Today's Top Stories

U.S. Radicals Offer Lots of Advice, But Few Are Ready to Take Risks

For more than 30 years, well-meaning, savvy trade unionists have offered proposals to revive an ailing and declining AFL-CIO -- to no avail. All the plans that were presented at well-attended conferences, all the articles that were written and widely distributed, all the resolutions that were debated and approved, failed to change the federation as the citadel of labor conservatism and guardian of the status quo.

The NYT versus the Huffington Post: a cat fight over kitten vid

Call it the battle of the old media versus the new: a war of words has broken out between Arianna Huffington, founder of the eponymous website, and Bill Keller, editor of the New York Times, trading blows through their respective publications. Meanwhile, the New York Times is soon to erect a paywall across its web content, cutting the pirates and counterfeiters off from the New York Times as a source. How that works out as a revenue generator for the New York Times is another matter.

Does Metaphorical Framing Really Work?

While editors and journalists worry about whether a simple word choice could influence their readers, politicians take another tack. They use metaphors all the time, explicitly in order to persuade people to view things their way. In this experiment, describing crime as a "beast" or as a "virus" resulted in vastly different attitudes and policy recommendations.

Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism

Over the past few weeks, many worries about the death of journalism have, well, died. Despite shrinking newsrooms and overworked reporters, journalism is in fact thriving. The art of information gathering, analysis and dissemination has arguably been strengthened over the last several years, and given rise and importance to a new role: the journalistic curator.

Why I Still Love Print Media

"I will never fall out of love with the printed page, nor should our culture at large. The tactile pleasures of leafing through magazines, newspapers and books are what guided me toward this industry in the first place. And while I know I'm part of the problem, the unrelenting -- if gratuitously premature -- talk of print media's crumpling demise never fails to jab like a dagger."

Scott Walker, Reagan's self-appointed heir

It is not because this is an inherently conservative country that liberal leadership is so weak. The problem lies not in the people but in the corridors of power, in the media and the Congress and the many institutions -- including liberal ones -- that have been shifted rightwards by strategic efforts over the last 40 years. That is why progressives find themselves fighting defensive battles, as in Wisconsin -- while the right, which has neither the presidency nor the Senate -- plays offense.

Union Busting: Michigan Style

While the nation has been focused on the contretemps in Wisconsin, the Badger State’s neighboring Wolverines have taken a more novel approach in the effort to defang its public employee unions. There, a bill that was expected to pass the Michigan Senate will give the state’s treasurer the ability to appoint emergency financial managers with broad powers to take over the operation of cities and school boards facing a financial crisis.

News to offer new round of buyouts

The Buffalo News, citing poor financial results within the opening six weeks of this year, is mailing out letters offering a new voluntary resignation incentive to 26 Guild members in three departments. The buyout offer will apply to select individuals in editorial, classified advertising and customer service. It is equal to two weeks’ pay for each year of service or $50,000, whichever is greater.