The Ten Month Beat

An account of the ten months at the graduate school of journalism for the class of 2006.


The Weekly Standard takes on the J-school

Conservative blogger and talk show host Hugh Hewitt spent a few days at the school last fall, interviewing Dean Lemann and others and sitting in on Michael Shapiro's RWI class. His article can be read by clicking here

It is not a happy read. He thinks (and hopes) journalism is dead or dying.

Here's a taste:

"I concluded by asking them if they 'think George Bush is something of a dolt.' There was unanimous agreement with this proposition, one of the widely shared views within elite media and elsewhere on the left. The president's Harvard MBA and four consecutive victories over Democrats judged 'smarter' than him haven't made even a dent in that prejudice."


  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger ninaberries said…

    For one thing, Hugh Hewitt, if that is really your name, it should say "smarter than he," not "smarter than him."

  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Matt said…


    Are you kidding? You might win in the courts of legalistic grammar, but I'll take candence and flow any day of the week.


  • At 2:34 AM, Blogger ninaberries said…

    Your point is well-taken. It could say, "smarter than he is."

    Either way, I consider a victory in the courts of legalistic grammar, wheresoever they might be, to be a noble one.

    Your pal,
    Nina gramMarianne Gregory

  • At 6:15 PM, Blogger Scribbledehobble said…

    Ahh, this is why I'm terrible blogger. I can't make myself read folks like Hugh Hewitt.

    And to the extent that the J-school cultivates attitudes contrary to the economic interests of the powerful they want to become (which is really his complaint): god blessem.


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