January 30, 2004

it seems like it's only been in the past three years that private conversations about "the story" -- we can call it conversations about the meta narrative, if we like -- have been so explicit. In today's Times:

""We'll have to get Cheney the new memo," one White House official said after Mr. Cheney's comments. "As soon as we write it.""

Did I miss the moment during Clinton when planning the spin became the story, rather than the spin itself? I know that we've been lumbering for it since the day Frederic Jameson was born, but still, it surprises me.

Posted by dbrown at January 30, 2004 09:12 AM

which reminds me of this post on pandagon about media training, which is at least part of the problem, if not the whole thing, which itself points to this CJR story about the same thing.

And that reminds me of a story about me being interviewed by an NPR show in San Francisco. It did not go well.

Posted by: dbrown on January 30, 2004 09:17 AM

Thanks for the articles, d. Much appreciated. I couldn't help but think about Charlie Rose, whose show I quite like because it's fairly immune to this interview syndrome most of the time, though Charlie himself can get a little bombastic and interruptive.

What were you interviewed for on NPR?

Posted by: tmonkey on January 30, 2004 10:01 AM
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