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April 2007

No Dinner For You!

Frank Rich breaks some news, and bloggers get all huffy about it.

In his Sunday column, Frank Rich took the unusual step of breaking some news -- announcing that the New York... More

The Mathematics of Balance

When are two polling numbers created equal? When the Washington press corps get of hold of them.

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman has a story on the front page this morning headlined, "GOP's Base Helps Keep Unity... More

Why NBC Was Right to Air Cho Package

Kevin Sites, who has first-hand experience with controversial video footage, comments on the Cho video.

NBC News has taken a lot of heat for airing the contents of the package sent to it by Virginia... More

Tenet’s Mouth is Moving, But We Can’t Understand the Words

George Tenet’s story is confusing, and reporters aren’t making it any clearer.

Prepare yourself for the deluge. As was the case with the high-profile books by former Bush administration officials Richard Clarke... More

Counting the Dead in Iraq

If the Iraqi government won’t provide civilian casualty figures, it’s up to reporters to find them.

The tug-of-war over the releasing or withholding of civilian death tolls in Iraq is one we've watched closely over the... More

Good News for People Who Love Bad News

A new, anti-press theme is beginning to emerge in John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Ready or not, the race for the presidency has kicked into high gear, and the campaigns are already working overtime... More

Mergers: They’re What’s for Dinner

For the business press, the more mergers and acquisitions, the better. Too bad most of them don’t work out.

Is it just The Audit, or does anyone else feel that business stories about mergers and acquisitions sound like they... More

The War Over the Wall

The decision by the U.S. military to build a wall separating two Baghdad neighborhoods is kicking up some dust.

In an effort to cease sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites in Baghdad, the U.S. and Iraqi troops have begun... More

Naomi Wolf Defines Fascism Downward

Wolfe takes to a British newspaper to tell Americans they’re screwed.

Want to set up a Fascist nation? Just follow Naomi Wolf's 10 steps outlined yesterday in the Guardian. As Wolf... More

The Katies’ Sad Fall

A Texas journalism award isn’t all it has been cracked up to be.

The Katies, the southwest's most prestigious journalism award, have a long and proud tradition. For 48 years, the Dallas Press... More

Surprise, MTV’s Environmental News Rocks

MTV rediscovers some of the social consciousness that it once proudly displayed.

Sunday was Earth Day, sort of like the environmental movement's Fourth of July. The event got a lot of attention... More

Katie Couric: Anything a Media Critic Wants Her to be

More contradictory reports from the land of Couric obsessives.

In the span of an hour this morning, Romenesko posted two stories about Katie Couric (yeah, the "Couric watch" has... More

Good News! The News is Good!

American bloggers turn a story about the curtailment Russian free speech into a domestic joke.

New managers of Russia's largest independent radio network told their reporters that 50 percent of the station's news about the... More

The Sun’s Wafer-thin Attack on Elliott’s Pulitzer Piece

For a right-wing paper, there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim.

The New York Times' sole Pulitzer prize this year went to Andrea Elliott, a young metro reporter at the paper,... More

NBC’s Damned If It Does, And Damned If It Doesn’t

Attacking the press for telling too much of the story.

It's funny how critics of the mainstream media chafe at the MSM's failures to report the full story on many... More

Dang, That’s Good

With many moving parts, the WSJ’s options series took serious stones to publish

Sometimes The Audit can only drop its monocle, place the riding crop under its arm, and bring its heels together... More

Blogs and NBC and the MSM and Mass Murder

Bloggers react to NBC airing the rantings of the Virginia Tech killer.

Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui's multimedia manifesto, as NBC has described it, was delivered Wednesday morning to NBC headquarters in... More

Young Journalists’ Concerns About the V Tech Story

Aspiring journalists take to their blogs to give voice to how they think the story is being covered.

It is the type of devastating story that can turn a hard-nosed reporter away from journalism altogether. As the dust... More

What Happens When an i-Reporter Gets Hurt?

Raw news footage is great, but how safe are the raw recruits filming it?

In the media world, it's all about the media, all the time. No matter what the tragedy, what the death... More

Fox News Takes Vonnegut’s Bait, One Last Time

Fox News didn’t like Kurt Vonnegut. So it Goes…

In an essay in 2004, Kurt Vonnegut, doing one of the things he did best, distilled in a single phrase... More

Duke v. Iraq, an Exercise in News Judgment

The cable channels refuse to surprise in choosing which stories to play up.

Last Wednesday afternoon, the crack staff here at CJR Daily was busily pecking away at our keyboards when the news... More

NBC and CBS Rolled Over Once the Advertisers Fled Imus

Media critics and Les Moonves suddenly take the moral high ground.

Now that MSNBC and CBS have dropped the hammer on Don Imus for the sexist and racist remarks he made... More


What Would The Audit Do, if given $125 million to reinvent business reporting from scratch? Quelque chose comme Conde Nast Portfolio? Peut-être.

What Would The Audit Do? If somehow The Great One were to raise $125 million for a new magazine and... More

With Troop Tours Extended, Bloggers Debate Service

Today in the ‘sphere, bloggers and soldiers debate which sacrifices should be required of an all-volunteer Army.

Army troops who had expected to spend one year in Iraq and Afghanistan learned yesterday that their military service would... More

Facts, Shmacts. It’s A Good Story!

The Reno Gazette-Journal turns an outlandish rumor into “news,” before the story collapses upon itself.

On Tuesday, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on its front page that Nevada's embattled first-term Republican governor, Jim Gibbons, had said... More

Emissions Markets: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The press, the markets and politicians get all mixed up.

A global warming debate yesterday at New York University between Senator John Kerry, a Democrat, and former congressman Newt Gingrich,... More

Get the Facts Straight on Iran and EFPs

When is an Iranian bomb not an Iranian bomb? When it’s made in Iraq.

Reporters, like the stories they cover and the sources they cultivate, are never perfect, and the quest for perfection invariably... More

Demands Unmet, the Taliban Take an Afghan Journalist’s Life

After a little more than a month in captivity, Ajmal Naqshbandi was killed Sunday.

"We asked for two Taliban commanders to be released in exchange for Ajmal Naqshbandi, but the government did not care... More

The Weekend’s Good and Bad

Rudy don’t know Iran, Gawker don’t know Iraq.

First, the good. A big knock against the "MSM" by partisans on both sides of the ideological divide has long... More

The Coming News Blackout?

Some news organizations are turning down embeds not because of combat — but because they might get their gear stolen.

Earlier this week, I complained about the lack of coverage some mainstream media outlets have been giving the wars in... More

The Flint Journal and SonRise: A Twisted Tale

Pretend, for a moment, that you are a loyal reader of the Flint Journal, a small daily northwest of Detroit. Now consider the following series of items.

Pretend, for a moment, that you are a loyal reader of the Flint Journal, a small daily northwest of Detroit.... More

Bush Names Ambassador to Belgium, Bloggers on Top of It

The president makes a recess appointment to a very important post, leading to conflict.

Bipartisanship has been relatively absent in Washington lately thanks to the battle over funding for the Iraq war and squabbling... More

Capitalism At Risk; Needs More From Journal’s Third Front

Money & Investing is Getting Some Help. It needs it.

Um, excuse me; there may have been a misunderstanding. See, when I took the job of running CJR’s The Audit,... More

EPA Ruling Sets an Ambitious Menu For the Press

As “triumphant” as Monday’s decision may be for environmentalists, for the press the story is just beginning.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from... More

Wolf Goes Free, But Debate He Inspired Continues

He has been called a blogger, freelance journalist, photographer, political activist and anarchist, but one title Josh Wolf no longer goes by is prisoner.

He has been called a blogger, freelance journalist, photographer, political activist and anarchist, but one title Josh Wolf no longer... More

Stop the Winnowing Already!

It is way too early for simplistic framing, or for narrowing the presidential field.

Hillary Clinton's campaign announced Sunday that she hauled in a record-breaking $26 million for the first quarter of 2007, a... 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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