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Achenblog: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Anderson Cooper's Stunt Journalism

Anderson Cooper is a fine journalist, which is all the more reason for CNN to stop trying to feed him to sharks. Last night CNN ran its program "Planet in Peril: Battle Lines," which careened from continent to continent,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 12, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (313)
 
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Remembering Liz Donovan

Liz Donovan, who died this week at the age of 63, was surely the world's most beloved news researcher. Laser-sharp, yet gentle; a champ on deadline, yet preternaturally unflappable. (I can't improve on Elinor Brecher's description of her as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 12, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Major NASA Kerfuffle

[Cross-posted from 44, formerly known as The Trail.] NASA Adminstrator Michael Griffin today denounced a report that he and the space agency had been uncooperative with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. The story, headlined "NASA Has Become a Transition...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 11, 2008; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Free Rod Blagojevich

Some call it extortion, but I see the governor of Illinois showing a healthy respect for tradition. Rod Blagojevich is the keeper of the flame of Chicago politics, which just happens to emanate from a burn bag. This is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 10, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
 
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How to Build a T.rex

This came in over the transom yesterday and I immediately realized we'd gotten way behind on our paleontology news here on the A-blog: ' ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 8, 2008) -- Paleontologists have long known that dinosaurs had tiny brains,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 9, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Obama Ball [Updated]

Raging cynic that I am, I don't think Obama has the power to transform our wheezing, rattling, clanking '67 Mercury Monterey of an economy into the Starship Enterprise overnight, but I do think he can order up some college...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 8, 2008; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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