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The AI arms race: the tech fear behind Donald Trump’s trade war with China | Financial Times
Shawn Donnan in Washington YESTERDAY

While the headlines about the Trump administration’s trade war with Beijing often focus on raw materials such as steel, aluminium and soyabeans, the underlying motivation of the new protectionist mood is American anxiety about China’s rapidly growing technological prowess.......
At a time when the US is engaged in a battle for technological pre-eminence with China, the ZGC project is exactly the sort of state-backed Chinese investment that American politicians across the political spectrum view with scepticism.

“China has targeted America’s industries of the future, and President Donald Trump understands better than anyone that if China successfully captures these emerging industries, America will have no economic future,” .....US tariffs on $34bn in imports from China that are due to take effect on Friday as part of a squeeze intended to end what the US says has been years of state-endorsed Chinese intellectual property theft. But it is also part of a broader battle against what the White House has labelled China’s “economic aggression”......Viewed from America, President Xi Jinping’s Made in China 2025 industrial strategy is a state-led effort to establish Chinese leadership in the technologies of the next generation of commerce and military equipment — notably AI, robotics and gene editing.

Many US officials are now questioning one of the basic assumptions about how the American economy operates: its openness to foreign investment....While some technology executives extol the potential for co-operation in areas such as AI, the Washington establishment increasingly sees them as central to a growing geopolitical competition....Many Chinese investors are looking for US companies that they can help move into China. .....Even though Mr Trump’s focus on Chinese technology has strong bipartisan support in Washington, its tactics have been heavily criticised. The biggest blunder, many critics argue, has been the Trump administration’s willingness to wage concurrent trade wars. The IP-driven tariffs push against China has been accompanied by one that has hit allies such as Canada and the EU that might have joined a fight against Beijing.

........“We’re treating the Chinese better than we are treating our friends,” says Derek Scissors, a China expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who sees the tariffs Mr Trump is threatening against European car imports as a similar bit of malpractice.
arms_race  artificial_intelligence  China  CFIUS  Donald_Trump  economic_warfare  economic_aggression  FDI  geopolitics  international_trade  investors  investing  intellectual_property  industrial_policies  protectionism  politicians  robotics  One_Belt_One_Road  security_&_intelligence  Silicon_Valley  SOEs  start_ups  theft  U.S.  venture_capital  Washington_D.C. 
july 2018 by jerryking
How America Fails Black Girls - The New York Times
By MORGAN JERKINSMARCH 29, 2017
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girls  African-Americans  Washington_D.C.  double_standards 
march 2017 by jerryking
Where History Is Being Made - The New York Times
I sent the Fallows Question to the Fallows themselves, and they agreed in part with my Washington answer. But they also said that the most important place to be now might be places like Erie, Pa.; Fresno, Ca.; and Columbus, Ohio.

Trump’s presence in the White House may push change to the local levels. In these cities, the Fallows argue, citizen participants are coping with declining industries, creating new civic cultures, assimilating waves of immigration, collaborating across party lines to revive everything from arts programs to tech seedbeds.

If you want to “observe” history, the Fallows say, go to Washington. If you want to “participate,” go elsewhere.

That’s a good argument, but I suppose I should close by widening the possibilities. After all, few knew about Martin Luther in 1517 or what Deng Xiaoping would unleash in 1977.....Most people can’t up and move in search of history. They’re tied down by work, family and spiritual commitments. But you only go around once in life, so if you can swing it, you might as well be where the action is.
David_Brooks  James_Fallows  Washington_D.C.  seminal_moments  Donald_Trump  local  history  engaged_citizenry  participation  pivots 
february 2017 by jerryking
Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory’ - The New York Times
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEINNOV. 20, 2016
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Donald_Trump  bigotry  racism  Washington_D.C.  whites  nationalism 
november 2016 by jerryking
Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Restoring Black History
SEPT. 23, 2016 | - The New York Times | By HENRY LOUIS GATES Jr.

The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington helps to resolve the protracted debate about the contributions of black people to American history and, indeed, about whether they had a history worth preserving at all. Those questions were at the heart of the nation’s original debate about whether, and how, black lives matter.....“History,” James Baldwin wrote, “is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.”.... the opening of the museum ...reinscribes race at a symbolically central place in American culture, on the National Mall, where we celebrate our collective public histories, ensuring that a mountain of evidence about black contributions to America will be on permanent display....More than a museum, the building on the National Mall is a refutation of two and a half centuries of the misuse of history to reinforce a social order in which black people were enslaved, then systematically repressed and denied their rights when freed. It also repudiates the long and dismal tradition of objectifying black people in museums.
slavery  Jim_Crow  history  historians  Henry_Louis_Gates  museums  Washington_D.C.  African-Americans  Thomas_Jefferson  Enlightenment  Hegel  John_Hope_Franklin  W.E.B._Du_Bois  Carter_Woodson  Arthur_Schomburg  Obama  James_Baldwin  Smithsonian  David_Adjaye 
september 2016 by jerryking
One Firm Getting What It Wants in Washington: BlackRock - WSJ
By RYAN TRACY and SARAH KROUSE
Updated April 20, 2016

The Problem: BlackRock believed that the U.S. Federal Reserve was leaning towards designating it as a source of financial system risk, like other big banks, and as such, be “too big to fail”.

What Was At Stake: the designation “systemically important” would draw BlackRock in for greater oversight by the Federal Reserve which would mean tougher rules and potentially higher capital requirements from U.S. regulators.

The Solution: BlackRock didn't take any chances. The company began spending heavily on lobbying and engaging policymakers. Executives at the firm began preparing for greater federal scrutiny of their business in the months following the 2008 financial crisis. BlackRock aggressively prepared a counter-narrative upon discovered a Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research report that asset-management firms and the funds they run were “vulnerable to shocks” and may engage in “herding” behavior that could amplify a shock to the financial system. The response took the form of a 40-plus-page paper rebutting the report. The firm suggested that instead of focusing on the size of a manager or fund, regulators should look at what specific practices, such as the use of leverage, might be the source of risks. While other money managers such as Fidelity and Vanguard sought to evade being labeled systemically important, BlackRock’s strategy stood out.
BlackRock  crony_capitalism  Washington_D.C.  risks  lobbying  too_big_to_fail  asset_management  advocacy  government_relations  influence  political_advocacy  policy  U.S._Federal_Reserve  systemic_risks  Communicating_&_Connecting  U.S.Treasury_Department  counternarratives  oversight  financial_system  leverage  debt  creating_valuable_content  think_differently  policymakers  policymaking 
april 2016 by jerryking
Marion Barry, Former Mayor of Washington, Dies at 78 - NYTimes.com
NOV. 23, 2014| NYT | By DAVID STOUT.

Mr. Barry, 78, was a flamboyant and polarizing mayor of the nation’s capital who went to prison on cocaine charges, then recaptured City Hall in one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of American urban politics.
mayoral  obituaries  Washington_D.C.  scandals  African-Americans  corruption  Improbables 
november 2014 by jerryking
Washington’s 10 best restaurants - The Globe and Mail
TRACEY MIDDLEKAUFF
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 18 2013
restaurants  Washington_D.C.  best_of 
september 2014 by jerryking
Start-Up America: Our Best Hope
FEB. 15, 2014 | NYT |Thomas L. Friedman.

What they all have in common is they wake up every day and ask: “What are the biggest trends in the world, and how do I best invent/reinvent my business to thrive from them?” They’re fixated on creating abundance, not redividing scarcity, and they respect no limits on imagination. No idea here is “off the table.”

Silicon Valley: where ideas come to launch. Washington, D.C., where ideas go to die. Silicon Valley: where there are no limits on your imagination and failure in the service of experimentation is a virtue. Washington: where the “imagination” to try something new is now a treatable mental illness covered by Obamacare and failure in the service of experimentation is a crime. Silicon Valley: smart as we can be. Washington: dumb as we wanna be.
Tom_Friedman  Silicon_Valley  start_ups  ideas  Washington_D.C.  abundance  experimentation  imagination  Cambrian_explosion 
february 2014 by jerryking
Hard Times at Howard U. - NYTimes.com
FEB. 4, 2014 | NYT | By CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT.

Howard has been in turmoil for several years over its fiscal direction as well as a series of public relations blunders, notably the news of bonuses to high-level administrators amounting to $1.1 million amid cost-cutting and tuition increases.
Colleges_&_Universities  African-Americans  hard_times  HBCUs  Morehouse  leadership  Washington_D.C.  crisis  education  enrollment  Howard  economics 
february 2014 by jerryking
The Unlobbyists - NYTimes.com
By THOMAS B. EDSALL
Published: December 31, 2013

‘relationship lobbying’ is dead, or at least not where the growth will be.” The traditional lobbyist, he argues, is no longer the éminence grise of days past but instead has been reduced to serving as a conduit for campaign contributions from corporate and trade association PACs to candidates.

The action has shifted to what is known in the business as strategic advice: how to convince and mobilize voters and opinion elites in support of a client’s agenda.... So what does this new strategic adviser actually do? He or she can plan out a legislative campaign or a drive to affect the implementation of regulation, determine which officials and agencies must be dealt with, and propose potential coalition partners.

Interestingly, all this can be done without making direct contact with elected officials, congressional aides or top-ranked department and agency appointees and employees. This arms-length approach permits strategic advisers to avoid lobbying registration and reporting requirements.
lobbying  public_relations  Inside_the_Beltway  Communicating_&_Connecting  Washington_D.C.  WPP  relationships  advice  campaigns 
january 2014 by jerryking
The Model for the March on Washington - WSJ.com
August 27, 2013 | WSJ | By PAUL MORENO

On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, Americans should pause to remember A. Philip Randolph, an unsung father of the struggle for civil-rights. Randolph's "March on Washington Movement" helped make the 1963 march possible. In early 1941, the U.S. was building its defenses for a possible war abroad even as it tried to remain neutral in an escalating conflict. In response, Randolph threatened to have 100,000 African-Americans march on Washington to protest discrimination in the armed services and defense industries. President Franklin D. Roosevelt feared that such a massive display of dissent would show America to be deeply divided.

Randolph, a militant socialist, led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, an all-black labor union whose members helped expand the horizons of a still-largely Southern and rural black populace. He demanded that President Roosevelt integrate the armed forces and prohibit defense contractors from making hiring decisions based on race.
Washington_D.C.  MLK  anniversaries  civil_rights  tributes  protest_movements  A._Philip_Randolph  unions  African-Americans 
september 2013 by jerryking
The Ideas Behind the March
August 26, 2013 | NYT | By DAVID BROOKS.

As we commemorate the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, it’s worth remembering how close it came to not happening at all. When A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin started shopping the idea, the Urban League declined to support it, the N.A.A.C.P. refused to commit one way or another, and Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were too busy with other challenges to get engaged. President John Kennedy argued that the march would hurt the chances of passing legislation...It’s also worth remembering that while today we take marches and protests for granted, the tactics of the civil rights movement had deep philosophical and religious roots...They wanted a set of tactics that were at once more aggressive and at the same time deeply rooted in biblical teaching. That meant the tactics had to start with love, not hate; nonviolence, not violence; renunciation, not self-indulgence. “Ours would be one of nonresistance,” Randolph told the Senate Armed Services Committee all the way back in 1948. “We would be willing to absorb the violence, absorb the terrorism, to face the music and to take whatever comes.” ...At the same time this tactic was not passive. It was not just turning the other cheek, loving your enemies or trying to win people over with friendship. Nonviolent coercion was an ironic form of aggression. Nonviolence furnished the movement with a series of tactics that allowed it to remain on permanent offense. ...

The idea was to reduce ugliness in the world by reducing ugliness in yourself. King argued that “unearned suffering is redemptive.” It would uplift people involved in this kind of action. It would impose self-restraint. At their best, the leaders understood that even people in the middle of just causes can be corrupted. They can become self-righteous, knowing their cause is right. They can become smug as they move forward, cruel as they organize into groups, simplistic as they rely on propaganda to mobilize the masses. Their hearts can harden as their enemies become more vicious. The strategy of renunciation and the absorbing of suffering was meant to guard against all that. ...In short, [nonviolence] relied upon a very sophisticated set of paradoxes. It relied on leaders who had done a lot of deep theological and theoretical work before they took up the cause of public action...So that’s what we are commemorating: The “I Have a Dream” speech, of course, but also an exercise in applied theology.
anniversaries  Bayard_Rustin  MLK  David_Brooks  speeches  civil_rights  African-Americans  commemorations  NAACP  Washington_D.C.  JFK  nonviolence  suffering  self-righteous  self-restraint  paradoxes  protest_movements  biblical  A._Philip_Randolph 
august 2013 by jerryking
Organizer of 1963 March on Washington, Rustin, Gets His Due - WSJ.com
August 26, 2013 | WSJ | By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
Civil-Rights Leader Rustin Gets His Due 50 Years Later
Organizer of '63 March on Washington Was a Pacifist and Gay Man

WASHINGTON—One of the most momentous passages in American political history began with this mundane bit of advice: Pack peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Mayonnaise can go bad in the August heat.

That tip, one of many in instructional handbooks issued by leaders ahead of the 1963 March on Washington, reflected the organizational chops of Bayard Rustin, whose attention to detail helped ensure that what could have been a public-relations disaster for the civil-rights movement instead turned into a model of successful nonviolent protest.

On Wednesday, the country will mark the 50th anniversary of the march and the "I Have a Dream" speech the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This year, the U.S. also is belatedly recognizing Mr. Rustin, a black activist at a time when blacks were denied basic rights, a pacifist when a nation fighting a world war scorned pacifism and a gay man when being gay meant risking jail and public humiliation.
MLK  African-Americans  Bayard_Rustin  history  anniversaries  civil_rights  pacificism  homosexuality  Washington_D.C.  Quakers  organizational_capacity  detail_oriented  humiliation  bravery  protest_movements 
august 2013 by jerryking
Inside the D.C. bubble – stupid, slimy, savvy
Aug. 10 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by Konrad Yakabuski.

Mark Leibovich’s This Town betrays just about everything despicable about Washington’s political culture.

Politico’s business model lies not in pursuing high-minded Watergate-style journalism or even beating the Post in circulation or unique Web visitors. Fewer than 40,000 copies of its free print edition are distributed on the streets of Washington. Its content is aimed squarely at “The Club.”

In a new insider account of Washington, Mark Leibovich explains how The Club consists of the “spinning cabal of people in politics and media and the supporting sectors that never get voted out or term-limited or, God forbid, decide on their own that it is time to return home to the farm.”

The journalists, lobbyists, political consultants, White House aides, Capitol Hill staffers, socialites and persons-of-no-fixed-profession Mr. Leibovich profiles in This Town embody just about everything despicable about the D.C. bubble.....Playbook is the daily D.C. cheat sheet. Compiled by Politico’s Mike Allen, it summarizes the top news stories, parties, lobbying and book deals, staff changes, birthdays and nuptials of interest to The Club. And no one solicits mentions in Playbook – whose main corporate sponsor of late has been Keystone XL pipeline proponent TransCanada – as covetously as Robert Barnett.
Washington_D.C.  WaPo  Konrad_Yakabuski  sophisticated  start_ups  newspapers  business_models  politics  journalists  lobbyists  political_consultants  political_culture  books  Inside_the_Beltway  White_House  market_intelligence  newsstand_circulation  playbooks 
august 2013 by jerryking
U.S. Relies on Spies for Hire to Sift Deluge of Intelligence - WSJ.com
June 10, 2013 | WSJ | By SIOBHAN GORMAN and DION NISSENBAUM.

The size and scale of private contracting for intelligence goes "well beyond the scope of anything the public is aware of or even imagines," said Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.

About 1.2 million Americans hold top-secret clearances, the Director of National Intelligence reported this year. More than a third of those, 38%, are private contractors.

Nearly all of the private-sector growth followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Although some of the information on intelligence contractors is secret, NSA officials have said the number of its vendors grew to 6,000 in 2006 from 140 in 2001.

"It's hard to think of a single thing the intelligence community can do on its own anymore without a contractor being involved in some way," Mr. Singer said, "from the most mundane of data crunching to the pointy end of the black ops side."

Reliance on private contractors sprang from the need to quickly ramp up data collection and analysis after the 9/11 attacks, experts said.
security_&_intelligence  contractors  outsourcing  Washington_D.C.  information_overload  Brookings 
june 2013 by jerryking
Mayhem on the Menu: Snow-Storm in August - WSJ.com
July 17, 2012 | WSJ | book review by Fergus M. Bordewich reviews a "Snow-Storm in August," by author Jefferson Morley who describes a race riot in antebellum Washington triggered by proslavery passion, abolitionist literature and a rumor about a black restaurateur.

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African-Americans  slavery  Washington_D.C.  riots  restauranteurs  antebellum  abolition  books  book_reviews  racial_animus  racism  violence 
july 2012 by jerryking
How the Global Middle Class Can Save the American Middle Class
May 25 2012 | The Atlantic | David Rohde.

Last week, 41 American companies received awards at a little-noticed White House ceremony. Despite the recession, the companies -- most of them small and medium-size businesses -- have experienced rapid growth and handsome profits in recent years. And they've beaten Chinese, Indian and European competitors at their own game.

How? By selling to a burgeoning global middle class expected to grow by 1 billion people -- primarily in Asia -- over the next decade...The awards -- and the places these companies have found customers -- show that the gravest threat to America's prosperity isn't the rise of middle classes overseas. It is Washington's blind adherence to dated ideologies that handicap our innovative small businesses. The world is changing, but Washington is not.
globalization  small_business  awards  exporting  middle_class  Asian  SMEs  Washington_D.C. 
may 2012 by jerryking
Washington's Black Codes - NYTimes.com
December 7, 2011, 8:45 PM
Washington’s Black Codes
By KATE MASUR
slavery  Washington_D.C.  Civil_War  African-Americans 
december 2011 by jerryking
Crovitz: Google Speaks Truth to Power - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 24, 2011

Google Speaks Truth to Power
About the growing regulatory state, even Google's Eric Schmidt—a big supporter of the Obama administration—now feels the need to tell it like it is.

By L. GORDON CROVITZ
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L._Gordon_Crovtiz  Google  Washington_D.C.  regulation  Eric_Schmidt  truth-telling  speak_truth_to_power 
october 2011 by jerryking
Iranian Plot to Assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. was uncharacteristically unskilled - TIME
Oct. 12, 2011 | TIME | By Robert Baer.

According to the Department of Justice indictment, an Iranian-American used-car salesman attempted to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit. Other parts of the plan included bombing the Israeli embassy in Washington, as well as the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Argentina. The Iranian was willing to pay the cartel assassins $1.5 million to murder the Saudi ambassador.

...The other man in the plot, a member of the Quds Force, a secretive special forces unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, remains at large.(Read "Did Iran Hire Narcos as Assassins?")

Before examining these claims, it's helpful to remember what we know about the Iranian unit implicated in the indictment: The Quds Force was responsible for the truck bombing the Marine barracks in Beirut. It was behind most of the kidnappings in Lebanon in the 1980s, including that of CIA station chief Bill Buckley. It organized the 1992 and1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and cultural centers in Buenos Aires, as well as Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. And most recently, it undoubtedly was behind the execution of five American soldiers in Karbala, Iraq in 2007. In other words, the Quds Force has been happy to target the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2096747,00.html#ixzz1al73dpql
Iran  Quds_Force  Washington_D.C.  assassinations  Hezbollah  Iranian  Revolutionary_Guards  Saudis 
october 2011 by jerryking
The Hip-Hop Generation, Raising Up Its Sons
By Natalie Hopkinson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
parenting  fatherhood  African-Americans  Washington_D.C.  hip_hop 
january 2011 by jerryking
How to Overhaul the U.S. Education System - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 30, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by Michelle Rhee and
Adrian Fenty on what they learned while pushing to reform D.C.'s failing
public schools.
reform  Washington_D.C.  school_districts  Michelle_Rhee  Adrian_Fenty  public_schools  turnarounds  education 
october 2010 by jerryking
Michelle Rhee Is Out
Oct 13 2010 | The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates.“ I think a
better politician than Adrian Fenty would have handled this a lot more
deftly, and not allowed the teacher union's and "the community" to
effectively become synonymous. I strongly believe that an elected
officials job isn't simply to devise solutions, but also to get a
critical mass of the electorate to buy into those solutions.

I do not doubt the strength of the teacher's unions in the District. But
it's very hard for me to believe that among black parents grappling
with the problems of D.C. schools there isn't some crucial portion that
could have been peeled off. The inference that black District parents,
en masse, are somehow more interested in making sure teachers keep their
jobs, then they are in making sure their kids are able to secure jobs
of their own, doesn't ring true to me.“
Ta-Nehisi_Coates  Michelle_Rhee  exits  Washington_D.C.  Adrian_Fenty  public_schools  teacher's_unions  politicians  critical_mass  leaders  teachers  firings 
october 2010 by jerryking
What's Next for Michelle Rhee?
Oct. 13 2010 | The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder. Rhee is a Grade-A
edu-lebrity, and she's the perfect bureaucrat for the Reality Show age,
when personal brands matter as much as ideas. Or when, at the very
least, ideas don't succeed unless they've got good brands behind
them...Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of
Teachers, said of Rhee:
Her¨central failing, was "her disdain for relationships": Rhee came in
with a huge amount of wind at her back because everyone wanted change.
Virtually all of us were rooting for us to succeed. The issue in
education that the so-called reformers don't understand, is, it's about
relationships. Students and teachers, teachers and principals.
Relationships are very critical. When you have disdain for relationships
and want to bust them up, you're actually busting up the one thing that
[binds] a student to success.`Weingarten says that Rhee's reforms won't
be scalable, and that attrition rates among teachers will exceed 80%
over 5 yrs.
Washington_D.C.  Michelle_Rhee  school_districts  public_schools  education  reform  personal_branding  relationships  attrition_rates 
october 2010 by jerryking
How does U.S. democracy survive without its newspapers?
Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | by John Ibbotson.

The Globe has also still been spared the savage budget cuts that eviscerated so many once-great American newspapers as the recession accelerated chronic declines in readership and advertising revenue.

But in the U.S., it's time to ask: How will the seemingly inevitable extinction of many metropolitan daily newspapers influence politics and political culture there?

The answer isn't entirely grim. Some newspapers are bound to survive in print form, at least for a few more years, as competition thins and enlightened corporate owners recognize that laying off half their reporters is the surest way to destroy the only thing of value a newspaper has: the reputation behind its name.....there is another, very disturbing, trend. A recent survey by The Pew Center for the People and the Press reported that "a new Washington media have evolved, but they are far from the more egalitarian or citizen-based media that advocates of the digital age might imagine. Instead, this new Washington media cohort is one substantially aimed at elites, often organized by industry, by corporate client, or by niche political interest."

These publications may have an audience of a few thousand, or even a few hundred, willing to pay thousands of dollars in subscription fees for specialized coverage. "These are publications with names like ClimateWire, Energy Trader, Traffic World, Government Executive and Food and Chemical News," the Pew study says. They are proliferating, and hoovering up reporters and editors who have lost their jobs in mainstream media. "Today, it is the niche, not the mainstream, media that [provide]blanket coverage of Congress and other important arms of the federal government," the Pew report concludes.

The collapse of print journalism - network newscasts are also in terrible shape - threatens to bifurcate the public square. Those who know the power of information will pay to obtain it, and use that knowledge to influence the agenda.

Those who lack the means or interest will depend on blogs, social networking and whatever information they choose to look for online. How does democracy survive on that?
brands  budget_cuts  commonwealth  decline  democracy  engaged_citizenry  influence  information_sources  Inside_the_Beltway  John_Ibbitson  local_journalism  magazines  mass_media  market_intelligence  newsletters  newspapers  niches  political_culture  politics  print_journalism  reputation  sophisticated  Washington_D.C. 
june 2009 by jerryking

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