Monday, October 1, 2007

News About...Me

Here's a press release put out this morning....

Mother Jones
Hires David Corn as D.C. Bureau Chief
Appointment completes a major expansion for San Francisco-based news organization

Mother Jones has hired veteran D.C. journalist David Corn to head its recently expanded Washington bureau, which will now have a staff of seven reporters and editors. The longtime Washington editor of The Nation , Corn has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Harper's, The New Republic, Slate, Salon , and many other publications.

"I welcome the chance to work with a team of reporters whose mission is to investigate Washington," says Corn. "And the timing couldn't be better. Conventional media outfits are cutting back, opinion frequently drowns out reporting, and the blogosphere is too often loaded with rants. There's a real appetite for the kind of facts-based journalism Mother Jones is known for. This squad of D.C.-based reporters will turbocharge the magazine's investigative capabilities and help become even more of a daily go-to source for vital news and analysis."

Corn's hiring comes at a time of rapid expansion by Mother Jones , the San Francisco-based nonprofit news organization. While many other media companies have recently cut Washington staff and closed bureaus, Mother Jones has bucked that trend as part of a transition from a magazine-centered enterprise to a multi-platform news organization.

"We have long admired David's political insights, his reporting skills, his quick wit, and writerly flair," said Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, coeditors of Mother Jones .. "Again and again, David has been ahead of the pack on the big stories, and as both a well-connected reporter and an early adapter to new media, he has the perfect combination of experience and talents to lead our D.C. bureau."

"The appointment of David Corn rounds out a fundamental shift in how Mother Jones operates," said president and publisher Jay Harris. "With a resourceful group of staff reporters in Washington and San Francisco, we intend for Mother Jones' brand of independent reporting to break important stories both online and in print. The news world today is 24/7, and so are we."

A Fox News Channel contributor, Corn was a regular panelist on the weekly television show Eye on Washington and has appeared on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos . PBS's Newshour, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, Crossfire, The Capital Gang, Fox News Sunday, Washington Week in Review, The McLaughlin Group, Hardball, C-SPAN's Washington Journal , and many other shows. In the radio world, he is a regular on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show and To the Point and has contributed commentary to NPR, BBC Radio, and CBC Radio.

Corn is the coauthor, with Michael Isikoff, of Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (Crown, 2006), and author of The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception (Crown 2003), both New York Times best-sellers.

Corn will head a staff of Washington reporters that also includes James Ridgeway, Laura Rozen, Dan Schulman, Stephanie Mencimer, Bruce Falconer, and Jonathan Stein.

Last month, as another part of its reorganization, Mother Jones announced the appointment of Nick Aster, the cofounder of who also built many of the Gawker sites, as media architect and general manager of .

Mother Jones also recently signed up Debra Dickerson, author of The End of Blackness and An American Story , as a blogger and online columnist.

Founded in 1976, Mother Jones magazine has a circulation of 230,000 and has won four National Magazine Awards, including a 2001 award for General Excellence. In 2007 the magazine was a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence and Interactive Feature and won two Webby awards for its political coverage.


I'll have more to say about all this soon.

Posted by David Corn at October 1, 2007 10:36 AM


capt said...

Mr. David Corn,

It doesn't get much better than THAT!

Excellent in every way.

I can't wait to hear more.

(cork popping sound effects)



capt said...

Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. pleads guilty at UN oil-for-food trial

Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he paid millions of dollars to Iraqi officials to illegally win contracts connected to the United Nations oil-for-food program.

Wyatt told the federal judge in Manhattan that he agreed in December 2001 to advise others to pay a surcharge into an Iraqi account in Jordan in violation of a program rule calling for no direct payments to Iraq.

"I didn't want to waste any more time at 83 years old fooling with this operation," Wyatt said outside court. "The quicker I get it over with the better."

The plea deal calls for Wyatt to be sentenced on Nov. 27 to 18 to 24 months in prison, unless the judge decides otherwise. He also has agreed to forfeit $11 million (€7.73 million).

The U.N. oil-for-food program, which ran from 1996 to 2003, was created to help Iraqis cope with U.N. sanctions imposed after Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It allowed the Iraqi government to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian goods. The program was eventually undermined by corruption as Iraqi officials began demanding illegal surcharges in return for oil contracts.


*****end of clip*****

I thought is was the French, Koffi or his son? I would never have suspected a Texas oil man.


O'Reilly said...

Congratulations Mr. David Corn.

I look forwarding to bookmarking your column, subscribing to your RSS feed and contributing to your comment section.

I have just one request. Please change your name so happy does not know where to find you. All the best,


O"Reilly said...

David Corn To Become Mother Jones' Washington Bureau Chief

Everybody here at Mother Jones is very pleased to announce that David Corn, long-time Washington Editor for The Nation, best-selling author, blogger, and TV commentator has agreed to take the reins of our greatly expanded Washington bureau...

capt said...

New Thread

David B. Benson said...

New thread?