Beyond the Beltway

Missed It:

As a journalist, I'm practically required to check out Jim Romenesko's


daily, but I don't, so I missed C-Span CEO

's Feb. 27



. In it, Steele, says he has "no use" for

The Sun

due to that long-ago editorial that said the only reason Gov. Ehrlich picked him as his running-mate was the color of his skin, and explains the governor's

on state workers from talking to


reporter David Nitkin and columnist Michael Olesker: "[T]hey just were outright printing

falsehood. They weren't accurately reporting the stories, or commenting accurately on the facts that were, you know, true to any particular situation. And so, the governor just got tired of it. He said, look, you know, if you're going to report on what we're doing, be fair about it. We don't care if you agree with it or disagree with it, but report it accurately so the reader can make up their own mind. Imagine that." Nothing new, in other words, but nice to look at all in one place.

Syndicated columnist Richard Reeves

a few days later with a column about the necessity of "mainstream media"--I know, yawn--and pounds on Steele some for his comments: "Lamb's interview with Maryland's Lieutenant Governor, Michael Steele, was a sobering conversation. … Steele argues that the press has no public role, that it is not part of the checks and balances scheme that has made America what it is. 'They (reporters) were trying to tell the governor why, you know why they had a right to ask questions,' said Steele. 'And he was telling them, well, you may have a right to ask questions, but I don't have to answer you.' 'I have no use for them," Steele said of reporters. … 'Have they been pounding on you?' asked Lamb. Steele answered: 'Oh, every chance they get. …Who cares?' Well, we care, that is the people who do this for a living. But we are not sure anymore what place there is for us."

Besides for sort of taking Steele's comments out of context (the lt. gov. also says: "I love newspapers. I mean, I read--I read my

Washington Post


, and my

Washington Times

. You know, I read the local newspapers. I love local newspapers. … All I'm saying is, if you're going to write, if you're going to put it in print, be fair about it."), Reeves does make a good point.

Start Fucking Filming:

You may have already seen

--it's been one of the

New York Times

' "Most E-Mailed" stories for three days now--but if you haven't it's worth a glance. In it, Elizabeth Van Ness ponders whether, as the headline reads, a cinema studies degree is "the New M.B.A." She writes: "[I]t is not altogether surprising that film school--promoted as a shot at an entertainment industry job--is beginning to attract those who believe that cinema isn't so much a profession as the professional language of the future." Van Ness ties her thesis in with Baltimore's own infamous

: "In recent weeks, members of a Baltimore street gang circulated a DVD that warned against betrayal, packaged in a cover that appeared to show three dead bodies. That and the series of gruesome execution videos that have surfaced in the Middle East are perhaps only the most extreme face of a complex sort of post-literacy in which cinematic visuals and filmic narrative have become commonplace." Kind of a stretch, but worth a look-see.

Crash Test Dummies:

Robert Zimmerman's

for UPI about NASA never performing a formal risk analysis of a shuttle mission to rescue the

before it decided to cancel the mission on grounds of risk gets




Editor and Publisher


's Pulitzer/Polk/Peabody-winning medicine and science reporter,





) owner

a new one in her exit memo.

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