Felix Salmon schools Margaret Sullivan: The transparent DealBook conference: "Very few readers suspect, I think, just how much senior executives talk to the press. There’s an ultra-sophisticated way of reading the business press, which generally starts with the dual questions 'who is the main source for this story' and 'what is that person trying to achieve'. But the overwhelming majority of readers don’t read that way. Which means that public conferences like this one, where everything is live-streamed and on the record, actually constitute much more transparent journalism than the vast majority of what you read in the paper. Sullivan might not like the fact that if you want senior executive sources to talk to you, it generally helps to be reasonably polite and respectful. But at least at this kind of conference that kind of thing is out in the open, rather than being hidden in the back channels."
Jonathan Soble and Tim Bradshaw: Google releases map app for iPhone
Robert Reich: Deficit-cutting industry has poisoned US economic debate
Hobbit Weblogging: Riddles in the Dark - the Lost Version
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Wilson Pickett: Engine, Engine Number 9
Alexis C. Madrigal: Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps
Max Read: Why Is the Drudge Report Covered in 'N*GGER'? The Coming Right-Wing Freakout Over Django Unchained: "Welcome to the mass right-wing Django Unchained freakout…. [T]he people really bothered by the racial politics of Django Unchained (which doesn't even come out until Christmas) are the gutter commenters of the internet right and their enablers in the conservative media. You'd think that maybe the one time scared conservatives could stomach the sight of a black man killing white men is in the context of vengeance for an unspeakable crime. But in the world imagined by the extreme conservative web, a world constantly under the threat of race war, there is no acceptable space for righteous black violence — not as a firsthand depiction, not as secondhand reference, not as fact, not as fiction, not in the movies, and not on TV."
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Django Wars: "As Max Read notes the response is reverberating out through right-wing media. This is not me merely taking pleasure in the wailing of my enemies. It is me taking pleasure in my enemies being forced to cope with other stories. It's me taking pleasure in the world being forced into something beyond the 'Good Old Confederate/Never Meaning No Harm/Never Owned No Slaves/Yankees Raped And Killed My Wife/I Fought To Protect My Home.' More, I'm hoping we get more stories that are willing to do something different, more stories that are going to trouble our memory. My previous criticisms aside, I'm less concerned that all of those stories appeal to everyone. (The reviews so far are really good.) I just really hope Django (and Lincoln) clear some room for more of their kind."
Seriously, until yesterday, it didn't even occur to me conservatives would whine about "Django Unchained". sulia.com/my_thoughts/a5…— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) December 13, 2012
Google appears to be better at making iOS apps than Apple, but they also appear to be better at making iOS apps than Android apps.— Aaron Swartz (@aaronsw) December 13, 2012
Chuck Hagel backed every foreign and domestic initiative of the Bush administration, but he sure felt bad about it at the time!— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 13, 2012
I continually think NYT's public editor columns are a prank the paper pulls on itself. Bizarre self-immolation. publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/dea…— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) December 13, 2012