Jacob Weisberg

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Full name: Jacob Weisberg

Area of interest: US Politics and goverment policy

Journals/Organisation: Slate | Financial Times

Email: Slate: contact us

Personal website:

Website: http://www.slate.com/authors.jacob_weisberg.html | http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jacob-weisberg


Representation: http://www.leighbureau.com/speaker.asp?id=440

Networks: https://twitter.com/#!/jacobwe



Education: Yale University; New College, Oxford (Rhodes Scholarship)

Career: The New Republic: Associate Editor, Managing Editor, Deputy Editor, Senior Editor, 1989/1994; New York Magazine: wrote the 'National Interest' column, 1994/1996; joined Slate in 1996: chief political correspondent 1996/2002, editor 2002/2008

Current position/role: Chairman and editor-in-chief of the Slate group

  • also writes/has written for: has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, a reporter for Newsweek in London and Washington and written freelance for: The New Yorker, Partisan Review, Esquire, GQ, The Washington Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times, The Observer. Remains as a contributing editor at The New Republic

Other roles/Main role: Author

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Broadcast media:

Video: Commentator on US National Public Radio

Controversy/Criticism: Commented in Slate that the only reason Barack Obama would ever lose to John McCain is racism by white Americans against Obama - see If Obama Loses - Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him - 23rd August 2008



Other: Son of Lois Weisberg, the Chicago social activist celebrated in Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point

Books & Debate:

Jacob Weisberg The Bush Tragedy.jpg

Latest work: The Bush Tragedy OCLC175284188 , 2008 (reviewed by Peter Preston in The Observer)


Debate: http://www.intelligencesquared.com/people/w/jacob-weisberg


Column name: The Big Idea

Remit/Info: "The thinking behind the news"


Role: Editor


Email: contact

Website: The Big Idea

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Day published: Saturday

Regularity: Fortnightly (regular weekly column until April 2007)

Column format: Web based

Average length: 900 words


  • Political Corruption Smackdown - Which state is the most crooked—Illinois or Louisiana? - 13th December 2008
  • Loyalty - It's the most overrated virtue in politics - 29th Novemer 2008
  • The Genius Cabinet - Why the president-elect should surround himself with brilliant—albeit prickly, semi-autistic, and egomaniacal—thinkers - 15th November 2008
  • Spread It Around - Barack Obama favors redistributing wealth. So does John McCain - 31st October 2008
  • The End of Libertarianism - The financial collapse proves that its ideology makes no sense - 18th October 2008
  • Name That Economy - We don't just need to recapitalize the banks. We need to reconceptualize capitalism - 4th October 2008
  • Obama's message deficit - Why he needs an ecomonic slogan - 20th September 2008
  • Whatever happened to family values? - How the GOP gave in to anti-abortion absolutism - 6th September 2008
  • If Obama Loses - Racism is the only reason McCain might beat him - 23rd August 2008
  • How Did I Get Iraq Wrong? - I believed the groupthink and contributed to it - (Politics: Who's winning, who's losing, and why) - 21st March 2008
  • McCain and Obama - How the front-runners are alike - 7th January 2008

Archive: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2003

Slate: Bushisms of the Day

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Remit/Info: "The president's accidental wit and wisdom."




Email: bushisms@slate.com

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Archive: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000

Financial Times:

  • no regular column

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Remit/Info: US Politics and policy

Section: Comment

Role: Commentator




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