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April 2005

Buzz Merritt on Knight Ridder, Prizes and Profits, and Where Next?

Buzz Merritt Davis "Buzz" Merritt retired in 1999 after 43 years working for Knight Ridder, including 23 years as editor... More

CPB Looks Under Bed, Finds No Dust Balls, Hires New Maid

The other day, we wrote about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's new acting president, Ken Ferree, and his apparent cluelessness... More

Which of These Things Is Not Like The Other?

It's Friday, so let's play a game. It's called "Press Release or News Story?" The rules are simple: We print... More

Sizing up This Morning’s Social Security Coverage

Last night President Bush took an hour out of "Must See TV" to talk about his proposals on energy policy... More

Three Strikes and You’re Fox

Click for larger image On April 23, at the end of Fox News Channel's "Bulls & Bears," host Brenda Buttner... More

Refining the Question Not Asked

President Bush yesterday announced some proposals to help ease the nation's energy crisis. Among the proposals, which caught many in... More

The Real Bias Problem

There are, according to the old cliche, two types of people in this world: those who think people fit neatly... More

There’s Media and Then There’s Media

With news that George Bush tonight will hold his first primetime press conference in a year (you're outta luck, "O.C."... More

CNN: All Thumbs

We were watching CNN this afternoon, when who appeared but the only man referred to as "doctor" more often than... More

PR in the Arts

The business editors at all-news channel New York One have a mere one minute and forty-five seconds every morning to... More

It All Adds Up, But Who’s Counting?

As the debate over the future of Social Security finally hits Capitol Hill, John Hinderaker at Power Line accuses the... More

A New Feature: Was This Necessary?

Every day, we come across stories that make us wonder: "Why are we reading this?" You know what we're talking... More

Bloggery, Dueling Lawyers, and Bolton Undressed

Ever hear of those blog things? Businessweek has, and devotes its cover story this week to a piece proclaiming "Blogs... More

When the Pesky Truth Doesn’t Fit the Format

When we first saw the title "Justice Sunday" in our TV Guide, we were up for a little Charles Bronson/Clint... More

Dept. of I Don’t Watch It, But I Wouldn’t Like It If I Did

Imagine the reaction if President Bush nominated a Secretary of Defense who proclaimed, in the Sunday New York Times, that... More

“Nuculer” Option Explored, as Celebs Invade ‘Sphere

Doing their best imitations of New York Times word sleuth William Safire, bloghounds are hot on the heels of the... More

Maryanne Golon on Photography as Journalism - from Iraq to Ann Coulter

Maryanne Golon Maryanne Golon is the picture editor at Time magazine. She joined Time in 1983, left briefly for... More

Waiting for a Train Wreck

In the race to drive Amtrak right off the tracks and permanently into a ditch, itís not clear who will... More

All Scream, All the Time

We've all said and done things we wish we hadn't. Luckily, for the vast majority of us, we didn't do... More

The Pope’s German! Hit the Streets, Figby!

The MIPSYs -- our contest for the Most Inane Pope-related Story our media can provide -- concluded a couple weeks... More

Of Polls, Politicians and the Public Will

When he stepped down from his chairmanship of the FCC in March, Michael Powell left behind a complete mess --... More

The Jeffords Punditry

Yesterday independent Sen. James Jeffords announced he would not be seeking another term as representative of the people of Vermont.... More

John Cloud Responds to His Critics

John Cloud John Cloud is a staff writer for Time magazine, where he has worked since 1997. Before coming... More

New Pope? New Opportunity to Bash Liberal Media!

Here's today's quiz: The selection of the traditionalist Cardinal Ratzinger as the new pope elicited what? a) praise b) dismay... More

The Zombie That Won’t Die: VNRs

Fake news can be said to come in two distinct varieties: Funny but essentially harmless, a la "The Daily Show,"... More

Sometimes, We Get So Confoosed

On March 15, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that, according to TNS Media Intelligence, advertisers in 2004 spent $24.5 billion... More

Lighting the Messenger On Fire

There's something we've forgotten to tell you over the past 15 months: Journalists are as vile a group of low-lifes... More

Hot Air, All Around Us

This week marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day, and to mark the occasion, Mother Jones brings out some big... More

Press Release Journalism

In the past few months, there have been a number of headlines reminding us that the line between news and... More

Money for Nothing, and the News Ain’t Free

Since Armstrong Williams was outed as a paid shill for the Bush administration's "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) bill in... More

Note to Time: You Can’t Win for Losing

Controversy, controversy, controversy! Ann Coulter is on the cover of this week's Time magazine, which the HighVizPr blog is calling... More

Hudson Morgan on Gangsters at the New York Post, Reality C-Listers Swarming New York, and Becoming a Gossip Item

Hudson Morgan Hudson Morgan is the assistant to Lloyd Grove, who writes the Lowdown gossip column for the New... More

Don’t Take It to the Bank

Add the Atlanta Journal Constitution to the list of papers unable to nail down the basic facts about the president's... More

The Blogosphere is Dead! Long Live the Blogosphere!

There was some good news this week for bloggers and their fight to stay as free and unregulated as they... More

Taxing the Third Estate

Yesterday, the House of Representatives once again voted to extend indefinitely the repeal of the estate tax (which is currently... More

Take a Deep Breath and Call Us Tomorrow

If you believe what you read or hear in the media, we're a nation of invalids. "Add up the published... More

The Meek May Inherit the Earth, But the Wealthy Shall Inherit Tax-Free

Party on, Paris -- the House just voted to repeal the estate tax, a.k.a. the death tax, a.k.a. the "Paris... More

One Man’s Survivalist is Another Man’s Terrorist

As we pointed out back in March, the media have been of two minds when it comes to the matter... More

In Defense of Twinkies

Amid all the sturm und drang over corporate media and bloggers, and their relative contributions toward creating an enlightened society,... More

That’s Mr. Jimbo to You!

Two Sundays ago, in its 2005 baseball preview section, the New York Times took a look to Chicago's forgotten team,... More

Racists, Nazis and Lawyers - Oh My

There's been a lot of talk in the 'sphere about The Conservative Brotherhood, a group of conservative African-American bloggers. But... More

Another Slice of Apple

In March, California's Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg gave Apple Computer the green light to obtain... More

Only His Hairdresser Knows for Sure

Like fortunetellers staring into the dregs of a teacup, Washington reporters often find meaning in what others would see only... More

Why You Should See More Hersh

What do John Kerry and Osama bin Laden have in common? Think. Think harder. Condolences, but neither made Time's new... More

It’s Pay Day, Pay Day, Pay Day!

The list just keeps on growing. Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, Mike McManus, Mike Vasilinda. Latest addition: Charles D. Chieppo, (now... More

With Liberty and Bylines for All

Generally lost in the blog chatter and media pontification about the Internet's impact on journalism have been the voices of... More

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Normally we wouldn't start the blog report by quoting the dreaded "MSM," but we couldn't keep from laughing when we... More

Merrill Brown on Interactive Reporting, Newspaper Web Sites, and Integrating Blogs into the Mainstream

Merrill Brown Merrill Brown, a longtime reporter, media critic and media consultant, recently wrote an article for the Carnegie... More

Three Presidents and a Funeral

Apparently, at least some members of the press corps covering the pope's funeral are as bored as we are with... More

Rx for FDA and Journalists: A Dose of Skepticism

In the wake of Congressional criticism and troubling disclosures about drug safety, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced that... More

Raiders of the Lost Poll

Toward the end of March, Gallup, along with its polling partners CNN and USA Today, set out for the first... More

Columbia Spectator 1, New York Times 0

Behind every story is another story, the story of how the reporter got the story. Occasionally the veil is lifted... More

And the MIPSY Goes To …

We got a lot of entrants in the competition for the coveted MIPSY -- the Most Inane Pope Story our... More

In a Photo Finish, it’s the Corporate Media by a Nose

When everyone gets to be a critic, everything is going to get criticized. So it is that conservative blogs have... More

Wanted Dead or Alive: A Funny Bone

What with all the somber news in the past two weeks, you'd think members of the press would be eager... More

Food Fight!

Chris Nolan has an update on the proposed San Francisco board of supervisors campaign finance measure which included a provision... More

A Good Week for Little Guys

Sometimes we're so preoccupied with examples of both good journalism and bad from the nation's major news outlets that we... More

To the Victors Go the Headlines

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday, and while they're less glamorous than the Oscars or even the Cable ACE Awards,... More

Cutting Out the Fat

Time, Newsweek, US News: Pope, pope, pope. John Bolton. Grad schools. Pope pope pope. Moving on. Generally, we heart The... More

Bad News Bears Go Into Hibernation

Over the past two years, the media has taken plenty of heat for reporting only the "bad" news coming out... More

Play MIPSY for Me

Today is day three of the weeklong papal media spectacle, which began with the pontiff's death Saturday and will continue... More

Working Hard on Hardly Working

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, weighing a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, has been busy positioning himself on... More

The Boys are Back in Town

It's the time of year that pits brother against brother, husband against wife and co-worker against co-worker. No, not the... More

John Ziegler on Talk Radio: “Admirable People” Need Not Apply

John Ziegler John Ziegler is a conservative (and sometimes controversial) radio talk-show host on KFI-AM in Los Angeles, who... More

The Long and Winding WMD Report

Capping off a pretty somber news week, today the big dailies give the full-court press to yesterday's report on pre-war... More

Don’t Try Writing About Ste*oids

It's easy to see why the Google Ads system appeals to both Web publishers and advertisers: It offers the former... 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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