Everyone has their 15 minutes of fail, a famous artist never said. This past week, many of the journalists I know were mesmerized by one particularly fantastic fail: the communications debacle of New York Times' staff, among each other and to the public, surrounding the kicking out of tree-clubhouse-in-chief Jill Abramson.
"It is obvious that the monarch fears unfettered journalism will raise uncomfortable questions about its rule. Such is the unspoken nightmare of autocrats everywhere. They fear a free press and open debate will undermine their legitimacy. Certainly, a free press can be prickly, unpredictable and independent, but bottling it up just leads to more pressure later on — and more doubts about legitimacy."