How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts, and the literary world to hear their answers. This is drawn from a telephone conversation with New York Times national security correspondent Mark Mazzetti, whose new book on the changing landscape of American warfare, The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, was published Tuesday.
I wake up to Morning Edition, and after that get on the New York Times website first. Even though I'm working for the Times, I kind of know what's going to be in the paper that day. Stuff happens overnight, so I'm looking at breaking news, and checking out my competitors — the Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times — either on their websites, or...usually on their websites. But sometimes I'll look at Twitter to see who's reporting what, and what I have to know about before I go into the office, and who beat me on which particular story.
There are a lot of really good reporters on my beat, so I will look out for Greg Miller, Julie Tate, and Joby Warrick at the Washington Post; Siobhan Gorman, Adam Entous, and Julian Barnes at The Wall Street Journal; Ken Dilanian at the Los Angeles Times; and Kimberly Dozier, Adam Goldman, and Matt Apuzzo at the Associated Press. We're all sort of toiling in the same vineyard, so those are the ones I worry about.