As part of the research for an upcoming seminar paper, I am currently reading Stephen Hess’ study of senators and national media coverage, The Ultimate Insiders. To illustrate at one point how certain committees tend to draw less press coverage, Hess quotes a 1978 Washington Monthly article by current New York Times columnist Joe Nocera titled, “How To Make The Front Page.”
I was interested in reading this old Nocera piece, but was saddened to find that it is not readily available online. The Washington Monthly’s online archives only go back to 1999. And most of those articles aren’t available. In fact, the majority of the content listed isn’t available until 2007. Of the articles that are up on the web, here are some that I’m interested in reading when time permits:
- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Confessions of a Black Mr. Mom” about African-American childhood.
- Joshua Green’s “The Other War Room” about George W. Bush’s pollsters.
- Josh Marshall’s “Confidence Men” about the myth of Republican competence.
- Joshua Green’s “The Myth of Cyberterrorism” about, well, cyberterrorism.
- Brent Kendall’s “Bragging Writes” about presidential candidate reading lists.
- Benjamin Wallace-Wells’ “In The Tank” about the decline of AEI.
- Nicholas Confessore’s “Meet The Press” about James Glassman, lobbying, and journalism.
- Benjamin Wallace-Wells’ “There Goes The Neighborhood,” which predicted in 2004 that housing prices were going to drop.
- Nicholas Confessore’s “Paradise Glossed” about the problem of David Brooks.
- Benjamin Wallace-Wells’ “The Great Black Hope” about Barack Obama.
- Kevin Drum’s “You Own You” about identity theft and responsibility.
- Zachary Roth and Cliff Schecter’s “Meet The New Boss” about the rise of Mitch McConnell as a Republican leader.
- Rachel Morris’ “Borderline Catastrophe” about the GOP and immigration policy.
There are others that I am sure are good, but these are the articles that first caught my eye as I looked over the archives’ list. Of the old content that’s listed but not available, I’m definitely curious about several Ta-Nehisi Coates articles and a summer 2001 article by Brenden Koerner about AOL’s efforts to make its way into journalism, which I’m sure would be interesting in light of AOL’s efforts to turn into a content company under Tim Armstrong.