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June 2005

Pulling the Rug Out

Kenneth Tomlinson, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's chair, has deservedly taken plenty of heat over the last several months for... More

Journo Hoax Works a Little Too Well

Apparently unaware that April Fool's Day was 13 weeks ago, the Kansas City alternative weekly The Pitch caused an uproar... More

O’Reilly Solves Holloway Case

Last week, after spending the day watching sixteen hours of cable news, we observed that Fox News sought to make... More

Dodging the FEC and Relishing the Thought of Jailed Reporters

The Federal Election Commission is holding hearings on whether or not to regulate bloggers, which has given Greg at The... More

The Interview That Keeps On Giving

Another speech from President Bush on the War on Terror, five more references to 9/11, and another opportunity for politicians... More

Who Were Those Masked Men?

Six-year-old Charlee Liebers was among the "war protesters" gathered yesterday afternoon near Fort Bragg, the site of President Bush's speech... More

The Mercury News Stirs Up a Hornets’ Nest - Readers

We all know that online newspapers are giving print pubs a run for their money these days. After all, how... More

�Best Speech Ever� or �Root Canal�?

"Best Speech Ever." "Excellent Speech." "Clear, confident, substantive." "[N]othing new...inaccurate." "Ho hum." "[A]bout as enjoyable as a root canal." We'll... More

NBC Flogs a Lame Horse

Surely CJR Daily was not alone this week in our perhaps child-like hope that Cruise v. Lauer was, as Dick... More

The Times Falls Short in Philly

Starting this fall, Philadelphia public schools will require all entering high school freshmen to take a course in African-American history.... More

Sharks Circling Network News Directors

Are we on the precipice of our second "Summer of the Shark" of the 21st century? In 2001, Time announced... More

TV Medical Reporters - Puppets and Pros

Many of the people who deliver weather forecasts on TV news are certified by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and... More

Abe Lincoln, a Terrorist in Training and, Yes, Jennifer Wilbanks

Head over to The New Yorker's Web site and you'll see that Nancy Franklin's latest covers ABC's upcoming "limited series"... More

Editorials Misread Supreme Court

Controversial Supreme Court opinions always inspire a great flurry of Sunday morning editorials, and so it was with Kelo v.... More

Wingnuts to the Right of Us, Wingnuts to the Left of Us

The political left has long decried the partisan hackery of conservative talk radio as little more than a group of... More

Another Pew Survey and a New Brain Drain

Think you might be a liberaltarian? The Locust Fork has a list of ten beliefs that might mean you are.... More

John Harris on Which Politicians the Press Likes, Clinton’s Legacy and Why the Lewinsky Scandal Was a Drag

John F. Harris John F. Harris, national staff writer for the Washington Post, is the author of the recent... More

CNN Blows Non-Story

As we all know, CNN likes to give non-stories prominent placement on its Web site -- at the moment, for... More

“Capital Gang” Goes the Way of “Crossfire”

And you complain that we never bear good news. After 16 years, CNN is pulling the plug on "Capital Gang,"... More

Everybody Hates a Winner

For years now, the Southside Chicago White Sox have played second fiddle to the Northside Cubs. In good years and... More

Lotts of Coverage, But For Whom?

Today's Washington Times featured an article suggesting that Democratic Senator Richard Durbin's recent comparison of guards at Guantamano prison to... More

Taxing Logic

It's gone largely unnoticed by the national media that key Senate players are progressing toward a compromise on the estate... More

Dumbing It Down Takes Some Smarts

If you've seen the movie "Philadelphia", you probably remember Denzel's trademark line: "Explain it to me like I'm a six-year-old."... More

Polarization Update: A Flag-burning Amendment and Karl Rove as Vampire

You know that we're gearing up for another round of mid-term Congressional elections when someone rolls out another bill calling... More

Giant Popsicle As Rorschach Blot

Want to understand the fundamental difference between the New York Times and the New York Post? Ignore the political differences,... More

Sixteen Hours in the Life of Cable News

In the college cult classic "PCU," Droz, the wise fifth-year senior played by Jeremy Piven, is showing a visiting high... More

Shrill Democrats and Shy Republicans

It's finally happened. One week after Senator Dick Durbin on the Senate floor compared treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay... More

Nothing Fresh In This Aisle

On the heels of Father's Day, the Health & Fitness section of yesterday's New York Times featured a not-so-revelatory story... More

Who’s on First? More Important, Who Cares?

A small, oddly friendly flap has been brewing between The Nation's Washington correspondent David Corn and the Washington Post's Michael... More

Training Young Christians, Disillusioned Older Christians - and CNN

Hanna Rosin's New Yorker piece on Patrick Henry College, which "trains young Christians to be politicians," is a piece of... More

In Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel Flies Close to the Ground

By Samantha Henig Saturday marked the end of a seven-part series in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looking at Milwaukee's school... More

Presenting Fact as Hearsay

Back in 1994, President Bush's controversial appointee to the United Nations, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, stated at the Global... More

Slim Pickings on the Missing White Woman Beat

Slow news days sometimes lead editors to grasp for a story that ... just ... isn't ... there. We're speculating,... More

Michael Smith - He’s Everywhere!

While speculation about the authenticity of the Downing Street memo(s) has been bubbling on the Internet for several days, Captain's... More

Open Door, Watch House Fill with Flies

Admittedly, we're a little late in commenting on the Los Angeles Times' Wikitorial experiment. Our excuse is that we never... More

Rebecca MacKinnon, Pretend Tourist No More

Rebecca MacKinnon Rebecca MacKinnon is a research fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. For... More

Lo, a White Horse Appears for Public Broadcasting

The debate over the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its chair Kenneth Tomlinson seems to have taken yet another turn... More

The Power of the Written Word

Pressure is building on the White House to devise an exit strategy for Iraq, and new polls show that public... More

It’s Friday Afternoon

In the most stunning example of the disintegration of the barrier between news and entertainment since Sean Penn went to... More

For the Record

Last Tuesday, we reported on an item posted on Radar magazine's Web site alleging that Reader's Digest cut a sweetheart... More

Banding Together for Mukhtaran Bibi

In Psych 101, we learned that when there is an emergency, it's not enough to yell "Somebody please get help!"... More

Hey, This Reporting Stuff is Easy!

The latest example of "Your Tax Dollars at Work" comes to us via the Chicago Tribune, which reports today that... More

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

The sin of omission is a cardinal one among reporters, yet, for a hundred different reasons, every day we run... More

Peeved President or Master Fund-Raiser?

President Bush went on a whirlwind money-making extravaganza yesterday, first raising $1.5 million at a fundraiser in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania,... More

Riding a Wave of Contempt

The Michael Jackson acquittal provides a golden opportunity to consider the phenomenon that is Nancy Grace. Grace, who has enjoyed... More

The Times Takes a Baby Step

In a little 354-word item tucked away on page A21 of this morning's New York Times, we get an update... More

Downing Street Memo Sneaks Into Michael Jackson Coverage Marathon; Earthquake Picks Wrong Spot

There's no shortage of blog commentary on Jacko. Frankly, we'd like to pretend like the whole thing never happened --... More

Risky Business

Note: This post has been substantially updated in a subsequent note from CJR Daily's editor. They get the money. They... More

No-Win “Situation”

"The Situation With Tucker Carlson," the first show developed at MSNBC under new president Rick Kaplan, debuted last night. And... More

Gitmo, Families at War, and Chasing the �Bubba� Vote

Leaping into the Guantanamo story, Time devotes its cover feature to a secret interrogation log of the man known inside... More

Joan Felt (gasp!) Was Once Young and Restless!

Pack journalists are often criticized for flogging a story of only marginal importance until it finally collapses of its own... More

Do You Know What Your Kid Is Learning?

A study released on Friday found that U.S. newspapers fail to pay attention to issues surrounding early childhood education. Commissioned... More

Going Beneath the Surface of Image — and of Business

David Carr, one of a platoon of media writers at the New York Times, today brings us an enlightening profile... More


In the escalating scramble of newspapers adapting to the rise of the Internet and blogs, the Los Angeles Times yesterday... More

Those “S” Rivers All Sound the Same, Ya Know

The current edition of Time magazine features a story whose headline screams "Are These Towers Safe?" Accompanying the story about... More

Jerry Kang on TV News, Viruses and the Public Interest

Jerry Kang Jerry Kang is a law professor at UCLA, who lectures and writes about civil procedure, race and... More

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

In the aftermath of this week's get-together between Tony Blair and President Bush, it was widely reported (by the AP,... More

When Stenography Kicks In

A 20-minute, mid-week, non-election year speech by a sitting president isn't always a newsmaker. Nonetheless, teams of road-weary reporters are... More

Mommas, Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Journalists

The latest embarrassment to the political press began harmlessly enough when Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Party... More

Timing Is Everything

We don't much get into the economics of publishing here at CJR Daily World Headquarters -- our job is to... More

A Wise Steward Bows Out

The best segment we've seen lately on the "Jim Lehrer News Hour" was an interview with Michael Getler, the Washington... More

At Last: Problems You Don’t Have!

Looking for a little schadenfreude-style self-esteem boost? Look no further than the brand new Thursday Styles section in the New... More

Printing Charges Versus Finding News

As the government wound up its eight-month racketeering trial against the tobacco industry, Justice Department lawyers surprised everyone by announcing... More

Rewriting Science and Rewriting History

Blogger Chris Mooney credits journalists for sticking it to Scott McClellan in the wake of the publication of "internal White... More

Hard Day on the Rim

Imagine you're a frustrated copy editor. A lot of your peers really enjoy their work at the copy desk, but... More

The Not-So-Swift Records for Truth

At the end of last August, CJR Daily first offered a verdict on the Kerry-in-Vietnam kerfuffle kept alive by the... More

Why Are All Those Young’uns Wearing Earphones?

Just when you thought the iPod beat was all but played out, the Washington Post adds another piece to the... More

It’s Called: Pick Up the Phone and Ask Questions

When last we visited Toledo, all that was missing was about $13 million of $50 million in workers' compensation funds,... More

We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

It's been a bad morning for John Cole. "Sometimes I wake up and read the papers and just want to... More

Downing Street Memo - a Slow Fire Shows Flickers of Life

Given the number of fluff pieces running in major newspapers and on television news, it's exasperating to watch a story... More

Still Crazy, After All These Years

Some days, reporters ought to just forego their paychecks; the fruit is hanging so low it practically falls into their... More

Atlantic Runs Worst-Case Scenario, Patents Run Amok, Hersh Runs With Kissinger

Why is it that the Atlantic these days often seems like the highbrow equivalent of local TV news? On your... More

The Other Nuclear Option

Every once in a while, it's worth taking note of the subtle -- but important -- consequences of shrinking news... More

CNN Stuns U.S. With Actual News

Last week, during CNN's 25th anniversary celebration, CJR Daily took the network to task for shortchanging international news. As we... More

Tomlinson Shows His Hand

Some silver-tongued orators skilled at the art of public discourse can spin a shaky or unsupported argument into rhetorical silk,... More

Watergate: More Shakespearian Than Pakulian

Our attention has been called to a substantive Albany Times-Union piece by reporter Brendan Lyons, in which retired FBI agent... More

Chewing On and Spitting Out Amnesty International, Howard Dean, Ken Mehlman

Happy Monday to all you good folks out there on the Internets. Our favorite voice of moderation in the blogosphere... More

Two Times and a Journal Look at Class in America

Each for its own reasons, three of our major newspapers decided within months, and even days, of one another to... More

Kevin Smokler on New Forms, New Forums, New Writers, New Readers

Kevin Smokler In June, 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts released a report titled "Reading at Risk" that... More

CNN: Amnesia at Age 25

CNN turned 25 this month, and over the past week it has been throwing itself a party. Part of the... More

Suffer the Little Children …

If you're the sort of media junkie we are, you're probably checking in with Jim Romenesko's column more often than... More

Examining a Dinosaur Trapped in the Tar Pits

It's no secret that media outlets of all stripes are mulling over new distribution strategies. CNN recently began putting video... More

Slow Day Numbs Bloggers

We're starting off today with an issue most political bloggers -- and journalists -- might want to pay more attention... More

Keeping It Brief on Michael’s Briefs

Okay, time to confess. (If Mark Felt -- or his lawyer, or his family -- can do it, so can... More

Journalism’s Defining Moment Falls Flat with ‘Citizen Journalists’

In response to the unmasking of Deep Throat, the anonymous informant who exposed the Watergate break-ins to Washington Post reporters... More

Mythic Figures Dissolve, Mortal Men Emerge

For once, we agree with Washington Post chief ruminator Hank Stuever: On one level, it's kind of depressing to know... More

Mr. Felt, Take a Bow

We usually reserve our tips of the hat for reporters who have pulled off first-rate examples of journalism with teeth,... 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”


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