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Monthly Archive

May 2007

Quitting Time

In Venezuela, one newspaper exemplifies a bad trend

The call came on a crisp spring morning, when I was still a journalism student in New York. "So, I... More

Al Gore’s press problem

It’s baaaack….

Nothing makes a reporter cringe more than a critic's blanket statement about "the media" that begins with an assumption that... More

A word about leadership

And one reason Dow Jones lost the war

Warren H. Phillips, a former longtime CEO of Dow Jones & Co., wrote a letter to the New York Times's... More

And now for something completly different

Gates on the case

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony on Wednesday, and unlike the vice president's... More

Blogs Heat Up over Global Warming

Here we go…

This morning, NPR broadcast an interview in which Michael Griffin, Bush-appointed Administrator of the NASA, stated that he did not... More

Kill your television

Al Gore says so!

Something struck me as a bit reductionist about Al Gore's critique of the media in his new book, The Assualt... More

Water Under the Dam? Hardly.

The fight for water

The battle for water is on in the American west. Reeling from a year of drought that produced the lowest... More

NYT’s “Basics” column needs an editor

Back to basics

In January, The New York Times launched a new column in its Tuesday science section called "Basics," written by Pulitzer... More

The “Law & Order” candidate

Fred Thompson in?

Next week, Arthur Branch, the District Attorney of New York County, will be forming a short-term "testing-the-waters" committee to assess... More

More bad news from Mexico

Things are looking rough

I mentioned yesterday that Mexican journalists are increasingly coming under siege from drug gangs, and that things are looking pretty... More

Of Lepers and Lou Dobbs

Dobbs has a leprosy problem

60 Minutes couldn't do it. Neither could NPR. Well, hats off to The Times for running Dobbs to ground on... More

Three year-old scandal made new!

Somehow, we still care…

Anyone remember the “Kerry’s Choice” headline splashed on the front page of the New York Post back in July, 2004?... More

Mexican newsrooms

Worse than you think

While American reporters duke it out over subjects like Web vs. print and how many gray hairs are being forced... More

Cleeland lets loose

Times takes it on the chin

Nancy Cleeland, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, writes a farewell screed today over at The Huffington Post to the... More

Bloggers dissect Sheehan

Things get ugly

On Memorial Day, Cindy Sheehan tendered her resignation letter to the anti-war movement, saying that she felt rejection and rebuke... More

Salon’s Greenwald is wrong about Klein

Though Klein was misleading

If a reporter gets all the facts of a story right, and hands in a piece that accurately captures what's... More

Memorial day evergreen

Same as it ever was

Ah, Memorial Day weekend. The barbecue, the beach, the summer dresses. But there's one perennial treat that we wait for... More

Blogging on war spending

Blog report

Thursday night, Congress approved a war spending bill that would call for continued financial support for troops in Iraq and... More

And they’re off!

Horse race coverage dominates

The Project for Excellence in Journalism released its first quarterly report based on its excellent weekly News Coverage Index this... More

Piling on

Reporters who don’t hate America

I'm a little surprised that after the minor uproar following the ABC News report on a covert, "non-lethal" program aimed... More

Olbermann stirs the pot

Blogs v. Dems

Keith Olbermann, in one of his "special comment" features last night, expressed immense disappointment in the failure on the part... More

Stein on stocks

They’re like Nazis!

If only I had a nickel for every time some idiot made an inappropriate--not to mention false--analogy between our present... More

Blog fight!

Droppin’ the gloves

It all started when TNR's Michael Crowley posted an excerpt from Democratic strategist Bob Shrum's upcoming book that makes it... More

Live and Direct

Iraq dispatch

I couldn't help but be mesmerized this morning watching the video that accompanies The New York Times front page story... More

Drunk Germans, tattooed fish

News that ain’t

Friend and former colleague Brian Montopoli, who resides over at CBS News' Public Eye blog these days, interviewed Drew Curtis,... More

In Maysan province, the press misses an opportunity to go deep

Yon picks up the slack

While I have problems with the overly simplistic nature of much of the criticism milbloggers toss at the press over... More

A Subversive Press? Covert Operations in Iran

Bloggers react to ABC’s “covert operations” scoop

Tuesday night, chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross at ABC News reported on a new covert, "non-lethal" program aimed at Iran... More

FT on DJ

Don’t do us any favors

We suspect the Financial Times has an advantage covering the Bancrofts--maybe everyone went to the same schools, or something--but... More

A Good One on Drug Trials

Big Pharma

Barry Meier, one The Audit's favorites, has an excellent piece on today's New York Times business cover about a debate... More

Not Your Grandma’s Science Fair

CNN stands out

It's that time of year. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicted that the upcoming 2007 hurricane season would have... More

Sports pages vs. military reporting

One of these things is not like the other…

Some time ago, a friend of mine who writes about the military told me that because so few reporters are... More

Girl goes missing, news peg found

The Brits are no better off than we are

Looks like the American press isn't alone in going nuts over sensational stories that, while newsy, aren't exactly of great... More

Smart people gather to talk about politics and the Web, nothing interesting is said

Blogging confabs bring out the smart guys, but few new ideas are ever aired.

If you're anything like us, when you get an invitation to attend a day-long event that promises to bring bloggers,... More

Iraq beats Iraq

News coverage moves from D.C. to Baghdad

According to the project for Excellence in Journalism's weekly News Coverage Index, which breaks down the major stories in mainstream... More

We have been promised monsters!

But where are they?

I'm feeling let down. On Monday, The Boston Globe carried a short blurb about the Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project... More

Gore on the horse race

More of the same

Al Gore went on Good Morning America today to talk about his new book, The Assault on Reason, in which... More

More Iraqi journos killed

Another young journalist snuffed out

Last week, I wrote about ways in which the Iraqi government is trying to control and intimidate the press in... More

Bloggers vs. book reviewers

Round II!

Another shot is fired across the bow in the great lit bloggers vs. book reviewers feud, this time courtesy of... More

The best source of environmental stories that you’ve never heard of

What you should know about “green” ads.

If you make it green, people will buy. Or so goes the current marketing philosophy. Today’s news pages are filled... More

How often does the press beat the SEC to accounting fraud stories?

Not very often

If the business press is the public’s watchdog on corporate fraud, there seems to be cause for concern. A new... More

The Tragedy of Peter Kann

A devoted son of Dow Jones brings down the company.

We believe facts are facts and that they are ascertainable through honest, open-minded and diligent reporting. We thus believe that... More

Yeah, Wolfie is out, stop cheering

Will the press be as interested in Wolfowitz’s replacement as it was with him?

So Wolfowitz is out and opponents of the Iraq war are rejoicing around the world, having collected at least one... More

Don’t believe the hype

A day at the Personal Democracy Forum

I spent most of the day Friday at the Personal Democracy Forum at Pace University in lower Manhattan, listening to... More

Banning the bad news in Iraq

The Iraqi government is chasing journalists away from covering stories.

The Guardian reported this morning that police in Baghdad "fired shots into the air to force a group of Iraqi... More

If the networks and the Pentagon hate it, ‘Hometown Baghdad’ is surely must-see TV

Pentagon stomps on YouTube, cutting off an unvarnished look at the war.

Adel, the rock star of the three, with his big black shades, spiky hair, and goatee, looks at the camera... More

Opposition research, tall tales, and the dregs of campaign reporting

Turnabout might be fair play, but it doesn’t make for good journalism.

A zeitgeisty piece this morning by Michael Scherer on Salon explores how the Web--most notably Matt Drudge--is breaking stories that... More

A Moment in the Demise of Nightline

A “debate” over the existence of God reveals the sad state of the nightly news, as guided by the steady hand of Martin Bashir.

A post late yesterday by Troy Patterson over at Slate reminded us of something we had wanted to comment on,... More

Newspapers Are Killing Cartoonists—Another Brilliant Business Move

Have editorial cartoons been silenced by “fearful editors” who want, among other things, to “appease conservatives”?

It's been fifty years since The Saturday Review declared American editorial cartooning a moribund art. In the three-page autopsy, the... More

Ooooooh, Web Ads!

Web ads are great, but the political battles will still be fought, for better or worse, in the old media.

Entering the third presidential election in the Age of the Blog, you'd think that people might stop marveling at the... More

The Shield Bearer

How a conservative congressman from Indiana became journalism’s best ally in the fight to protect anonymous sources.

Representative Mike Pence, a fourth-term Republican, delivers his speech with the cadence of a southern minister. “Over and over the... More

Will Fort Dix plotters turn out to be the next ‘Seas of David’?

Not all terror plots are created equal, as we’ve found out over the last several years.

Foiling terrorist plots against the United States is no laughing matter, and with the arrest of six men in New... More

Steiger Sat On What?!

Rupert Murdoch’s “reassuring” e-mail about a live offer for the Wall Street Journal’s parent creates a journalistic fiasco. Thanks, Rupert. We feel better already.

Well, we can stop wondering whether The Wall Street Journal would allow Rupert Murdoch to screw up its editorial judgment.... More

Look Who’s Dining with the Queen

More mixing of reporters with politicians over a polite dinner shouldn’t sit well with the public.

Remember the sturm und drang two weeks ago following the annual Washington Correspondents Association dinner? The capital press corps was... More

Superiority Complex

Why the Brits think they’re better

The British press corps ought to be feeling pretty good about some of the acclaim it’s gotten here lately. What... More

The Curious Case of Victor Pey

Why the Chilean government wants to keep a friendly newspaper shuttered.

The irony of Chile’s media is that there was more ideological diversity and journalistic energy in the printed press in... More

Soldiers’ Stories

What fires up the journalists at Military Times is the vulnerability of the community they cover

Gina Cavallaro had drifted away from the soldier escorting her, wanting to take a picture of the Iraqi children trailing... More

New Grub Street

How did ethics become a staple of contemporary food writing?

Time was, a war of words between a food writer and an organic-foods retailer would have attracted the interest of... More

Rules of Engagement

A year with the 101st Airborne in Iraq.

Ahail-and-farewell party is in full flow at a Spartan civilian restaurant in Clarksville, Tennessee. Clarksville is about fifty miles northwest... More


Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse

The photographer was a seasoned operator in South Asia. So when she set forth on an assignment in India, she... More

Hansen v. Cockburn in the The Nation, With Nothing at Stake

The global warming debate goes nowhere in this slow-motion battle of wits.

The folks at The Nation offer readers an intriguing new punch-counterpunch this month. The current online issue includes a short... More

A New Shield Law in Washington State

The author of the nation’s thirty-second state law protecting journalists’ confidential sources says it should boost prospects for a federal version.

On April 28th, Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington State signed a media shield bill into law, making Washington the thirty-second... More

Is This What the Army Thinks of Us?

A new Army manual paints American reporters as a national security threat.

It looks like it is official: the United States Army thinks that American reporters are a threat to national security.... More

The Trouble With Insurance Reporting

The business press accepts insurance industry assumptions that are utterly bogus—and, yes, it matters a lot.

You know me as The Audit, a mild-mannered, bespectacled, some would say underachieving critic and interpreter of the business press—just... More

The End of Dow Jones

Covering Your Own Downfall

What must it be like to write your own obituary? What must it be like to read it? Reading the... More

Congested Coverage

Forget “congestion pricing,” PlaNYC needs the press’s deep and sustained attention.

It’s been a little over a week since mayor Mike Bloomberg unveiled his twenty-five-year plan for climate change and... More

The Organic Link Between Books and Newspapers

Do newspapers really want to sacrifice the cultural authority that book reviews provide?

Give the Los Angeles Times some credit. Rather than fight its critics, it sometimes gives them the opportunity to sound... 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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