Podcast: Trump mentor Roy Cohn
If president-elect Donald Trump learned anything from his mentor Roy Cohn, it was this: punch first and never apologize. Esquire Podcast host David Brancaccio talked to Ken about his searing 1978 profile of Cohn, and how Cohn’s unrelenting cruelty and drive helped shape the man who will now lead the country.
Museum Director and Flipboard Creator Agree on Curation
At the Cannes Lions festival, Ken moderated a panel with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and Whitney Museum Director Adam D. Weinberg.
Post: Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016
Bill Campbell instructed Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and countless other entrepreneurs on the human dimensions of management.
Post: Why Larry Page is Stepping Away
Page announced that he would be stepping down as C.E.O. of Google to join Brin in ruling a new parent company, Alphabet, which will include Google, Google X, Calico, and various other ventures. No doubt, there will be conspiracy theorists who seek to explain the move.
Post: Brian Williams’s Mistake: Part III
Tom Brokaw played a key role in NBC’s decision last night to suspend the news anchor Brian Williams, according to two people involved.
Post: Brian Williams’s Mistake: Part II
The networks have a stake in promoting their anchors as God-like figures. By showing them in war zones, with Obama or Putin, buffeted by hurricanes, and comforting victims, they are telling viewers that their anchors are truth-tellers who have been everywhere and seen everything and have experience you can trust.
Post: Brian Williams’s Mistake: Part I
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has said that he was on a helicopter that was forced down after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, or R.P.G., in Iraq in 2003. When I first heard, earlier this week, that this wasn’t quite true, I thought of it as just evidence of a very familiar human foible.
Post: Why the Media Doesn’t Want to Remember Gary Hart
Matt Bai’s book “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” zeroed in on a turning point in American political journalism, now largely forgotten: the way the press pursued Gary Hart, the leading Democratic candidate for President in the 1988 campaign, about his sex life.
Post: Remembering Mario Cuomo
Mario Cuomo did not go all the way in baseball (he couldn’t hit a curveball). Nor did he go all the way in politics. He chose not to run for President in 1992 because his ambition was superseded by his distaste for the grovelling, the fundraising, the selling, the motels. He did, however, “go all the way” as a public man.
Post: What Nick Davies Found Out
was the indispensable reporter in the revelation of the abuse
of power and illegal phone hacking perpetrated by News of the
World and the Sun, the London newspapers owned by Rupert
Murdoch’s News Corp. Now Davies has produced a
four-hundred-page ticktock of the scandal.
Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part IV
story of Jill Abramson’s abrupt termination as the executive
editor of the New York Times
one of those running stories in which reporters peel away one
layer only to be presented with another.
Reporting on the Media
talks about the strategies he uses to report on reporters and
the press, specifically his recent pieces on the firing of
Jill Abramson and on Hillary Clinton's fraught relationship
with the media.
Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part III
latest detail to emerge involves what Arthur O. Sulzberger,
Jr., the publisher of the New York Times,
has told people at the paper was Abramson’s betrayal of
Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part II
the gossipy world of New York journalism, the firing of Jill
Abramson from her position as the executive editor of the
a veritable explosion of talk, posts, and Instagram pictures
of the objects of interest.
Post: Why Jill Abramson Was Fired: Part I
events leading to the exit of the executive editor of the New
from the Front Lines of the Media Revolution
April, Auletta was invited to appear as the 2014 Terhune
Journalism Lecturer at Montclair State University School of
Communication and Media. Watch
it on YouTube.
to Print: Ken talks to Jill Abramson
the 2013 New Yorker Festival, Ken interviewed the executive
editor of the New York Times.
Bloomberg's Years as Mayor
Michael Bloomberg’s twelve-year term as mayor of New York
City coming to an end, Ken Auletta and Ben McGrath—who have
both written about Bloomberg for The
host Amelia Lester on the Political Scene podcast to discuss
his time in office and the mark he has left on the city.
Newyorker.com. (August 22, 2012
Chat: On Marco Rubio
the January 9th issue of
Ken wrote about Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and the
G.O.P.'s politically risky stance on immigration. Here Auletta
answers readers’ questions in a live chat on Newyorker.com.
(January 5, 2012)
Post: Media Deaths and Births in 2011
released four new low-priced Kindles, Google changed its
C.E.O., LinkedIn went public, and a contentious and momentous
copyright battle brewed in Congress. (Newyorker.com, December
Speaks on Digital's Disruption of Media
this interview with the International Journalists' Network,
Auletta weighs in on the digital revolution, The Huffington
Post and why he doesn’t spend as much time as he would like
on social media. (December 14, 2011)
Talks about the Future of Content
Shivani's email conversation with Ken, on Huffingtonpost.com.
(December 10, 2011)
November 1st, 2011, Ken gave the keynote speech at the annual
International Center for Journalists dinner in Washington,
D.C. Read the address here.
Chat: On Jill Abramson
Answered readers' questions in a live chat on Newyorker.com.
(October 17, 2011)
Post: Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great,
transformative, and historical figure.
big question, Auletta writes, is whether the unbelievably
innovative culture he forged will live. Also: Ken answered
about Jobs on Newyorker.com. (October 6, 2011)
John Cassidy and
Lauren Collins to discuss the News Corp phone-hacking scandal.
Post: The Brooks Resignation
only surprise in the resignation of Rebekah Brooks is that it
took so long, Ken writes on Newyorker.com. (July 15, 2011)
Post: What Murdoch Made
Rupert Murdoch responsible? Of course he is. (Newyorker.com,
July 7, 2011).
Post: Tim Armstrong's Hail Mary Pass
writes about AOL’s purchase of the Huffington Post, on
Newyorker.com. (February 7, 2011)
Post: Why Is Eric Schmidt Stepping Down at Google?
the Google CEO pushed or did he jump?
(Newyorker.com, January 21, 2011)
at The New Yorker Festival
The New Yorker Festival, Ken gave a talk about how the
Internet is affecting media and culture. A preview is below.
To watch his full remarks, visit Fora.tv.
Advice to the Class of '10
June 10, 2010, Ken gave the Commencement Address at the
Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan. Here are his remarks
to the new High School graduates.
talks to Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
Jon Friedman sat down with Ken to discuss the changing media
landscape and Google's influence over the old media
and watch Part II
Interviews Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers
March 2, 2010, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School
Ken interviewed Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive
producer of Saturday Night Live, and Seth Meyers, the show's
head writer and anchor for “Weekend Update.”
Talks about the Future on Charlie
December 23, 2009, Ken spoke with Charlie about Google,
Microsoft, Twitter, and the future of media.
Google Goes From Here
the New York Times'
"Room For Debate" blog, John Markoff asked Ken and
Twitter venture capitalist Fred Wilson to discuss Google's
effect on the Internet and new and old media.
Interviewed on Tech Nation
was the guest on Public Radio's Tech
He spoke to host Dr. Moira Gunn about Google and his views on
technology and pop culture.
Friedman celebrates Ken's new Google book and muses on what
subject the media writer should tackle next.
Talks Google on Charlie
talked to Rose about how Google has transformed the way we
work, live, communicate, and access
Talks Google on Fresh Air
tells Terry Gross that although the company trumpets free
access to information, it is notoriously tight-lipped when it
comes to its own formula for success.
Daily Beast writes: "In 1985, Ken Auletta wrote a
financial classic, Greed and Glory on Wall Street. Now,
William Cohan has written another, House of Cards..."
Interviews Google's Eric Schmidt
Auletta interviewed Eric Schmidt, the chairman and C.E.O. of
Google, in San Francisco on June 11, 2008, at a breakfast
sponsored by the Newhouse School and The
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to the Auletta podcast in iTunes
October 2, 2004, Ken Auletta moderated a panel discussion with
Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather in the Celeste
Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library. The conversation
was part of the sixth annual New Yorker Festival. Here is a
recording of that moncler
conversation. (Requires Flash
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