New Yorker driving the news

Quick prediction: we’re going to see a meta-story in the news soon about how The New Yorker magazine is gaining influence and driving what newspapers report on and how policy-makers behave.

First it was the compelling story about Cameron Todd Willingham and the death penalty, which turned national attention to the case, reignited a debate about the death penalty, and sparked criticism of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Now it’s the troubling connection between American football and brain injuries. Today the New York Times is out with a story on a former NFL team head who is speaking out about football-induced brain injuries.

First time I’ve seen back to back lead stories in the New Yorker have anywhere near this impact on the national dialog.

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