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December 2004

Jim Steele on “Embarrassing” Health Care Coverage, Timid Editors, and Small Steps

Jim Steele Jim Steele is the co-author, with Donald Barlett, of Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became... More

The Secrets War

"A huge door is closing within our government," Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists,... More

Leaving Evansville Isn�t Easy - or Is It?

Did you spend chunks of your Christmas vacation staring at the airport's departure screen only to see your flight's delay... More

Journalist: Transcriber or Illuminator?

Today, in a story about the new "Pentagon Channel," the Washington Times lets it readers know exactly what it believes... More

Edmund Andrews on Social Security Lobbyists and Smoke and Mirrors

Edmund Andrews (CourtesyNew York Times) Edmund L. Andrews writes about economic policy for the New York Times. Based in... More

Nailing Down the Nature of Festivus

From an Associated Press story about religious displays that have been erected on public property in Bartow, Florida, including one... More

To Link or Not to Link

CJR Daily can count on one hand the number of times that we have seen a newspaper, in an online... More

Could You Perhaps Quote A Couple?

Check out the lede of this David Morgan-penned Reuters piece, entitled "Bush Plans a Media Blitz on Social Security": President... More

Feels Like Old Times

Time was, Washington D.C. was a grand and plummy place, in which prominent editors and columnists held court in the... More

Bowled Over

The pressure of talk radio often brings words before thought. And the format of talk radio leaves little room for... More

It’s Christmas, and the Echo Chamber Is in Full Chorus

Stories about banned Christmas carols and employers forbidding the use of "Merry Christmas" in favor of "Happy Holidays" seem to... More

Scientists on the Payroll - But Whose?

Recent news reports about the health risks of popular drugs including Celebrex and Vioxx have fueled debate about whether the... More

Random Musings

For all those still trying to figure why John Kerry lost or how George Bush won, Mystery Pollster Mark Blumenthal... More

Keeping an Eye on the Social Security Shell Game

Social Security debate has dominated the news over the past few weeks as the Bush administration has begun its campaign... More

Barack Obama, Dr. Phil and Kim Jong II

As we wrote yesterday, Time named George Bush its "Person of the Year." But, as we also wrote, who cares?... More

The Annoying Phenomenon of the Year Award Goes to … Synergy!

Over the weekend, Time magazine named George W. Bush the "Person of the Year." (Last year, you may recall, the... More

Assembling All the Pieces

On Sunday, the New York Times' Robin Toner took on a subject on which much has been written lately --... More

Rumsfeld, Frank Capra, Tucker Carlson and The Rock

With only five days to go until Christmas, Pandagon's Ezra Klein has already unwrapped one of his presents -- Maureen... More

Mark Fainaru-Wada on the Sports Doping Probe and Protecting Sources

Mark Fainaru-Wada (Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle Mark Fainaru-Wada is a sports reporter on the San Francisco Chronicle's enterprise team.... More

Adding Nuts to the Fruitcake

By Brian Montopoli Three days after Election Day, an op-ed article was published, written by Frank Pastore, a former professional... More

Dumbing Down on Darfur

Today Reuters reports on the deaths of two British aid workers in Sudan's western Darfur region. To provide context about... More

Christmas Greetings with a Bite

Yesterday, with fanfare including a report on CBS's "The Early Show," the White House released its annual Christmas film (streaming... More

New York Times, Tear Down This Wall!

The Bernard Kerik story is the gift that keeps on giving, with each day bringing another damaging revelation. The latest... More

Time for Political Intelligence Reform

Jesse Taylor at Pandagon has an idea for Democrats: "[P]ropose a series of easy, supportable consumer protection laws, with which... More

Ceremonial Coverage

Yesterday, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three officials integral to the war in Iraq. On the... More

Time to Build a Better Mousetrap

After Bernard Kerik's nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security imploded over the weekend, the conventional wisdom quickly developed... More

Semantic Traps and Religious Raiments

It's Social Security 24/7 in liberal blog land today. As the White House's two-day economic conference gets under way, Boffoblog... More

Clearing Things Up on Clear Skies

Greg Easterbrook, writing in The New Republic, argues that departing Environmental Protection Agency chief Mike Leavitt is moving to Health... More

Republican Dissenters, and Lessons from Ukraine

Dean Baker at The Nation and Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard take on the topic of Social Security this... More

The Beast Must Be Fed

With newsgathering budgets well below what they need to bring original content to viewers 24 hours a day, cable news... More

In Which We Explain the Difference Between Pale Male and Michael Jackson

For almost a week, New Yorkers -- and now people around the globe -- have been caught up in the... More

USA Today: Whatever the White House Says

An editorial in this morning's USA Today argues that Bernard Kerik's withdrawal from consideration to be the next head of... More

Out of Whole Cloth …

This morning, Sen. Joseph Lieberman's home state newspaper, the Hartford Courant, speculates about the Democrat's prospects of winning a place... More

Second Thoughts on Kerik — and on Social Security

The saga of the fast rise and even faster fall of Homeland Security nominee Bernard Kerik -- or as Josh... More

Vote on This, Wolf

On CNN's "Late Edition" yesterday, Wolf Blitzer presented viewers with the "Web Question of the Week," and invited them, as... More

Rolling Over, Again?

President Bush is rapidly assembling a domestic policy team to help push through changes in Social Security, federal income taxes... More

We Call It “Journalism”

Was it "ethical" for Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter Lee Pitts to coax a soldier in Iraq to ask Defense... More

Erik Wemple on Indictments of Journalism, Pot-Smoking Kids and Correcting the Washington Times

Erik Wemple Erik Wemple is the editor of Washington City Paper, as well as the paper's media critic. Previously,... More

Revised Forecast: Snow! Lots and Lots of Snow!

Remember what the New York Times told you on Monday about Treasury Secretary John Snow's certain doom, as "signaled" by... More

Bloggers Attack The Regulation Bogeyman

We'd like to join the litany of bloggers wondering what, exactly, senior political writer David Paul Kuhn was thinking... More

Bathwater, Baby, Go Out the Window

Walter Shapiro, who authored a thoughtful and straight-shooting political column for USA Today for the past nine years, is being... More

How About Reader Rebates When Newsrooms Are Downsized?

The trade press has been full of stories lately about Newsday, the Dallas Morning News and other papers scrambling to... More

Resurrecting the Fact Check

By Thomas Lang The first installment of Campaign Desk's six-part report card on Campaign 2004 took a look back at... More

Why Draft a Press Release When AP Will Do?

Please excuse us for thinking we were reading an NBC corporate press release rather than a news story when we... More

A Bet That Doesn�t Need to Be Hedged

In a story today about a lawsuit filed by automakers in hopes of getting a California fuel economy law struck... More

The Supreme Court, Intelligence Reform and Hooters

New Democratic minority leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that he opposes making Clarence Thomas Chief Justice, since "he has... More

What’s a Network to Do?

By Brian Montopoli Now that Tom Brokaw is gone and Dan Rather is on the way out, "everything seems to... More

Nativity Proclivity

Both Time and Newsweek play to the moral values crowd with cover pieces that look at the development of the... More

“20/20” Gives the Michael Jackson Treatment to Real News

The matter of steroids in sports may not strike some readers as the most pressing issue of the day. At... More

The Birth of the Madison County Shill

Add this one to the ever-growing list of deceptive tactics that corporations, interest groups, and government agencies are using to... More

Hustling For Votes, Bloggers Turn Tough

"Do you know who Yushchenko's wife is?" asks an email from John Podhoretz posted on The Corner. "Turns out he's... More

… Who Shall Remain Anonymous Because He Doesn’t Want You to Know Who He Is

Cabinetstakes, as CJR Daily noted recently, is the new default choice of Washington reporters who no longer have a veepstakes... More

The U.S. Consumer: Drunk on a Spree, or Barely Scratching By?

Over the weekend, Steve Lohr of the New York Times led off the Week in Review section with the observation... More

Sometimes the Obvious Is in Front of Your Face

Why is Dan Rather stepping down? Since Rather announced he would be retiring next March after 24 years at the... More

David Brancaccio on Self-Serving TV News, Jon Stewart Comparisons, and Being a Bill Moyers Pod Person

David Brancaccio (Courtesy "NOW") David Brancaccio joined PBS's weekly newsmagazine, "NOW," in the fall of 2003 and will take... More

We “May” Not Be Perfect

An eagle-eyed reader writes to alert us to some choice language from the editors of the Washington Post. On Wednesday,... More

Getting Down to Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Once every four years a hot new book, largely unknown to the general public, makes the rounds of Washington, D.C.... More

Modems, Beers and Bathrooms

Today, yet another member of the mainstream media waxes colorful on that vexing question, how to regard bloggers and the... More

Good News: They’re Lying to Us

If you haven't already read Mark Mazzetti's Los Angeles Times report on the military's recent blurring of the lines between... More

The Problem with John Tierney

By Zachary Roth The favored candidate to replace William Safire as the voice of conservatism on the New York Times... More

Triumphalism Here, Triumphalism There, Triumphalism Everywhere

For a man who anchors a network newscast -- which, any blogger will remind you, is a dying breed --... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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