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January 2005

It Helps to Remember that the Wolves Arrive in Sheepskins

One of the most striking developments to come out of the three payola flaps involving conservative pundits that have surfaced... More

Inauguration 1984 2005

If you missed Paul Farhi's Washington Post report on the "minders" that the Bush administration was kind enough to provide... More

Iraq’s Moment of Democracy and Small Obsessions

Election Day in Iraq -- the symbolism of long lines of determined voters unbowed by threats of violence, and the... More

Tony Wood on Putting Weather in its Place

Tony Wood Anthony R. Wood has been writing about the weather since he joined the staff of the Philadelphia... More

Reporting on the Front Office

Yesterday's decision by the Justice Department not to appeal a court ruling that blocked a relaxation of media ownership rules... More

Hume Guns for Moran, Misses Target

Last night on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Brit Hume led off his "Political Grapevine" segment with a shot at... More

Social Security Semantics, Continued

Earlier this week CJR Daily wrote about the war of words that has broken out over the terminology reporters are... More

John Burns, James Wolcott and Assorted Rabble

The fearless John Burns of the New York Times is regarded by his colleagues and competitors to be one of... More

Bypassing that Dang Filter

For an administration that places a premium on secrecy while openly holding the media in contempt, the Bush administration sure... More

A Serving of Risotto, Not Plain Rice

Sometimes the subtext of an event is more enlightening than the event itself. Case in point: Yesterday's nine-hour Senate debate... More

Popcorn, Tantrums and Chest Hair

Warblogger Rusty Shackleford has the goods on American hostage Roy Hallums, who was shown pleading for his life in a... More

Politics and the English Language, Part Two

Yesterday, Associated Press reporter David Espo filed an article covering the spat that has broken out between the American Association... More

Telling the Full Story

Today in the New York Times, Maria Newman reports on the case of Terri Schiavo, who has been kept alive... More

Warm Fuzzy Politics and Protests; the Facts of Life and Health

It's "fear and loathing" time in Blue Land, according to Newsweek's Howard Fineman, who writes that as the Democratic National... More

Online Gold Mine

L. Gordon Crovitz is a newspaperman with a problem: He has more advertisers than he can accommodate. "That is a... More

Meta Progress on Darfur

Last time CJR Daily checked in on the ongoing genocide in Sudan we tackled a Reuters article for underreporting the... More

An Old Soldier Moves On

Retiring op-ed columnist William Safire went out with a splash today, with the New York Times devoting its entire op-ed... More

Gloom, Doom and Despair Wrack Cyberscribes

According to some very fuzzy science, it's the most depressing day of the year, and the blogs aren't doing much... More

Someone’s Overreaching, but it’s Not the President

It's still early in the first lap, but we think we've found the frontrunner in the race for the Most... More

Mark Memmott on Exit Polls, Social Security and Grumpy, Tired Reporters

Mark Memmott USA Today's Mark Memmott took on the media beat in early 2004, focusing on the press's coverage... More

CJR Daily Uncovers Massive Bias at New York Times!

We don't usually rely on the New York Times for our sports news -- for that we just cast freebie... More

And What Country Is This?

If you're a connoisseur of awkward news reporting, stop what you're doing, turn on the television, and take a peek... More

Left, Right Sharpen Invective on Inaugural Day

Pandagon's Ezra Klein responds to the new CBS/New York Times poll that delivered some less-than-stellar numbers for the president. A... More

Inadvertently Hilarious Headline of the Week

From CNN.com: "Poll: Nation split on Bush as uniter or divider" Based on that, we're going with divider ... --B.M. More

Knight-Ridder Scores (Again)

Readers of today's New York Times learned that new assessments by intelligence officials paint a bleaker outlook for Iraq than... More

It’s the Little Things That Count

AP Wideworld/J. Scott Applewhite(Click for larger version) Last Wednesday, President Bush gave a speech at a high school in... More

CBS, the Chicago Cubs and the Ethics of Reporting

Captain Ed doesn't think CBS chief Les Moonves has any idea what he's doing after his announcement that CBS might... More

‘Stretch’ Is On the Mound, and All’s Well at Home Plate

Leading up to his second inaugural this week, President Bush has embarked on an aggressive public relations campaign, granting interviews... More

Finding Substance in Loose Ends

As Republicans begin a triumphal round of pre-inaugural parties, the Democrats are still suffering through an identity crisis, struggling to... More

What’s So Great About Grownups, Anyway?

Look out, Tweens. You may have thought you had the newsweekly demographic trend story market cornered, but the time of... More

Inviting Outsiders to “Take Their Best Shot”

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times ran the first installment of what it labeled "[a]n experimental column in which [the... More

Couric, Graner and the People’s Choice Awards

In a post titled, "Can't They Find One Person For The Job Who Doesn't Hate Republicans?" Lorie Byrd at PoliPundit... More

Eric Boehlert on Creepy Stories, Navel-Gazing and the Fear Factor

Eric Boehlert Eric Boehlert has been a senior writer at Salon since 2000, covering politics, media, news and culture.... More

“Shut Up - and Thank You!”

We're a little late on this one, but it epitomizes a common problem with cable news coverage of the Social... More

It’s a Pig, Anyway You Look at It

Sometimes a story is so good, so rich in context and so revealing in detail, that it virtually leaps off... More

Wherein Our Reporter Enters a Parallel Universe - but Escapes to Tell About It

By Susan Q. Stranahan WASHINGTON -- Brian Timpone owns several small weekly newspapers in Illinois. Among them is the Record,... More

A.D.D. @ CNN

An alert reader spotted Suzanne Malveaux engaging in a little revisionist history on Tuesday's edition of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on... More

Lies and Getting Mean, Ugly and Stupid

So you think the media, with its attention span of, uh, 60 minutes, has moved on to something besides Rathergate?... More

Showing the Big Boys How It’s Done

CBS MarketWatch Washington bureau chief Rex Nutting wrote a first-rate article yesterday on President Bush's town hall meeting on Social... More

Who’s in Charge Here — and Why?

It's an oddity of the newspaper business that whenever a paper's circulation goes into a free fall, it's the editor's... More

Reports of This Death Are Premature

According to peripatetic pundit Howard Fineman, the mainstream media is dying. Why? Well, because of George W. Bush, for one.... More

Lion Eats Daniel

Straying from her regular beat -- always a dangerous practice -- New York Times White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller this... More

Whitewashes, Greywashes and Makeovers

Everyone seems to be getting a makeover these days, from Laura Bush to the Apple Macintosh. Matthew Yglesias' blog has... More

Spectacle Yes; Entertainment, No

Does the independent panel's investigation into journalistic sins at CBS belong alongside such fare as an article on "Desperate Housewives"... More

Hidden Critics, Too

In a piece in the Los Angeles Times today, James Rainey writes that "some critics said Monday that [Dan Rather]... More

Untrained Soldiers, Diet and DNA - and Happiness

Dan Baum, writing in The New Yorker, offers a sobering and somewhat frightening examination of the evolution of the U.S.... More

All the News That’s Fit to Spin

It's been little noted so far, but one of the most damning aspects of the Thornburgh/Boccardi Panel report about CBS's... More

Rathergate, Future Math and Drunk Wheelchair Driving

As expected, the right wing of the 'sphere is howling at the newly-full moon of the moment -- in this... More

Times Does Its Us Weekly Imitation

Today in the New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller gives new White House communications director Nicolle Devenish the kind of scrutiny... More

Time to Stop Playing Ball

We spilled quite a bit of virtual ink last year over how news organizations promote their own political polls and... More

Reuters Freezes Up

When you read a story headlined "Bush Expected to Seek Near-Freeze in Spending," you might be expecting to read a... More

The Vampire Rises Again

Nearly a year ago CJR Daily helped expose Karen Ryan -- a public relations professional paid by the government to... More

Kathryn Jean Lopez on Upper West Side Liberals, the Best and Worst Reporters in the Country, and Being Locked in a Room with Jon Bon Jovi

Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editor of National Review Online. She previously worked at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative Washington,... More

That “Other” Humanitarian Crisis

This past year, the genocide in Sudan had to compete with the heated presidential campaign for the media's attention. And... More

Telling the Whole Story

This morning over breakfasts of gummy oatmeal and dry, whole-grain toast, tens of thousands of health-conscious Americans learned that two... More

Dark Days, Bright Corners

As Tim Grieve points out on Salon's War Room blog, it's been a depressing week for Democrats. Shirley Chisholm and... More

In What Way Can We Screw Up the Social Security Story Today?

Today's crop of Social Security stories features a couple of what are quickly becoming the Seven (or Eight, or Nine)... More

Defining Bias Downward: Holding Political Power to Account Is Not Some Liberal Plot

Reed Irvine, the energetic liberal-bias hunter who died November 16 at eighty-two, wasn't always wrong. Irvine founded Accuracy in Media,... More

Lies, Damned Lies and Transcripts

Eugene Volokh and James Taranto believe they've caught Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in a lie. Reid, you may recall,... More

Staging a Crisis

Today's bouquet for the kind of cut-through-the-fog, no-nonsense language that always defines the best of journalism goes to the Quad-City... More

… and It’s Still a Bad Idea

On November 21, 2003, I wrote the "Today's Papers" column for Slate. The column is a "summary of what's in... More

But It Shouldn’t Be

As Brad DeLong hinted last night, today's Washington Post article about Social Security privatization glosses over a serious issue at... More

Damage Control

Can we handle one more rehash of the election campaign that wouldn't die? "As the Democratic Party goes through its... More

Setting the Hell Hole Table

President Bush is scheduled to visit (registration required) the nation's leading "judicial hell hole" on Wednesday to promote his agenda... More

Cracked Earth, Crackpots and Dinosaurs

Welcome to a new year here at CJR Daily. We're now just about midway through the Aughts. Or the Ohs.... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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