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March 2005

Four Months Later, Still Bouncing Off the Walls

What's a more trustworthy resource: The Drudge Report or the New Yorker? It's not, to be sure, much of a... More

Social Security Road Show: Back to The Sticks?

The road show reviews are in, and they're not pretty. The Bush administration's message on Social Security, it seems, isn't... More

The Forest Appears Through the Trees

After Monday's story about new FCC chairman Kevin Martin, it appears that some in the media are beginning to realize... More

CNN Breaks Streak, Whiffs Twice in a Row

Following last week's release of the Social Security Trustees report, immediate coverage, in particular an AP article, erroneously hyped the... More

Counting Hats, McClellan’s Nose, and “Exempt Media”

Writing yesterday on the op-ed page of the New York Times, journalism professor Elinor Burkett argued that the media has... More

Silence of the Lambs

In April, 1995, a special council meeting of the borough of Parkesburg, Pa., was called to address the infighting and... More

A Long Way From Columbine

Outside the realm of politics, there haven't been many media performances worse than the one that followed the Columbine tragedy... More

I’ll See Your 8.2, and Raise You 0.5

Check your local newspaper today, and the lead story is likely the magnitude 8.7 earthquake that occurred yesterday off the... More

Spinning the Little Guys

Yesterday the Bush administration dispatched Rep. Dan Burton to sell his constituents on the need to overhaul Social Security, particularly,... More

Secrets of the Herb, Geeks as Seers and the Schiavo Debate

In breaking news, Cannabis Culture magazine poses the question that the mainstream media has been afraid to ask: "Is the... More

Hey, There Is Money to be Made in This Business!

Armstrong Williams. Mike McManus. Maggie Gallagher. Add Mike Vasilinda's name to this pantheon of journalists on the dole. The Sarasota... More

The Coming Content Wars

When Michael Powell announced in January that he was stepping down from his position as chairman of the FCC, few... More

Dishing Out the Opprobrium

David Neiwart at Orcinus spent the weekend ruminating on a subject near and dear to us at CJR Daily --... More

Kurt Eichenwald on Learning a Lesson from John Grisham

Kurt Eichenwald (Courtesy Broadway Books) Kurt Eichenwald is the author of Conspiracy of Fools, a detailed chronicle of the... More

An Eyewitness to History in Kyrgyzstan

How extraordinary to be an eyewitness to the peaceful overthrow of a standing government that began and ended on the... More

Blogs, Fair Use, and Paying to Play

The debate over "the blogger as journalist" has been swirling for some time now, and while several high-profile court cases... More

Four Reporters, Four Different Stories

Yesterday the Social Security Trustees released an update on the finances of Social Security and Medicare. As we noted yesterday,... More

You Want in the Meeting? You’re Sued!

In 2003, a handful of citizens of the golfing village of Whispering Pines, N.C., sought access to some basic public... More

Rising Up Against … Google?

In the wake of the recent horrific school shooting in Minnesota, the blogosphere has launched a crusade against neo-Nazism. Following... More

Propaganda Clothed as Critique

By Brian Montopoli We'd like to take Brent Bozell's Media Research Center seriously. We really would. There are ideological biases... More

“Yikes! Train Moving One MPH Faster!”

The annual report of the Social Security Trustees hit the Web today, and just like that, it accomplished what no... More

CJR Daily Discovers Long-lost Twin

The Slacktivist starts us off today with a post so very CJR Daily that we had to check the URL... More

The Post as Stenographer

The Washington Post ran an article today recounting Vice President Cheney's most recent "PR swing" trying to sell the administration's... More

Raging Cojones, Quacking Ducks and the Selling of Hate

Lots of media news, analysis and history in this week's stack of magazines. The Nation's Katha Pollitt cannon balls into... More

When Politicians Go Bad, Must the Press Follow?

For honest reporters, the Terri Schiavo case is something of a nightmare. (Not so for ratings-obsessed cable news directors, of... More

Reading Between the Lines

Yesterday the Arizona Republic ran an editorial titled "Solving Solvency," taking the position that "[r]eforming Social Security is a vital... More

Plots to the Right of Us, Plots to the Left of Us!

While most people spent the weekend biting their nails over their NCAA brackets, Patterico's Pontification pondered the Associated Press' announcement... More

Tom Fenton on How Dumbing Down the News Nurtures Terrorists

Tom Fenton Tom Fenton is the author of Bad News: The Decline of Reporting, the Business of News, and... More

Home Runs and Smears

As Congress busies itself holding a high-profile preening session to investigate whether or not overpaid entertainers used performance-enhancing drugs, and... More

An Editor Takes a Stand

Until this week, few people outside southwestern Minnesota had ever heard of the Free Press in Mankato, a prize-winning daily... More

We Decide, You’re Stuck With It

According to Sifry's Alerts, there are now nearly 8 million blogs out there, and the growth trend shows no signs... More

How War News Is Really Shaped

While cable news talking heads squawk and the blogosphere hums with dark theories of media complicity with either the left... More

A Tale of Three Stories

President Bush's recommendation this morning that Paul Wolfowitz become the next president of the World Bank predictably comes in as... More

From Quote to Lede

Today the Winston-Salem Journal reports that "A larger-than-expected demand for an 'early-out' package by reservation employees could cut US Airways... More

Kings, Bears, Cardinals and the Benefits of Blogging

Parlez-vous Francais? If you do, you might want to check out the blog of Norodom Sihanouk, the former king of... More

When a Story Contains a Story

The New York Times ran a story today outlining the increasingly uphill battle House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay faces... More

“Plucky Fellows Coalesce, Icy Media Attack!”

The American Enterprise is a conservative publication that bills itself as a "brightly colored, brilliantly argued magazine that is as... More

Our Man at Courtside

It's no secret to regular readers of CJR Daily that we are fans of the Washington Post's Dana Milbank. As... More

Social Security Wars, Worthless Dollars and Limbless Vets of Iraq

The New Republic's Jonathan Chait effectively spells out what news outlets with a larger audience have so far only hinted... More

Mansquitos, Cartoons, and Big Media Bias

Readers: Fear the Mansquito. Over the weekend, the Sci Fi channel debuted its original film centered on the half-man, half-mosquito... More

In the Matter of Who’s a Journalist, Court Punts

On Friday, a California judge ruled that three independent online reporters may be forced to hand over confidential sources in... More

The New York Times Does Some Heavy Lifting

In an exhaustive survey prepared by David Barstow and Robin Stein, the New York Times made clear on Sunday the... More

Ari Fleischer on Truth, Balance, Confrontation and ‘Jeff Gannon’

Ari Fleischer Ari Fleischer served as President Bush's press secretary from January, 2001 to July, 2003. Prior to joining... More

On Pajamas and Judges

Judge David Sentelle of the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals is hearing the case of reporters Judith Miller of the... More

Who Are Those Guys, Anyway?

Here's the dominant storyline regarding Lebanon: after last month's assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese organized unprecedented... More

She’s Looking Better After Every Beer and Other Observations

Surely as spring follows winter, the 2004 election is about to spawn a veritable library of new books, analyzing, immortalizing,... More

Bankruptcy, Dan Rather and the Nature of the Blog Beast

Mark Kleiman bats in the leadoff position today, offering his comments on the controversial bankruptcy bill the Senate is set... More

A Big Fat Slow One Down the Middle

At some point over the last couple of weeks we briefly thought that perhaps our task of hounding the press... More

Serving Up Bread with the Circus

For all those readers who have more important things to do with their lives than keep up with the Michael... More

Exit Gunga Dan, to a Dirge

It was a long swan song, and in the last months a strangely muted one, but at last it is... More

Further Crimes Against Humanity

Television isn't the medium we usually turn to for in-depth coverage, so when we flip on one of the cable... More

Crack-Smoking Monkeys, Clinton as Rock Hudson, and Some Heavy Hitters

In our quest to remain a vigilant watchdog of the constantly changing world of media, we chanced upon a site... More

Dumb and Dumber, Part II

On Monday we reported Sen. Chuck Hagel's astounding misunderstanding of his own plan to overhaul Social Security. The senator spent... More

When All Else Fails, Predict a Trend

Monday morning brought news of Boeing Co.'s hasty decision to boot Chief Executive Officer Harry Stonecipher for a breach of... More

A Supposedly Good Idea We’ll Probably Never Try Again

This, readers, is a good week for your magazine reporter. First and foremost, the Atlantic has a cover story by... More

“Congrats, You’re a Journalist; Go Immediately to Jail”

Not so long ago (like, February), the debate over who's a journalist and who isn't was pretty much confined to... More

Read Between the Lines - or Miss the Story?

Yesterday, Matthew Yglesias wrote on his blog about a panel discussion he participated in with Washington Post reporter Mike Allen.... More

Hagel-ing Over the Details

The big news today on Capitol Hill is Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel's plan to introduce the first Social Security bill... More

America Must Change, Right Now - Well, Maybe

Here's the subhead of this month's Washington Monthly cover story, "The Case for The Draft": America can remain the world's... More

In Lebanon, a Thousand Flowers Bloom - and Fret

The burgeoning democratic movement in Lebanon and the push to oust Syrian forces has launched -- predictably -- a wave... More

Getting to the Bottom of a Bulletproof Boondoggle

Back in December, in response to a question from a Tennessee National Guardsman about the lack of armor for troops... More

Terror as a Label

By Brian Montopoli President Bush, we now well know, is drawn to dramatic phrases designed to stir emotions rather than... More

Laurie Garrett on Newsday, Blue-Collar Journalists, and the Media’s Effect on the American Psyche

Laurie Garrett After over 15 years of distinguished reporting at Newsday, Laurie Garrett recently resigned and sent an impassioned... More

When Eight Isn’t Enough

In his online column today, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz analyzes why President Bush's Social Security plan hasn't steamrolled through... More

When Your Beat is Fat City

The following story appears in the March/April issue of Columbia Journalism Review. After writing an article last May accusing Brazil's... More

Spackle Guy, Reporting for Duty

If it were possible to fuse together the coverage that the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and... More

A True Dud of an Idea Is Born

Every once in a while, a really backward-looking idea blossoms in the strange, fervid mind of someone who actually has... More

Ukraine’s Accidental Reporter

The following story appears in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review. Journalism's champions can come in unlikely packages. Like... More

Judy Woodruff, Guns, Ann Coulter and Hairy Fish Nut

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo has some harsh words for CNN's relatively new segment "Inside the Blogs" that runs during Judy... More

Newsweek’s Little Photoshop of Horrors

As we noted yesterday, Newsweek devotes its cover story this week to the impending release of federal prisoner number 55170-054,... More

Photo Blogs and Skinemax

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette opens his pages to a small photo exhibit proudly displaying the "circles and chains" of... More

“But It Says It Right Here in the Press Release!”

Here's some of what you learned if you read Editor & Publisher's article today on the New York Times' decision... More

Anonymice and Elephants

Jack Shafer of Slate today continues his intrepid pursuit of anonymice -- those infuriating anonymous sources relied upon by so... More

Getting Sprung, Going Nuclear, and Larry Summers

Free at last! Newsweek leads this week with the next chapter in the Martha Stewart saga -- her pending release... 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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