Jack Shafer

Shameless paper in mindless fog

By Jack Shafer
April 18, 2013

If our culture allowed diseased newspapers to be quarantined, I’d have theĀ New York PostĀ kenneled right now.

The deadliest image

By Jack Shafer
December 6, 2012

If the photograph that R. Umar Abbasi shot and the New York Post ran on its cover Tuesday of a subway car bearing down on Ki-Suck Han doesn’t make you shudder, you’re probably a little dead inside. And if, after looking at the cover once or twice, you didn’t return for another quick glance, or replay the image in your mind’s eye, you might be a cyborg.

Two cheers for tabloid trash

By Jack Shafer
November 30, 2011

Giving testimony yesterday at the Leveson phone-hacking inquiry (PDF) in London, former News of the World features editor Paul McMullan took the only position on the scandal not yet occupied: That of an unrepentant tabloid journalist.