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October 2005

Martha Libby?

The Martha Stewart brand has something for seemingly every time of the year, from Thanksgiving morning, to Christmas eve to,... More

On Bad News and Good News From Iraq

In the flow of bad news engulfing the Bush administration last week was the coincidental fact that the 2,000th military... More

Ryan Lizza Cleans Up After the Post

There have been some curious goings on with a Barton Gellman piece published in the Washington Post yesterday. First, the... More

Alito, Scalito

In a sure sign that the universe may be righting itself after a couple weeks during which the White House... More

Connecticut - It’s a Strange and Wondrous Place

In its stories filed from the American hinterlands beyond New York or Washington, the New York Times can take on... More

We Were Wrong; An Apology to Russert and to NBC

Yesterday CJR Daily incorrectly reported that Tim Russert failed to address his own role in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby case... More

Silent Elephant Appears on “Meet the Press”

Correction: This piece has been retracted and corrected in a subsequent note from the editor. CJR Daily apologizes to the... More

Elizabeth Spiers on Book Deals, Blogger Firings, and Updating Her Judy Miller Halloween Costume

Elizabeth Spiers Elizabeth Spiers, who is leaving her job as editor-in-chief of Mediabistro on November 1, is working on... More

Stubbornly Clinging to “Stubborn” Storyline

Five years into George W. Bush's presidency, the popular imagination has seized on a simple narrative about the president's character.... More

AP’s Overexposure

Janet Jackson can't catch a break. Last week brought a wave of stories after a former brother-in-law accused her of... More

Rove is Dead; Long Live Rove!

If you're wondering whether special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald might still be going after Karl Rove, our nation's papers aren't going... More

Investment Coverage That Doesn’t Add Up

If you were going to write an article attributing a certain characteristic to roughly half the world's population -- say,... More

So That’s Why Our Head Aches

In what may (or may not) become a CJR Daily regular feature, we hereby announce our first-ever Favorite Sentence of... More

Fascism, Fascism Everywhere, and No One Stops to Think

Opinion journalism, by dint of its inherent subjectivity, has the luxury of being able to separate itself from reality when... More

Trying to Turn a Pumpkin Into a Carriage

If you thought it'd be cool to get a big old traditional pumpkin for your kid to carve this Halloween,... More

Good Night and Good Luck, Harriet

Texas may have been "blessed" with a Governor George W. Bush, but this country will never, we learned this morning,... More

When a Number Isn’t Just a Number - and When It Is

Yesterday's announcement of the 2,000th military casualty in Iraq brought with it the predictable news accounts of the number. And... More

Exciting News That’s Only Three Years Old!

The blogosphere was humming earlier this week about the New Yorker's profile (not available online) of Brent Scowcroft, former Ford... More

Poll Vaults Hypothetical, Slams Into Wall of Insignificance

When it comes to reporting on American presidential elections, news organizations are currently slogging through a less than thrilling part... More

With This Blog, I Thee Read

Inspired by President Bush's charming and no doubt spontaneous mention of his 28th wedding anniversary in a speech at the... More

Important, If True

Whenever we encounter Ron Fournier's byline, we know that more often than not we will be treated to some fortune-telling... More

Up! Down! Neither! Both!

Is the tank of gas half empty? Or is the tank of gas half full? The answer to that question... More

New York Times Does Its New York Post Imitation

The New York media world is a small one, full of the sort of scheming, intrigue and exquisitely self-serving political... More

Getting It Right on Rosa Parks

There's probably no civil rights figure whose story was more clouded by myth. Rosa Parks, who died yesterday, has been... More

The Backlash Begins

Nicholas Kristof and John Tierney of the New York Times seem to have written variants of the same column today.... More

Iraq, Judy Miller and Iraq

The Weekly Standard, to its credit, has agonized over the war in Iraq like few other overtly partisan magazines. While... More

AP Gets Kidnapped

It's not surprising that harried Associated Press reporters, tasked with delivering news bulletins as often as news stories, often fall... More

So It Begins: Outsourcing the Newsroom

In the face of continued economic pressures, the San Jose Mercury News announced Friday that it is shutting down two... More

Crystal Ball Journalism

While we all wait for special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to announce the outcome of his investigation into who leaked Valerie... More

The Rebirth of Body Counts

During the war in Vietnam, one of the signs that the government wasn't leveling with the public was the exaggerated... More

How Did Judy Miller Become an Overnight Pariah?

Bob Bennett, Judy Miller's lawyer, is asking in seeming bewilderment why the staff of the New York Times seems to... More

The Technical Term For It Is “Big Fat Lie”

Yesterday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas floated a pre-emptive defense... More

Michael Kirk on Torture, “Frontline” and Rumsfeld

Mike Kirk Last Tuesday, the much-acclaimed PBS show "Frontline" debuted a new documentary, "The Question of Torture," which took... More

Bill Keller Opens a Discussion

Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, has posted an extraordinary mea culpa on Jim Romenesko's Web site... More

Some People Are Racist

The lead story of ABC News' "Primetime" last night was an expose of what it calls "the Olsen twins of... More

Who’s at the Wheel of Your Local Paper?

It's always discouraging to run across a news conglomerate that force-feeds commentary to its many local outlets, which then run... More

Very Hidden

For all of you who think that USA Today is incapable of hard-hitting cultural reporting -- and you know who... More

She’s Ba-aack

It seems like just yesterday that Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz noted of the post-Hurricane Katrina news coverage, "Suddenly,... More

We’re All in the “No-Spine Zone” Now

From a media critic's perspective, what could be more promising -- Thursday Styles aside -- than television news personalities interviewing... More

Fitzmas Frenzy

As we enter "Fitzmas" Season -- yes, that's the word mostly lefty bloggers are using to describe the early Christmas... More

The Bird Flu Walkback Begins

On Tuesday, the Toronto Star led off a front-page story, headlined "Flu pandemic 'catastrophe' for Canada," with these words: A... More

Here’s an Idea: Wait for a Vote

Yesterday, the White House handed out to reporters a Texans United for Life survey completed by Harriet Miers in 1989... More

Saddam Hussein? Or Body Double?

All eyes today were on a courtroom in Baghdad where behind a barrier of white metal bars sat Saddam Hussein,... More

And a New Contender Emerges …

There are all sorts of reasons why sources request anonymity when talking with reporters. Some are whistleblowers afraid of retribution.... More

A Tale of Living Life Below the Line

Being a media critic is a sweet gig. But it's deceptively easy, while traversing the byways of countless news sites... More

Hurricane Aaron Still Blowing

It wasn't long ago, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, that Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard seemed like the last... More

It’s Not Just What You Know, It’s How You Know

If sometimes it seems like pundits and politicians can see what they want to when looking at Iraq, either fledgling... More

Haven’t We Seen This Before?

On last night's somewhat lackluster edition of PBS's "News Hour with Jim Lehrer," Lehrer discussed with guest Alex Jones what... More

Trend-Spotting Men, Leading Women, and (the End of?) the Roving Reporter

Like doing math and selling magazines, capturing the zeitgeist is hard. But week in and week out, the newsweeklies must... More

Drawing Back the Curtain on One Miers Mystery

For weeks, Washington watchers have been obsessing about an October 5 declaration by James Dobson, a radio pundit and founder... More

Clich├ęs Are in the Saddle and Ride Mankind

As Martin Amis once wrote in his review of Michael Crichton's book, The Lost World, in the jungle of the... More

Running Amok With “Miss Run Amok”

The 6,000 words that the New York Times devoted yesterday to explaining (if that's the word) Judith Miller's involvement in... More

The Times Gives Us a Modified, Limited Hangout

Take a stroll down memory lane, back to this immortal dialogue from the Watergate tapes of a March 1973 meeting... More

Anders Gyllenhaal On A Big Redesign, ‘Lost’ Readers, and Finding New Ones

Anders Gyllenhaal Anders Gyllenhaal is the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which unveiled a major redesign of its... More

At AP, It Seems to Be Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Bias warriors on the right as well as the left look for any opening -- however small -- to smash... More

When is it Miller Time?

In an atmospheric and intuitive article given prominent play on page one today, New York Times reporter Richard W. Stevenson... More

Panda Press Misses Not a Detail

Yesterday, the Washington Post broke some dreadful news, the ultimate ramifications of which -- as of press time -- were... More

Craig Crawford Wags the Dog

While many critics of the contemporary media claim that reporters all carry within them the unrepentant virus known as "bias,"... More

Preposterous Speculation or Conventional Wisdom?

The Judith Miller saga moved one step closer to some sort of resolution yesterday when federal district judge Thomas Hogan... More

Waaaah! Why Isn’t There a New York Times Styles Section Every Day of the Week?

For a journo-scold with daily deadlines, like ourself, the New York Times Thursday Styles section is truly a gift that... More

AP Still Wishing for 2008

We thought the Associated Press was jumping the gun with its Scandinavian non-scoops about who might run for U.S. president... More

The Times-Picayune Undresses a Blowhard

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard leapt into the white-hot media arena and became one... More

Blogs Report on Post Report on Blogs

The Washington Post tackles blogdom today with a front-page story examining the widespread use of the medium "to chronicle intensely... More

There’s Something About Northern Europe

Why is it that U.S. politicians go to Scandinavia to tell (or to not tell) the Associated Press about their... More

Christian Science Monitor Discovers the Internet

These days, everywhere you look, the news is full of dire economic indicators. High gas prices. Huge heating cost increases.... More

Haberman Fouls Out

Pity the poor writer on the day after his hometown team is expelled from the playoffs. Some, like the Boston... More

Who Gets What

Maybe it isn't just self-promotion driving the "Today Show's" heroic house-building efforts. Maybe NBC honchos heard ratings-savvy voices telling them,... More

Miers: The Piling On Continues

As the Miers brouhaha continues to swirl around the nation's capital, all things Harriet have exploded onto the pages of... More

What is John Bolton Up To at the United Nations?

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you'll have to get out your magnifying glass today to find... More

Journalism in Camouflage

If you're going to criticize the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq for the editorial page of the... More

Parsing the Nominee By Second-Hand Means

Wonkette is probably right today to wonder what it says about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers that "her strongest proponent... More

QuagMiers Break Out Everywhere

It's a dreary Monday -- a perfect time in the blogosphere to pick up where last week's debate left off... More

David House on Post-Publication Fact-Checking and Deterring Plagiarism

David House In March of 2004, the editors at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced that they would begin implementing... More

Again, Underreporting from Africa

Six sub-Saharan Africans died yesterday while trying to enter Spanish territory on the northern border of Morocco -- the latest... More

Got Any Specifics, Guys?

President Bush's speech yesterday to the National Endowment for Democracy was billed as a major foreign policy pronouncement on the... More

Gore Takes a Shot

In the public sphere of ideas that the media is supposed to represent, there is -- and has been for... More

More Entanglements for the Times

Newspapers are seldom comfortable, or entirely forthcoming, when events call for them to write about themselves -- witness almost any... More

How to Set Off a Frenzy With Three Words

A corporation sent out an email out yesterday, a cryptic invitation to an October 12 press conference which contained only... More

AP Gets Blown Away

Sometimes a little coverage is worse than no coverage at all. So it is today with an Associated Press story... More

Information Wants to Be - Not So Free?

One glance at the "most emailed articles" list on the New York Times Web site is enough to see what... More

Digging Past the Conventional Story Line

Journalists, being the self-obsessed group that they are, sometimes stretch a story that has little to do with the media... More

Man Pokes Stick at Dog Behind Fence; Dog Eats Stick

On Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly devoted a portion of Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" to discussing the subject of dangerous, partisan... More

Keeping the Focus Where It Should Be

President Bush yesterday raised the possibility that the U.S. military should be used to quarantine parts of the country if... More

From the Left, From the Right, Bloggers Whack Bush Around

Yesterday at a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Bush answered questions about his nomination of Harriet Miers to... More

Be Still, Our Heart

President Bush's Rose Garden defense of Harriet Miers yesterday hinged on his personal acquaintance with a critical piece of her... More

Bernard-Henri Levy Is Here to Save Us From Ourselves

That the American media and its many critics have been involved in a bare-knuckled brawl over the idea of "objectivity"... More

We Knew That

We came across a story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel today, headlined "Katrina may have been a Category 3 hurricane,... More

Auletta’s Opus, and Warring Novelists

Ken Auletta's profile of the Los Angeles Times in this week's New Yorker offers some insight into what went wrong... More

Let Them Eat Polenta

Pity the reporter covering an administration notoriously stingy with information which has just nominated to the Supreme Court a woman... More

The Times Promises to Come Clean - Any Day Now

From the much-anticipated New York Times story on the return of Judy Miller to the newsroom yesterday, we learn this:... More

2008? Uhhh, Thanks, But We’ll Pass

Every four years, the nation's presidential race consumes more space, time, and energy -- grabbing with each cycle a bigger... More

Harriet Who?

President Bush this morning nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to take the place of Sandra Day O'Connor on our... More

What’s Really Up in Los Angeles?

Times have been tough for newspapers lately. We wrote recently about personnel and budget cuts at some pretty prominent papers:... More

“60 Minutes”: In the Crosshairs Again

Last night on CBS's "60 Minutes," Bob Simon interviewed Elian Gonzalez, who is now 11 years old and living in... More

On 43rd Street, a Strange Silence Grows Louder

Like Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post's media reporter, we were astonished and disappointed to pick up, first, Sunday's New York... 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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