For the rest of the day, Twitter is the ruler of everything. I think that’s not an uncommon thing for people in our line of work to say. It’s really trumped everything else. When I started this job almost four years ago, I wasn’t even on Twitter and I barely used it as a source. But then, gradually, it took over my entire brain. There are a lot of really annoying things about Twitter. It can have a propensity for real shallowness and attention deficit disorder, but in terms of having to cover any kind of news there’s really no substitute for the amount of information that it brings you.
One of the biggest parts of my job is running the HuffPost Media Twitter feed. The accounts we follow from HuffPost Media are usually industry-focused; media players on the beat or media writers who are in that field, a ton of HuffPost people, all the trade websites, and the broad-based sites. Mixed in with that is a lot of politics stuff, because we do a lot of political coverage. So we follow all the major websites you can think of. We also follow a bunch of different columnists, different TV personalities and news hosts. [Wall Street Journal op-ed columnist] Peggy Noonan's account passed my eye just now. I don't really know why we follow her, but we do.
The other day I randomly clicked on a blogger’s predictions about what CNN anchor schedules might mean for the broader trend of the network. Some anchor was filling in and it raised the question, does this mean that she’s moving to the show? It can get as inside baseball as that. It completely runs the gamut.
In terms of newsletters, I was liking the Capital NY Media Pro newsletter before they cut us off. They charge you like $6,000 to get it again, which I’m not prepared to do. I read the [Politico] Playbook, although I think nobody can read that without some level of self-loathing. But I read it very dutifully. I also get the MediaBistro morning newsletter, which is just a roundup of different media things. Those are generally useful, in terms of what everybody might be talking about, but I’m not relying on them to guide my day.
My personal Twitter account, which I vaguely try to maintain during the day, is definitely less political than HuffPost Media's. It's for my own personal quirks. There are 700 different Twitters around. There's Black Twitter, Gay Twitter, Feminist Twitter, British Twitter. That’s the grab bag on my personal account. But for the most part, I try to keep Twitter slightly confined in my daily life. I try to keep it to work hours as much as possible, and to weekdays as much as possible. I try to really shut it off on the weekends, especially.
In addition to Twitter, I’ll probably check the Guardian, which is my favorite newspaper, and the Times a bunch of times a day. I also listen to a lot of podcasts —anything from Democracy Now!, to different BBC shows — because I’m something of a fanatic Anglophile. Or to a bunch of different media shows. I'd say the Guardian, the New Yorker, and Democracy Now!, which covers a million things most outlets wouldn't, are the news sources I couldn't live without. And also the Times, because, duh.