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November 2005

The Media Fall for Some Savvy Marketing

It’s been almost impossible to ignore the hype surrounding America’s newest post-Thanksgiving shopping milestone, “Cyber Monday.”

Could you feel the buzz, the tingling in your fingers as you clicked on your mouse and punched in your... More

War and Teas

Yes, you've seen Seymour Hersh on television talking about his latest New Yorker piece. No, this does not justify your... More

Gaza’s Greenhouses Get the Times All Steamy

Coverage of post- disengagement farming in Gaza comes up short on the details.

Back in September, when Ariel Sharon disengaged Israel from the Gaza Strip, a lot of people were optimistic that the... More

Ellen Soeteber on Leaving the Post-Dispatch, Changing a Newsroom’s Culture and Covering a “Three-Ring Circus”

Ellen Soeteber, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since January 2001, surprised her newsroom earlier this month by announcing that,... More

Sometimes, the Answer Is the Answer

The New York Observer gives us a Judith Miller article so counterintuitive as to be downright silly.

There's nothing like a smart, well-written piece of counterintuitive journalism to tweak conventional wisdom and call the legions of pundits... More

Ted, We Hardly Knew Ye

With one final Tuesday with Morrie, Ted Koppel ended his 25-year run on "Nightline" last night, and bloggers -- whether... More

Not Covering All the Angles on the Xbox 360

Video games are big business. The release of a major new game system is a story that calls for some digging and tough questions.

Media outlets across the nation have found all sorts of interesting things to say about the rollout of Microsoft's new... More

Howard Kurtz, Piñata

How real is Howard Kurtz’s conflict of interest between his roles at CNN and the Washington Post?

There's little the media likes more than a good, old-fashioned pile-on. In the ongoing and increasingly frustrating MillerPlameCooperLibbyNovakFitzgeraldWoodward story, we... More

Rolling Stone Looks At a PR Kingpin

It’s about time you got to know John Rendon. And thanks to a profile in Rolling Stone, of all places (we can’t remember the last time they broke news like this), we can all become better acquainted with “the man who sold the war.”

It's about time you got to know John Rendon. And thanks to a profile in Rolling Stone, of all places... More

The New York Times Goes Cuckoo for Google

These days, you don’t have to look far to find a member of the business press with Google on his lips and pompoms in his hands.

Yesterday, writing in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times, Roger Lowenstein criticized a newly published book called... More

Press Conference Exit Strategies

As President Bush wraps up a four-country, weeklong trip to Asia today, the Washington Post notes "the trip has produced... More

Little Stories About a Big Company: Wal-Mart

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart has received a lot of press lately -- and so it should. What makes better copy than stories... More

Allan M. Jalon on the Future of Arts Journalism and Cuts at the Los Angeles Times

Allan M. Jalon was formerly on staff at the Detroit Free Press and the Los Angeles Times. He is a... More

Wen Ho Lee: The Next Patrick Fitzgerald?

It's been quite a week for Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus. On Wednesday, he was again sucked into the "Scooter"... More

An Open Letter from Knight Ridder Alumni

The following is an open letter to the management of Knight Ridder, signed by more than 50 former employees of... More

Introducing The Audit

You have just logged on to the latest iteration of CJR Daily, a real-time critique of daily journalism, which operates... More

Plenty of Access, No Intelligence

With the Bush administration back in campaign mode, we were hoping that the White House press corps would not also... More

All for Torture, and Torture for All!

This past weekend, U.S. troops uncovered a bunker's worth of detainees in the basement of a government building outside of... More

A Lot of Hot Air

The business press has uncovered yet another potentially catastrophic economic trend. This time it's private equity firms, which are flush... More

Another Retrenching by the Times

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times announced it was ending its two-year-old Outdoors section to cut costs. Editor Dean Baquet... More

Incendiary Musings

After about a week of denying Italian state television claims that the U.S. military used white phosphorous against insurgents in... More

The Biz Pages: Bedtime Reading

The staff at CJR Daily really isn't a bunch of misanthropic curmudgeons bent on making journalists feel bad. Indeed, we... More

Dropping the (Soccer) Ball

CJR Daily frequently laments the state of the morning network news shows. And just when we think these shows have... More

Chopping Woodward

The blogosphere is reeling with the surprise news that Bob Woodward is now implicated in the Valerie Plame affair --... More

Doomsday - or Not?

One of these days the Audit is going to post a list of the 100 worst habits of the American... More

Very Hidden

Paging all political scientists: Get ready to amend those textbooks. Today an article in the Los Angeles Times identified, documented,... More

What Isn’t Reported Counts As Much As What Is

Yesterday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an investigative report describing as "unusual" the process by which the Food... More

Why Did France Burn? A Rorschach Test

The air is still thick with the smoke of those incinerated cars, but already a whole range of motives have... More

Bush: Forrester’s Convenient Alibi

As we noted last week, gubernatorial victories by Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey led to the killing of many... More

From One Journalist to Another - All the Tough Questions

One might expect an interview with a television business anchor to focus on the state of the economy, the world... More

Anagram Wars

This past week, writing in the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg sized up the president's nomination of Samuel Alito to the... More

Does Torture Even Exist? If So, When?

When President Bush proclaimed last week that Americans "do not torture" - even as his vice president and secretary of... More

Behind Every Successful Jock Is a …

Gena James PittsThis past September, Gena James Pitts launched the premier issue of Professional Sports Wives Magazine, a quarterly... More

Stenographers at Work Again

The White House is again taking the fight to the enemy -- in this case, critics of the war in... More

What’s That Flushing Sound at NBC?

The rules of morning television news, NBC's Katie Couric told Ken Auletta earlier this year, require -- among other things... More

Even Reporters Have Mastered the Art of Saying Nothing

Judy Miller, standing just a few feet away from Matt Cooper, was laughing when she turned to introduce a friend... More

Cyber Wars

Whenever young people erupt in civil unrest, as in these past two weeks in France, Western societies reflexively look to... More

Who Is Lying About Iraq?

Norman Podhoretz's essay in the December issue of Commentary appears under the provocative title, "Who is Lying About Iraq?" Hint:... More

Adios, Judy

So Judy Miller is gone, and if there's a goodbye party replete with affectionate toasts and going-away gifts, it won't... More

But What Does it All Mean?

Earlier this week there was talk of how President Bush, in making a last-minute appearance to support Republican Jim Kilgore... More

Clearing Away the Fog of War - Or Adding to It?

War breeds rumors. As armies collide, bombs fall and casualties mount, it becomes more and more difficult to sort truth... More

A “Hit-Back”? How Can I Help?

Typically, reporters make some sort of effort -- transparent though it may be -- to conceal the fact that they're... More

It’s Mary Mapes Day in the Blogosphere

Mary Mapes, the erstwhile CBS News producer who was fired earlier this year for her role in the botched "60... More

Men - What Good Are They, Anyway?

Television news loves nothing more than a quick stop-'em-in-their-tracks report on the findings of some newly published -- often health-related... More

Karl Rove - Albatross, or the Only Way Out?

That seems to be a central preoccupation in the wake of the leak investigation that has already led to the... More

Reporting Not Just What Was Said, but What Was Asked

The clear take-away message of President Bush's comments in Panama yesterday on torture was his staunch defense of his administration's... More

“Digital Munich?” Or Jingoistic Hysteria?

Here's a short follow-up to yesterday's post on Senator Norm Coleman's little piece of agitprop in the Wall Street Journal.Coleman,... More

Allesandra Stanley Pauses for a Commercial Break

In this morning's New York Times, Allesandra Stanley reviews the idealized TV show "West Wing," in which all presidential candidates... More

Inventing a Fight Over the Internet

Sometimes, even we're surprised at some of what we read on the Wall Street Journal editorial page. This morning's installment... More

Asking The Wrong Guy

The Washington Post today explores what it describes as an increasingly lonely and quixotic attempt by Vice President Dick Cheney... More

Bloggers Focus on France Aflame

What began as civil unrest in the northern suburbs of Paris a week and a half ago is now spreading... More

Bing West on the Marines, the Press, and Iraq

Bing West's latest book, No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah was released in September. West... More

Caricature: Works With Politicians, Not So Much With Real Life

Love her or hate her, Maureen Dowd never ceases to elicit strong emotion. Whether she's depicting Bill Clinton as a... More

Rich Man, Poor Man

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman has a piece on the paper's front page this morning that seems to obscure rather... More

Bush In Clover - Or Is It Poison Ivy?

On the same day that the Associated Press ran a story declaring that "Bush Allies Say He's Lost His Way,"... More

We Were Promised There Would Be No Math

It's been a big week for pandemic flu news junkies. On Tuesday, President Bush gave a major speech at the... More

The Washington Post Gets Scooped - On Purpose?

Yesterday we wrote about the Washington Post's decision not to disclose the "Eastern European democracies" in which the CIA set... More

And We Wish It Had Stayed Hidden

The presidential primaries of 2008 may seem like a galaxy far, far away. But according to an article in the... More

Blogs Lament Setback in Congress, Brooks Lays an Egg

Breaking news, bloggers! Last night, the House of Representatives barely defeated an attempt to exempt all Internet communication from campaign... More

Put This One on Ice

Nobody likes a dirty refrigerator full of rotting food -- except for that endlessly hungry caste of Americans known as... More

Washington Post Tiptoes Into a Black Hole

The Washington Post today reveals something that has been long rumored: the CIA is maintaining secret facilities outside the U.S.... More

Concentrating on Pyrotechnics, Not Results

The Democrats' startling move to put the Senate into a rare closed session yesterday provided great drama and partisan scuffling... More

Picking Presidential Pockets

Remember back in April when the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller shared with the world the fruits of her investigation... More

Harry Reid Closes Senate, Opens Up Blogosphere

There's a bruising fight raging in the blogosphere over Democratic Senator Harry Reid's decision yesterday to invoke Rule 21 and... More

Verdun? Or Little Bighorn?

Yesterday, President Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the Supreme Court -- after which, the Los Angeles Times'... More

Mary Mapes: Still Defending Her Assassin

Mary Mapes still isn't coming clean. The latest issue of Vanity Fair features an excerpt from Mape's forthcoming book Truth... More

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

It's been a while since we last checked in with our friends over at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but... More

Prying Open Guantanamo

Finally today, after nearly a month and a half of silence, we have word again about the ongoing hunger strike... More

No Raise for the Herald

It is often said that journalism is the first draft of history. Yesterday, the Boston Herald managed to goof on... More

Breakups and Make-ups

According to the calculus of American magazines, if you take one botched hurricane response, multiply it by a high-profile Washington... 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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