The co-author of the new book Cobra II discusses the planning failures of the Iraq War and how he researched his account.
By Paul McLeary Mar 31, 2006 at 06:00 PM
Michael Gordon is co-author of the new book Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of... More
By Edward B. Colby Mar 31, 2006 at 05:18 PM
CNN's Lou Dobbs has been drawing a lot of attention lately for his passionate arguments in favor of stronger immigration... More
Newsday gives us a novel reason for allowing a source to go unnamed: the need to spread statements of unconditional support, on condition of anonymity.
By Felix Gillette Mar 31, 2006 at 04:33 PM
Anonymous sources are a slippery bunch. In some cases, it can take days, months, even years to judge the validity... More
Members of the press are making a lot of assumptions about reporter Jill Carroll and her captivity without much in the way of evidence.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 31, 2006 at 02:32 PM
We were thrilled yesterday to hear the news that the sweet-faced, intrepid Jill Carroll had been freed in Iraq. (This... More
Reporters discover the latest threat to Times Square: The National Debt Clock is about to run out of digits.
By Felix Gillette Mar 30, 2006 at 05:42 PM
Reporting on the national debt is a daunting task. Deadly, slumber-inducing phrases lurk at every turn. Long-term interest rates. Entitlement... More
The Daily News gives us a vague report on a “recent study” on customer service for women shoppers, leaving readers to determine the credibility and relevancy of the study themselves.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 30, 2006 at 03:23 PM
Sick of being slighted by that saleswoman at Bergdorf's? Did it ever occur to you that you might be to... More
Bloggers beat up bookstores for refusing to stock a magazine that printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, and the Senate passes lobbying reform that doesn’t please anyone.
By Paul McLeary Mar 30, 2006 at 12:23 PM
The AP reports this morning that booksellers Borders and Waldenbooks are refusing to stock the latest issue of Free Inquiry... More
The former Disney executive’s talk show debut receives a surprisingly warm welcome from journalists and critics, who grudgingly admit there’s a certain charm to his bulldozing impatience.
By Felix Gillette Mar 29, 2006 at 03:47 PM
The American media generally falls into two camps: content providers, and business managers who come up with godforsaken terms like... More
Q: When is a photo of Baghdad not a photo of Baghdad? A: When it’s Turkey. Plus, Hugh Hewitt shows the bravery of a true stateside blogger.
By Paul McLeary Mar 29, 2006 at 12:12 PM
Bloggers are raising questions about the authenticity of a photo -- purportedly of a Baghdad street -- posted on the... More
By Edward B. Colby Mar 29, 2006 at 08:00 AM
It's hardly unusual for a local TV news outlet to promote one of their own network's shows. We're used to... More
Rare is the guest columnist or op-ed contributor who isn’t trying to sell something, be it a book or a company or a war.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 28, 2006 at 04:49 PM
Rare is the guest columnist or op-ed contributor who isn't trying to sell something, be it a book or a... More
Reuters reports on the jaw-dropping findings of Brazilian researchers: drinking Red Bull does not magically negate the chemical effects of alcohol on the human body.
By Felix Gillette Mar 28, 2006 at 02:30 PM
It's not every day that a news organization gets to report on a study so controversial that it threatens to... More
U.S. News and TNR look at Bush’s “CEO administration,” while others reminisce about Jack Abramoff and dig in to the psychology of writer Caitlin Flanagan.
By Paul McLeary Mar 28, 2006 at 01:17 PM
We find yet another chapter in the ongoing Jack Abramoff saga in this week's Weekly Standard, where writer Mark Hemmingway... More
Relying on oversimplification and groupthink, reporters in Israel and the United States are failing to understand the implications of the election taking place in Israel.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 28, 2006 at 12:37 PM
The press' instinct to apply simple narratives to complex stories isn't limited to American politics. Apparently, members of the media... More
Today in the ‘sphere, the debate over Ben Domenech’s “Red America” flameout continues, and Lara Logan draws praise for her spirited defense of the reporting being done in Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Mar 27, 2006 at 01:43 PM
The fallout from the newest young plagiarist to be exposed -- Ben Domenech -- and his resignation from the Washington... More
The Dallas Morning News columnist discusses dealing with hate mail, the need for better education reporting and butting heads with Bill O’Reilly.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 24, 2006 at 06:59 PM
Macarena Hernandez joined the Dallas Morning News as an editorial columnist in August 2005. Prior to that, she was... More
While critics slam the press for failing to report the good news in Iraq, it looks like there’ll be less of it to report anyway — not that anyone is paying attention.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 24, 2006 at 04:51 PM
USA Today is the only paper to lead today with what, in our estimation, is pretty big news. The head... More
In his National Journal column today, William Powers questions the Washington press corps’ emotional engagement with the war in Iraq, but his point seems a little “Off Message” to us.
By Paul McLeary Mar 24, 2006 at 04:25 PM
Editor's Note: Paul McLeary reported from Iraq for CJR Daily in January. In his "Off Message" column in National Journal... More
Reporters count up the numbers in the General Motors and Delphi buyout plans — apparently relying on some “fuzzy math” while doing so.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 24, 2006 at 12:33 PM
In a startling attempt to save their own hides, General Motors and Delphi announced this week that they will offer... More
The debate over the quality of reporting from Iraq has gained new currency this week, but as usual, critics ignore the realities on the ground for reporters in the crosshairs.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 23, 2006 at 05:25 PM
It was one of the last questions yesterday at another of the town hall meetings that President Bush has been... More
Bloggers discuss press performance in Iraq (and CNN’s panel discussion on press performance in Iraq) and anticipate the demise of (almost) all media.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 23, 2006 at 01:23 PM
For the past two nights on "Anderson Cooper 360º," CNN's Cooper has convened a panel to discuss press performance in... More
Blogs weigh in on the relative success of President Bush’s press conference and the media’s distortions of the record of the Liberty University debate team.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 22, 2006 at 02:35 PM
President Bush threw caution to the wind during yesterday's press conference and took a question from Hearst News columnist Helen... More
The World Baseball Classic is big business — a story some media outlets understand better than others.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 22, 2006 at 01:59 PM
The inaugural World Baseball Classic came to an exciting close Monday night before 42,000-plus fans in San Diego, as Japan... More
The Washington Post’s new conservative blogger makes us wonder about the paper’s motivation for hiring him –- and about how newspapers cover conservatives.
By Paul McLeary Mar 22, 2006 at 12:17 PM
Simple fixes are rarely good fixes. Case in point is the Washington Post, which has admirably jumped into the world... More
By Gal Beckerman Mar 21, 2006 at 05:15 PM
We've had a strange but persistent thought these past few days watching administration officials try to make the case that... More
Reporters far and wide have been mining the story-rich terrain of the sleep drug Ambien — and we’re having trouble staying awake long enough to keep up.
By Felix Gillette Mar 21, 2006 at 05:02 PM
Yesterday, producers at CNN broke a wacky story about a Manhattan resident who paints pictures in his sleep. "For several... More
Newsweek marks the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a cover story marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud, while Time makes a play for worried parents (again).
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 21, 2006 at 01:49 PM
This past Sunday marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Six weeks and four days from now marks... More
Today may be the first day of spring, but the interminable snowball fight among partisan bloggers shows little sign of thawing.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 20, 2006 at 05:11 PM
Today may be the first day of spring, but the interminable snowball fight among partisan bloggers in the 'sphere shows... More
Jon Friedman occupies a singular place in the world of media criticism - we’re just not sure what it is.
By Paul McLeary Mar 20, 2006 at 04:53 PM
Media critics are a strange lot. They're often better writers than they are reporters -- which may be why they... More
Perhaps Treasury Secretary John Snow should spend more time reading the Wall Street Journal and less time trying to spin it.
By Felix Gillette Mar 20, 2006 at 04:06 PM
These days, it would appear that most Americans aren't feeling too chipper about the state of the U.S. economy. "Majorities... More
The former celebrity journalist talks about her new book on the world of obituaries - both the journalists who write them and the readers who love them.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 17, 2006 at 05:02 PM
Marilyn Johnson (Rob Fleder) Marilyn Johnson's new book The Dead Beat explores the world of obituaries -- both the... More
As long as the ends justify the means, and Arianna Huffington gets some free publicity out of the deal, all’s well in her backslapping celebrity blog bubble.
By Paul McLeary Mar 17, 2006 at 03:35 PM
The Arianna Huffington / George Clooney blog flap is still alive and simmering, mainly because of Huffington's post of yesterday,... More
Product placement, which before seemed to be confined to sitcoms and movies, has moved into the newsroom.
By Paul McLeary Mar 16, 2006 at 04:18 PM
Local television news is very much in the news today, and things aren't looking so good. First, the Hollywood Reporter... More
Lawyers for Lewis Libby have served subpoenas on the New York Times and Judy Miller - and, if they succeed, they may alter the very nature of the reporter/editor dance.
By Steve Lovelady Mar 16, 2006 at 03:40 PM
In an unwelcome development, the New York Times today tells us that lawyers for Lewis Libby, the former aide to... More
McClatchy’s CEO defends his company’s acquisition of Knight Ridder, but his argument that the newspaper industry is in good shape just doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny.
By Bryan Keefer Mar 16, 2006 at 03:15 PM
In today's Wall Street Journal, McClatchy Chairman and CEO Gary Pruitt defends his company's decision this week to spend $6.5... More
While bloggers take on every story in sight, the paper itself goes blog wild, debuting two new ones.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 16, 2006 at 02:58 PM
Today is a day like every other in the blogosphere. That is to say: it's Trash the New York Times... More
The coverage of Senator Russ Feingold’s proposal to censure President Bush has been pretty weak. Anyone paying attention?
By Paul McLeary Mar 15, 2006 at 02:43 PM
It would be counterproductive for us to try to tell reporters and editors what to cover and how to cover... More
Bloggers react to the Mark Warner New York Times Magazine cover photo, to the related Times “correction” and to the hang-ups of the reporter who wrote the accompanying profile.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 15, 2006 at 12:57 PM
If you're a one-term governor pondering a run for president against a well-known senator with a colossal war chest and... More
On Monday, President Bush once again unfairly accused a paper of publishing a bit of closely-held, super-secret information which, in retrospect, turned out to be neither closely-held nor super-secret.
By Felix Gillette Mar 15, 2006 at 10:49 AM
On Monday, during a speech at George Washington University, President Bush spoke at length about the U.S. strategy to combat... More
The press asks the all-important question: Can a Mormon be elected president in an age when a TV series about polygamy follows “The Sopranos” in HBO’s Sunday lineup?
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 15, 2006 at 09:04 AM
Bostonians are not to be blamed if they failed to read beyond the following lede in Tuesday's Boston Herald: "Mitt... More
Pundits ponder the foreign policy of both parties (or lack thereof), while The Weekly Standard brings us poolside coverage from Iraq.
By Paul McLeary Mar 14, 2006 at 12:40 PM
In this week's National Review, Rich Lowry writes about what he terms "To Hell With Them Hawks" Republicans. "These are... More
Writing in the Washington Post, reporter Rick Weiss takes the revolutionary approach of writing about nanotechnology’s current applications, rather than its future ones.
By Felix Gillette Mar 13, 2006 at 04:18 PM
The subject of nanotechnology exists at a special crossroads--that hollowed place where journalism dances with science fiction and, inevitably, spins... More
The sale of Knight Ridder sheds light on the industry’s biggest problem: Readers are moving online, but the ad money is still in print.
By Steve Lovelady Mar 13, 2006 at 02:42 PM
The sale of Knight Ridder Newspapers to McClatchy Co. -- and McClatchy's determination to unload at least 12 of those... More
McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt says the company currently has “no deals in place,” to sell the Knight Ridder papers that it wants to unload, “but we are going to try and move quickly.”
By Paul McLeary Mar 13, 2006 at 02:21 PM
Gary Pruitt, CEO of McClatchy Co. -- and journalism's golden boy of the moment -- moved quickly to speak to... More
These days, business dispatches from Wall Street are awash in worries. Forget the invisible hand of the market. It’s all about the invisible furrowed brow.
By Felix Gillette Mar 13, 2006 at 01:34 PM
Sometimes the most perplexing questions about the American economy come from the least likely of sources. Several years ago, for... More
Bloggers respond to a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism which found that while the number of news outlets has been expanding, the number of news gatherers has been shrinking.
By Felix Gillette Mar 13, 2006 at 12:56 PM
The Project for Excellence in Journalism recently released the State of the News Media 2006. This year's study noted, among... More
Asquith discusses the trials of freelancing in Iraq (which she did in 2003 and 2004) and her new book about the challenges of being a rookie teacher in a poor public school (which she was in 1999).
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 10, 2006 at 05:35 PM
Jack FairweatherChristina Asquith, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, has 10 years of experience as an investigative journalist covering education... More
By Paul McLeary Mar 10, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Interesting headline on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, but one that almost seems like it was... More
When the Secretary of Defense says we’ll do something, reporters sometimes hear more than was intended.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 10, 2006 at 04:04 PM
The Washington Post peaked our interest this morning by fronting a story headlined, "U.S. Sets Plans to Aid Iraq in... More
By Steve Lovelady Mar 10, 2006 at 10:43 AM
"Boldface," Campbell Robertson's gossip column in the New York Times, brings us news this morning of a party at the... More
While editorial boards at newspapers of assorted sizes in assorted states went on record with a view of some sort on the high-profile doings of the South Dakota state government, the editorial page of South Dakota’s major newspaper sat it out — and offered a lame explanation for its silence.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 9, 2006 at 03:33 PM
On Monday, the governor of South Dakota signed a bill banning all abortions except in cases where a woman's life... More
A conference on blogging and politics reveals that blogs are increasingly serving as important political tools, but nobody seems to understand how, or why.
By Paul McLeary Mar 9, 2006 at 02:45 PM
I may be woefully behind in my understanding of the blogosphere's collective will, but one thing I took away from... More
Print journalists tend to be a pessimistic bunch, but with Knight Ridder’s likely sale imminent, bloggers are taking care of the doom and gloom quite nicely by themselves.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 9, 2006 at 02:37 PM
Mainstream media print journalists tend to be a pessimistic bunch, especially when it comes to newspaper companies and, say, their... More
Articles in the New York Times and the New York Observer reveal: the MSM no longer has a monopoly on reprinting press releases from PR people … because there are blogs now.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 9, 2006 at 11:40 AM
It must have stung a little, what Richard W. Edelman, president and chief executive of the public relations firm bearing... More
This week at the “Politics Online” conference at Georgetown University, the usual suspects churned out the usual arguments about blogs, politics, and the media.
By Paul McLeary Mar 8, 2006 at 04:16 PM
The funny thing about conferences dealing with the blogosphere is that the more of them there are, the more everything... More
Two reporters offered near-definitive proof yesterday that Barry Bonds, as has long been suspected, was on the juice - yet many sports bloggers responded to the news with derision.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 8, 2006 at 01:55 PM
The hammer came down on Barry Bonds yesterday, as Sports Illustrated published a damning excerpt from an upcoming book by... More
The starry-eyed reporters at Business 2.0 embark on a back-to-the-future romp through outer space and find investment opportunities that are out of this world.
By Felix Gillette Mar 8, 2006 at 12:47 PM
During the early days of the Internet, business reporters wandered the earth, pom-poms in hand, cheering for seemingly every investment... More
By Gal Beckerman Mar 8, 2006 at 11:13 AM
The essay on AIDS in this month's Harper's magazine by Celia Farber starts off like a scientific whodunit -- as... More
In its cover story, U.S. News examines a weighty, wordy industry that (like newspapers) is struggling to adapt to the challenges of the digital age: book publishing.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 7, 2006 at 02:15 PM
A mere five and a half weeks after Oprah Winfrey scolded James Frey on national television, U.S. News & World... More
Congressional mid-terms are but eight months away - and the Washington press corps is already trying to concoct a smooth, clear narrative that magically ties the whole election campaign together.
By Paul McLeary Mar 6, 2006 at 03:45 PM
It's hard to decide who is going to have the harder time this Congressional election season: The Republicans attempting to... More
During President George Bush’s visit to India last week, media stories focused on an important bilateral nuclear agreement and ignored an important bilateral trade agreement.
By Paul McLeary Mar 6, 2006 at 02:36 PM
As President George Bush wound up his visit to the subcontinent last week, media stories focused almost exclusively on a... More
Far and away the most talked-about news on Technorati at the moment is a front-page Sunday story from the Washington Post, “White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks.”
By Edward B. Colby Mar 6, 2006 at 02:00 PM
Far and away the most talked-about news on Technorati at the moment is a front-page Sunday story from the Washington... More
What’s behind the widespread public confusion concerning the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative? Writers at Newsweek have found the culprit - in a word, themselves!
By Steve Lovelady Mar 6, 2006 at 12:25 PM
Today Newsweek brings us yet another cover story on health -- in particular on the widespread public confusion that ensued... More
The Wall Street Journal ‘s Health Mailbox columnist discusses the importance of not taking anything at face value, the nuance of health reporting, and her pet peeve.
By Felix Gillette Mar 3, 2006 at 06:00 PM
Since January 2000, Tara Parker-Pope has written a health column for the Wall Street Journal. In the past, she has... More
Colorado scientists produce the first evidence that Antarctica’s massive ice sheets are shrinking significantly, bringing a flurry of coverage at outlets across the country.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 3, 2006 at 05:30 PM
Yesterday two scientists at the University of Colorado announced their finding that Antarctica's massive ice sheets are shrinking by 36... More
Both the Washington Post and the New York Times cover a new wrinkle in the twisted tale of Guantánamo Bay’s detainees - but only the Post really gets it.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 3, 2006 at 04:46 PM
Both the Washington Post and the New York Times write today about a Guantánamo Bay detainee's claim in court that... More
Business reporters have long feared and bowed before the awesome economic potential of the Chinese market, producing coverage both breathless and simplistic.
By Paul McLeary Mar 2, 2006 at 06:00 PM
Business reporters, and the media in general, have long feared and bowed before the awesome economic potential of the Chinese... More
The media worked itself up, and tired itself out, talking about whether or not Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell asleep while a case was being argued before the Supreme Court.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 2, 2006 at 05:33 PM
By all accounts, yesterday afternoon's special session at the Supreme Court was tough to get through. As the court heard... More
In honor of the Oscar awards Sunday night, CJR Daily is reposting an interview with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, co-writers of Good Night and Good Luck.
By Bryan Keefer Mar 2, 2006 at 04:40 PM
George Clooney (Melinda SueGordon/Warner Independent Pictures) George Clooney and Grant Heslov are the co-writers of "Good Night and Good... More
PressThink’s Jay Rosen and his students at NYU rank the best blogs at America’s biggest newspapers, giving their survey’s top standout, the Houston Chronicle, cause for celebration.
By Felix Gillette Mar 2, 2006 at 12:17 PM
These days, it seems that best-blog lists are almost as ubiquitous as bloggers themselves. Recently, however, PressThink's Jay Rosen and... More
The press has taken on some hard-hitting stories this week, from the cleanliness of the president’s desk to Condi’s workout program.
By Liz Cox Barrett Mar 1, 2006 at 05:01 PM
The beauty of mainstream journalists hopping on the blogging bandwagon -- if there is beauty to be had -- is... More
Something strange certainly happened at the Baghdad morgue this week, as the Washington Post managed to report a death toll markedly higher than any of its colleagues.
By Gal Beckerman Mar 1, 2006 at 02:47 PM
We did a double-take yesterday when looking at the near-banner headline on the cover of the Washington Post, "Toll in... More
For some bloggers, the news that the president liked their collective work was, at first blush, less surprising than the fact that he had finally discovered it.
By Felix Gillette Mar 1, 2006 at 02:27 PM
Yesterday, Matt Drudge posted excerpts from the newly published book Strategery by Bill Sammon, in which President Bush meditates on... More
USA Today sings the praises of the citizens of New Orleans, while failing to understand just who - and how many - they are.
By Edward B. Colby Mar 1, 2006 at 12:24 PM
Yesterday, as New Orleans celebrated the climax of its first Mardi Gras since Katrina, USA Today ran a cheery front-page... More
How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent
Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing
How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online
The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan
Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination
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