage of the 2016 campaign. Times staffers have expressed misgivings that the book contains private comments from colleagues, an inside look at the maneuverings of reporters angling to get front-page stories, and a general theme that journalists are driven by ego and ambition as much as by lofty ideals about truth and accountability. For her part, Choznick says, “I haven’t heard any complaints,” while executive editor Dean Baquet’s comment offers a case-study in carefully calibrated diplomacy: “Amy is a talented journalist and a wonderful colleague. . . . She was not privy to every discussion we had about coverage and I don’t agree with some assessments of our coverage in her book but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.”
Jennifer Egan’s novel Manhattan Beach has won the “One Book, One New York Contest,” which is a citywide book club sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York magazine.
The Huffington post has a leaked transcript of a staff Q and A The Atlantic held the day after columnist Kevin Williamson was fired. Williamson was brought on to provide conservative commentary for the magazine and was dismissed after two weeks on the job (he wrote his account of the firing for the Wall Street Journal). In the transcript, editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss the hire and the decision to let Williamson go.
At the New Republic, Eve Fairbanks writes about Tom Brokaw’s response to a sexual harassment allegation and what it reveals about power in media.