Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post - A Great by Dave Kindred

By Dave Kindred

An in-depth examine the Washington Post from a Pulitzer Prize–nominated publish veteran. Morning Miracle definitively solutions the query “Do newspapers nonetheless matter?” with a powerful yes.

What The country and the Power did for the New York Times, Morning Miracle will do for the Washington Post. A reporter for greater than 40 years, Dave Kindred takes you contained in the middle of the mythical newspaper and provides a distinct chance to determine what it relatively takes to supply world-class journalism each day.

Granted exceptional entry to each corner and cranny of the paper, together with candid exchanges with its so much celebrated newshounds, comparable to Bob Woodward, Sally Quinn, David Broder, and previous government editor Ben Bradlee (who gave the publication its title), Kindred offers a no-holds-barred examine the twenty-first-century newsroom. because it turns into more challenging to take care of journalistic integrity, remain proper within the age of blogs, and meet Wall Street’s calls for for gains, the newspaper—more than the other medium—also shoulders the great accountability of performing as a watchdog for democracy.

Perhaps not anyone sums up the overpowering demanding situations that face the Post and its energy to suffer larger than the writer himself: “It continues to be a miracle so that you can positioned seven-hundred overcaffeinated misfits in a newsroom, on closing date, adrenaline working, secrets and techniques to spill, and ahead of hour of darkness a messenger supplies a smoking-hot urban version to Don Graham’s manse in Georgetown.”

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Downie stammered a non-reply because a journalist had no business making a recommendation. As it happened, Green had been one of his sources. Thirty years later, Judge Green officiated at Downie’s third marriage. President Lyndon Johnson’s administration overhauled the city’s court system, at least partly in response to the Post series. The work also changed the reporter. Downie realized he liked the archaeological dig of reporting, he liked standing up for people who had no voice, and he especially liked the idea that he could ask governmental officials to account for the way they did the public’s work.

I would not stand by the casket to whisper with strangers. The book is not about dying, however much dignity is involved. ” They, too, were wrong. The newspaper still won Pulitzers. It still mattered in any national political debate. Even with a shrunken newsroom, the Post still had two hundred more people than in the Watergate years. com usually stood among the top three or four most-visited national news websites. More important, though it lost money, the news organization was part of a well managed, financially robust, multibillion-dollar company with a global reach whose CEO, Donald Edward Graham, first walked into his grandfather’s newsroom at age ten and never really left.

He had decided to retire and make way for the next generation, an idea that made sense in the abstract. In practice, however, it was hell. For a man accustomed to the frenzied swirl of political and financial action, a retiree’s regret set in quickly. Two weeks of sleep, rest, and nothing to do had made Meyer bright-eyed, alert, and restless. As he descended the curving staircase, running his fingers along the bannister, he felt dust. ” Agnes Meyer’s order to her husband was born of prior knowledge, for Meyer had tried to buy papers in Washington and was still eager to own the Post.

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