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February 2008

Harry Situation

The British press and “the great silence: redux”

During the summer of 1936, British monarch Edward VIII continued the affair that would lead, later that year, to his... More

Natural Born Campaign-Killer?

Canal-birthed McCain, meet China-calved Luce

Yesterday’s New York Times’ had a story spotlighting the semi-serious debate over whether or not John McCain, having been born... More

Wiring Journalism 2.0

Brad Stenger on the intersection of the press and computer science

How are the media adapting to the new digital technologies that power blogs, interactive graphics, and social networks? Quickly is... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. business-press roundup: More Street spooks; Jingle mail; WSJ’s dollar delay; Bush to recession: Drop dead; and more.

Lots of scary news yesterday, including the implosion of a major UK hedge fund from Peloton Partners. In a sign... More

President Bloomberg: RIP

Will Mayor Mike’s op-ed finally end this nonsense?

“I am not — and will not be — a candidate for president.” Can we finally, finally, without any second... More

Shrill-ary

Is Clinton’s problem as basic as her voice?

It was perhaps the most memorable line of perhaps the most memorable moment of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president. The... More

WaPo Says Wii

The paper gets a game room!

The Washington City Paper broke big news yesterday: The Washington Post is getting a game room. Situated in a converted... More

The Wind Beneath Biofuels’ Wings

The press goes giddy over Virgin’s “nutty” test flight

As we've noted before, "green" business articles are tempting for journalists right now. That is doubly so when the story... More

Forbes, Fortune: Jobs Well Done

Bizpubs add to excellent work on overseas child, forced labor; Recalling Bloomberg Markets

In our recent perusing of the business magazines, two stories on child labor stuck out, one by Forbes and the... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. business-press roundup: Paulson pushes back, WSJ reports; a stunner from Bahrain; Bernanke: Damn the torpedoes, etc.

The New York Times and the Financial Times lead with the dollar tumbling to record lows on Fed chief Bernanke’s... More

Off The Map

Foreign affairs were missing, and missed, in debate season

Late in last night’s debate, after a brief discussion of Russia’s upcoming “election” and extended, familiar, plowings of the few... More

It’s The Man Show — on MSNBC!

Stick to your knitting, ladies

Watching MSNBC this morning I was reminded of a cop-out line from one of Maureen Dowd's recent harshing-on-Hillary New York... More

Bro, Sweet Chemistry Tat!

New blog showcases science in body ink

Yes, even science nerds get ink done - a double helix on the back, the chemical structure of serotonin on... More

Teaching vs. Preaching

A glimmer of pedagogy in the Ohio debate—were the media learning?

The topic of health-care reform in the presidential campaign thus far has been notable for the brevity of the discussion... More

From the Archives

Victor Navasky on William F. Buckley

Love him or hate him, William F. Buckley was a force in American journalism and the world of ideas. His... More

The Last Night

Final Fights and Russertism

The press consensus seems to be that last night’s MSNBC debate was the sharpest of the season, but that it... More

Russert Bags “The Marlin”

The most Russert-centric debate to date?

Who won the debate? Who won the debate? That is, of course, the key question for so many in the... More

Master Debaters?

Moderators, moderation, and a modest proposal

That can’t have been the last one. Oh, I’m so angry. Hey, CNN (or MSNBC, or ABC, or NPR)—what if... More

Delacorte Lecture with Time’s Rick Stengel

The managing editor on the unique role of the modern newsweekly

Magazines are “aspirational objects,” says Richard Stengel, Time's managing editor. A magazine “is something that comes into your house, it’s... More

Opening Bell

In CJR’s a.m. guide to the business press: Grim tidings on housing; WP says a veto threatened on bailouts; 50 bank failures? etc. etc.

After something of a reprieve from bad news on Tuesday, the business pages all lead with negative economic reports. In... More

Stengel’s Wrong About Endorsements

Editors in Ohio and Texas explain why

Every election cycle, it seems, someone emerges to criticize the fact that newspaper editorial boards endorse presidential candidates. This year’s... More

Stay “Classy,” Clinton

But not till after tonight’s debate, Live on MSNBC!

Jonathan Alter, the Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political pundit, thinks Hillary Clinton should pack it in ("Hillary Should Get Out... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books: Woodward and Bernstein, the U.S. record on torture, and media populism

Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate By Alicia C. Shepard John Wiley & Sons 288 pages, $24.95... More

The Opening Bell

Pause in the panic; the Times on useless insurance; more bad news for a fallen titan, etc.

Stocks rallied after the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency decided not to downgrade monoline bond insurers MBIA and Ambac Financial,... More

Elephant in the Studio

Doris Kearns Goodwin on PlagiarismGate 2008

Which of Tim Russert's expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday's Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the... More

Mountain, Meet Molehill

Why is the Obama photo a story?

It started, as so many Incendiary Internet Stories do, with Matt Drudge. This morning, the fedora-wearing provocateur posted a photo... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading

KTRK-TV’s truth meter needs recalibration

Truth squading is catching on. All over the country media outlets have latched onto truth squad features, which examine the... More

Avoiding Assassination

Why we’d rather not talk about it

I always start from a presumption that journalists should probe tough topics. But still, there’s something unseemly and vaguely creepy... More

Debits and Credits

Portfolio’s weak cover; BW’s cool update; Economist instructs; WSJ probes, etc.

Portfolio disappoints this month with its cover story on the oil boom in Iraq. We had bought the magazine on... More

Opening Bell

Oil shocks; Wachovia bites its own leg off; ChiTrib on Countrywide’s skeletons, etc.

The New York Times leads its front page with an interesting report that inflation is causing (um, more) turmoil in... More

The McCain Article, the Day After

The Times comes through for its readers

In a piece yesterday, “Five Questions for Bill Keller,” we noted that the controversy surrounding The New York Times’s front-page... More

Follow the Money

There’s only one way to interpret Hillary’s spending habits

While everyone is still busy poring over the other day’s New York Times pseudo-kinda-exposé of John McCain, I was fascinated... More

The Debate Shuffle

Pick a storyline, any storyline

Since April 2007, by my count, the Democrats have met to debate 18 times. As someone who has watched nearly... More

The World According to Forbes

“Smartest Cities” list is stupid even for a list

All we want around here at The Audit—all we’ve ever wanted—is a few smart neighbors. We are just so sick... More

Science Journalism

Past, present, and futuristic

Around the block from the Miracle of Science café, in a corner of Cambridge surrounding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,... More

Opening Bell

One in ten homes underwater: NYT; Microsoft; perils of dried fruit; more gloom, doom

The Wall Street Journal reports on its Money & Investing cover that derivatives are predicting a collapse in the commercial... More

McCausation

How 1 + 1 ads up to $—or XXX

One of the chief complaints about The New York Times’ story on the relationship between McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman... More

Five Questions for Bill Keller

Now that the “McCain bombshell” has dropped

As everyone following politics knows by now, The New York Times published a 3,030-word article last night: “For McCain, Self-Confidence... More

A Sorry Situation

How do you contain a cable conflagration?

It was all too predictable, what happened after Cindy McCain on Tuesday riffed on Michelle Obama’s recent “proud of my... More

Games in Palestine

Can a video game replicate reporting in a war-torn country?

I had just arrived in the Middle East, and my editor was describing my first assignment for the wire service:... More

The Bats and the Bees

Population crashes, the press, and the “Holocene extinction”

With all the media coverage of the crash in honeybee populations over the last two years, and in light of... More

The Opening Bell

Stagflation; a run on anti-panic insurance; “that Armageddon feel,” etc.

Stagflation fears lead the front pages of the business press today after the Federal Reserve sharply cut its growth estimates... More

Popular? Must Be “Populist”

Why does the press use “populist” to refer to policies that are simply liberal?

Before this gets out of hand, big media needs to stop using the word “populist" to describe Democrats’ economic programs... More

Don’t Worry, WikiLeaks

The Times has got your back

Yesterday a federal judge ordered WikiLeaks off the internet. Nice try. You see, on Friday the secrecy-shrouded leaked-document Web site... More

The End of the Beginning?

Or, for Clinton, the beginning of the end?

On the primary-special episode of Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes last night, Sean Hannity quizzed radio commentator—and Barack Obama supporter—Nancy... More

A Man Made of Teflon and Rubber

Why bad press refuses to stick to Obama

Has the press been too easy on Barack Obama? With his increasingly impressive wins and the talk last night already... More

The Definition of Universal, Again

Ted Kennedy’s take on it

Ted Kennedy should know better. After all, he has spent a good part of his Senate career fighting for national... More

Impressive Coverage at the LA Times

Exposing warts in the health insurance market

A shout-out to Los Angeles Times staff writer Lisa Girion who has done great journalism exposing the flaws in the... More

Delacorte Lecture with the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Ted Genoways

The editor reveals the secrets of the little mag that could

The Virginia Quarterly Review, a 280-page “National Journal of Literature and Discussion,” has less than 100,000 subscribers, is produced outside... More

The Opening Bell

There will be triple-digit oil; NYT scores with MBIA; Suisse aftershocks, etc.

Crude oil closed above $100 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time, a nominal record only about $3 away... More

Wag the Finger

Angry Bill: From embeds’ eyes to pundits’ lips

It's been a bumpy campaign season thus far, PR-wise, for MSNBC. One potential bright spot: yesterday, MSNBC owned the story... More

Military Embeds: The World Tour

A military’s handling of the media says a lot about its nation

In February 2006, I was detained by the U.S. Army and ejected from Iraq. My crime? Reporting on the weapons... More

Plagiarism, the Latest -Gate

The latest Democrat tiff gets its airing in the press

Plagiarism-gate, as it’s (inevitably, tediously) become known, didn’t really involve plagiarism—any more than taking something from someone who’s given you... More

Dispatches from AAAS

A few thoughts on meeting’s media-oriented panels

Despite the surge of recent interest in environmental articles, global warming remains a “fourth-tier” story in the press. So said... More

The Opening Bell

A Swiss credit bombshell; shaky Rock in the UK; Bay Area housing, etc.

There’s breaking news this morning out of Europe: big subprime write-downs at Credit Suisse, which, unlike its Swiss competitor—and let’s... More

Whoops

Where CJR’s “Rest in Piece” went wrong

Early this afternoon, I posted a short piece suggesting The Des Moines Register had papered-over an uncomfortable fact. Ralph Gross... More

Dispatches from AAAS

The big news from the annual science conference

Boston - The American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting concluded here today. Every year, the extravaganza inspires... More

Lame Huck

How do you cover a candidate-who-isn’t?

Last Tuesday, the day of the pivotal Potomac Primary, the van carrying Mike Huckabee’s traveling press corps from Washington, D.C.... More

“Not Voting With Their People”?

The Times takes the super out of superdelegates

Yesterday’s story in the New York Times about how the hunt for superdelegates is proceeding on the Democratic side gave... More

Democrats Attack “Business,” “Trade”

Or so says The Wall Street Journal on page one

Wary Wall Street Journal watchers on the lookout for signs that Rupert Murdoch’s pro-corporate agenda will creep into the Journal’s... More

Debits and Credits

Times gets debit for no Reuters credit; The Atlantic overreaches; WSJ leder chugs along, etc.

Chalk up The New York Times with a debit for not giving a credit. The newspaper makes a small but... More

Story, Resurrected

The Atlantic trumps GQ

Last September, GQ killed a piece by Atlantic senior editor Josh Green that detailed—and, it turns out, foreshadowed—internal struggles in... More

Obama’s Old Boss

An FCC blast from the past

I was catching up with The New York Times last night, when late in a profile of Michelle Obama I... More

On the Ground: ‘Dances’ With Strongmen

Building trust in Iraq, with chai and R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In a dim, chilly tent, illuminated only by a single fluorescent tube and the gray winter light creeping in through... More

The Environment, Writ Small

Regional coverage has struggled to connect candidates’ general goals to local needs

On Monday, the day before the presidential primaries in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun published what has now become a... More

An Obama “Embed” on Access, Inspiration, Oppo

And what not to ask her

Aswini Anburajan is a twenty-seven-year-old campaign reporter (a.k.a. “embed”) who has been traveling with Barack Obama’s campaign for NBC News/National... More

Obama’s Lobbyist Line

A “more complicated truth” on campaign contributions

Saturday night at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia, Barack Obama did it again. He said he hadn’t taken money... More

Opening Bell

Spitzer turns the tables; WSJ scoops; renting in Dallas; FT on shaky LBOs, etc.

The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times report this morning that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is stoking the... More

Mad Money, Bad Blood

Why CNBC threw Barron’s off its air

Last summer, Barron’s published a tough story on Jim Cramer, concluding that the manic and popular star of CNBC’s Mad... More

The Bachelor: GOP Edition

Who will receive McCain’s red rose?

Some as-yet-unspecified day in the future, an as-yet-unspecified nominee will have to pick a partner. Gather ye rosebuds, political pundits:... More

Watching The Washington Post

On primary night, a glimpse of the print-digital future

On Tuesday, I didn’t watch the Virginia returns on cable or broadcast. I watched The Washington Post on my computer.... More

Welcome Back, Writers!

The wind beneath Stewart/Colbert’s wings blows again

About half a minute into last night’s Daily Show opening monologue, Jon Stewart interrupted himself. “Wait a minute…words in the... More

May I Speak Freely?

Anthony Lewis on the First Amendment’s march to victory

It is our misfortune that Anthony Lewis stopped writing his column for The New York Times in 2001. For more... More

Of Love and Other Demons

The press hearts Obama. But is it toxic?

“Barack Obama,” Howie Kurtz declared, “will never get this kind of cuddly coverage again.” With that, the uber-critic gave voice... More

The Opening Bell

The Audit’s new daily column chimes in on new credit problems, Zell’s latest moves, bad Chinese drugs, etc.

Editor's note: Welcome to the formal launch of Opening Bell, a critical review of the morning's business news written by... More

Love, By The Numbers

Fox couldn’t get enough of Obama

It wasn’t just the so-called liberal media that appeared enthralled with Barack Obama last night. Even Fox News Channel managed... More

Blue Genes (or Red)

Are liberal/conservative political beliefs heritable?

On Monday, I wrote a column about "neuropunditry," a new trend in campaign journalism. Basically, it is the idea that... More

Obama Sells His Narrative

Press knew he would win big, but still treated it as HUGE NEWS

The accolades for Obama couldn’t have scaled higher heights last night. At one point on CNN, Donna Brazile pronounced him... More

Heisenberg’s Calling Principle

MSNBC and Reuters jump the gun in DC

After the clock struck eight, MSNBC pounced to make the call: Obama carries Washington, DC. Reuters followed not long after.... More

Hurry Up, Spring Training

Cockfighting and dog shows fill the void?

At the risk of seeming to channel some inner Andy Rooney, I can't help but wonder why the front page... More

The Opening Bell

The Audit’s new daily column chimes in on monolines, cars, Paulson, etc.

Editor's note: Welcome to the first Opening Bell, a daily look at the morning's business press written by Ryan Chittum,... More

Who’s Afraid of 60 Minutes?

No worries for the candidates

How do you make thirteen of 60 Minutes feel like an eternity? Sic Katie Couric on Senator Hillary Clinton. What... More

Tasty Potomac Predictions

The press feasts on the future

For those of you who prefer your primaries packed with jumbo lump crab meat, sealed with a golden pan-fry, and... More

Columbia Presents 2007 Oakes Awards

Winners cover radioactive pollution, coastal erosion, and melting ice caps

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Times carried home the annual John B. Oakes Award for... More

Appetite for Fear

David Everitt’s history of the pamphleteers who hunted ‘pinkos’

Sixty years after the house un-American Activities Committee began hunting for Communists in the entertainment industry, the HUAC hearings that... More

Fighting Words

Gwen Ifill listens through the ears of Clinton and Obama’s supporters

Gwen Ifill had an interesting point yesterday on Meet the Press about what could pivot the tight Democratic election one... More

Beware of “Neuropunditry”

Slate keeps tabs on a flimsy new trend

On Super Tuesday, CNN broadcast a weak science news segment about a brain-imaging machine that the reporter called a "neurological... More

Debits and Credits

A.P. falls for McClatchy’s hidden-ball trick; FT shines thrice, etc.

A debit to the Associated Press for getting spun by McClatchy Company on the fourth-quarter earnings of the country’s No.... More

Fact From Fiction

At the checkpoints with the Sons of Iraq

The war in Iraq has changed for the U.S. military, and some of the most important work being done there... More

A Cautionary Tale for David Brooks and Others

What, really, was Jim Cooper’s ‘Clinton Lite?’

Now comes New York Times columnist David Brooks damning Hillary Clinton with faint praise. In his Tuesday column, Brooks says... More

Grand Experiment: A Public Editor for Education

The EWA’s first Public Editor, Linda Perlstein, discusses the state of ed reporting

As our newsrooms shrink, journalists working the education beat are often among the hardest hit. Not only are they working... More

Oklahoma 1999

Lessons on insurance reporting from a nine-year-old disaster

Before we turn the page on the deadly tornadoes in the south that killed fifty-seven this week, according to the... More

Where Was McCain?

The senator’s a no-show on the stimulus-package vote

Yesterday, the proposed economic stimulus package drafted by Senate Democrats—which added $44 billion in extra benefits for low-income seniors, disabled... More

Is Sustainability Reporting Sustainable?

Loving “Green” Stories When They’re Easy

In November, a study from the National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University found that green business stories... More

Free Tunes! Not

Business press stampedes into Qtrax blunder

A penny-stock company called Brilliant Technologies Corporation made several business-news desks look silly recently when they credulously reported an announcement... More

Leaps and Bounds

Paranoia: as American as your (possibly poisoned) apple pie

Perhaps not since colonial Salem have fears of conspiracy been so pervasive. And though old women are no longer persecuted... More

Who Understands Our Electoral System?

Political press needs to bone up

It’s all about the delegates. The political mavens watching the Super Tuesday returns last night knew that the number allocated... More

Wizard of Odds

Karl Rove’s Fox News debut

You know that climactic scene in The Wizard of Oz, when Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that the... More

There Will Be Losers

Cable talkers see to it

Yes, there were the familiar color-coded cutouts of Super Tuesday states flashing on the screen as they were called (and... More

Correction Follies

Vegas paper compounds confusion of a bungled rewrite

Business news is complicated, so mistakes happen. But there is no excuse for “fixing” the problem with an indecipherable correction.... More

Meet the Sons of Iraq

“Concerned Local Citizens” didn’t cut it with Iraqis

The CLCs—Concerned Local Citizens—are no more. Just a week ago, people couldn’t keep the acronym, which refers to the U.S.... More

“Vote-zilla!”

MSNBC takes ‘Monster Super Tuesday’ a little too literally

It begins with thumping, bass-heavy music, and a shot of two men, cowering and pointing up. Suddenly they scream: “VOTE-ZILLA!”... More

Five Years Ago

Powell spoke, and the press missed an opportunity

Amidst Super Tuesday hoopla, it's worth remembering that today is the five year anniversary of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s... More

Conspicuous Assumption

The Times recycles discredited myths about personal debt

The New York Times poorly serves readers this morning with a surprisingly ill-informed story about Americans paying cash these days... More

As goes American Samoa…

Voting early, the island enhances its play on Super Tuesday

By most measures, American Samoa is a small place. It has a population of 57,000, sharing about seventy-one square miles... More

Uncomfortable Truth

P. Sainath reminds us that India is still a poor country

One evening, a couple of summers ago, The Times of India organized a free classical music concert at an amphitheater... More

Obama’s Energy Equivocations

NYT follows up on another flip-flop

A little more than a year ago, Barack Obama caused a bit of an uproar when he introduced legislation in... More

Wikileaked onto A-10

The New York Times follows up

WikiLeaks.org, a user-editable Web site that anonymously publishes sensitive documents, has obtained what seems to be the United States’ Iraq... More

Up Close With the Counterinsurgency

The most important thing the U.S military is doing in Iraq is complicated and largely uncovered

Editors’ Note: In the coming weeks, CJR’s Paul McLeary will be filing periodic reports from Iraq. This is his second... More

Harry and Louise Redux?

The media miss the point

Barack Obama has taken on Hillary Clinton’s health care plan front and center. His new mailer attacking her proposal resurrects... More

Spoiling for a Fight

NYT lets CNN off the hook in debate story

You can tell that the piece in today’s Business section of The New York Times, headlined “Even as the Candidates... More

Who You Gonna Call?

The importance of fact-checking

One of our election cycle pet peeves has been the free pass candidates are sometimes given when they make claims... More

Debits and Credits

Two cheers for Newsweek; Portfolio’s foresight; FT, eh; etc

The unfolding financial crisis puts the general-interest press in a tough spot. It’s not easy to explain a sprawling and... More

GOP Candidates Back Emissions Waiver

Who saw that consensus coming?

Earlier this week, I posted a column about an editorial in The Sacramento Bee, which pressed all the presidential candidates... More

A “Slow-Blog” Movement?

Clinton’s cryptic quote causes frustration

A cryptic quote from Bill Clinton about how dealing with climate change will affect the economy is causing quite a... More

Blowing in the Wind

When it comes to hurricanes, what to cover?

Over the course of the last year, much of the journalism about climate change has shifted from explanatory science stories... More

Casino Heiress Plays Reuters

Wire-service puff piece serves subject, not readers

Reuters crapped out with a recent, unaccountably flattering profile of Pansy Ho, a major player in the international casino business... More

AP readies for Super Tuesday

Q&A with Sr. Managing Editor Mike Silverman

This Tuesday, American voters will face an unprecedented day of primary voting. More than 20 states—and American Samoa—will hold caucuses... More

Tax Credits Explained…Finally

The Salt Lake Tribune takes a deeper view

Tip of the hat to The Salt Lake Tribune for the health care story it ran this week about the... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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