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July 2006

Combating Lieberman Fatigue in the New York Times

At the Times, reporting on the race between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont has become a ritual in repetitiveness.

The New York Times just can't seem to get enough of the struggles faced by Connecticut Democratic senator Joe Lieberman,... More

Rove Snipes at Press, Bloggers Take Bait

Bloggers have at Karl Rove’s latest comments about journalists.

Over the weekend, in front of a graduating class of political science students at George Washington University, presidential advisor Karl... More

Inside the Tabloid Wars

One of the producers of Bravo’s new series about the New York Daily News talks about the paper’s passionate staff and getting print journalists on camera.

Bravo's new series Tabloid Wars has shocked journalists and editors with how accurate a picture it paints of life inside... More

ABC Uncovers Climate Science for Sale

ABC catches a Colorado electric cooperative giving money to a global warming skeptic under dubious circumstances. Colorado newspapers fail to notice.

Yesterday ABC News broke the story of how a Colorado electric cooperative, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, "openly admitted that... More

Brother Against Brother

After an entertaining (if pointless) flame war with liberal bloggers last month, TNR columnist Lee Siegel is back for another go.

The New Republic's Lee Siegel doesn't know when to quit. After an entertaining -- if ultimately pointless -- flame war... More

Lifting the Cover of the Hezbollah PR Effort

As Hezbollah continues battling with Israel, anecdotes about the organization’s sophisticated PR campaign are beginning to come to light.

Writing on his blog Wednesday while reporting from southern Lebanon, freelance journalist and Time magazine contributor Christopher Allbritton, in what... More

Trend-Hunters Scooped on Hunting Trend

The New York Times Styles section gets beaten on some cutting-edge trend news from its own back yard.

Perhaps it's time for the New York Times once-arch Styles section to consider just running wire copy. Today, while the... More

Reporter Tosses Cold Water on Hot Technology

Wired takes a look at supposedly infallible transponder antitheft devices, and cuts through the media’s usual uncritical hype about new technology.

The media's habit of slathering uncritical hype on whatever gizmo or widget is currently deemed worthy of "breakthrough technology" status... More

Iraq, Civil War and the Partitioning Question

Bloggers react to Donald Rumsfeld’s suggestion that violence in Iraq is “a highly concentrated thing,” and therefore not a civil war.

To shift the focus further east for a few minutes, we turn today to that other Middle East conflict, Iraq,... More

CNN Discovers … Book of Revelation!

We thought “Could you catch fire during surgery?” was a sensational, scare-mongering TV news segment, but CNN has gone one better: “Developing Story: Is it The End?”

Not so long ago, we thought "Could you catch fire during surgery?" was a sensational, scare-mongering title for a television... More

Weighing In on Rosen’s Audacious Proposal

NYU’s Jay Rosen has a bold idea: reader-generated, reader-supported online enterprise journalism.

In a long post yesterday -- yes, even longer than usual -- Jay Rosen at Pressthink introduced an idea he's... More

CNNMoney Copies Copy About Copycats

The financial site has taken to filling its news hole with rewrites of stories from other outlets.

We've previously noted CNNMoney.com's tendency to act as a rewrite wire service -- rehashing New York Times or Wall Street... More

FEMA Puts, Then Lifts, Gag Order on Katrina Victims

A reporting team for the Baton Rouge Advocate was booted out of a FEMA trailer park; the agency says it was a misunderstanding. Will FEMA’s new rules help?

It began earlier this month, when the Baton Rouge Advocate sent reporter Sandy Davis to a FEMA trailer park in... More

Repeat After Media: Housing Market is Stable

For real estate reporters going on vacation in August, no worries: we have a source who has been so unwavering in his pronouncements, you can write your stories now.

The rockier life gets, the more we pay homage to the ideal of stability in its many manifestations. Stable jobs.... More

Deconstructing Wikipedia, and a Different Take on Hezbollah and Israel

The New Yorker assesses the value of Wikipedia and The New Republic argues the conflict between Israel and Lebanon is a proxy war between the U.S. and Iran.

This week's New Yorker looks at the wiki-state of Wikipedia, the online participatory encyclopedia that recently hit its millionth entry.... More

The Sad Tale of One Steelworker’s Plight

The AP’s Vicki Smith provides us the compelling story of what led a West Virginia steelworker to take his own life.

Every once in a while we come across a story that stands out from the pack, a narrative that eloquently... More

On the Left, the Sound of Silence

Why are liberal bloggers generally staying away from writing about the conflict between Israel and Lebanon?

An article in last week's issue of the Forward, the prominent New York Jewish paper, made the point that "major... More

Iraq, We Hardly Knew You

The nation’s media outlets seem incapable of covering both the war in Iraq and the conflict between Lebanon and Israel.

As the spokesman for my generation -- Ferris Bueller -- once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop... More

Can Good Do Well By Doing Good?

Ben Goldhirsh, founder of the new magazine Good, discusses the magazine’s tone and feel, the intended audience and how he picked the name.

Ben Goldhirsh is the 26-year-old founder and owner of Good magazine, a Los Angeles-based publication which will debut in... More

Nancy Grace Shreds the Envelope

Just how mindlessly callous can cable news get? Nancy Grace’s interview with Elizabeth Smart might have set a new standard.

Just how mindlessly callous can cable news get? We were provided with a pretty good example the other day by... More

WHDH Unwittingly Feeds Daily Show’s Maw

A badly edited, poorly timed interview with former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift makes Boston’s NBC affiliate seem oblivious to the news.

The tragic first death related to Boston's Big Dig project and the ensuing fallout have gripped the city ever since... More

War-Gaming the Price of Oil

It’s summer and there’s fighting in the Middle East, which can mean only one thing: time for the annual rash of stories about hundred-dollar-a-barrel oil.

The latest fighting in the Middle East has sparked a new round of dire news about the cost of oil,... More

The Fog of Cable

As the conflict between Israel and Lebanon plays out, U.S. cable television has given us coverage that has seemed as much a fantasy as Disneyland’s Space Mountain.

Napa Valley, Calif. -- As someone who lives and breathes Middle East politics and media, I have had the bizarre... More

About Those Photos of Little Girls and Artillery Shells …

Photographs of Israeli children doodling on artillery rockets have inspired strong reactions across the world. But what’s the story behind the photos?

(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) The sweet-faced little Israeli girls drawing with... More

Ban the Bomb - Oops, Make that Ban the Blog

Bloggers react to a brief ban on access to blogs instituted by India’s ISPs at the behest of the country’s government.

Last week, in the wake of the Mumbai train bombings, the government of India momentarily clamped down on more than... More

Reporting on Lebanon’s Dispossessed

The Los Angeles Times brings us an evocative story about the realities for civilians on the ground in Lebanon.

With the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah now in its eighth day, the refugee situation in Lebanon continues to worsen.... More

Just Say It: “America is Bankrupt”

How much of a fiscal crisis does the federal government face in the coming years, and why haven’t the nation’s media outlets told us much about it?

The president says the national debt is under control, and while facts might prove otherwise, we can, to some extent,... More

Amazing Survey Shows Blogging Is … a Hobby

A new survey suggests bloggers do it for love, not money, while NBC debuts a new video blog to decidedly mixed reviews.

Today, in the world of blogging news, Reuters reports on the findings of a recent study of American bloggers conducted... More

Grappling With Conflagration in the Middle East

Fireballs flare up this week on newsstands across the country as the nation’s magazines tackle Lebanon, Syria and Iran.

A fire burns on the cover of this week's issue of The Weekly Standard -- one of many fireballs to... More

Presidential Potty Mouth Has Bloggers Atwitter

Online pundits weigh in on President Bush’s use of the “s-bomb” during a conversation with Tony Blair at the G-8 summit.

Earlier today at the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, President George W. Bush was caught (dramatic pause) swearing. "U.S.... More

Priscilla Long on Unconventional Writing Forms for Journalists

The National Magazine Award winner talks about her essay on genetics and why journalists could benefit from reading poetry.

Priscilla Long (photo by Michael Cain) Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, essays, fiction, and history. Last... More

Leaping and Bounding … Inch by Inch

A week’s worth of Associated Press articles about Rudy Giuliani presents the illusion of a news story moving forward.

This past week former New York City mayor Rudolf Giuliani toured the country, lending his support to various Republican politicians... More

Lebanon Is More Than Just Orange Fireballs

While the camera may love explosions, it’s the subtler aspects of what is happening in Lebanon that we must turn to in order to understand what is going on.

Television loves explosions. It doesn't get much better for broadcast news than when bombs are falling -- the shock and... More

Deep Thoughts on Sun, Rain and Bare-legged CEOs

It’s that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red carpet-pacing peers from the celebrity rags.

It's that time of year again, when business reporters remind us how much they have in common with their red... More

HBO’s Real Sports Shows the Way

The cable network shows other outlets how it’s done with a segment about the effects of power plant emissions on the health of young athletes.

In its current cover story, entitled "The New Greening of America," Newsweek hones in on a variety of conservation issues,... More

Bloggers Have At The Supreme Court

Bloggers ponder the meaning of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the rights of terror suspects and the administration’s response.

It's getting ugly out there. As was reported this morning, the Bush administration is trying to limit the impact of... More

Right Wing Blogs Pile On “Who’s Who in America”

Critics strain to make the case that Valerie Plame was outed long before Robert Novak wrote his column naming her.

By now you likely know that our old friend Robert Novak, in a snoozer of a column, has disclosed who... More

The New York Times: This Summer’s Pinata

Protests against the New York Times’ national security scoops could be the occasion for a serious debate, but instead has devolved into childish name-calling.

As soon as the New York Times revealed, late last month, the existence of a government program to comb through... More

Iraq, Iran, Katrina and the Ever-Bubbly Fred Barnes

A forward-thinking Swiss magazine shows us the potential of citizen journalism, while others report on Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and the South Lawn.

The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine features the fascinating story of a forward-thinking Swiss magazine that sent a group... More

Bloggers Defend Approach Bush May Have Dropped

Bloggers tee off on the latest conventional wisdom to be handed down from the White House press corps.

Time refers to it as "The End of Cowboy Diplomacy," while the New York Times portrays it as "Bush's Shift:... More

BusinessWeek Makes Us Laugh; Laughter is Good

Business failures can make for interesting reading - especially when an enterprising reporter serves up the juicy details.

When speaking in the abstract, it's pretty easy for business gurus to pay homage to failure. Just start with a... More

Reviving the Spirit of Ernie Pyle

Dexter Filkins brings us something all too rare lately: on-the-spot reporting about the troops doing the fighting and dying in Iraq.

Back in January, while embedded with a Marine unit in Iraq, I was struck by what appeared to be the... More

Media Blow More Hot Air Into Options Scandal

Fortune claims that options backdating is “corporate America’s steroids scandal.” But the magazine’s own sources disagree.

In a recent post, we lamented the increasingly hysterical coverage of a supposed "scandal" involving dozens of corporations that might... More

Sibling Rivalry, Guantanamo, Iran and the War on the Press

Time tells us “How Your Siblings Make You Who You Are,” while The New Yorker looks at offensives against both Iran and the media.

You are no doubt still thumbing through last week's ad-thick double issues of Newsweek, New York and U.S. News.... More

Carl Monday On Relentless Reporting, a Murder Confession and His Real Name

The Cleveland journalist who recently reported a piece about sexual misbehavior in area libraries talks about the reaction to the story and where he draws the line.

Carl Monday (courtesy WKYC) Carl Monday, an investigative reporter with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, received wide attention recently for a... More

Bill Keller and Dean Baquet Define the Stakes

The editors of two of the nation’s major papers make an eloquent and compelling argument for a press that holds government accountable when no one else will.

If you're like us, often as not you skip reading newspapers on long holiday weekends. But this weekend, that would... More

Letter to the Editor: More Rubbish, Please

GM has a curious exchange with the New York Times letters editor - and pulls its missive when the Times changes the kicker.

What would make you send a letter to the New York Times? Well, basically anger -- a mighty sense of... 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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