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August 2005

Its City Gone, the Times-Picayune Rises to the Occasion

An enduring tenet of journalism is that, no matter how or where disaster strikes, the paper must get out. That's... More

How Was The, Ummmm, Food, Frank?

When one reads a book review, one hopes for a review of the book. When one reads a film review,... More

Does Class Matter? Does Taste?

On Monday we noted that the press, in reporting on the people left behind in New Orleans, for the most... More

When Good News Trumps Bad News - And Vice Versa

It was somehow fitting that the Census Bureau's latest poverty numbers came out yesterday. After all, on the front page... More

The End of the End of History

Given the carnage that Katrina has wrought on the Gulf Coast region -- and with the situation not at all... More

A Little Transparency, Please

In recent days, Peter Galbraith has become a go-to analyst on Iraq's constitutional squabbles. By his own account, as he... More

Pepto-Bismol, Resurrecting Journalism, and Idol Reporting

Kicking off the countdown to John Roberts' confirmation hearings, the Economist this week examines "the court's delicate balance" on church-state... More

The Cool Thing About Live Coverage Is … It’s Live!

Live television, as anyone will tell you, carries with it a certain amount of risk. In the carefully scripted, image-conscious... More

Fire Ants Eat Citizens, Just Before Toxic Soup Burns City to Ground!

Clearly, New Orleans is in bad shape. As of 2:00 p.m. today, levees were breaking, winds well over 100 mph... More

Math Continues to Befuddle Times

Last week, we noted a couple of examples of the New York Times' inexplicable inability to understand the numbers it... More

Who Are Those People?

As thousands of weary and anxious people streamed into New Orleans' Superdome in advance of Hurricane Katrina yesterday, dragging their... More

Beer and Hurricanes

Last Friday, Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post was one of the few journalists to follow up on a little... More

David Wiegand on Editing Sean Penn, The Actor’s “Masculine” Writing Style, and the Tina Brown-ification of the San Francisco Chronicle

David Wiegand David Wiegand, executive datebook editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, edited -- with input from publisher Phil... More

Trolling for the Next Nail in Journalism’s Coffin

The jailing of Judith Miller by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, and the threat of imprisonment faced by Time's Matthew... More

Brian Williams’ Blog Big Hit with Crucial 11-to-13-Yr Old Demographic

Add Brian Williams' blog to the list of things -- like "girl crushes" -- that didn't exist until the New... More

Maybe We Should Just Read the Jump First

Reporters are notoriously bad with numbers, so much so that "I was promised there would be no math" is a... More

That’s One Big Cheeto - Or Is It?

Travel writing can be a tricky enterprise, balancing editorial independence with the free publicity inherent in shining a spotlight on... More

Friedman Laments News

It's nearly impossible -- nor would it be desirable -- to create some sort of rigid metric by which one... More

Bob Costas, Men in the Delivery Room and Lance Armstrong

It's all about Bob in the blogosphere this morning. A "media mini-revolt" is what the Carpetbagger calls the news that... More

David Adams on the Media Assault on Aruba

David Adams David Adams has been the Latin America Correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times since 1994. He has... More

Putting Words in the Spinmeister’s Mouth

Perusing coverage of the president's break from his five-week Texas vacation this morning (to the White House press corps' delight,... More

Husbands: Hot or Not?

Good thing we braced ourselves. "Husbands a Hot Topic in NY Senate Race," reads the headline on yesterday's Associated Press... More

New College Ratings, Fat Kids, Minutemen and Hugh Hewitt

Washington Monthly, which has long criticized traditional college ranking systems -- see the magazine's takedown of the U.S. News rankings... More

Let’s Report More, Take Credit Less

Journalists love thinking that they can save lives. What could be more purifying, more self-affirming, after days spent wading in... More

Snapshot

The New York Times today prints a list of top monthly magazines and ranks them according to whether the number... More

“Chicago? Umm, No Thanks, We’ll Take Afghanistan.”

Welcome to another Monday in August. President Bush has left behind Crawford, Texas for a brief jaunt through Utah and... More

Anger Management, Breaking Rank and the Fight over Intelligent Design

Mark Cuban -- the, umm, outspoken multi-zillionaire and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks -- is angry. Or maybe he's... More

Keller Versus Posner

Readers of the New York Times' Book Review section could hardly have been surprised yesterday to see that three prominent... More

Gawker on Stealing Jokes, Personal Obsessions as Literary Devices, and Getting Dissed by Maer Roshan

Jessica Coen and Jesse Oxfeld, freelancers and co-editors of Gawker.com, serve up a day-long stream of media-centric and celebrity gossip... More

Fournier Gets Out Crystal Ball, Predicts Many Amazing Things

Political journalists love three things: conflict, a dramatic storyline and something -- anything -- to help the dog days of... More

Saving Perspective for the Editorial Page

Epic drama like this doesn't come around every day. Jews barricaded in a synagogue, many wrapped in prayer shawls, refusing... More

Us? We’re Just Running Around the Field During the Game

During the 2004 presidential campaign, we frequently called the press out for writing stories in which the elephant in the... More

The Pushback and the Payback

For today’s edition of the Blog Report, gentle reader, we feature the as-yet daily musings of one Linda Hirshman, who... More

Death and Politics - and Politics, and Politics

A few weeks ago, we faulted the New York Times for turning a news report on the deaths of two... More

The New York Post Takes One

Arguably the least pleasant of our job requirements is wading through the sensationalist drivel and empty rhetoric that passes for... More

Grumbles about Gas, and Ira Stoll Tries Blogging

It's summertime and the beaches are crowded, the outdoor cafes are packed and It Shines for All is up and... More

HBO and the New York Times Hug It Out

We like the HBO series "Entourage." It's an amusing half-hour of celebrity cameos, jokes at the expense of real and... More

When Numbers That Don’t Exist Make It Into the Story

Sometimes we're accused of harping on the same topic, and we plead guilty with intention. This is one of those... More

A Piece for Every Palate

You needn't be a reporter for The Note to recognize which approach to the "families of fallen soldiers" story the... More

Per Se Can You See? The Times Does

Even more than most Americans, New Yorkers tend to define themselves by reference to cultural touchstones: bands we've heard, books... More

Armchair Shrinks At the Ready

An alert reader points out a story from Sunday's New York Daily News which purports to shed light on what,... More

Hillary, Media Conspiracies and Anderson Cooper All Take a Fall

Mid-term Congressional elections are a little over a year away, folks, and you know what that means: Time for another... More

Ira Glass on Working in Television, Public Radio’s Struggle For Innovation, and Hanging Up On People

Ira Glass Ira Glass is the host and creator of "This American Life," a weekly public radio show produced... More

Reverse Payola in the World of Biceps ‘n Butt Cheeks

There's been some talk over the last few months about a new trend in celebrity journalism -- the practice of... More

You Reading the Same Stories as We Are?

In a story today about anti-war protestors in Crawford, Texas, and their home base, Peace House, USA Today's Oren Dorrell... More

On Sullivan and Blumenthal

Eight months ago, in its December 2004 issue, the Washington Monthly printed a lengthy profile of Bob Novak by Amy... More

Trump, Cuban and Cheney

Fair readers, have you had a chance to check out Donald Trump's blog? Because if you haven't, you're missing out... More

Tracing the Air America Scandal

What do you get when you cross a controversial liberal media outlet, the continuing fingerprints of its former director who... More

Rainbows, Windex and MSNBC

There's a lot of cynicism, self-importance, and preening in the blogosphere, but every once in a while you come across... More

Seeking Catfight, Reporters Find Clich�s

The New York Daily News kicked off the inevitable Hillary Clinton vs. Jeanine Pirro "catfight!" coverage yesterday, reporting under the... More

All War Planning, All the Time?

We were watching yesterday's debut episode of CNN's "The Situation Room" this afternoon, and we couldn't help but notice that... More

The Continuing Story of Iraq

A snapshot from the fighting grunt's life in Iraq: Geostrategy and regional politics are other people's business. At the tactical... More

Google Imposes Blackout On … Google?

What happens when Google itself gets Googled? The apparent answer: it reacts much like any privacy-obsessed corporation would when a... More

Martin Makes a Move

The Federal Communication Commission has been pretty quiet since Kevin Martin took over from the famously bumbling Michael Powell in... More

A Pause for Peter Jennings

Most blogs, regardless of their political stance, are taking a subdued, respectful tone the day after ABC anchor Peter Jennings... More

CNN’s Abbi Tatton and Jacki Schechner on Educating Non-Bloggers, Responding to Critics - and Unmasking Tatton’s Biggest Fan

Abbi Tatton and Jacki Schechner Abbi Tatton and Jacki Schechner have co-hosted the "Inside the Blogs" segment on CNN's... More

If All Else Fails, Fall Back on Common Sense

This past week we've seen a few examples of reporters speaking to sources who were unaware that they were being... More

Time for a Rest, Bob

As you surely know by now, Bob Novak stormed off the set of CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday, after declaring that... More

Tu N’existes Pas

If you're reading this, you probably don't exist. See here. More

Picking on a Hapless Press

Just when we start to feel a little lonesome, we're reminded how many fellow journo-scolds live beside us in the... More

“Deal ‘Em!”

Yesterday, Knight Ridder swapped two of its newspapers -- the Detroit Free Press and the Tallahassee Democrat -- for three... More

“Hey Jailbird - Forget About That Award!”

Throughout the long, torturous and often tedious appeals process waged to try to keep Time's Matt Cooper and the New... More

Current Criticism, Intelligent Design, and Having it All

"The challenge for Current [TV]," we suggested yesterday, "will be to walk the delicate line between cool and worthwhile." According... More

ESPN Bobbles a Grounder

Major League Baseball has received a major league black eye over the past two years concerning steroid use among players.... More

Current Affair

Here's a simple fact: It's tough to be both earnest and cool. Consider Rock the Vote, an organization designed to... More

Once Over Lightly

Watching CNN's "American Morning" today, CJR Daily learned that President Bush had spoken out in favor of teaching intelligent design... More

Katie and Diane, Bill Frist, and a Plea For a New Strategy Against Terror

In The New Yorker, Ken Auletta weighs in with a lengthy consideration of Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and television in... More

Did These Guys Attend the Same Event?

In this business, context and emphasis make all the difference. In that vein, we give a quick once-over today to... More

John Bolton Rises from Grave, Erupts onto Blogosphere

President Bush used a recess appointment this morning to name John Bolton as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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