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Morrissey on Jerome Holtzman and the Importance of Beat Writers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 21, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Nice tribute to Holtzman, but even better tribute to vanishing beat reporters:

  2. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Read this on the wire last night. Enjoyed it very much.
  3. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    That's all well and good, but what does Johnny Marr think of beat writers?
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Damn, I so wanted to pull the trigger on that.
  5. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Don't read the comments.
  6. Sp0rtScribe

    Sp0rtScribe Member

  7. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Boy, this could have been a really swell tribute to Jerome Holtzman if Morrissey hadn't instead turned it into yet another in an endless series of pointless black-and-white diatribes about evil BLOGS!

  8. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I heard he was the last of the famous, international playboys.
  9. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    I agree. It could have been a lot better to further emphasize what is missing because of the death of the beat writer. A good tribute, yeah, but could have been a lot more.

    But judging by the comments, maybe it didn't need to be that.
  10. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    As long as a big difference between mainstream coverage and Web sites -- with the exception of the big boys that Morrissey noted -- is the level of original reporting, I didn't think there was anything pointless or out of line about the distinctions Rick drew.

    Obviously, more anecdotes about Holtzman's doggedness and insider-ness would have been interesting for us to read. (I did not read any comments.)
  11. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    The commenters and bloggers don't give a crap about a learned argument. If you even mention the word blog in anything other than the most glorifying, kow-towing terms, you'll be branded forever as a "blog hater." And heaven help you if you ever have a typo for the next hundred years after that.
  12. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    I don't think Morrissey was trying to write a tribute to Holtzman. He had a different agenda. If anyone wants to read a tribute to Holtzman, here's one:
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