Peter Beinart has been at The New Republic since 1999, where he is a journalist and editor-at-large. He is also a contributor to Time magazine and writes a monthly column for the Washington Post. Beinart graduated in 1993 from Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Political Union. In 1995, he received his MA in international relations from Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. Critical of the Bush administration's handling of the war and its aftermath, Beinart was nonetheless a vocal supporter of the war itself, defending that position on the PBS show Buying The War, with Bill Moyers. However, in Beinart's book, The Good Fight: Why Liberals-and Only Liberals-Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again (2006), which he expanded from an essay as a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution, he renounced his position, claiming that if he'd known then what he knows now about the capitulation of the War on Terror, he wouldn't have supported it in the first place. Beinart is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Questions: Are bloggers journalists?
Some are and some aren’t. I mean blogging is . . . is really simply just . . . Writing on a computer screen is . . . is . . . is . . . is . . . is just a mode of transmission. It’s like saying, “Are all people who write on paper journalists?” No. It depends how they write, how they do their research, and then . . . and then what they write, and what perspective they take on what they’re doing. I think that journalism is not necessarily easy to define; but I think . . . and it’s certainly . . . I don’t think it has to be defined by objectivity. There are journalists who are not objective; but I do think it involves . . . it . . . it . . . It involves some element, I think . . . It has grown to evolve . . . It wasn’t always historically the case, but it is in our time in recent . . . in recent times grown to involve some notion of independence; some idea that your opinions are independently arrived at, and not controlled by . . . by larger interests, whether those be a political party, or . . . or a corporation that is in a crude . . . that could be crudely paying you, or just that you could see yourself so aligned with that you couldn’t be thinking for yourself. I think that’s very . . . that’s one important element. The other element is some degree of research so that you . . . that you’re not simply writing whatever comes off the top of your head, but you’re either talking to people or your reading things. You’re doing . . . you’re doing . . . in some way trying to assimilate information, and transmit that information, process that information from outside. So I think those are two things that can help to think about what it would mean for people to be journalists in this Internet age.
Recorded on: 9/12/07
Writing should be judged by its quality, not its venue.
Political activism may get people invested in politics, and affect urgently needed change, but it comes at the expense of tolerance and healthy democratic norms.
- Polarization and extreme partisanships have been on the rise in the United States.
- Political psychologist Diana Mutz argues that we need more deliberation, not political activism, to keep our democracy robust.
- Despite increased polarization, Americans still have more in common than we appear to.
So much for rest in peace.
- Australian scientists found that bodies kept moving for 17 months after being pronounced dead.
- Researchers used photography capture technology in 30 minute intervals everyday to capture the movement.
- This study could help better identify time of death.
The choice of flavor may be up to you, but the number of scoops will depend on your friends.
Imagine you're dining out at a casual restaurant with some friends. After looking over the menu, you decide to order the steak. But then, after a dinner companion orders a salad for their main course, you declare: “I'll have the salad too."