A Tribute to David Carr

ACADEME BLOG

Two days ago, on February 12, New York Times media columnist David Carr died suddenly while at work in the newspaper’s offices. His death received more national attention than it might otherwise have received because it occurred in a week when longtime CBS News journalist Bob Simon died in a car wreck in Manhattan, when Brian Williams was suspended from NBC News for six months without pay, and when Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving The Daily Show. As David Carr well knew, there is nothing that the news media like better than a cluster of related stories, even if the ways in which they are related are somewhat contrived. We cannot seem to escape the deeply ingrained superstition that bad things happen in threes—or fours or fives. But bad news that clusters around some theme adds up to a very good week for the news media…

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