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September 2007

Mission of Burma

Getting around the country’s attempted news blackout

As the Burmese military juanta continues its violent crackdown on demonstrators, one casualty in the clashes was veteran Japanese Journalist... More

Climate and the Campaign

U.S. databases v. Australian news

As the federal election rapidly approaches, climate change, energy, and environment have become leading issues among candidates and the media... More

The Israel Lobby Doesn’t Control the Media

According to Walt and Mearsheimer, it is the media

What more could there possibly be to say about “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” the controversial new book-length... More

The Uncle Sam Solution

Can the government help the press? Should it?

This past spring, the Columbia Journalism Review convened a panel of top editors and a media investor to discuss the... More

Sammon and Hewitt get to the bottom of things

Break the story wide open

Man, you know you keep things pretty close to the vest when you state a simple, well-known fact, and a... More

Iranian Media Claims Victory

Who cares?

On Monday afternoon, I was asked to do a radio interview reacting to the visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... More

Wrist? Slap!

FCC fines Comcast four figures for fake news

Be afraid, Karen Ryan! Be very afraid! On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was fining Comcast for airing,... More

Climate, Front And Center

Thus far, press keeps UN, White House gatherings in proper context

Today is the second day of what The New York Times labeled "Climate Week" in an editorial last Saturday. Beginning... More

Play (Hard!) Ball

Why the sports beat must evolve

Last summer, celebrity sports columnist Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote the latest in a series of articles denigrating... More

NYT’s Echo Chamber

No such thing as bad publicity

Last week, CJR's own Liz Cox Barrett got all up in the face of the AP's Ron Fournier, arguing that... More

$70-Million Nit

Los Angeles Times , Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Fox, CNN, MSNBC make common error in reporting Rather’s lawsuit

Reminder to headline writers and reporters on the Dan Rather-CBS lawsuit story: He didn't file a "$70-million lawsuit" last week.... More

Bomb Iran?

Throwaway line in NYT’s piece will be fodder for hawks

For anyone looking for similarities between the push for regime change in Iraq and the U.S.'s persistent bickering with Iran... More

A Tale Of Two Scandals

…and One Undertold

On the front page of America’s papers of record today is the story of Norman Hsu, a bundler for Hillary... More

Lovers of the Press, Liberty Must Root for Cubs

A call to patriots everywhere

As a Burkean liberal and paleo-librarian of longstanding, like many of you, The Audit has long understood that the Chicago... More

The Case of the Vanishing Book Review

A panel discussion about books, journalism, and the culture that binds them

The September/October issue of Columbia Journalism Review focuses on books and their connections to newspaper journalism. To further explore the... More

The Identity Trap

Does the personal make reporting predictable?

One morning last year, not long after the publication of my first book, Absolute Convictions, I paid what turned out... More

“Accountability Journalism,” AP Style

Do as Ron Fournier Says, Not as He Does

The Associated Press's Ron Fournier drops this little truism into the midst of his "analysis" piece today: "A political attack... More

What’s Healthy?

Don’t ask scientists, or the press either

What do red wine, cell phones, and daycare have in common? All have ambiguous links to human health established by... More

AP forgets Fallujah, quotes fictional character

Pretty lazy

Looking through the coverage of the Blackwater story yesterday morning, I stumbled across the AP's take, and it would be... More

The numbers on Blackwater, Iraq contractors, all mixed up

Who knows?

Given the news yesterday that the Iraqi government wants to ban Blackwater, the private security firm working in Iraq, after... More

Our Score: Murdoch 2 - Journalism 0

No Ingrassia book, Varadarajan quits as readers learn to play by Austrialian rules

Kudos to Keith J. Kelly of News Corp.'s New York Post who has more scoops this week. He says Larry... More

Dear John (Edwards)…

This is kind of awkward…but, um…it’s over. Sorry.

Love, Shakespeare wrote, “is an ever-fixèd mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken.” True—except when the love in... More


Why one reporter left a newspaper to write books

When I left a reporting job at The Washington Post several years ago, I lost an institution I loved—not to... More

President blogger panel gets mixed results

The blogs on the case

Remember the good old days of the 2004 election season, when the Bush campaign would hold "public" events that were... More

Greenspan, Iraq, Oil. How’s that again?

The WSJ and NYT underplay Greenspan role as “behind-the-scenes advocate” for invading Iraq. Woodward and Post get it right.

In the second-to-last paragraph of a story on page A3 Monday, The Wall Street Journal says Alan Greenspan was "himself... More


USA Today galaxy story should say what it means

It could be that I'm just tired after a week covering a science journalists' conference in California, but I came... More

The Nonprofit Road

It’s paved not with gold, but with good journalism

Never has there been a greater need for independent, original, credible information about our complex society and the world at... More

Me! Use Me!

Unnamed sources have their way with — and say in—the NYT

To political campaigns and newspapers alike: beware campaign "advisers" willing to say ill-advised things to reporters--when offered the cloak of... More

“The Insurance Hoax” and the Business Press

Bloomberg Markets’s latest cover story and a Times piece perform a valuable service; Forbes and WSJ editorialists blow key Katrina fact

When applying for a grant last year from George Soros's Open Society Institute to report on the insurance industry's response... More

Parsing Petraeus

That ‘very significant withdrawal’ was coming anyway

Among the big headlines General David Petraeus's testimony before Congress has produced is the news that 30,000 troops will be... More

Environmental Journalism? Environmentalism?

An identity crisis at the SEJ conference

I suppose that when I walked into the opening reception of the Society of Environmental Journalists annual meeting last Wednesday,... More

The Gerson Myth

Reporters react to Scully’s Atlantic screed

Things used to be chummy between Matthew Scully and his former boss, Michael Gerson. Together with John McConnell, the three... More

Letting Go

It’s time to rethink journalistic competition

In 1995, as newspapers were beginning to grapple with the seismic structural shift of digital technology, the late James Carey... More

Steven Erlanger Forgets He’s a Journalist

But Hamas doesn’t

Steven Erlanger, The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief reports this morning on the difficulties journalists have encountered trying to... More

Petraeus and the numbers game

How does it all add up?

Today's the day we've all been waiting for. Starting today and continuing through the week, General David Petraeus and Iraq... More

Fool’s Errand

How to quantify a candidate’s religiosity

Late Thursday, the Associated Press published the results of a Pew Research Center poll that sought to discern which presidential... More

Crack, cats and the Yankee Stadium squirrel

What do they all have in common?

It's Friday, at the tail end of a short week, so we're going to share with you a headline that... More

Master Narrative

Thompson’s timing no misstep, but a stroke of genius

It was the least-breaking of breaking news that I can remember in some time. Precisely at 8:32 p.m. I went... More

How Healthy Is Men’s Health?

A shovelful of sugar helps the medicine go down

Something is radically wrong in American medicine when even the 2008 Republican presidential candidates start debating the merits of universal... More

Happy Anniversary, Katie!

You’re a “lightweight” — albeit one with “exquisitely tinted hair”

Time flies when you're having fun! Today marks the one-year anniversary of Katie Couric's ballyhooed debut as the anchor of... More

An Iran Plan?

More Reporting Please

Last week, as journalists slipped away for the holiday weekend, a lonely blogger sat down to write a rather alarming... More

The (Josh) Marshall Plan

Break news, connect the dots, stay small

To get to the newsroom of Talking Points Media in lower Manhattan, you need to visit a pungent block of... More

Iraq? Vietnam? Who cares!

Says Union Tribune columnist

The award for the most head-scratchingly dumb op-ed from this past weekend goes to The San Diego Union Tribune's Ruben... More

Bremer’s Nonchalance

An exchange between Bush and his Iraqi envoy

You really have to read it to believe it. Today, The New York Times Web site has the full text... More

Down With The Conflict-of-Interest Police

Anonymice wrong again: It’s fine for former WSJ-current NYT editor to do a book on his old company

The New York Post's well-sourced Keith J. Kelly published a good item last week saying that a book idea floated... 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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