Is Jo Becker trying to position herself as the Sacha Baron Cohen of journalism? Or is Forcing the Spring, Becker’s account of the court battles that led to the invalidation of Proposition 8 in California, offered as a piece of serious reporting?
They Died for Westphalia
June 08, 2012
WHAT A SPELL of cultural miseries. Oprah Winfrey commended “Pierre de Chardin” to the graduates of Spelman College and exhorted them to “let excellence be your brand.” Yale University elected to have its commencement addressed by Barbara Walters. Al Sharpton appeared in the pages of The New York Times Book Review, which warmly noted that its reviewer has lost a lot of weight and eats fish twice a week and many vegetables. And Daniel Bell was made responsible for the Iraq war.
Cheney As President
June 26, 2007
The Washington Post continues its excellent Dick Cheney series today with a look at, among other things, the vice president's role in shaping tax policy. The only problem is that reporters Jo Becker's and Barton Gellman's big-picutre conclusions sometimes don't match the excellent reporting. For instance, as part of a key early paragraph, Becker and Gellman write: "The president is 'the decider,' as Bush puts it, but the vice president often serves up his menu of choices." Unfortunately the story they have just told completely undermines this thesis.