Archives for February, 2016

Mayer: Kochs' influence felt across society

Posted: Feb. 26, 2016 | Tags: Koch brothers

“Jane_Mayer”

The New Yorker

Jane Mayer’s new book, “Dark Money,” reports on billionaire American families who have spent the last 30 years moving the country to the right: the oil-rich Charles and David Koch brothers; Richard Mellon Scaife of the Mellon banking and oil family; John M. Olin, from a chemical and munitions fortune; Harry and Lynde Bradley,  brothers who made money on defense contracts; the Coors family of brewing fame; the DeVos family, founders of Amway.

All share an interest in limited government, limited regulation, lower corporate taxes. “They said they were driven by principle, but their positions dovetailed ...

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'Spotlight' shows why journalism still matters

Posted: Feb. 26, 2016 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Lindsay Maizland for IRW

Jane Hall talks to Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron about the making of the movie “Spotlight," nominated for six Oscars.

Marty Baron thought of a number of reasons why a movie about reporters investigating child sexual abuse that implicated priests would not make it to the big screen.

It deals with a sensitive subject, for one. It is told by journalists whose work neither needs special effects nor superheroes to be depicted in film. Most of all, a popular pope sits in the Vatican.

Yet for all the shortcomings Baron had in mind ...

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Reporters reflect on journalism’s highest honor

Posted: Feb. 1, 2016 | Tags: Pulitzer Prize

“Pulitzer”

Photo by Maria Bryk, Newseum

More than 200 Pulitzer Prize winners gather at the Newseum for the first in a series of yearlong events across the country.

Throughout his career, Doug Pardue has kept the Pulitzer Prize as a goal. Not because he wanted to win the award but because he realized that if he kept striving to do the kind of journalism worthy of the prize, then he was doing the best he could.

So to finally get it felt like an honor, he said: “It’s the capstone to my career.”

Pardue, projects reporter for The Post and ...

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