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Now on to big news out of the United Kingdom, some media tidbits and some notable journalism to catch up on this weekend.
- The big news in the world on Thursday was Boris Johnson stepping down as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Here is a well-crafted lede from The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “The end, when it finally came, was just as chaotic, messy and jaw-dropping as every other chapter of Boris Johnson’s political career. Holed up in Downing Street on Wednesday night, the prime minister faced an open rebellion of his cabinet, a catastrophic loss of support in his Conservative Party and a wholesale exodus of ministers, which threatened to leave significant parts of the British government without functioning leadership. Yet far from surrendering, Mr. Johnson’s aides put out word that he would continue to fight. It looked like a last roll of the dice by one of the great gamblers in British politics. His brazen refusal to bow to reality invited comparisons to Donald J. Trump’s defiance in the chaotic days after he lost the 2020 presidential election.”
- Just because Johnson is stepping down, it doesn’t mean there will be a new prime minister immediately. Stephen Castle and Peter Robins explain in The New York Times: “How Boris Johnson Fell, and What Happens Next.” And the Associated Press’ Jill Lawless with “What’s next for UK? Boris Johnson quits, but not gone yet.”
- Meanwhile, who replaces Johnson? The Washington Post’s Adela Suliman with “Who could replace Boris Johnson as British prime minister?”
- And what are they saying in the U.K.? Writing for The Guardian, Aditya Chakrabortty with “Don’t waste all your anger on Boris Johnson — save some for his enablers.”
A few media tidbits …
- David Shipley has been named editorial page editor of The Washington Post. He will oversee the Post’s Opinions staff, which includes the editorial board, as well some columnists, contributors, op-ed editors and many who work in visuals, multimedia and digital operations. Shipley, 59, joins the Post from Bloomberg, where he co-founded its opinion section. He previously was deputy editorial page editor and op-ed editor of The New York Times and executive editor of The New Republic. He succeeds Fred Hiatt, who was the editorial page editor from 2000 until his death at the age of 66 last December. Deputy editorial page editors Ruth Marcus and Karen Tumulty were in charge on an interim basis. Surely there are a few raised eyebrows that the Post would go outside the company to fill this opening. In a statement, Post CEO and publisher Fred Ryan said, “David possesses the intellectual curiosity, thoughtful independence, journalistic integrity, and even-handed judgment essential in an editorial page editor. David’s leadership will propel The Washington Post forward as we grow our global audience and find new and innovative ways to serve them.” Post media reporters Paul Farhi and Elahe Izadi have more on the hire.
- CNN’s Kaitlan Collins has been elected as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Technically, how it works is she will serve on the WHCA board and then serve as president in 2024 — which should be a rather interesting year to be at the White House. Collins was hired by CNN as a White House reporter in 2017 and became chief correspondent in 2021. In a tweet, Collins said, “A huge thanks to my fellow members of the White House Correspondents’ Association for this vote of confidence. I am honored, humbled and ready to get to work!”
- Former New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, who is co-founding a new global news startup called Semafor, interviewed Tucker Carlson. Sarah Scire wrote about it for Nieman Lab: “News startup Semafor invited Tucker Carlson to talk about ‘the future of journalism.’ Things did not go well.” And Media Matters’ Matt Gertz called the interview a “total (expletive)” in his story: “There’s no point to interviewing Tucker Carlson.”
- Jamilah King tweeted Thursday: “some news: thrilled to now be managing editor of @BuzzFeedNews! excited for a wild new adventure with a truly great group of rabble rousers.”
- The Washington Post’s Faiz Siddiqui and Gerrit De Vynck with “Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter is in peril.”
And now for some notable journalism to catch up on this weekend …
- The Washington Post’s Jessica Contrera — for my money, one of the top newspaper feature writers in the country — has a new story out: “He was one of the nation’s most revered gay cops. His arrest changed everything.”
- Also in the Post, good stuff from David Betancourt: “How Christian Bale became one of the great superhero movie villains.”
- The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman with “The Strident Writings of a Young Blake Masters Dog His Senate Run.”
- The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill with “College Football Is Cannibalizing Itself.”
- For ProPublica, Paul Kiel and Mick Dumke with “Ken Griffin Spent $54 Million Fighting a Tax Increase for the Rich. Secret IRS Data Shows It Paid Off for Him.”
- Actor James Caan has died. He’s best remembered for playing Sonny in “The Godfather,” but also had memorable roles in movies such as “Misery,” “Elf,” “Rollerball,” “Chapter Two,” “Funny Lady” and many more. Many also fondly remember him for playing the late Brian Piccolo, a real-life Chicago Bears running back in the 1971 ABC made-for-TV tearjerker “Brian’s Song.” (If you’re old enough to remember that movie, just the theme song will have you reaching for Kleenex.) Caan was 82. The cause of death was not made public. Clyde Haberman writes about Caan for The New York Times.
- I’m a big fan of ESPN NBA reporter Brian Windhorst and even more so after listening to him being interviewed on Jimmy Traina’s sports media podcast for Sports Illustrated. Windhorst talks about being an NBA reporter, covering LeBron James and going viral as a meme on Twitter. If you like sports, especially the NBA, you like this episode.
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