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February 2005

Waking a Slumbering Audience

Last fall, Peter G. Gosselin, who covers the economy for the Los Angeles Times, wrote three articles examining "an American... More

Of Fire Ants and Lions

When we do this job well, we manage to connect a few dots, and this morning, in the New York... More

Gannon, Hacker, Barone and Blonde Sagacity

It's Monday again and "The Gates" in New York's Central Park are coming down, but Gannongate is still around. In... More

U.S. Press Corps in Afghanistan Up 20 Percent!

Recently our competitor, American Journalism Review, reported that only five U.S. news organizations have full-time reporters or stringers in Afghanistan.... More

Susan Estrich on Gender, Missing Voices, and That Nasty Email War

Susan Estrich Susan Estrich, a law professor at the University of Southern California, author, columnist, commentator on Fox News... More

Being and Nothingness: The Los Angeles Times asks, “What Is a Journalist?”

The Los Angeles Times ran a curious piece today which attempts to brush off the Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert mess as... More

Air Taxi or Air Limo?

JetBlue offers its airline passengers up to 36 channels of satellite TV at every one of its leather seats on... More

Science in the Public - or Self - Interest?

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel last week voted not to ban sales of painkillers Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx,... More

A CJR Daily Glossary

It occurred to us recently that we've been remiss in adopting, without sufficient thought, certain out-of-date but widely-used terms to... More

Counting the Dead and Dying

Last week, out of obvious frustration, David Rubenstein, coordinator of the Save Darfur Coalition, wrote a letter to Romenesko, a... More

“Never Explain, Never Apologize”

Doug Wead, the man who released tapes of his private conversations with President Bush, has had a tough week. After... More

We’ll See You in Hell, Bidisha Banerjee!

Shed no tears for Doug Wead, who secretly taped a younger George W. Bush and recently let the New York... More

“Look! No One Threw Up!”

Of all the things the American press corps could say about President Bush's whirlwind four-day "charm offensive" in Europe, claiming... More

Sunny Side, Dark Side

There's a fascinating but little-noted conversation going on between Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times and Jeff... More

Richard Falk Talks About the New York Times

There aren't a lot of people who don't have a problem with the New York Times these days. Those on... More

A Slimepaign, Femmes Pixelle and Drunken Sheriffs

Liberal and conservative bloggers alike have taken umbrage at an ad campaign mounted by USA Next against the AARP over... More

Washing That Grey Right Out of Her Hair

Journalism is, for better or worse, a business, and a ruthless one at that. Although working journalists tend to studiously... More

Uncovering Prior Experience

Many Americans heard the term "private investment accounts" -- or the White House's preferred phrase, "personal investment accounts" -- for... More


Hendrik Hertzberg gives us an autopsy of Gannongate in this week's New Yorker. It's mostly a recap of the Bush... More

When the Most Informative Thing on the Page isn’t Written

We don't often take note of newspaper charts or graphics, but every now and then along comes one so informative... More

Ignore This Headline

Wading into the choppy waters of the Social Security privatization debate isn't for the faint of heart. Reading through the... More

Goodbye Gonzo, Fox’s Clean-up Crew and Get Your Bobblehead Now

The suicide of Hunter Thompson has triggered encomiums from bloggers including our own. They may not always have agreed with... More

Party’s Over

A famously irresponsible gun owner, The Doctor had plenty of weapons to choose from, and he no doubt put some... More

Swearing by Free Speech

Two different incidents this week speak volumes about the legacy of outgoing FCC chairman Michael Powell. The first, which will... More

Joan Walsh on Losing Subscriptions Over the Ohio Election, Conservative Ideological Crusades, and Being Compared to Judith Miller

Joan Walsh Joan Walsh is the new editor-in-chief of She joined Salon as its first full-time news editor... More

Let’s See - Is it $7, or Is It $90?

Two weeks ago, right around the State of the Union address, CJR Daily questioned the Bush administration's estimate of the... More

Reporting Stormy Waters

Two identical bills were introduced yesterday in the House and Senate that would expand federal funding and ease the restrictions... More

The Math Impaired Tag Along with Bush

If the president gave a speech in an empty airplane hanger, would it make any sound? Yesterday, President Bush kicked... More

Voices in the Wind

Excuse me, bloggers? Can I have a moment of your time? I know you're busy and everything -- that "Daily... More

Or Lack of Same …

Happy Kyoto Treaty Day! Or as it's known in the United States, Wednesday. With a smattering of somewhat half-hearted fanfare... More

The Dog Days of Winter

Normally, we'd leave coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to, well, the dogs. But given that the winning... More

A Complaint that Doesn’t Register

Yesterday both we and Media Matters had the same idea for a post about the press' continued confusion over registered... More

Mail-order Brides, Cities on a Hill, and the Anti-Gannon

We missed this on Monday, but it's just too good to ignore: Up-and-coming blogger "Libertarian Girl," it turns out, is... More

“Bad Mother! Bad! Bad!”

Like synchronized dancers, Time and Newsweek weigh in this week on parenting, each with a cover story designed to feed... More

Judge Upholds Gag on State Flacks

Now, when you look at that headline, at first it seems like good thing. But it isn't. Setting a dangerous... More

All Politics Is … Nowhere?

Well, so much for the old axiom "All politics is local." It's not, apparently, for TV station news directors. For... More

All Jordan, All Gannon, (Nearly) All the Time

Last week, The Brad Blog informs us, the good folks at posted a photo of a nuclear plant in... More

Second Thoughts

Now that the dust has settled on the abrupt resignation of Eason Jordan, the ostensible chief news executive at CNN,... More

The Times Smashes Pumpkins

Roses are red, Violets are dandy. Charles' Camilla Isn't arm candy. And for that cold-hearted assessment on this Valentine's... More

Emily Wax on Reporting From the Killing Ground

Emily Wax (courtesy of the Washington Post) Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Emily Wax covers the conflict in the Sudan... More

On the Road with the President

Blue Bell, Pa. -- President Bush arrived in this Philadelphia suburb yesterday afternoon, the latest stop in a seven-state campaign... More

Out Come the Talons

As you likely know by now, critics of the White House press corps don't have "Jeff Gannon" to kick around... More

Celebrity-Related Program Activities

Josh Marshall thinks the latest Gallup polling numbers on Social Security don't bode well for President Bush. He writes, "Down... More

Economics on the Edge

Today's headlines proclaim that the Medicare prescription drug benefit may cost the federal government $720 billion or more over the... More

Jeff Who? And When, What and Where?

Talon News' Jeff Gannon (not his real name), who made a splash during last week's presidential news conference by lobbing... More

News Magazines, Cast Adrift, Turn to … News!

For once, well-reported, smartly written stories of import grace the covers of the Big Three newsweeklies -- no more "What... More

Hiding Behind a Shopworn Format

Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal today note the obvious in their lead stories -- namely,... More

Time to Spring for a TiVo for Joe Klein

The saying goes that while the final version of history is written by the victors, the first draft is written... More

Relentless Reporting, Year after Year after Year

Andrew Schneider's first story about the trail of asbestos-related deaths and disease in Libby, Montana appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer... More

The Circus Maximus Beat

Now that the media hordes have moved beyond their obsession with the frivolous (pro football), it's time to focus on... More

Confessore, Job Hopper; Bush, Flip Flopper; Hoyt, Chicken Farmer

Stanley Kurtz apparently missed the memo on former Washington Monthly editor Nicholas Confessore's move to the New York Times. Thus... More

Propping Up a Straw Man

There are very few things in politics more attractive than a straw man. You can blame problems on them, cast... More

Knowing When to Get Out of the Way

Some days, being a journalist is just too easy. Case in point: Today's New York Times story by Ralph Blumenthal... More

Ed Gordon on Cozy Relationships, Journalists Who Don’t Listen, and Chatting With Trent Lott on BET

Ed Gordon Ed Gordon is the host of National Public Radio's "News and Notes with Ed Gordon." He is... More

The Sun Sets in the West - Again!

We realize that this one falls under the category "CJR Daily Discovers Birds Can Fly!" -- but, hey, we are... More

Auditing Bush’s Social Security Pitch

As expected, last night President Bush talked at great length about his plans to overhaul Social Security, all the while... More

Social Security, Schmocial Security — What About Those Trout?

"Generational Warfare!" declares Digby, condemning the president's plans for Social Security. Listen kids. Here's your choice. Either keep social security... More

A Social Security Crib Sheet for Tonight

President Bush takes center stage tonight to deliver the State of the Union address, and the word on the street... More

Hostage Hoax, Civics 101, and Ralph Who?

Bloggers had a bit of fun with the Associated Press, which yesterday reported that Iraqi militants claimed to have taken... More

Well, Somebody’s Unstable

Last week, a piece of paper covered with doodles and notes was found on Tony Blair's desk at the Davos... More

What Is Your Kid Not Learning?

Much has been written recently about the renewed controversy over teaching evolution in certain select schools that have bowed to... More

Picking at the Bones of CBS, Hillary and Journalism Itself

No week can get started on the right track without a new exposť on the CBS scandal. This week New... More

Ups & Downs of Social Security, Pensions and Blogging

Today's column about Social Security by Paul Krugman of the New York Times -- in which Krugman declares that "the... 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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