FROM Ravi Somaiya
UVA Rape Story Report Last November, Rolling Stone printed a shocking story of gang rape at the University of Virginia. The story received much attention across the country, adding to the chorus of voices demanding more accountability for sexual assault on college campuses. But subsequent investigation has found that the rape victim’s story doesn’t hold up. And a new report by the Columbia Journalism Review finds that Rolling Stone failed at almost every level in catching the fabrication before it was published.
Remembering David Carr It’s been a terrible and tragic week for journalism. NBC suspended anchor Brian Williams over exaggerations about his reporting in Iraq; Jon Stewart announced he’s leaving The Daily Show. Then, Wednesday night, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash. And yesterday, New York Times media columnist David Carr collapsed in the newsroom and died. He was 58. Carr’s obituary was front and center on the Times’ website this morning. He covered the media, but his writing transcended his beat. And in recent years, he’d become an unlikely public face for the New York Times.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.