I think dealing with the U.S. Senate is very different from dealing with the electorate.

— David Remnick

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Journalism, some huge percentage of it, should be devoted to putting pressure on power, on nonsense, on chicanery of all kinds and if that's going to invite a lawsuit, well, bring it on.

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Nature is cold, wet, hard and unforgiving.

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There is no single field of activity, not a single institution, free of the most brutal sort of corruption. Russia has bred a world-class mafia.

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The Communist Party apparatus was the most gigantic mafia the world has ever known.

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The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness to tragedy. The caravan keeps moving on, and the job of the longform writer or filmmaker or radio broadcaster is to stop - is to pause - and when the caravan goes away, that's when this stuff comes.

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A.J. Liebling, one of my heroes, used to say that he could write better than anyone who wrote faster, and faster than anyone who could write better. I'm one nine-hundredth as good as Liebling, but that principle may slightly apply.

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Every good journalist is aware that his trade may one day go the way of phrenology-and, what's more, the population will hardly protest the extinction.

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I left Gorbachev's office thinking that everything about him was outsized: his achievements, his mistakes, and, now, his vanity and bitterness.

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I'm interested in Russian language, culture, history.

.. and I lived there, for four years, as a reporter for the Washington Post and have visited many times since.

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Capitalism in Russia has spawned far more Al Capones than Henry Fords.

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I got in journalism for any number of reasons, not least because it's so much fun. Journalism should be in the business of putting pressure on power, finding out the truth, of shining a light on injustice, of, when appropriate, being amusing and entertaining - it's a complicated and varied beast, journalism.

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I think the Electoral College is an absurd 18th-century construct. But that is the law.

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About David Remnick

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Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Russian is such a tough and complex language that I am happy enough to understand everything and read most things pretty well, but, without constant practice, my speech is not what I wish it was, and I would sooner write in crayon than write a letter in Russian.

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We begin to inhabit oppositional and rarely intersecting mental universes having to do with ideology and fact and non-fact and news and non-news.

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We should put pressure on power and write the truth and write relentlessly and fearlessly. That's the job.

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What I object to is tricking the reader and blurring the lines so that unsuspecting readers, thinking that they are getting something that is assigned and edited by the editorial side, are getting something quite different. They are getting an advertisement.

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The internet is very democratizing in some ways, but it also has other effects.

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Vladimir Putin wants to become the de facto head of an illiberal, xenophobic, hypernationalist trend in world politics.

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The question for so many is the quality of work, the future of work under globalism and de-industrialization. A typical example is a person who had a good factory job making 80,000 dollars, with health insurance, who was able to send his kids possibly to college and then he or she suddenly loses that job because the factory closed down. And now that same person is bagging groceries at Walmart and making $35,000.

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Prediction is a low form of journalism.

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The minority vote is growing, which is part of the alarm of so many Republicans and why Trump constantly whipped up their alarm with his racist statements.

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We can hope that the responsibilities and realities will weigh on Donald Trump and he will not be the president we fear, but rather something more stable.

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A huge constituency, such as Hispanics, is not 100 percent Democratic.

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I don't want to romanticize the world in which everybody watched three networks and the Washington Post and the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were incredibly dominant. That time has passed.

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I've never encountered someone in public life who has less desire to hold office than Michelle Obama, though she is incredibly gifted at retail politics.

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My deep sense of alarm has to do with Donald Trump's seeming lack of fealty to constitutionalism.

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Democratic institutions, even in the oldest operating democracy in the world, are anything but perfect.

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You are losing because of Jewish bankers.

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From a personal point of view, I'd like to interview my great-grandparents because I barely knew them, and I know next to nothing about my family beyond 100 years.

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I would like to see Russia not invade Ukraine or put pressure on and threaten Baltic states. But we live in the real and existing world.

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I'm a journalist - I'm not Robert Caro.

I have a day job, and a pretty consuming one - a joyfully consuming one.

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What about our refusal to look squarely at the degradation of the planet we inhabit? In the last election cycle many candidates refused even to acknowledge the hard science, irrefutable science, of climate change. The president, while readily accepting the facts, has done far too little to alter them. How long are we, are you, prepared to wait?

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I'm not the slowest writer that you know.

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I live in a country where, at least by my sense of arithmetic and justice, Al Gore should have been president, not George W. Bush. To this day, John Kerry probably thinks he won Ohio in 2004 because he had suspicions about the vote in Ohio. And, by the way, Richard Nixon had suspicions in 1960 about the vote in Chicago when he lost to JFK.

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I use social media every day. I don't have a Twitter account, but not because I'm a dinosaur about it. I have enough of a platform here. People in my position who do it tend to use it in a promotional way or in a hamstrung way. I look at Twitter all the time as a news tool or for cultural conversation. I've used it in my reporting. It's very useful.

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On Facebook, a lie can seem as convincing to some as an article from SPIEGEL or the Washington Post. That's a problem. I can then like it and like it again and start creating my own media universe, both for me and for my friends, and so we become more and more fenced off from one another.

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We run all kinds of ads, as long as they are clearly marked as advertising when there's ever a question. I think advertising is advertising. If it's 100 percent clear what it is, then, with certain exceptions, I can live with that.

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Donald Trump appoints people of low quality, to say the least.

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You are losing because blacks are getting their civil rights in the cities.

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98% of the people who get the magazine say they read the cartoons first - and the other 2% are lying.

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You have to understand that a lot of the working class is not white.

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Being an editor it's a complicated job, but the last impression I'd want anybody to have is that it's onerous. It's a joy - a complicated joy, but a joy.

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The one thing I'm quite critical of Hillary Clinton for, and it obviously hurt her, is that at some level, the Clintons had to know that she was going to run for president. Why did they feel it necessary to make tens of millions of dollars with speaking engagements? They must have known that it would look grotesque. The word for it is "buckraking." It's beyond me. I don't understand it.

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I would also like to see Russia not interfere in our elections.

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I know from my conversations with people in the administration that every world leader that Obama met in Berlin, in Peru, in Athens was extremely alarmed by Trump's election. That very much includes Angela Merkel.

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I actually have great hopes for the future.

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Donald Trump lies with astonishing frequency and in stunning volume.

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We have to do our jobs better, more tirelessly and stop whining about it.

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Trump's election is part of an international trend that's no less alarming, in Britain, in France, in Germany, in Austria. Vladimir Putin wanted to see this outcome no less than he would like to see nationalists and anti-Europeanists win in France.

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