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March 2008

Dith Pran’s NYT “Video Obit”

If you haven’t seen it yet, The New York Times' "The Last Word: Dith Pran" is well worth watching. You... More

When Sports Metaphors Overstay

Just like the Clinton campaign, it does not appear that CNN planned for a contest lasting past February. So, seeing... More

Barack’s Big Lebowski Strategy

A.k.a., campaigning

Help us out: How can we say the same thing, again... differently? A couple of weeks into a pre-Pennsylvania primary... More

Stahled

We don’t mean to pick on Lesley Stahl, in particular, but that Al Gore piece last night on 60 Minutes... More

Remembering the RFK Campaign

Forty years ago, Kennedy inspired the audacity of hope

Forty years ago Senator Robert Kennedy declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign lasted eighty-five days. It... More

Say Ahhhh!

Said Andrea Mitchell on NBC's Today Show this morning, reporting on the protracted Democratic primary: Critics blame [Howard] Dean for... More

Pete Hamill on A.J. Liebling

The legendary author discusses the work of another legendary author

Pete Hamill is the author of twenty-two books, including News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth... More

But Editor, I Thought She Was a Whore!

This would have to be rather high on the list of corrections an editor would really rather not have to... More

Debits & Credits: Trashing Borrowers

The WSJ’s junk stats; read the Times; Fortune shines on Ground Zero, etc.

The Wall Street Journal gets a Debit this week for a flimsy page-one story on supposed buyers’ revenge causing foreclosed... More

Opening Bell: The Fed’s Blank Check

And our least-transparent agency shall lead us; Paulson in wonderland; Food stamp flurry; etc.

The Wall Street Journal fronts news that a plan is taking shape within the Bush administration to turn the Federal... More

Separation Anxiety… the Antarctic Way

Did the media “hype” the latest ice shelf crumble?

All environmental reporters should sign up to receive the regular blog posts sent out by Marc Morano, the chief communications... More

The Wire’s David Simon

The Wire creator talks about the series, urban reporting, and, yes, the future of journalism

In the January/February issue of Columbia Journalism Review, we explored the challenges journalists face portraying cities in a way that... More

What Can be Learned from Lichtblau?

Reading the NSA tea leaves right

Yesterday, Slate published a 1,733 word adapted-extract from Eric Lichtblau’s upcoming book, Bush’s Law: The Remaking of American Justice. The... More

Annie Squall

Has the famous photog blown her cover?

The Vogue controversy continues. The magazine made much of its April issue featuring basketball star LeBron James - the third... More

Opening Bell: Uncle Jimmy’s Fire Sale

Bear’s Cayne brought to his knees; the sticky rice market; pissed-off homeowners; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both report that our beloved national uncle, Jimmy “Nero” Cayne, has sold... More

Trailer Mix

TNR spoofs the spoilers

To generalize only a bit, movie trailers suck. When they’re not completely obscuring a film they’re meant to promote, disguising... More

CT Scans and Tobacco Funding

NYT’s reporter explains why it’s so hard to “sniff out” conflict of interest

Nick Naylor, the anti-hero and suave spin-doctor at the "Academy of Tobacco Studies" in Christopher Buckley's satirical novel, Thank You... More

Blogging the Long War

Bill Roggio wants to be your source for conflict coverage

For much of the twentieth century, Americans co-existed with the country’s armed forces in a way we don’t anymore. In... More

Opening Bell: Regulation!

Paulson the heretic; the death of home-equity loans; is New Century Financial the next Enron?; etc.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the Federal Reserve should have more power to regulate Wall Street. He’s the first in... More

60 Minutes Blows Biovail Story

SEC sues drug maker Lesley Stahl defended

The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Canadian drug maker this week—and in the process blew apart the premise of... More

Wherefore “Sticks” a Candidate’s “Gaffe?”

Do tell, Joe Scarborough

Here is Joe Scarborough on MSNBC this morning, referring to TuzlaGate (Hillary Clinton having more than once exaggerated the danger... More

“Chelsea Clinton Startled by Monica Query”

The Taboo Question finally got asked; why was that such a shock?

It was entirely predictable. The specter hovering over Chelsea Clinton’s new role as her mother’s stump surrogate was bound, at... More

Enough With The Fake Controversies

Shaheen, Power, Ferraro stories are products of an endless news cycle

One of the weirdest things about this presidential race so far has been the campaigns’ increased ability to generate media... More

John McCynic

A depressing gaming of the press

Today Neal Gabler chimed in on a favorite topic of late—press love for McCain—in a New York Times op-ed. His... More

Not Ready on Day 1?

Experience for the White House (reporter)

We've all heard the argument that the next resident of the White House need be Ready on Day 1 to... More

A Health Care Conversation Opener

A North Carolina blogger cuts through the chaff

If bloggers are the new citizen journalists, then it’s good to see citizens talking about health care. Not always, actually—there... More

Opening Bell: Clearly a Mess

Collapsing deals; the Fed in perspective; Floridians’ recession strategies, etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports on A1 that the $19 billion private-equity deal reached 16 months ago for Clear Channel... More

What’s Good for the Goose…

When candidates “misspeak’: McCain vs. Clinton

When should the campaign press cut a candidate some slack when he or she says something (more than once) that... More

Gasbaggery on MSNBC

This morning, MSNBC has done at least two segments on the cost of gas in a small California town, using... More

The Missing Genre

How do the candidates’ plans affect ordinary folk?

Not long ago I met Charles, a fifty-four-year-old man living in a poor Cleveland neighborhood. He had run out of... More

Immigration’s Rise

New proposals, rhetoric, and enforcement revive a thorny issue

Last may, a CBS/New York Times poll found that 69 percent of Americans want to see the country’s illegal immigrants... More

Opening Bell: We Was Mugged

Congressional hearings on Bear; the Fed plays hardball; housing lobby spins; etc.

JPMorgan Chase upped its offer for Bear Stearns from $2 a share to $10.13 yesterday in a bid to appease... More

In the Mad Money Swamp

What part of “Bear Stearns is fine” don’t you understand?

"Bear Stearns is fine,"—Jim Cramer, on CNBC’s Mad Money, March 11. The Mad Money swamp beckons. The Audit cannot resist... More

The Survival of Investigative Journalism

From Iraq to China, health and medicine under scrutiny

Amid the hand-wringing about the downward spiral of print economics, one recurring fear has been the fate of expensive, time-consuming... More

Debits & Credits: Brooks Over His Head

Plus: Bear romanticized; an uncredited Crain’s scoop; an overcaffeinated Journal, etc.

A Debit to New York Times columnist David Brooks for his confused piece Tuesday on who’s to blame for the... More

The Opening Bell: Blubbering Bear

NYT’s scoop on JPMorgan’s new offer; all that costly regulation!; the Japanese talk smack; etc.

The New York Times goes above the fold on A1 with a major scoop that JPMorgan Chase is discussing quintupling... More

Blind Spot

What the Times is and isn’t asking about the Spitzer case

I’ve previously raised a glass to The New York Times’s impressive reporting on Eliot Spitzer and his entanglement in a... More

Winning Today’s “Debbie Downer” Award…

...are NBC's Chuck Todd and Mark Murray, who unceremoniously inform us today that "it's been a bad week for everyone."... More

On The Ground: the Grunts and the Press

Some thoughts on the disconnect, and how it could be different

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Watergate II?

Or just “imprudent curiosity”?

State Department! Personal records! Breach! It all has the Whiff of Conspiracy, the tangy odor of Watergate-all-over-again. Mmmm…can’t you just... More

Opening Bell: Ripple Effect

CIT Group follows Bear to the brink; small homebuilders default; Murdoch targets Newsday; etc.

Commercial-finance firm CIT Group said it’s in trouble yesterday, having had to tap more than $7 billion in emergency loans... More

The Human Stain, Redux

A proud day for FOIA

Yesterday, after a FOIA request, a lawsuit, a little gumption, and a lot of patience, the National Archives finally released... More

Five Years Today…What About Tomorrow?

Marking an anniversary is fine. But what happens when it’s over?

I have mixed feelings when it comes to the press and anniversaries. On the one hand, the marking of those... More

CNN’s Michigan Source

If it’s a Clinton supporter, this is spin posing as news

Over the last few weeks, the issue of what to do about Michigan and Florida has emerged as one of... More

Tribes of America Back In Print

Rick Perlstein’s CJR piece sparked a mini-crusade

In our November/December 2004 issue we launched “Second Read,” an ongoing series of essays in which writers revisit books, and... More

The Other Anniversary

CPJ draws spotlight to Cuban journalists

As it turns out, this week marks not only the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-invasion of Iraq, but also a... More

Divided Soul

Rian Malan stared down the demons of apartheid

Rian Malan’s one and only meeting with J.M. Coetzee took place in the early 1990s. Malan greatly esteemed his fellow... More

Opening Bell: Hang On To That Bomb Shelter

Faith in Freddie and Fannie; commodity markets get hammered; Depression anyone? Etc.

The papers go big with the government making it easier for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to bolster mortgage lending—allowing... More

The State of Cable News is…Mature?

And other findings from PEJ’s annual report

"Cable television news showed further signs of maturity in 2007." I almost couldn't get past that, the opening sentence of... More

Getting It Wright

Why did the press need Obama to round out the reverend?

It was “an extraordinary moment of truth-telling,” a “masterpiece.” It was FDR-/Lincoln-/Kennedy-esque—a modern-day “Profile in Courage.” It was “brilliant, inspiring,... More

Keystone Clips

How local PA TV played Obama’s speech

“The immediate, tawdry issue for the Obama campaign,” according to Joe Klein on Time’s Swampland blog directly after Obama’s Speech... More

The Other Side of Schadenfreude

Searching for a non-Wall Street perspective on Spitzer’s fall

Who remembers the schadenfreude? It was only a week ago—it feels like another era— that financial news publications rushed to... More

Five Years On

A round-up of Iraq press links

Here are a selection of press-focused retrospectives, plucked from the flurry of today's Iraq war look-backs. Editor and Publisher makes... More

Reuters Looks Back

Bearing Witness: Five Years of The Iraq War

As the world marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it’s worth taking a look at this... More

Delacorte Lecture with Portfolio’s Joanne Lipman

The editor on the role of the business glossy

Condé Nast Portfolio has sometimes been called "the last great launch": a reference to the cynical belief that the business-journalism... More

Opening Bell: One-Day Wonder?

Market soars, but…; another twist in the Bear saga; the subprime blame game; etc.

The papers lead with the stock market going manic yesterday on bolstered confidence in Wall Street banks and another big... More

McCain Gets His Facts Wrong

Will the press pay attention?

When a leading presidential candidate betrays a troubling ignorance of basic facts on the subject that he’s made the centerpiece... More

Seize the Moment

Obama opened the door for a genuine conversation on race

After Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race, there will be an enormous temptation by the campaign press to jam the moment... More

The Bar for Barack

Media anticipation for a “make or break” speech

As much as anyone, the media is eagerly anticipating Sen. Barack Obama’s Speech On Race this morning. How so? Where... More

Somewhere East of Eden

Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

The temple housing Nelson Poynter’s holy relics of journalism is located outside of downtown St. Petersburg, on a sunny chunk... More

Good Angle on the Drug Industry

The Washington Post connects some dots

Three cheers for Jeffrey Birnbaum, staff writer at The Washington Post, for providing a fresh look at the powerful drug... More

Opening Bell: The Street Freaks Out

Earnings reports land with a shudder; questions for Lehman; the ghost of 1990s Japan; etc.

Wall Street continued to reel yesterday from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression as the formidable Lehman Brothers... More

Op-Eds And Fact-Checking

Will Kristol’s gaffe prompt change in policy at NYT?

The New York Times has long given its op-ed columnists a virtual free hand, exempting their copy from the layers... More

“Socialized Medicine” R.I.P.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad bogeyman?

The media searching for a new healthcare angle to cover during the long wait until the Pennsylvania primary might want... More

Covering a Comeuppance

Swept away by sex, psychoanalysis and schadenfreude?

Unsurprisingly, SpitzerGate filled a bit of airtime on the Sunday talking head shows. On the Chris Matthews Show, specifically, the... More

Nip/Tuck: The Political Journalism Edition

The Politco goes under the knife

Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: you haven’t visited, in error, The Washington Post’s Web site. You’ve reached... More

Debits and Credits: A Bear Unchallenged

Morgenson’s memory; A bad blog; Good Spitzer reporting, etc.

Questions not asked of Bear Stearns ... A Debit to the financial press (The New York Times’ s Gretchen Morgenson... More

Opening Bell: Bear Meat

Helicopter Ben strikes again; is Lehman next? Merrill?; more evidence of subprime greed; etc.

Bear Stearns collapsed into the arms of JP Morgan Chase (and the Federal Reserve) last night, ending the stunningly fast... More

A Corn-state Caucus Continues Complicatedly

And even The Des Moines Register goofs

While I’m on the subject of caucuses, it’s worth taking a quick look at a story in today’s Des Moines... More

Rod Parsley’s Free Pass

Jeremiah Wright gets torched, while McCain’s “spiritual adviser” offends with impunity

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have religious allies who have made controversial, and sometimes flat-out offensive, public statements. But... More

On Ferrarogate

Why were Gerry’s words so unsettling?

Speaking on MSNBC this morning, Peggy Noonan issued a broad accusation against the Clinton campaign: “In their race-baiting,” she said,... More

Clinton’s Caucus Rhetoric

Her argument may get attention, but it demands scrutiny

Yesterday, NPR broadcast an interview with Hillary Clinton. It was a resounding volley in the Rhetorical Primary, the convention-focused war... More

Opening Bell: The Economy’s Toxic Blend

Okay, we get it, we’re in a recession; dollar-dive ripples; Carlyle’s creative and time-tested investment strategy; etc.

The business press piles on the economy this morning with The New York Times saying it faces a “Toxic Blend... More

On the Ground: The Enemy of My Enemy

Learning to trust in Iraq

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Another Baseless Screed

As will most press-bias rants, Strassel’s piece is hollow

“Many reporters built careers on the prosecutor’s leaks intended to bully innocent people” - Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal... More

Before the Breaking Point

The Times goes behind the scenes of the Spitzer resignation

Today's New York Times features a behind-the-scenes look at the days and hours Eliot Spitzer spent before delivering yesterday's Press... More

Red Ink Rising

How the press missed a sea change in the credit-card industry

One of the paradoxes of the business press is that while everyone should read it, since we all live in... More

Opening Bell: The Great Hedge-Fund Unwind

Carlyle Capital leads the way; the Bushies get (regulatory) religion; rotten meat; unlucky pennies, etc.

The hedge fund Carlyle Capital all but collapsed last night, stunning investors with the speed of its fall from being... More

Which Way to the White House, WaPo?

Singer’s spin on PA perpetuated

Want proof that political reporters will blindly print campaign spin even when all sides know it's factually untrue? You're in... More

NYT’s “Momentucratic” Coverage?

What’s (not) on A1

Perusing the front-page of The New York Times this morning, one thing jumped out at me: the absence of a... More

The Full Steamroller

A look back at how to not say what Spitzer said.

In an homage to The New York Times’s news-breaking, flood-the-zone, Spitzer coverage these last few days, CJR offers this compilation... More

Let’s Get Rezko Right

The Chicago Tribune shows the way; others falter

Just five years ago, Barack Obama worked in Springfield, Illinois, chairing the State Senate’s Health and Human services committee. Now,... More

Blunder Cover

Which of TIME’s sharks jumped the highest?

If you’re finding yourself in need of a break from learning the already-stale-feeling details of today’s Spitzignation, TIME has just... More

On the Ground: Riding to Tarmiya

Life in, and between, the bases

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

The Daily Show Spoofs Spitzergate

In a scandal made to be mocked, Stewart and staff deliver

Say this about Spitzergate: at least it happened after the writers' strike ended. On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart... More

Primary Night Rally (With Blitzer)

Obama wins and so does Wolf

After winning yesterday's Democratic primary in Mississippi, Sen. Barack Obama last night appeared on television to thank his supporters. A... More

Eakes!

Forbes’s flawed probe of a prescient consumer advocate

Forbes readers will be forgiven their confusion after reading a recent profile of Martin Eakes, a leading anti-predatory-lending crusader. Headlined... More

Delacorte Lecture with Slate’s Jacob Weisberg

The editor on the role of the online journal

Online audiences “don’t sit down for the full-course meal,” Slate’s Jacob Weisberg says, in distinguishing his online journal from its... More

Lost Over Iran

How the press let the White House craft the narrative about nukes

When Americans tuned in to the news on the afternoon of December 3, they were in for a surprise. A... More

Opening Bell: Bailout!

The Fed’s big cash drop, Citi’s “attractive investments,” a rebid for Boeing?, etc.

Stocks posted their biggest one-day gain in five years yesterday, after the Federal Reserve said it would dump $200 billion... More

On Clinton And Northern Ireland

NYTs delivers a classic he-said, she-said moment

In today’s New York Times, Katherine Seelye and Jeff Zeleny write that Senator Clinton’s “claims of helping to bring peace... More

TNR’s Press Corps Class War

Plus: Courting the saucy, snazzy “MoDowd”

There are Two Americas in the Obama traveling press corps, according to The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber. And just like... More

McCain’s Health-Care Disconnect

Boasting about the U.S. system may not cut it anymore

In his victory speech last week, John McCain finally mentioned health care. Until now, he has hasn’t said much about... More

Notes on a Scandal

Silda Wall Spitzer “stands by her man”

Every so often, we in the American public find ourselves locking our eyes, raising our voices and, in a rare... More

The Wrong Debate Over Autism

Why focusing on thimerosal misses a larger story

Back in 2005, CJR published a story by Daniel Schulman about media coverage of “whether a mercury-containing vaccine” preservative called... More

Covering ‘Client 9’

Headlines and Heidi

Looks like the New York tabloids did not take any of CJR's humble suggestions for Spitzer-related headlines, going instead with... More

On the Ground: The End of the Weapons Cache

An abandoned farmhouse and a wayward grenade

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Out of Focus

How indie dogma undercuts the documentary

Recently, I attended a screening of the documentary Meeting Resistance, an inside look at the Iraqi insurgency. I was eager... More

Opening Bell: The Roof Is On Fire

Bear Stearns tumbles; Freddie and Fannie teeter; Blackstone’s burden; Schadenfreude on the Street

While Wall Street was busy celebrating the sudden fall of its crusading nemesis, Eliot Spitzer, yesterday, shares of one of... More

Tomorrow’s Headlines Today

CJR’s Spitzer Suggestions

The afternoon’s big news is, of course, that New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer has been “linked” with The Emperor’s... More

Debits and Credits: WSJ’s Fine Subprime Scoop

But debits for early deadlines, a lame service column; WaPo’s rose-colored look at the Journal, etc.

A big credit to The Wall Street Journal for its scoop Saturday on what will no doubt be a Story... More

Meet the Press? Pass.

Sunday and Substance

What do you do if you're a freshman senator—first year on the job—and you very much want to be taken... More

On The Ground: The Suicide Bomber

A long day at combat outpost IBA

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Quick, Someone Call Alanis!

The media pounce on irony in Clinton’s “3 a.m.” ad

Oh, the juicy irony of it all: the adorable little blond child who was peacefully sleeping when Hillary Clinton received... More

Opening Bell: Negative Yield

Panicking banks; more room to fall; WaPo shines, etc.

If it's Monday, it must be analysis time. Bloomberg says that the sudden proliferation of belly-up hedge funds shows the... More

Monster’s Ball

The (Samantha) Power of political insult

Stop the presses! This is huge! Late last night, Big News broke: Samantha Power, one of Obama’s campaign advisers, called... More

Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind

NYT reporter takes a dive

That sound you just heard is another big-name political reporter rolling over for fear of creating a scene. MSNBC’s “First... More

The McCain-Hagee Connection

Why is the press ignoring this hate-monger?

More than a week after John McCain’s endorsement by the anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic pastor John Hagee, the media continues to give... More

To Count or Conserve?

Of a Feather no ordinary history book

I keep a birding life list, a spreadsheet on my computer that I update every time a new species crosses... More

C’mon Texas!

We need those numbers!

Slate has a pretty good Explainer today on why the national press, the campaigns, and the voters, are still waiting... More

Opening Bell: Notice of Default

Carlyle on the ropes; housing is just unbelievable; problems in ‘Bama; roaches in the economy, etc.

Carlyle Capital, a publicly traded hedge fund-like company, failed to meet margin calls from its banks on some of its... More

Dude, Where’s My Health Care?

The AP blows it in a story about insurance for “slackers”

Young Thomas Mahoney was everywhere. The twenty-one-year-old’s confrontation with the health insurance system made news across the country, thanks to... More

Been There, Done That

Experience, climate, and the Democratic nomination

Despite the obligatory stump-speech mentions of renewable energy and "green-collar" jobs, the two remaining contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination... More

McCain’s Shift on Iraq

Press ignored “swiftest possible conclusion” remark

The political press, distracted by Hillary’s comeback and Obama’s shift in strategy, seems to have missed—or largely ignored—what is arguably... More

The Three Faces of SupCo Coverage

Slate, the NYT, and the WSJ on Exxon Valdez

It was 1989 in the Supreme Court last week. Lawyers argued about whether ExxonMobil should pay punitive damages for the... More

New Delegate Math

The New York Times can’t get its numbers straight.

I never said it was easy, but wow, today's New York Times provides an extraordinary example of media bungling the... More

Women Are “Kind of Dim”: Part Two

Charlotte Allen…defends herself?

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a controversial and now-infamous article, "We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?"... More

On the Ground: Night Patrol

In Iraq, Sometimes a carrot farmer is just a carrot farmer

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Chris Matthews Really Wants to Say the ‘B’ Word

Keith puts his foot down before Chris puts his foot in his mouth

In their post-Super Tuesday Redux coverage yesterday, MSNBC's Brian Williams, Keith Olbermann, and Chris Matthews were discussing Saturday Night Live's... More

A Question of Velocity

In the pursuit of traffic, we’d do well to think before we post

The world of journalism is convulsed with matters of online traffic—how to get it, how to keep it, how to... More

Opening Bell: “Pretty Crazy”

Dwarf-toss news leavens otherwise depressing day; monolines, economy not good; oil is nutty

The price of oil hit a new high yesterday and President Bush lashed out at OPEC for deciding not to... More

Huck-TV

Is the Huckster the next Pat Buchanan?

Ding, ding, ding! One thousand—one hundred—ninety-one!! John McCain didn’t just hit the mark…he surpassed it! If the presidential campaign were... More

The Rhetorical Primary

It’s time to ask Clinton how, exactly, she plans to win.

Before last night’s voting, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter unveiled the mathematical goods—there is simply no way, short of a miracle, that... More

Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

An interview with the filmmaker

Errol Morris is widely considered to be one of the best American filmmakers, a reputation that is especially impressive considering... More

Recovering Reality: Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

A video Q&A with the filmmaker

Errol Morris is widely considered to be one of the best American filmmakers, a reputation that is especially impressive considering... More

Math Versus Momentum

What mattered the morning after?

Campaign Desk's Gal Beckerman earlier asked the following question about how the press would today process and present the results... More

Obama Can’t Win The Big States?

The argument makes no sense

Ever since Super Tuesday, when Hillary Clinton won California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and her home state of New York, one... More

Big Mo’ Is Tempting…

But who has more ‘butter in the pantry’?

“It depends what your definition of ‘win’ is,” said Keith Olbermann on MSNBC last night as he watched the Ohio... More

CNN’s Old Hat Texas Coverage

Luckily, some local columnists don’t watch cable

Jeannie Kever began her Houston Chronicle column yesterday - a column applauding the "US media" for avoiding the "Texas cowboy... More

Delacorte Lecture with Foreign Affairs’s Jim Hoge

The editor on the role of the intellectual journal

In the rarefied world of the journal-of-ideas, Foreign Affairs is at the top of its game, with a circulation of... More

Opening Bell: Bernanke v. Paulson?

A Fed-Treasury split; Wamu pay outrage; a growing bankrupt class; pitiful Fed testimony, etc.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke came down firmly on the side of government action on Tuesday, urging banks to forgive... More

The Skeptics Ball

Heartland Institute conference tests news judgment

To cover, perhaps, but how? That has been at least one journalist's dilemma this week while dealing with a recent,... More

Political Punditry: Kids’ Stuff?

ABC’s Child Pundits Not Childish Enough

You know how The Daily Show sometimes gets young kids to read and reenact actual moments in cable punditry, to... More

Scenes from a Stall

For Clinton’s press corps, being kept in the loop meant being kept in the loo

The teaser says it all: “Jackie Calmes reports from the men’s room, with the Clinton campaign in Austin.” In a... More

On the Ground: Men With Guns

Captain Helberg strikes a delicate balance for a day

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Happy All the Time

Fox Business Network’s populist sensibility is refreshing, sort of, but nobody’s watching. Here’s why

On January 4, Wall Street suffered big losses. On my TV, several non-celebrities had a lengthy and lively discussion about... More

Opening Bell

Oil shocks again; Buffett glum on CNBC; spreading panic; our daily quote, etc.

The price of oil briefly hit a new all-time high yesterday in a landmark event that finally pushed petroleum past... More

Hold the Sauce

What McCain cooked up for the press

Sen. John McCain, the candidate who typically speaks his “straight talk” on the record, urged reporters to tuck their notebooks... More

Big Mo is Back

Will delegates count in Texas and Ohio?

After the split decision in Iowa and New Hampshire, when it became abundantly clear that the race for the Democratic... More

Women Are “Kind of Dim”

Or are they? The Post loses track of its air quotes

Nope, you’re not reading The Onion. Nope, it’s not April 1. And, nope, it’s not 1912. The Washington Post—yesterday, March... More

On the Ground: The Rejected

This is the first in a series of posts by a CJR reporter embedded with American forces in Iraq

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For many of the journalists who have covered it,... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading II

The Plain Dealer does it right

On Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer punctured a few holes in an ad sponsored by the giant Service Employees International... More

Debits and Credits

Nonsense from Forbes’s publisher; an all-wet WSJ “ahed”; McClatchy’s overdue writedown, etc.

Debit to Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard for his sunny-yet-dyspeptic column last week headlined “Four Wrong Reasons for Pessimism.” If you... More

Manorexia? Meet Drunkorexia

The NYT identifies its latest phenomenon

The New York Times has a proud tradition of publishing stories about Trends You Didn’t Realize Were Trends Until the... More

Opening Bell

LAT on Nafta; Portfolio’s Eisinger on muni insurance; Euro-planes for the USAF; price of sawdust, etc.

The New York Times leads its front page with a report that cities and states are beginning to squawk at... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.