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June 2007

Why News Corp. Can’t Cover the U.S. Business Story

It is the story

The business press, I have to say, has done a terrific job vetting News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch as potential... More

Too Much Power to the People?

Why does Andrew Keen hate America?

The infamously brutal New York Times critic, Michiko Kakutani, today reviews a new book by Andrew Keen. It’s called “The... More

All Al Qaedas Are Not Equal

The Los Angeles Times defines its terms

The Los Angeles Times has a good story today about how U.S. forces in Iraq are shifting their attention away... More

A Different Kind of Hot Zone

Kevin Sites takes a look at the “People of the Web”

Last year, I commended Yahoo’s sole producer of original content, Kevin Sites, for his multimedia globetrotting in which he managed... More

When Does the White House Watchdog Bark?

More often than you think

The veteran UPI correspondent Helen Thomas, recently dislodged from the front row of the remodeled press briefing room, has seen... More

Run Ronny Run

Paul leads GOP in new media

The latest netroots phenomenon is—surprise!—none other than Ron Paul, the little known Republican congressman from Texas' 14th District. A former... More

The Obscured Continent

It’s hard to find Africa in Vanity Fair’s new “Africa Issue”

In recent years, two main schools of thought have emerged about how to lift Africa out of its seemingly bottomless... More


Murdoch in the sewer

This News Corp. statement speaks for itself. It comes near the beginning of the second day of The New York... More

Paris is Burning

Look who’s embarrassed about checkbook journalism.

Last week came reports that NBC had offered a sum in the “high six figures” for Paris Hilton’s first post-jail... More

Don’t Miss The Post Cheney Series

“The Angler” is great and a pleasure to read.

The Washington Post series, by Bart Gellman (The Audit's onetime officemate, I'm proud to say) and Jo Becker, so far... More

The Flaw of Averages

How polls obscure America’s many social patchworks

The first American survey was ordered by the Constitution, and Article 1, Section 2, even specified the cross-tabs: “Number of... More

The Audit Recommends…

The Times on Murdoch; The New Yorker on Murdoch; The WSJ on Murdoch and the Bear Stearns bailout;Lawrence Summers’s Op-Ed in the FT.

Business-press readers get even more reasons to oppose a Dow Jones sale to News Corp. from The New Yorker's rundown... More

The Donor Ethic

Money for nothing?

Yesterday, conservative bloggers had a field day with MSNBC's investigative online report, confirming their suspicions: journalists lean their pocketbooks to... More

Brit Hume: commie mole?

The real stenographers

According to a batch of thirty year-old CIA documents released yesterday, the agency was--shock!--involved in "illegal and scandalous activities...wiretappings of... More

Agency Problems at Dow Jones and the WSJ

Unusual job guarantees would put top Journal editors in a tight spot.

You can't tell the players without a scorecard, and today The Audit will spell out where the economic interests of... More

The NewsHour News Debate

Is objectivity subjective?

Earlier this week, Jeffrey Brown, a Senior Correspondent for the NewsHour on PBS, anchored a segment on the blurring of... More

Where are the stories?

Some big names in Iraqi battle

On Tuesday, about 10,000 U.S. soldiers launched "Operation Arrowhead Ripper," an aggressive offensive against Al Qaeda in Baqubah, a city... More

A Place at the Table

Setting the record straight on early black journalists

Missing Pages: Black Journalists of Modern America An Oral History By Wallace Terry Carroll & Graf 368 pages, $15.95... More

Mayor Mike and the blogs

No one seems to agree…

The blogosphere reacted cynically today to Bloomberg's announced name--woops, affiliation--change. In the course of a lot of snarky commentary, especially... More

Chris Matthews burning up


Is he trying to appeal to a younger audience? Or is the hyperactive Chris Matthews taking his "Hardball" style to... More

YouTube Debates

The fate of citizen journalism

With the advent of the blogosphere and YouTube, citizen journalism is on the rise—and to some extent its future course... More

What is Richard Cohen thinking?

Not much…

It's amazing what can find it's way into the pages of a newspaper's op-ed section. This morning, the Washington Post's... More

The New Yorker’s well-kept secrets

They have blogs!

Unless I missed the memo, I had no idea that The New Yorker was running a couple blogs on its... More

Secular vs. Cyclical

Shafer is wrong about Times piece

Jack Shafer finds a page one piece in Sunday's New York Times about a slowdown in online retail sales to... More

The press loses another war

Good grief

There's not a lot of news in the fact that the Pentagon has hired Geoff Morrell, former White House correspondent... More

Terrorism and the shield law

Combined by the Justice Dept.

Why does a proposed federal shield law that would protect reporters from giving up their sources hate America? Because it... More


Some unsettling similarities

I’ve been reading Robert Dallek’s excellent new biography, “Nixon and Kissinger,” and certain parallels between Nixon’s presidency and the present... More

TV News Gone Soft?!

Rather’s ‘wake-up call’ could have been made twenty years ago

Another controversy swirling around Dan Rather? Maybe. But this time, his insights into the future of journalism—and what, in fact,... More

Changes at the Journal

The Audit’s interpretation

The Wall Street Journal's new managing editor, Marcus Brauchli, made some changes in the newsroom that are bold if nothing... More

Feral Beast? Try Lemming

Tony Blair’s temper tantrum

If the press were an animal, what kind of animal would it be? I’ve got my answer. I’m imagining a... More

New study

Tracks openness in media orgs

The University of Maryland's International Center for Media and the Public Agenda released a study today looking at twenty-five of... More

Journalism 101

Some good—and seemingly obvious—advice

Attention journalists! The flat thing on the desk in front of you is a keyboard. When you wish to write... More

The WSJ Story is Fine, But…

What’s missing from coverage of the insurance “industry”

The WSJ did a story last week on the explosive growth of state-owned insurers of last resort. This is a... More

It’s His Nature

Rupert Murdoch and Dow Jones

A familiar fable tells of a scorpion that asks a frog to carry him across a river. The frog is... More

The Thompson Flirtation

How far will the press take it?

Yesterday, Rasmussen Reports released its most recent survey poll among the 2008 GOP contenders with surprising news that former Tennessee... More

“Tear Down Alberto”

The noise continues

On the anniversary of President Reagan's Berlin Wall address, the Democrats are still crying "Tear down Alberto," after their inability... More

Would I do this story?

Where to draw the line on insurgent coverage

Toward the end of yesterday's "Morning Edition" on NPR, Renee Montagne introduced a segment called "Portrait of a Suicide Bomber."... More

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, for refusing to tie the knot without a proper... More

The war-free news

Scrubbed clean?

We've been beating this horse for months, and it looks like things are hardly getting any better. Looking at the... More

Authors of New Hillary Book Speak Out

Russert love some Hillary news

Did you think the slew of anti-Hillary books was over? Not at all. As the election season continues its slow... More

Style Over Substance

Despite India’s media boom, its journalism is shrinking.

Before moving to New York in August 2006, I met with fellow journalists and writers in New Delhi. The conversations... More

On the Rocks

Douglas McCollam on John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World By John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 I first encountered the writer John McPhee... More

Gimmick lead, redux

The point of pointless interactivity

As someone who sifts through reams of science news every day, I am always grateful to journalists that throw the... More

Iraqi press baron

Fighting the good fight

With all the bad news coming out of Iraq concerning the increasing death toll of Iraqi journalists and the restrictions... More

Who’s afraid of bloggers?

Scooter Libby, apparently

The lawyers for Scooter Libby made a bizarre argument - at least to my ears - for why the letters... More

‘Everything would just go black’

Bloggers and the Sopranos

A warning: if you haven't seen the series finale The Sopranos, don't read on... The final episode comes to us... More

Klein and the lefty blogs

What’s with the confusion?

Here we go again. In what seems to be a recurring theme among opinion journalists, Time's Joe Klein attacks the... More

More ads, so what?

The obsession with front-page ads

One day--and hopefully that day will be soon--it will stop being news that magazines and newspapers are putting advertisements on... More

Samuelson says there’s nothing to be done

Warns to avoid “class warfare”

The Washington Post's Robert Samuelson today weighs in with an informed column on cultural changes affecting income inequality. His conclusion:... More

As You Read This, Cheney is Watching You

Veep gets more bad press

Yesterday, former deputy attorney general James B. Comey offered testimony claiming that Vice President Dick Cheney told officials in the... More

Loss of Wartzman column reveals LAT’s biz coverage priorities

The Reader Speaks

One of The Audit's numerous sources in the business press passes along the following letter by Peter Dreier, a politics... More

Front page singular

Stack brings the goods

Deciding to put a first-person account on the front-page of paper is not an easy decision for editors. The Los... More

Where’s the JFK plot story?

The NYT explains

On Monday, New York Times national editor Suzanne Daley took to the internets to answer reader questions, and a couple... More

Blog Report: The Republican debate

There are few fans

The third GOP debate is finished, and the winner is...? Nobody. Bloggers on both sides agreed that, while many of... More

Calling Uncle Sam

How government can and should support a free press

At a moment when our government appears to be battering the Bill of Rights in the name of combating terrorism... More

Just the Facts, and Opinions Too

Framing science in a fragmented media world

Scientists must do a better job making their research understandable and meaningful to the press and the public, even if... More

The perilous mix of political posturing and reporting

Brits get political

The issue of what kind of public political stance reporters should be allowed to take came to mind this weekend,... More

How to Kill a Story

Murdoch would kill the Journal’s journalism

How do you kill a story? It must be hard, right? All reporters know the truth: any monkey can do... More

Greenwald’s defense of his Klein piece

Moves the goalposts a bit

Yesterday, Salon's Glenn Greenwald responded to my criticism of a post he wrote back on May 24, and, well, I've... More

California Crud

NYT Sunday Styles captures the stink of the beach

Props to The New York Times' Sunday Styles section for running a good story about Southern California beach pollution yesterday.... More

Great story; a concern and a thought

The Bancrofts’ lawyer is clearly conflicted; spell out where the CEO stands

Business-press readers and family therapy buffs alike will get a kick out The Wall Street Journal's Saturday story on discussions... More

The Wiki Defense

What Floyd Landis taught the press about drug testing

It was a partisan crowd in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and they gave their local hero, Floyd Landis, a standing ovation... More

Beating Around the Bush

The president turns 180˚ on climate

All around the world, reporters are responding to George W. Bush's reversal on American climate policy. In a speech in... More

Tossing a brick


Just when you think journalists have milked a presidential candidate dry of any personal trait or tick from their past... More

Kyoto, and the dangers of traveling with TB

Bad decisions…

Another day, another battle in the political blogosphere. Today, conservative bloggers are accusing National Public Radio and the Associated Press... More

Financial Times Bears Down

The British Peach combines sophistication and street smarts in a nice Page One piece.

The Audit can't resist the two-column, paper-leading story (badly underplayed on the Web) by Saskia Scholtes, who got hold of... More

DJ’s unsuitable suitors

Bancrofts in a tight spot

The news that Dow Jones & Co.'s controlling Bancroft family will consider selling the company, including to Rupert Murdoch's News... 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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