POST-SAFIRE. Jack Shafer has some interesting speculation in Slate over who might succeed the New York Times' retiring conservative columnist, William Safire. Though the smart money is on John Tierney, Shafer has a few other ideas - including former Boston Globe columnist John Ellis.
Ellis wouldn't be a bad choice (indeed, Shafer quotes from a 1999 profile I did on Ellis to that effect), but the timing is pretty obviously wrong, given that his cousin is the president. Still, Ellis would be infinitely preferable to that hack Fred Barnes, whose name is floating around for reasons Media Log knows not.
HELP MEDIA LOG! After suffering through one near-disaster too many with a tape-recorded interview last week (if my victim is reading this, don't worry - we saved it), I've finally decided to break down and get a digital voice recorder.
Media Log Jr. thinks I can get a good one for $40. My gut tells me I should probably pay a little more than that, though I'm not looking to spend a fortune. My requirements:
- It should hold two to four hours' worth of stuff; more would be even better.
- It must be compatible with Mac OS X.
- It's got to have good transcription software included, or at least available by download.
- An input to record phone interviews is a must.
- I prefer batteries over a charger, but can go either way.
I've already ruled out a plug-in for my iPod - the reviews are mediocre. So what should I get?