Remember Stephen Glass? The man at the center of a major Clinton-era journalistic scandal at The New Republic (shown above in film trailer form) is looking to make a comeback — as a lawyer. Glass, now 39, has poured tons of money into the effort, and has worked hard to rehabilitate himself and his image, even going through therapy. And his boss, trial lawyer Paul Zuckerman, is one of the strongest advocates for his push to get a California law license, giving him a second chance after reflecting on his own earlier substance abuse. ”People can say he is fooling me,” Zuckerman said. “But I truly know the man.”
It seems that today too many media institutions chase superficial metrics of online virality at the expense of investing in rigorous reporting and analysis of the most important stories of our time. When few people are investing in media institutions with such bold aims as ‘enlightenment to the problems of the nation,’ I believe we must.Just-announced New Republic majority owner Chris Hughes • Discussing his plans for the small-but-influential magazine, which are somewhat ironic because he’s the co-founder of Facebook. Huge props to him, though. We need someone fighting for serious, well-considered insight even as the world is moving closer and closer to sharing as little as possible.