Woodward's Dis

Watergate-era hero reporter on Plamegate story? He can put it down.

Jacobson, to his credit, doesn't pretend he's discovered something new. Here's a candid passage about his interview with Village Voice Media's CEO, David Schneiderman:

" 'I don't even know why you came over here,' Schneiderman said, smiling. 'Because you're going to write the same story everyone does, how the Village Voice isn't what it used to be anymore. But those people say they don't read the paper, so how would they know?' He could keep using that line to his uptown friends, but it wasn't going to work with me. Because I read the Voice—every week, if only because there was stuff in there worth reading: my homey Hoberman's movie reviews, the great Ridgeway, Wayne Barrett, and Tom Robbins, still kicking municipal butt. Still, it was so, the paper wasn't what it used to be."

My only reason for writing this postscript is that I wish Jacobson had given a little more space to the "stuff in there worth reading"—which would include the standout work by those he mentioned but also the contributions of newer arrivals like Jennifer Gonnerman, Jarrett Murphy, and many others.

I'm also a newcomer to the Voice, an alien immigrant from The New York Times and Newsday, mainstream papers that, most of the time, determinedly ignore the Voice's singular coverage of New York politics and government corruption. Is there some other publication in New York that exposes city and state malfeasance and nonfeasance the way the Voice consistently does? Certainly no other newspaper. And surely not New York magazine, which chose to omit this truth.

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