Charlie LeDuff in The New York Times on Detroit as America's future The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and compelling Detroit TV reporter has seen the worst of the Motor City's problems, including a lack of ambulances, inadequate firetrucks, and overtaxes and underpaid policemen. "If this were New York, these stories would have ricocheted around the world. But this is Detroit and, of course, nobody gives a damn." The city's bankruptcy will takeaway some of the pensions of Detroit's residents, but those costs will just be foisted onto national taxpayers, and Detroit could just be the beginning. "Pay close attention because it may be coming to you soon, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia." LeDuff holds almost nothing back, as he "rips it" (Reuters contributor Cate Long) and "is blistering on Detroit," writes New York magazine editor Justin Miller. And LeDuff's warnings are not just talk. "Scary," The Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta tweets.
Olivier Knox in Yahoo! News on saving the White House press briefing For those outside of The Chosen outlets — The New York Times, Associated Press, and Politico — the White House press briefings level the playing field for all journalists to get their stories. "That means everyone will see the press secretary answering, replying, dodging, etc. For some reporters, who can’t even get their emails returned, this is a priceless opportunity." So, too, does it give reporters the chance to set the day's agenda, even though the TVs present make it more of an artificial media event. "Yes, of course the White House would prefer to talk about the president’s great and entirely genuine affection for middle-class Americans in Ohio. But what’s he doing about the mounting death toll in Syria?" he writes. "Another entertaining read by @OKnox," tweets Los Angeles Times managing editor Jimmy Orr. White House NBC News Producer Shawna Thomas writes "Endorse even [with] the tv poking in the column."