Monday, February 28, 2011

Morning Brief: Sullivan announces move to NewsBeast; TPM's Kleefeld reports from Madison and gets his story

Andrew Sullivan, known as much for this staunch support for the Iraq War, and then reversal, as for his blogging, announced on his blog The Daily Dish his decision to leave The Atlantic for NewsBeast, as the merged entities of Newsweek and the Daily Beast are sometimes called.

Sullivan took his blog to The Atlantic from Time in 2007. Sullivan's blog is unique in that he does not accept comments from readers.

Talking Points Memo sent one of its staffers, Eric Kleefeld, to Madison to cover the ongoing protests there over the governor's plans to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers. The move is paying off in some good, on-the-scene, reporting.

Yesterday readers could follow Kleefeld on either the TPM website or Twitter as protesters defied a police order to vacate the Capitol by a 4pm deadline. Kleefeld reported minute-by-minute as the possibility of conflict grew. Eventually Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs announced that the protesters could stay.
"There will be no arrests, as we said before, there will be no use of force," Tubbs said. "We want the people to continue to cooperate and work within the guidelines and the laws of the state of Wisconsin. So there'll be no one asked to leave the Capitol tonight."

Bad winter weather did not hold back the protests this weekend -- in fact, most observers reported that the number of people surrounding the Capitol grew this weekend to around 70,000 -- and without the bussed in Tea Party counter protesters.

Finally, a word about the Oscars: the Academy Awards remains one of those made-for-television events that seems to lure otherwise level-headed writers to it the way a moth is attracted to a patio light. The good news is that they seem to reveal which writers are about as good as . . . well, a moth.

Yesterday I deleted a few writers from my Twitter feed as it became obvious that my desire to follow media news, and news from Madison, Libya, and the Middle East had been hijacked by celebrity fawning drivel.

(It was shocking to find out that a certain former E&P editor, now at The Nation, is, in reality, a Entertainment Tonight wannabe.)

The Oscars are now over. EOM.