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The Day the Newsic Died: The Fall of Journalism and the De-fun-ification of Stephen Colbert
Author Walter Kirn talks leaving mainstream media, the future of novels and comedy, and his second-hand-embarrassment for Stephen Colbert
“At a certain point, the media decided it was a priesthood. It decided it had a moral fiber and a history of selfless behavior and ethic that was beyond reproach. The old newspaper reporter who went out and got cops drunk so that they would tell him stuff and hung out with show girls, that guy knew that original sin applied to him too.”
Up in the Air author, Time editor, and newly substacked writer Walter Kirn is selling free thought for a very cheap price. In this funny and raucous extended interview, we deep-dive with Kirn into the incestuous, corrupt, self-pleasuring sea we know as the media.
“What are journalists really?” He asks. “We’re burglars. We’re spies. We’re voyeurs. Gossips.” But when everyone else in the media seemed to forget this, Kirn decided it was time to go.
He shares his thoughts on the future of novels (not a bright one), the dystopian novel that best fits 2021 (by an American, no less), the future of comedy in America (even dimmer), and the de-fun-ification of Stephen Colbert.
It’s a funny and provocative interview with a writer whose sharp journalistic style has become increasingly unmatched. And you can check it out here. Don’t miss it.