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August 2007

Diana, Princess of Tales

Ten years after her death, the media fascination with Diana lives on

Ten years ago today, the world awoke to the news that the car carrying Diana, Princess of Wales had crashed... More

What Kind of News do People Really Want?

Pew report studies twenty years of American preferences

It's almost fifty pages long, but well worth the read: a recent study by the Pew Research Center for People... More


PBS runs into the FCC’s nanny-state regulations

It's official, we've become a nation of children. And like children, we can't be trusted to hear nasty swear words--even... More

Goodbye to All That

The decline of the coverage of books isn’t new, benign, or necessary

The health of a society is always best measured by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens. The... More

The Worst Kind of Toilet Humor

The homophobic New York Post

Getting worked up over anything in the New York Post can be a little dangerous. The paper does such... More

Chauncey Bailey: An Interview

Before his death, the murdered journalist spoke of the significance of community TV

Slain journalist Chauncey Bailey was a crusading reporter who lost his life for working on a story that would have... More

General Petraeus and the domestic information war

By the book

In my free time, I like to do things like read the recently released U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency... More

Fox News Has a Beef…

…with itself

Like Frankenstein, Fox News disclaimed a monster of its own making this morning. Here's how it went down. Fox &... More

Per Suits

The Journal works on Saturday

People familiar with goings-on at The Wall Street Journal tell The New York Times that Wall Street's top watchdog is... More

A Statesman’s Decisions

New evidence brings old reporting out of the closet

In October 2006, blogger Mike Rogers wrote that he’d spoken to some men who claimed they’d had sex with Larry... More

Chinese Pollution in Words, Pictures and More

The New York Times makes new strides with multimedia storytelling

These days, it is rare to see a magazine or newspaper publish a special report on climate change or natural... More

Southern Strategy

The media lobby, free trade, and Central America

Media companies dish out millions each year to protect copyright law, maintain ownership rights, and expand broadband lines in the... More

Onion-y Goodness

As Henson goes, so goes the nation

Who among us hasn't, upon finishing some news article or another, thought, "This reads like an Onion story." Add this... More

The Subprime Mess From Mount Olympus

Why James Grant’s long view comes up short

Who’s to blame? The human race, first and foremost. Well-intended public policy, second. And Wall Street, third — if... More

What Gonzales Didn’t Say

What goes unspoken stays unspoken

It came as no surprise this morning at Alberto Gonzales’s press conference announcing his resignation that the AG didn’t go... More

What do the “surge” and the “Anbar Awakening” have in common?

Not much

There's an odd paragraph in Walter Pincus' Washington Post column this morning that deserves some unpacking. Writing about a Defense... More

The Narrative Imperative, Redux

In the presidential campaign, who’s spinning the yarns?

It came, this time, about halfway through Jon Stewart’s Daily Show interview with Barack Obama—that inevitable moment when the Witty... More

When a Comment Just Isn’t a Comment

Justice Puts a L.A. Times Reporter “Under Siege”

Steven Seagal isn’t a name you’d expect to find at the center of a journalism blog battle—including an interesting one... More

Defining Muqtada

Militant, radical, firebrand: how do you brand al-Sadr?

When the Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reemerged from seclusion in the spring to give a sermon denouncing the U.S.... More

Fun With News

Fox’s “Anchorwoman” reality show is a little too real

For those of you who spent last night doing better things (and you probably did), here’s the premise of “Anchorwoman,”... More

Shafer Wishes Newspapers a Long Life

We do too

Jack Shafer does a great job in his latest Slate post pointing newspapers in the right direction. He captures a... More

New York—a city without a country

National Review blogger says “New York City is not America”

I've been enjoying the musings of Steve Shippert--who chimes in on the National Review's The Tank blog from time to... More

Hyphen Heaven

Time magazine’s nine-decade celebration of the Homeric epithet

Time magazine has unlocked its archives on its revamped Web site, and I’m giddy with excitement. Now, free of charge,... More

NYT’s Iraq story a mouthful

More confusing than clarifying

If you were somewhat confused after reading the front-page piece in The New York Times this morning, "'Free Iraq' Is... More


An L.A. Times story on aging Holocaust survivors

The Los Angeles Times has a poignant story today on research that shows how the long-supressed memories of Holocaust survivors... More

Drudge Barks, TV News Bites

“YouTube Election” or same old sloppy speculation?

Thank you, Matt Drudge, for providing us all with a brief respite from what might have otherwise been yet another... More

AJR’s Troubles

And what CJR really thinks about them

The news that our colleague and competitor, the American Journalism Review, is on thin financial ice this year is bad... More

Rifling Through NASA’s Closets

USA Today finds nothing, publishes anyway

Scandal is such a dangerous thing in the media. Readers devour it and always ask for more. When astronaut Lisa... More

Suspicious in Seattle

Media weigh privacy v. public safety

Over the past several weeks, two men have been observed on several different ferries in the Seattle area looking "overly... More

Prime and Subprime

The New York Times and Business Week led on subprime coverage. Others didn’t.

The business press can always be counted on to explain in authoritative detail why we just lost a trillion dollars.... More

Georgia Court Tests Mass. v. EPA

But where’s the press?

In April, I wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate... More

Covering What Didn’t Happen

Washington Post on Bush’s “frustrated ambition”

I remember listening to Bush’s second inaugural address and being impressed with the high ambitions, the utopian dream of remaking... More

Page Six Nose Conflict of Interest

When they smell it

About a year ago when I interviewed the New York Times' then-newly-minted scent critic, Chandler Burr, he told me that... More

Are U.S. Newsmakers Still Ignoring International News?

According to the PEJ, they are

From April 1 to June 29 of this year, coverage of the war in Iraq was down across the board,... More

Sun-Times Says Boycott BP

Chicago area newspapers fight permit for new pollution

The Chicago Sun-Times called for a boycott of BP today in response to a permit the oil giant received in... More

The Battle for Eyeballs

Newspapers pound blogs, but there’s a catch

According to a new report out this week from the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, traffic... More

Wolff on Murdoch

Laughing all the way to the bank

Was anyone surprised that Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff landed a hefty book deal to write about Rupert Murdoch's pursuit of... More

Brian Tierney’s Grand Experiment

Fitting Philly pigs for wings

Pigs weren’t flying around The Philadelphia Inquirer’s historic white deco tower on North Broad Street—not yet anyway. But this was... More

Massacre on A6

Yesterday’s bombings in Iraq get little coverage

Maybe it’s because I saw the incredible documentary, “No End In Sight,” last night that I’m particularly sensitive, but it... More

Where’s Mike Gravel?

The press needs to ask.

Last Thursday Democrat Mike Gravel knew he’d only have about fifteen minutes of back-and-forth with the panelists at the Human... More

Room to Roam

Rebecca Solnit’s peripatetic education

Just what kind of a writer is Rebecca Solnit? It’s not an easy question to answer, given the effortless way... More

Check, Please!

Let no claim go unchecked

Perhaps you've read about Mitt and Rudy's escalating scrap over who is tougher on illegal immigration? A typical campaign-season clash.... More

The Leon Roars

The wit of Wieseltier

I’m so thankful Leon Wieseltier is still around. It seems the intellectual world used to be full of people like... More

The Times and Thompson

Missing the dirt

The New Republic's Jason Zengerle beat me to the punch in commenting on this morning's New York Times piece about... More

Rove’s Exit

Nothing left to say? Says who?

Last night, Josh Marshall mused: Is it me or is the most remarkable thing about Karl Rove's resignation that it... More

Baby Buttafuocos?

Sexing up a study, stoking parental angst

Parents! Big news! You know those videos you show your babies to make them smart? Well, hold onto your diaper... More

Newsweek v. Newsweek

Samuelson rebuts Begley’s cover story

I love to see columnists and reporters arguing in the pages of the same magazine, especially about climate change. This... More

Desperate times…

Call for pathetic measures

According to an item in today's Page Six, Rick Kaplan, executive producer of CBS' Evening News invited a squad of... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about political power and the press, the changing role of the editorial, selling anxiety to women, and bearing witness to a changing century

When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina By W. Lance Bennett, Regina G.... More

Rudy’s Close Up

The New Yorker leaves on the soft lens

It was only a matter of time before the New Yorker offered up its definitive Rudy Giuliani profile. The in-depth... More

The Objectivity Problem

Frustration persists, but there’s no quick fix

Over the weekend, Mark Kleiman resurrected the well-worn objectivity conundrum. Kleiman says that while a reporter's job--for a hundred years... More

Crandall Canyon and the Press

It’s time to look deeper

As hope dims for the six coal miners trapped a quarter-mile under Emery county Utah, reporters have mostly focused on... More

Dow Jones Down

The WSJ editorial page launches baseless attacks on its competitors’ motives—it will fit right in at News Corp.

And so Dow Jones & Co., once the proud lion of financial news, goes down instead like a jackrabbit shot... More

Krauthammer, Goldfarb, and Emanuel

Getting the TNR mess wrong on purpose

In the continuing story of Private Scott Beauchamp and the disputed, and partially discredited, "Baghdad Diarist" stories he wrote for... More

The Greenhouse Effect (Updated)

Hurricane Linda blows C-SPAN cameras away

For Supreme Court buffs who watch C-SPAN, yesterday morning was one of disappointment. A promising panel discussion, “Covering the Court(s):... More

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Mary Heaton Vorse’s labor reportage

In April 1952, Harper’s Magazine published “The Pirates’ Nest of New York,” a report on the aftermath of a wildcat... More

To Juice or Not to Juice?

Journalists float the idea of legalizing sports doping

Point shaving, dog fighting, blood doping - it was enough to make some columnists posit that the last week of... More

Rules of the Games

Beijing 2008: Time Trials for Press Freedom

Beijing has a new city anthem. “We Are Ready,” crooned by a chorus of 200 singers before a crowd of... More

Murdoch, China, and the WSJ

Steiger isn’t worried? He should be

An AP piece this morning reported that Paul Steiger, The Wall Street Journal’s former managing editor, thinks that Rupert Murdoch’s... More

Obama blames the press

The senator wasn’t clear on Pakistan, and so he smacks an easy scapegoat

As Ben Smith at Politico points out today, Barack Obama has been blaming the media for misrepresenting his position on... More

A couple of notable campaign reads

Well worth your attention

First, an op-ed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and DLC Chairman and former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. O'Malley and... More

The Good-Citizen Quiz

What Americans know

At least three misjudgments are common around American Independence Day: thinking one’s feet are faster than the fuse on a... More

L.A. Times Iraq Piece Nails It

Susman conveys the good, the bad, and the mundane

Veteran foreign correspondent Tina Susman hands in a fine bit of reporting in this morning's Los Angeles Times, writing from... More

Murdoch the Visionary

Yes, he was ahead on the Internet, cable, etc., but to what end?

Alastair Campbell, in his apologia for Rupert Murdoch yesterday in The New York Times’s op-ed pages, uses the phrase “intellectually... More

Slate goes low

Cyber-stalking Giuliani’s daughter

Slate magazine dipped its toes in the media gutter this morning when it ran a piece looking at Rudy Giuliani's... More

Asexual Journalism?

LA Times mimics NY Times story on love and desire

Monday's Los Angeles Times carried a long feature, "This is Your Brain on Love," about neurological explanations of sexual attraction... More

Obama Flamed Again

This time, though, he wuz robbed

Barack Obama is being pummeled again for his public statements about foreign policy. The candidate told the Associated Press yesterday... More

The Times’ numbers game

Fails to add up

In a front-page New York Times article earlier this week, Solomon Moore describes how some overcrowded prison systems are sending... More

Oval Office or Bust

The latest campaign frivolity analyzes Clinton’s other war chest

It’s possible for news organizations to keep their audiences a little too abreast of campaign-trail developments. To wit: an article... More

The News Analysis That Wasn’t

NYT’s Iraq story a case study in caution

We seem to be picking on The New York Times this week, but if you want an example of the... More

A Spoonful of Sugar

How to explain the health care crisis

Why are so many of the most pressing subjects in national politics also the most tedious? Social Security reform is... More

The Rupert Watch

How to read The Wall Street Journal now

Well, they were not the Chandlers of Los Angeles, who couldn't sell their journalistic birthright fast enough. Nor were they... More

Subway Car Confessions

A stakeout of the mayor’s commuting habits

In a front-page story that must fall into the category of faux exposés (“fauxposés”?), The New York Times today tries... More

Burning the Virtual Shoe Leather

Does journalism in a computer world matter?

I was a novice. She—if she really were a she—was an expert. In a computer-generated world called Second Life, the... 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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