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July 2005

Larry Kramer on, Transparency, and Having 1,500 Employees for a Web Site

Larry Kramer Larry Kramer spent more than twenty years as a reporter and editor for such papers as the... More

Flip, Flop, Flip

The big news this morning from Capitol Hill was Sen. Bill Frist's announcement that he is breaking with the president... More

Larry David Hijacks the News

It's simply amazing -- seven years after the last episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC, the show's content is still... More

Adios, Mr. Roberts. Back to Plame, London - and Pantsuits

After forfeiting a week attempting to dig up dirt on John Roberts (some are still trying; his smile is just... More

Let’s See - Two Plus Three Is More Than One Plus One?

The New York Times has a rather breathless story splashed across the front of its House & Home section today... More

John Madden Infiltrates Fox News!

Late this morning Fox News brought on military analyst retired Major General Bob Scales to update viewers on the War... More

Hillary’s Call for Unity Incites Lefty Invective

Who knew that a call for unity within the Democratic Party could cause such a stir? We sort of thought... More

Time’s “Minor Wrinkle” Is the New York Post’s Mountain Range

Those who turn first to the New York Post for their PlameGate news can be excused for feeling confused (or... More

Bubble Stories

Yesterday the National Association of Realtors released a report stating, "Existing-home sales surpassed market expectations and reached another record in... More

Jude Law, Judge Roberts and a Fashion Statement

It's News of the Week word association time. We say "Law" and you think first -- admit it -- of... More

Hanging Tough in Pensacola

It all began when Mark O'Brien, a columnist at the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, told his readers that Pensacola was... More

Fox News: All Terror, All the Time

Cable news is known for its bias toward conflict and sensationalism. There's nothing that gets viewers to tune in more... More

Judge Roberts? Yawn. Stephanie Klein? Yowza!

Many political bloggers have pulled out their chisels, eager to pick apart the record of Judge John Roberts -- or... More

John Carroll on Winning Pulitzers While Losing Circulation, and the Future of Corporate News Outlets

John Carroll On Wednesday, Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll announced he was stepping down, effective August 15, and... More

When the Ruler of a Golden-Domed State House Takes a Trip Down Below

Sometimes all it takes is one simple question to unearth a fun, juicy story. Such was the case at a... More

Drama Queen in Darfur

Yesterday, as we noted in the blog report, Sudanese government officials threw a fit when U.S. reporters accompanying Secretary of... More

Hooked on Ebonics

Reading the San Bernadino County Sun on Sunday, you might have thought for a second that something big was going... More

A Tale of Two Editors

Cleveland Scene, a weekly owned by the New Times Newspapers, yesterday graced its readers with two fascinating stories. One is... More

Christopher Hitchens, Condi Rice - and Tom Cruise

It's a red-letter day here at CJR Daily. This is only our sixth reference to Tom Cruise in our short... More

A Medical Story Gone Awry

Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory for Mifepristone, the abortion pill commonly known as RU-486,... More

Rural Legend Bumps into Fact, Survives

A couple weeks ago, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report shooting down a longtime Rural Legend -- and... More

It’s Clement! No, It’s Roberts! No, It’s a Mariachi Band!

What's a Cable News Talking Head to do when he has spent all afternoon on air next to a blow-up... More

Supreme Court Edition!

The blogs were quick out of the box this morning in parsing President Bush's choice of John Roberts to fill... More

And the Fight Goes On …

On Friday, in another skirmish with respectability, bloggers potentially took one between the eyes in their quest to be granted... More

Rove, Rove, Rove - and Tom Cruise

If the daily ins and outs of the CIA leak saga have been making you dizzy -- so Cooper learned... More

A Fifty Percent Chance of News

"It Could Rain This Morning." "The Red Sox Could Win Tonight." "Bush Could Name Nominee As Early As Today." Helpful... More

Citizen Journalism or a Message Board?

Two weeks ago we set out some guidelines for distinguishing between "participatory journalists," who send information and photos in to... More

Dancing as Fast as They Can

Given that it's the home of so many avid partisans, if there's one thing the blogosphere is good at, it's... More

Andrew Marshall on Security in Iraq, Relying on Iraqi Staff, and Turning a Baghdad Bureau Into a Bunker

Andrew Marshall Andrew Marshall served as Reuters' Iraq bureau chief, based in Baghdad, from August 2003 until June 2005.... More

Is It News? Or Is It Entertainment? Or Is It Bor-ring?

We here at CJR Daily love a challenge. Go ahead and try us. Challenge us to a softball game, why... More

The List Game

On, one would have thought that surely this week's inventory of the 100 best places to live would top... More

Getting It Wrong on the Dead and the Dying

While her husband deals with the revolving Supreme Court and the loose lips of his closest political strategist in Washington... More

Remember the Alamo?

While the summer is usually considered a sleepy time in official circles in Washington, DC, the political and journalistic passions... More

Good Press, Bad Press

It's become a popular mantra recently that the press is losing credibility with the American people. But from a survey... More

CBS Grows Brain, Kenny Rogers Takes Train to Nowhere

A few months ago all we heard in the media world was CBS this and CBS that. Then Dan Rather... More

Reporters, Bored, Manufacture Marital Discord

If you believe what you read in the news, Laura Bush on Tuesday made an urgent, public plea to her... More

Getting it Half Right

At Monday's Senate Appropriations Subcommittee meeting exploring funding for public broadcasting, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced that the Corporation for... More

Deficit Bloggers Dismayed No One is Dancing in the Streets

Today came news that the federal budget deficit is on the decline. Why's that? Increased tax revenue. And suddenly, everyone's... More

Doug Clifton on What He Said and What He Meant

Doug Clifton Doug Clifton has been a reporter at the Miami Herald, deputy chief of Knight Ridder's Washington bureau,... More

CNN: “We Decide, You Do a Doubletake”

On any given day, you're bound to see something on cable news that boggles the mind. (And we're not talking... More

The Gaggle Snaps Awake

After watching yesterday's White House press briefings, in which reporters hammered Scott McClellan for refusing to answer questions about Karl... More

Cooper, Miller, Pearlstine, Fitzgerald, Hogan, Rove — and Kiss Your Pension Goodbye

The big news in magazines this week, of course, is Newsweek's bombshell that Karl Rove was the guy who told... More

Pumping Up Gas Prices

Feeling the squeeze at the pump? Today the Associated Press confirms your fears! The headline? "Pump prices surge to record... More

Tomlinson Expands Witch Hunt

Looks like everyone's favorite bureaucrat, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, is hiring yet more consultants in an effort to try and refashion... More

Damn! Nobody Dead, Nobody Injured

The weather is on the mind of the blogosphere this morning. Or rather, the lack of weather. Near Orlando, Tom... More

And a Silence Fell Across the Land

We now have in hand the first evidence from the heartland -- where, lest we forget, most journalism is committed... More

Citizens, Participants and Reporters

On Monday, the New York Times ran an article about the rise of participatory, or "citizen," journalism. The piece led... More

Not So Fast, Mr. Fitzgerald

As a rule, reporters prefer to cover court cases, not argue them. So it was disturbing to see portions of... More

Fitting Bias Into Its Proper Slot

When media critics and radio talk show hosts screech about "bias," they're almost always talking about the ideological kind. The... More

Critiquing Judith Miller’s Courtroom Attire

From a Robin Givhan review in the Washington Post of Judith Miller's sentencing-day attire: Miller looked like she was dashing... More

Los Angeles Times Dumps Puck Into the Corner

This post has been updated to take into account the fact that the information the Times presented was factually... More

The Tale of Dog Poop Girl Is Not So Funny After All

Congressional efforts to create a federal shield law for journalists have raised, not for the first time, the question of... More

With Miller Behind Bars, the Knives Come Out

With Judy in jail -- a development that yesterday left even Wonkette "sort [of] out of glib right now" --... More

A Tale of Two Reporters

In a dramatic turnabout worthy of Hollywood, Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper has decided to testify about his source to... More

McDonald’s Fries Reporters

Yesterday, McDonald's announced that it was beginning the search for a fashion house to redesign its employees' uniforms. And, like... More

A New Way to Measure Judges

On the Op-Ed page of the New York Times today, Paul Gewirtz and Chad Golder bring some clarity to the... More

A Press Pretending to Be Invisible

Last week, this reporter wrote a story for the New York Times about the marketing machinations behind the novel The... More

Truth and Fantasy

We are well into a cultural moment where the concept of "journalism," at least in the minds of the blog-reading... More

Don’t Give Your Dog Your Pot

In all of the hubbub over medical marijuana rulings last month, it seems one question was grossly overlooked: What about... More

Summer Reading to Keep You Slim

Looking for a light summer read? An "important book," maybe, but also "a funny book, in a lot of parts"?... More

Media Speculate That Media Will … Speculate!

The headline on Elisabeth Bumiller's New York Times piece yesterday read as follows: "Bush's Decision: Speculation on Contenders Begins Despite... More

Newsweek Recommends No Sex for Time

Last week Time magazine's editor-in-chief, Norman Pearlstine, announced that he was turning over reporter Matthew Cooper's confidential notes to federal... More

A Bad Thing Goes Down at Time Inc.

When Norman Pearlstine, the lawyer who serves as Time Inc.'s editor-in-chief, parted company with his peers yesterday in deciding to... More

Matt Bai on Juvenile Bloggers, Political Reporters Who Hate Politics, and Why Reporters Shouldn’t Go On Cable

Matt Bai Matt Bai is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, for whom he covered the... More

Welcome to Chicago: Bam! Smash! Crash! Die!

The Chicago Tribune's Web site appears to be doing everything in its power to grind the city's tourism industry to... More

Framed Again

There are as many ways to skew a story as there are letters in the alphabet. The day-to-day stuff --... More

Forgetful Fox Races to Print

Most journalists came to work today thinking it'd be a nice, slow Friday before the holiday weekend. And then, out... 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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