Journalist Andrew Malcolm On Embracing New Media


"I got a lot of antipathy [from the newsroom] when I got excited about online," says vetran journalist Andrew Malcolm.

Reason magazine's Nick Gillespie sat down with Malcolm at FreedomFest 2012 to discuss "legacy journalism" and the future of media. Andrew Malcolm is an online national politics columnist for Investors Business Daily.

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  1. But the legacy media is so important! We need them to “fact check” debates and stand in three feet of water during a storm. Without them, who would do those so important tasks?

    1. We someone them to tow the lion

    2. Since the program’s creation, the Energy Department has guaranteed $16 billion in loans for a total of 26 projects. Although Section 1705 is mainly known for funding such high-profile bankruptcies as Solyndra and Abound Solar, the companies it helps generally do well. That’s because most of the loan guarantees have gone to projects backed by large and financially secure companies. For instance, the energy producer Cogentrix, recipient of a $90 million guarantee, is a subsidiary of the investment bank Goldman Sachs. There’s every reason to believe Congentrix could have obtained a loan on its nfl jerseys State backing confers subtler advantages as well. In 2010 the Government Accountability Office concluded that federal subsidies signal to investors that a company is relatively safe, a perception that helps attract additional private capital. During a July 18 statement before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Craig Witsoe, former CEO of Abound Solar, one of the Section 1705 companies that recently went under, explained that his company managed to collect an additional $350 million from private investors after it had secured its government guarantee. Much of that funding could be the product of the security that the federal support implied.

  2. I cannot wait for the day when I can come home, access the internet thru my TV, and “queue up” reporting from sources I trust – to watch while I make dinner.

    In other words, reporting on events done by people other then current sycophants we have now.

  3. Not related, just saw this though:…..24666.html


    1. In a statement from police the officer says he believed the “pit-bull” was going to bite him after he lunged twice. The officer also says he tried to explain the situation and apologized several times.

      He apologized several times, so what’s your problem? What more do you want?

  4. Kudos to Andrew Malcolm on embracing New Media.

    Meanwhile some “dinosaurs” like CNN downplays some stuffs as it was recently mentionned on Breitbart about a clip made by Thomas Peterffy…..-Bandwagon

  5. I forget who posted The Million Muppet March yesterday. But having just read through it, this line caught my eye:

    Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, separately came up with the Million Muppet March idea in response.

    Seriously? No wonder he has no conception of fiscal realities. He’s a 46 year old university student (likely going there on our dime) and therefore has never evolved beyond a teenage mentality. We’re so fucked.

    1. Coming from rural Idaho, Mecham said he was aware how important public broadcasting was in sparsely populated areas that receive no other signals over the air.

      So, instead of those TV-loving rural Idahoans moving to a place that gets better signals (If that is their priority in life), let’s take food out of other families’ mouths to pay for Idaho’s Sesame Street.

      In a sane and just world, Chris Mecham would be taken from his home by an angry mob, dragged out into the street and beaten until he dies, scared and alone, in a puddle of his own blood and urine.

      1. I gotta say you don’t sound like the stereotypical Buddhist.

          1. !

            Tibetan Buddhists consider Jambhala’s sentiment regarding wealth to be providing freedom by way of bestowing prosperity, so that one may focus on the path or spirituality rather than on the materiality and temporality of that wealth.

            Echoing Rand before Rand.

            1. I’ve always found Rand’s understanding of Buddhism to have been lacking, which I blame on the overall lack of understanding of Buddhism in the West during the 20’s and 30’s.

              She criticizes Buddhism as nothing more than mystic nihilism, which it isn’t at all. Indeed, Objectivism and Buddhism have their differences, but Rand’s depiction of Buddhism just isn’t true.

              While the Buddha did require his monks to live as mendicants, he did not place such restrictions on laymen. In fact, there are a few places in the Buddhist canon that gives laymen advice on living a prudent, thrifty life. In the Siglovada Sutra, he advises:

              With wealth acquired this way,
              a layman fit for household life,
              in portions four divides his wealth:
              thus will he friendship win.

              One portion for his wants he uses,
              two portions on his business spends,
              the fourth for times of need he keeps.

              Sounds like a good investment strategy to me!

              1. Interesting. I’d always been rather dismissive of Buddhism myself (based on its asceticism and belief in eliminating desire/want) but had never known this aspect of it. I always related much more with Taoism and the Tao Te Ching always struck me as a document that was highly libertarian in nature.

    2. Oh, and Chris is most likely this guy.

      Of course he’s running to the barricades for Sesame Street, stoners love nothing more than to sit around the house, eating cereal and watching Sesame Street!

    3. forget who posted The Million Muppet March
      Yeah, it was me and I’m still laughing

  6. OT: Golden-Age Superman: Progressivist Asshole

    (Seriously, it reads like a HuffPo wet-dream.)

    1. I take it Supes had never heard of the “Broken Window Fallacy”…

      1. Fair enough, Superman was created in a larger zietgiest of Depression-era fantasies of income redistribution via Big Daddy.

        Still, fuck Superman.

        1. Oh, I wasn’t defending him. Even if you hadn’t heard the name for it, anyone with a half a brain could figure out that it’s just not a good idea.

    2. I never liked Superman (He’s too super) but HOLY JESUS that was surreal. With cultural refs like this it’s no wonder the Greatest Generation was really the Statist Generation and it’s a miracle the Boomers turned out as well as they did.

    3. On the top of a tall building in a large city, there was a bar. In this bar, a man was drinking heavily. He would ask the bartender for a tequila shot, then walk out to the balcony and jump off. Minutes later he would appear in the elevator and repeat the whole process.

      This one guy watched this happen a number of times until curiosity got the better of him.

      Finally he went up to the man and asked, “Hey, you keep drinking, then jumping off the balcony. And yet, minutes later, you’re back again. How do you do it?”

      “Well,” said the other man, “the shot of tequila provides buoyancy such that when I get near the ground, I slow down and land gently. It’s lot of fun. You should try it.”

      The guy, who was also quite drunk, thought to himself, “Hey, why not?”

      So he goes out to the balcony, jumps off, and seconds laterhe has splatted straight onto the ground, stone dead.

      The bartender looks over to the other guy and says, “Superman, you can be a complete asshole when you are drunk”

  7. Is the weekend links? Imma treat it like weekend links.

    The secular nationalist Syrian rebels are very forward looking. They’re already looking to constrain the Islamists.

    Secular rebel commanders also revealed that they are working to cut the supply lines of jihadist groups, and limit the influx of foreign fighters to their ranks.
    “We watch the borders. If we find supplies entering for [jihadist groups] we will take them,” said one secular FSA fighter. “We have also caught 25 foreign fighters trying to cross from Turkey. We gave them to the Turkish intelligence.”…..ction.html

    1. Good luck to them. I don’t think the west leaning folk will survive.

      1. The west-leaning folk are not nearly as well funded as the Islamists but they are much more numerous and better disciplined. And less likely to blow themselves up or want to die in battle.

  8. Since we’re doing weekend links and cracked articles:

    4 Hilariously Passive-Aggressive Ways People Paid Fines

    #2 makes me wish I knew how to do origami.

    1. #2 makes me wish I knew how to do origami.

      Really, how hard could it have been? In fact, it was harder making certain the URL didn’t have an ampersand so that the expletive deleted server squirrels wouldn’t go all Sugar Free on me.

      Some yutzes have even written books about origami.

    2. A police officer made him step out of line and unfold all the pigs before allowing him to pay, presumably carving every detail of his face into rage memory.

      Meh, waste of time. His better bet is to fight it in court and waste as much of the state’s time as possible. Who knows, they might not even make any money on the fine.

  9. So how do they come up with all those crazy ideas? I jsut dont get it man.

  10. Note again the slight incivility at the end (as alway with ReasonTV) when Gillespie signs off and doesn’t really give Malcolm an opportunity to say, “You’re welcome”-even though he prepares himself to-after Gillespie thanks him.

    1. Yes, ending an interview is oh-so-rude.

  11. Obama has huge lead among those who already cast their vote.…..FR20121014

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