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May 2005

Pattern Recognition

Logging on to CNN.com this morning, we dug into a "Special Report" touting Larry King's broadcast interview with vice president... More

Blade Kicks Some Bigfoot Butt

Now, it's a big story. We're referring to Coingate. On Saturday, The New York Times reported on the rapidly unfolding... More

Sawyer, Couric and Fried Twinkies in the Morning

The recent spike in Katie Couric bashing continues apace, with Meryl Gordon's laudatory take on Couric competitor "Good Morning America"'s... More

Tim Golden on Digging Deep, Timing, and Sourcing

Tim Golden is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and a writer for the New York Times Magazine.... More

“Civil War” Discovered in Iraq - Again

To read reports of the continuing violence in Iraq is to risk a bad case of dej? vu. Each time... More

Swallowing the Corporate Pitch — Hook, Line and Sinker

Yesterday two Texas congressmen introduced a bill to repeal the Wright Amendment. In 1979, to promote the then-new Dallas-Fort Worth... More

Should One Word Deep-Six a Career?

We woke up this morning to discover a minor journalistic coincidence: Two separate columns in New York newspapers lamenting the... More

Fox News Follows CNN Down Rabbit Hole

Ever wonder why cable news is so bad? Look no further than today's edition of "Dayside" with Linda Vester on... More

Page One for Sale

We would have thought that the Detroit Free Press had had its fill of journalistic scandal for a while, in... More

�Did So!� �Did not!�

The blog world today resembles a playground full of third graders, with both sides stamping their feet and shouting "Is... More

Today’s Top Stories: Hot Dogs, Golf Clubs and Olive Oil

Most newspaper editors, if polled, would probably say that the most important stories of our time are politics, the economy... More

We Read Playboy for the Articles

Today's subject is Paris Hilton. Or rather, the flurry of stories that have greeted the recent emergence of the, um,... More

Round Two: Mitchell (and Moyers) Fight Back

By Paul McLeary At the end of outgoing PBS president Pat Mitchell's speech yesterday at the National Press Club in... More

Right Down the Middle, and Big as a Pumpkin

It's only Wednesday, but we're ready to call it a game and give Sean Hannity our "Biggest Softball of the... More

Dueling Prayers, Congress Gets a Spine, and Why We Love Baseball

Has Congress found a backbone? Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice thinks so. And that may well change the political... More

That Surprising Public

There's lots of good stuff to chew over in the latest study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which polled... More

Getting It Right on Stem Cell Legislation

Today the House of Representatives will vote on two bills to increase funding for stem cell research. Check out just... More

Fortifying the Firewall

BP, the giant oil company, has adopted a zero tolerance policy for bad news. Ad Age reports today that BP... More

Liberals Ponder Navel and Time Inspects Newsweek

The new issue of the American Prospect takes a look at the fate of contemporary liberalism -- and asks if... More

Of Agendas, Fetishes and Crusades

For more than a year, Bill O'Reilly has been railing against the New York Times for what he believes is... More

In Rochester, Soundbites Signifying Nothing

Fresh from a commencement celebration in Michigan, President Bush brings his Social Security road show to Rochester, New York on... More

Thinking Big

The New York Times tells us this morning that CBS, in its wide-open discussions concerning the future of the CBS... More

Mea Culpas All Over the Place

We didn't even have to check our calendar today to realize it's a full moon. What else can explain the... More

Newsweek Goes Straight — Almost

Richard M. Smith, editor-in-chief of Newsweeek, writes a Letter to Readers in the new issue (dated May 30.) It raises... More

Aboubakr Jamai on Fighting Moroccan Government Censorship and How Al Jazeera Fosters a Culture of Debate

Aboubakr Jamai Aboubakr Jamai is publisher of two weekly newspapers in Morocco: the French Le Journal Hebdomadaire and the... More

The Downing Street Memo: It’s No Runaway Bride

Sometimes news outlets given to echoing each other can echo silence instead of noise. This is the story of one... More

Managers Manage the Managers Managing the News

Back in the old days when you wanted to know what Liz and Richard, or Charles and Diana, were up... More

Terry Moran Consternates Bloggers Far and Wide

Yesterday's blog report ended with a dismissive note about the infinite and infinitely tedious world of talk radio. Yet, like... More

Michael Isikoff, George Lucas and Rupert Murdoch - Three of a Kind?

Time to connect some dots again. Comes today a dismayed David Brooks, who occupies the neoconservative slot in the lineup... More

Public Broadcasting Czar May Not Be

As we reported last week, the two top Democrats on the House Appropriations and Commerce committees, Reps. David Obey and... More

Birds On a Wire Fly, Fly Away - in Different Directions

Television executives are beginning to see the handwriting on the wall, and it's spelled W-E-B. While their print counterparts have... More

Enough Bread, Bring on the Circus

We rarely agree with Brent Bozell, who comes from that school of press critics that believes there is no greater... More

Brit on the Loose Captivates Bloggers

In case you missed it -- CJR Daily caught it live on Fox News -- British Parliament member George Galloway... More

Everything Old Is New Again

For the last few months, the president and his supporters have repeatedly dismissed Social Security as an outdated program designed... More

The Story of the Story Isn’t the Story At All

We know opening a post with a line like this might cause those whose anger at Newsweek has overtaken their... More

The Knee Jerks and It Can’t Be Stopped

Remember the scene in Dr. Strangelove when mad scientist Peter Sellers has to keep grabbing his wrist to stop his... More

Religion as Business, The Spy Who Loved Us, and a Report for the Ages

Old-time religion these days looks a lot like a business, replete with marketing tools and branding strategies that would make... More

Hey, Michelle, It’s Your Asterisk

A headline from Michelle Malkin's blog: NEWSWEEK LIED*. PEOPLE DIED. Scroll way down to the bottom of the post and... More

Secret Lives of Editors

Readers of yesterday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section learned the following tidbit: Steve Sansweet ended a 26-year career... More

Distorted Story Spawns Distorted Theories

Here we go again. Newsweek has apologized for a brief report in the May 9 issue of the magazine about... More

Bearing Down on NPR

The New York Times reported today on the running Corporation for Public Broadcasting-National Public Radio-Public Broadcasting Service wars, and there... More

New Whipping Boy = Old Whipping Boy

The big media story of the day is the Newsweek/Koran debacle. And, of course, every blogger has his/her/their take on... More

Carl Bialik on Being the Numbers Guy

Carl Bialik Carl Bialik writes the weekly Numbers Guy column for the online edition of the Wall Street Journal.... More

Spy vs. Spy

Over the past several weeks, a number of stories have run about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its chairman,... More

Reporting on Both Hands - The One That Giveth, and The One That Taketh Away

Nearly a month ago the House of Representatives voted to extend indefinitely the repeal of the estate tax. At the... More

Going on Automatic Pilot

Yesterday, for the fifth time since 2001, President Bush affixed his signature to a supplemental appropriation to cover the costs... More

Weakness Through Strength

Way back in January, in the first weeks of the Social Security debate, the Bush administration tried to force its... More

It Ain’t Miller Time No More

I don't want to get off on a rant here, but, let's face it, "Dennis Miller" has been getting fewer... More

We Knew That

Unnecessary Story of the Day, submitted by reader Matthew Blaschko and distilled to its original headline form: "Satan no match... More

Don’t Take These Guys With You To The Track

In George W. Bush's words, here's why voluntary personal retirement accounts are a good idea: "Your money will grow, over... More

May the Circle Be Unbroken

What with Andrew Sullivan having announced his semi-retirement a little while back, we hadn't headed over to andrewsullivan.com in a... More

Welcome to the Internet! Bang, You’re Dead

Nothing brings out the sharp knives like a celebrity who attempts to form a coherent thought about something outside the... More

There’s Nothing About Mary

There was a lot to object to in Mary Matalin's appearance on "Meet The Press" last Sunday. For starters, as... More

Iraq Attacks

The recent surge of insurgent attacks in Iraq seems to have hit a nerve in the world of the newsweeklies.... More

Dan Okrent on Bruised Egos, Lynch Mobs, and Tricky Self-Interest

In December 2004, for the first time in its 152-year history, and in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal,... More

Taking Off the Rose-Colored Glasses

The fact that politicians have to be adept at talking their way around uncomfortable realities while mustering public support (or... More

Political Operatives at Work: Huffington, Hillary - and Geena Davis?

If you're looking for someone to take a shot at the much-discussed Huffington Post, which debuts today, you're going to... More

Before the Ink Is Even Dry

We've noted here before the fancy footwork of New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller, who can and does glissade with... More

Is It True? Who Cares?

Regular readers of CJR Daily know we've been hard on the heels of the Associated Press of late for its... More

Steve Smith on Exposing a Mayor

Steve Smith Steve Smith is the editor of the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington. Yesterday, the newspaper published a package... More

Pushing Back at Wanna-Be Regulators

For all the noise that has been coming from Congress and various conservative and religious groups about indecency on television... More

Hanging Tough in Scranton

For the third day in a row, subscribers to the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Times Leader have read the latest revelations about... More

Abu Ghraib, the Soap Opera

Kicking things off today, the Carpetbagger Report is unhappy with Joshua Green's assessment in The Atlantic that since House Minority... More

Misled by What’s Missing, Not by What Isn’t

When she was in elementary school, someone lied to little Rachel Brock. Want proof? Have a look at this piece... More

Obfuscate Your Way to The Top

Today's New York Times has one of those stories you just knew everybody would be writing sooner or later: The... More

The Gathering of the Blogosphere

Is there a blog empire (a blogpire?) in the making? According to yesterday's New York Sun, a group of conservative... More

Why Not Invite Woodstein As Well?

Stephen G. Bloom has an amusing piece today in the online magazine Inside Higher Ed discussing his efforts to bring... More

AP: All “He Said/She Said” All the Time

It's Tuesday, and that must mean it's time for some "he said/she said" journalism from the Associated Press. President Bush... More

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Editor & Publisher printed a story today about White House correspondents going hat in hand to ask presidential press secretary... More

Day Four of the Story That Wasn’t

Yesterday, CJR Daily recounted CNN's sad performance over the weekend as "the network morphed into the 24/7 Jennifer Wilbanks channel."... More

Al Gore, Prisoners of War and Fighting Crime With Abortion

Editors of The Nation, may we have a quick word? You see, we enjoy sleeping at night. But sometimes we... More

Playing the Numbers

There are myriad obstacles -- laziness, time constraints, or an inability to see the forest through the trees -- that... More

Oops! Those Pesky Details Again …

Make your way to the White House fact sheet released after the president's press conference last Thursday night, and you'll... More

Runaway Network Exec Kidnaps News

Last Friday, we learned that new CNN president Jonathan Klein "is being welcomed as a hero within CNN" because "ratings... More

No Nickel & Dime Stories Here

While the media Big Feet have been two-stepping all over the ethics problems of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, readers... More

The News You Want, and the News You’re Given

It's increasingly Google's world -- we're just living in it. According to Cyberjournalist (linking to an article in the New... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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