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April 2006

Congress Pumps a Little Gas Itself

Hypocrisy in Washington is not a new story — and yet it never ceases to amaze.

Hypocrisy in Washington is not a new story. And yet it never ceases to amaze how politicians do such a... More

Robin Givhan on Responding to Critics, Cheney’s Parka and Tony Snow’s Style

The Washington Post fashion critic and Pulitzer winner discusses why fashion matters and how many of her critics simply miss the point.

Robin Givhan, the Washington Post's fashion columnist, received this year's Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Givhan has been at the Post... More

Aaaaaaaa!!!! CNN’s Online Gatekeepers Let One Slip Through

There are times when a reporter’s attempt to be counterintuitive falls flat on its face. This is one of those times.

Not long ago we criticized ABC News for publishing on its Web site a piece of work that was presented... More

CNN Reports on Reporters Watching CNN

CNN giddily reports that the White House press corps apparently wanted to watch CNN instead of Fox. But did the network get spun by the administration?

According to Nielson Media Research, during prime time this year Fox News typically attracts more than twice as many viewers... More

Four Newspapers Taken Off the Wall Street Monopoly Board

While newsrooms are anxious about MediaNews’ acquisition of four former Knight Ridder papers, it offers one advantage: MediaNews is a private company, not a public one.

In recent months, American newspapers seem to be flipping ownership at a rate once reserved for, say, Florida condos. This,... More

Another Governor Lowers the Curtain

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is taking a page from Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich’s playbook, cutting off a local paper from routine news releases.

Looks like Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is taking a page from Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich's playbook. Ehrlich, you might... More

It’s All Rove All the Time

Yesterday Karl Rove testified again before a federal grand jury, and today bloggers are calling reporters to the carpet for their coverage.

Yesterday, Karl Rove testified -- for the fifth time -- before the federal grand jury in the CIA leak case.... More

Chris Wallace Jumps the Shark

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace says his show is “clearly a player now” in the Sunday chat-fests. The ratings, however, say, “not so much.”

Just because you say so, doesn't make it true. In today's "Media Mix" column by USA Today's Peter Johnson, --... More

Al-Jazeera International, Not Quite Ready for Takeoff

CAIRO - The Arab news network has delayed the launch of its English-language offshoot, amidst concern among staffers that it might harm the reputation of its Arabic parent.

CAIRO - Those new monitors they're installing in Washington briefing rooms will remain dark for a little while longer: Al-Jazeera... More

Someone is Lying. Is it Forbes or Baseball Owners?

The magazine and baseball’s powers-that-be tussle once more over the financial state of the industry.

Forbes magazine published its annual financial rankings of America's big league ball clubs last week, drawing a strong reaction from... More

On Citizenship, Journalism - and Campus Centerfolds!

Geraldo Rivera tells aspiring journalists “we’re not just voyeurs” - right after a plug for his next show, about Playboy looking for models on college campuses.

From the lairs of underground Satan worshippers, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to the furthest reaches of Al Capone's vault,... More

Snow Faces First Test as Press Secretary: Bloggers

While President Bush touted his new press secretary’s band and work with Kenyan children, bloggers are more interested in other aspects of his resume.

At 9:10 this morning, President Bush officially named radio and television commentator Tony Snow the new White House Press Secretary,... More

We Are the Decider, and We Decide This is Fluff

The Sunday Stylization of the New York Times continues apace, today invading the national section of the weekday paper.

We have a disturbing trend to report: It seems the creeping Sunday Stylization of the New York Times has accelerated... More

The Old Revolving Door Question Revolves Around Again

Is it problematic when a partisan political operative takes a job as a reporter, or vice versa? Not necessarily.

There was a bit of an intra-squad scrimmage over at the CBS's Public Eye blog yesterday between editor Vaughn Ververs... More

Mary McCarthy: The Media Martyr Who Wasn’t

Reporters who implied Mary McCarthy was the source for a Pulitzer-winning story not only look foolish in the face of her denials - they apparently never read the original story.

Yesterday's denial by Mary McCarthy that she was the source for Dana Priest's Pulitzer Prize-winning story about secret CIA prisons... More

Chuppies, Roommaids and Techno-palooza

Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social trends.

Every week, it seems, magazines coin new terms to help readers get a handle on emerging demographic, economic or social... More

Inquirer Digs Into a Juicy, but Largely Ignored, Story

Some stories are strengthened by a local angle, others, just by paying attention.

It is a story that could not be more illuminating: the carefully considered, complex tale of the troubled finances of... More

Faced With Lie Detectors, Anonymice Reach for the Phone

The CIA is rolling out polygraph tests to squelch anonymous leaks to the press - a fact we now know thanks to anonymous sources leaking the news about the polygraph tests to the press.

Paging the CIA's office supplies manager: Go ahead and double next month's order for polygraph paper. Actually, triple it. Yesterday,... More

Zbigniew Brzezinski Gets Pelted and Praised

An op-ed about Iran by President Carter’s national security advisor has bloggers sizzling.

We've always wanted to get the words "Zbigniew Brzezinski" into a headline, and, thanks to the Los Angeles Times, the... More

The Utility and the Futility of White House Press Briefings

One member of the Washington press corps finally asks a question we’d like to know the answer to: Why bother with daily White House press briefings?

The forced departure of the beleaguered Scott McClellan as presidential press secretary and press corps piñata has inspired at least... More

Chicago Trib Demands More Junk Food for Kids

Sticking to an easy story line, a newspaper fails to look at industry trends as a whole.

While reading the Chicago Tribune's take on Kraft Foods' recent financial woes, our teeth started to hurt. Maybe it was... More

New York Times Goes to the Source

What’s the best antidote to critics’ wailing that your coverage of Iraq is lacking? Hire some soldiers to write for you direct from the front lines.

Over the past three years of war in Iraq, the New York Times has been an evergreen target for both... More

Times Discovers 33-Year-Olds Are 17

The Times checks in again on an old story about the pampered young, once again telling us what we already know.

That the New York Times Thursday Styles section sometimes repeats itself has been established. Today, at first glance, it appeared... More

Brit Hume Fans Come Out of the Woodwork

Howard Kurtz tackles the touchy subject of political bias in the news, and fans who can’t get enough of an understated Fox newsman emerge.

In an age of instant criticism, any attempt by a mainstream media writer to deal directly with the touchy subject... More

Nuw Yerk Tumes Names Sulzburger as Chairmun

The New York Times plays hide-and-seek with their own chairman, when writing about the recent shareholder revolt.

Yesterday provided a serious reality check for Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company. In what... More

Turning the Voice Into a Newspaper

The big shakeup at the Village Voice, despite the protestations of the staff there, might be great news.

Lately the Village Voice has been in the news almost as much as the New York Post 's gossip troll... More

In the ‘Sphere, Pulitzer Win Not Necessarily a Good Thing

The Pulitzer Prizes handed out earlier this week have taken a somewhat predictable beating in the conservative blogosphere.

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, provoking lively and thought-provoking commentary from bloggers. (If only every Blog Report could... More

Of Duke, and Princeton, and Jocks, and Sluts

Set your watches to help count down all the bad reporting we’re going to see over the next 27 days waiting for the Duke Lacrosse trial to begin.

With nearly a month to go before the Duke lacrosse players accused of rape have a hearing in court on... More

This Week, Round 3,804 Goes to Time

Time edges out Newsweek on Donald Rumsfeld’s future, a movie star’s mullet and a mob boss’s capture.

Whither Donald Rumsfeld? With a half-dozen retired military generals having gone public with scathing criticisms of the secretary of defense,... More

Is Page Six Really All that Different?

The Page Six scandal appears to be journalistic corruption in its rawest form. But what about the smaller temptations reporters face every day?

In his always engaging column yesterday, David Carr of the New York Times presented his take on the Page Six... More

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

The New York Times shills for a book which, by the paper’s own admission, is of dubious truthfulness.

Election years do strange things to political books. While the number of tomes about politics invariably goes up as politicians... More

Pulitzers Draw a Line in the Sand

The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this afternoon, and the winners reflect something of a face-off between the Pulitzer Board and the White House.

The 2006 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this afternoon, with a few old standbys cleaning up in several categories. Kicking things... More

Post Profiles Angry Blogger, Who Then Goes Forth and Multiplies

The paper profiles an outraged liberal blogger, and online scribes of all political stripes take it personally.

The Washington Post, a conspicuous target of irate leftist bloggers lately, took it upon itself to daringly profile rising blogstar... More

Women Like Sex! Jobs Are Hard Work! Menopause Is No Fun!

CNN brings us the shocking news that women like sex, they like love and — brace yourself — they want intimacy.

Yesterday, in a groundbreaking report on CNN's American Morning, senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered some startling news: women... More

Blogosphere Discovers Iran

Word that Iran is capable of enriching uranium and reports that the Bush administration is well along with plans to nuke the country’s nuclear program create a storm of anxiety, speculation and acerbic wit.

Iran is very much on bloggers' minds this week. Specifically, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's surprise revelation that his country is... More

Los Angeles Times Uncovers a Major Security Breach

A reporter uncovers a shocking threat to U.S. military security: A market in Afghanistan for computer drives containing classified information.

While the war in Iraq sputters and flares, and concern grows over Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, a Los Angeles Times... More

Guilty? Not Guilty? Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

When it comes to the allegations of rape against the Duke University lacrosse team, justice has been swift — on TV. It’s just in real life that things get complicated.

Last week the editorial board at the Harvard Crimson aptly dubbed the scene around Duke University -- where three lacrosse... More

Pssst: Want a Copy of BusinessWeek?

Federal authorities make arrests in an alleged scheme to get early access to BusinessWeek - but only one paper noticed it’s not that first time this has happened.

In recent years, BusinessWeek, like many of its rivals, has slogged through a tough environment for business magazines in the... More

The Latest BigThink on Couric

While one critic argues Katie Couric should spend her own money to investigate stories, we tally up the reasons that’s a downright silly idea.

There are a few unofficial ground rules we operate under here at CJR Daily: We check our tinfoil hats at... More

Wash. Times Conjurs a Silent Majority on Immigration

In a piece about Monday’s nationwide protests by immigrants demanding legal status and citizenship, the Washington Times provides weak support for some “strong” assertions.

Amid the swarm of stories dissecting Monday's nationwide protests by immigrants demanding legal status and citizenship, the first few paragraphs... More

Why CEOs Get Paid the Big Bucks

The New York Times takes a good, hard look at one of the hidden factors behind the continuing increase in executive compensation.

Not long ago, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary John Snow took a stab at explaining... More

Seymour Hersh Has Both Right And Left Apoplectic

Bloggers - and at least one newspaper columnist - are taking Seymour Hersh’s alarming new article about a potential U.S. strike against Iran very seriously.

Bloggers -- and at least one newspaper columnist -- are taking Seymour Hersh's alarming new piece in The New Yorker... More

Where’s Harry Karafin Now That We Need Him?

Jared Paul Stern’s alleged attempt to shake down billionaire Ronald Burkle reminds us of nothing so much as the story of former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Harry Karafin.

The sharp pinstripe suits. The perfectly styled hair. The smug, self-satisfied expression. Even the name -- Jared Paul Stern --... More

Little Guys Score a Big Scoop

The New York Sun and National Journal got a huge scoop Thursday about the Libby case — and the big boys got egg on their faces.

In the latest unpredictable twist to the messy Valerie Plame narrative, a certain New York broadsheet scooped its competitors yesterday... More

Bush Bats Away Fly, Media See Epic Struggle

A questioner’s shot at Bush during a town hall event was hardly the catastrophe for the president today’s news accounts might lead you to believe.

One of the Bush administration's defining qualities has been, since day one, its extraordinary ability to stay "on message." The... More

Fake News Takes Over Airwaves, Reporters Fall Asleep

Reporters have been handed a great story, where most of the reporting has already been done for them - yet they ignore it.

This week, lost in the unhealthy obsession with what Katie Couric's daughters and green grocer think about her move to... More

McCain, Reconsidered

The press is shifting the way it portrays John McCain. Is it McCain himself who is changing, or just the media’s attitude toward him?

In an online Q & A that accompanied her May 2005 New Yorker profile of John McCain, Connie Bruck was... More

Post Adds a Million Immigrants With Single Mouse Click

The numbers being put out there concerning the amount of illegal immigrants in the United States still aren’t adding up.

The terms of the nation's immigration debate are complex and confusing -- not least for copy editors at the Washington... More

News That Can Use You

Today brings a new investigation shedding more light on local broadcast stations’ addiction to video news releases - and more condemnation of the practice from bloggers.

Today the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit group based in Wisconsin, released the findings of its 10-month-long investigation... More

PC World Star-Struck by Online Movies

Downloading movies on demand sounds great, and some technology reporters agree — while forgetting to look at the possible downside.

A group of Hollywood movie studios have begun to tentatively dip their toes into the world of online distribution --... More

Times Redesigns Web Site, Bloggers Credit Selves

Bloggers applaud the newly unveiled redesign of the New York Times’ Web site - and take some bows.

On Sunday night, the New York Times launched a redesign of its Web site, including wider pages, additional multimedia and... More

Press Gives Katie Couric the Britney Spears Treatment

To all the hype over Katie Couric’s possible move to the CBS anchor desk, we ask: Is it really that important?

Readers across the country woke up this morning to prominently placed stories in the Washington Post, New York Times, USA... More

Kevin Martin Dials Up Broadband Spin

The FCC chairman paints a rosy picture of the state of broadband in the U.S., but he overlooks a few unhappy truths.

Federal Communications Commission chair Kevin Martin penned a bit of commentary in the Financial Times this morning, telling us all... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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