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April 2008

The Anatomy of Anger

America, meet “Angry Obama”

Barack Obama is angry. He is outraged. He is appalled. He is offended. He is profoundly, genuinely sad and shaken.... More

MoDowd’s Dubious Sourcing Standards

Who is her “Hillary Democrat” and why does he/she get to bash Obama with impunity?

A few years ago, The New York Times made an admirable move to cut down on its use of anonymous... More

Missing: Single-Payer in Pennsylvania

What David Brancaccio, and the rest of the press, left out

The Pennsylvania primary may be over, but one of the campaign’s hottest and most fiercely contested issues—whether the state on... More

Dept. of Hubris

In response to the moderator-less debate to which Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama last week, Fox & Friends aired a... More

WSJ committee Must Prove Its Mettle

It gets benefit of doubt, but now it’s time to fight

At a certain point, tragedy turns into farce, and we are getting awfully close to clown-car territory at The Wall... More

School for Scandal?

A media critic takes aim at journalism education

In The Big Picture, Jeffrey Scheuer grapples with a highly abstract subject: the intermingled roles of journalism, education, and democracy.... More

Opening Bell: Home Prices Plummet

No end in sight; FBI is after Countrywide; factory farms are bad; Citigroup panhandles; etc.

In today’s house-o-rama, home prices fell faster last month than at any time in a key index’s two decades, dropping... More

Times Op-Ed Page: The Bizarro World Edition

When partisan lines get crossed

Yesterday, as most Mondays do, brought an extra-special meeting-of-the-minds to the op-ed pages of The New York Times. Yep: the... More

AP Buys GOP Spin on McCain

Wire blows it on Dem’s “100-year” war ad

Oh man, talk about getting spun! It doesn’t get much worse than this, from The Associated Press. Earlier this month,... More

Together at Last: Hill and Bill (The Other One)!

O’Reilly’s Clinton factor

Hold onto your Talking Points, everyone: Hillary Clinton will make her first-ever appearance on The O'Reilly Factor on Wednesday night!... More

Bill and Me (and the Tape Recorder)

A reporter’s wild week

Covering election campaigns is like a big game of Twister, where keeping your balance leaves little time to see who... More

The Goldberg Variations

Yesterday afternoon, a new writer trotted into The Atlantic’s impressive stable of bloggers: Jeffrey Goldberg rolled out the magazine’s latest... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Tarbell’s muckraking, the cost of war, and that headless body in a topless bar

Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller By Steve Weinberg W. W. Norton... More

Jimmy Carter: I Couldn’t Become President in Today’s Media World

During his appearance on The Daily Show last night, former president Jimmy Carter told Jon Stewart that...he couldn't have become... More

Oops! About that Journal Report….

PEJ’s statistical slip

Last week, a report from the venerable Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) created something of a stir with a... More

Opening Bell: $7 A Gallon?

Oil production not rising, but demand is; speculators swarm food crisis; Kerkorian buys up Ford stock…watch out; etc.

The New York Times on page one looks behind the inexorable rise in oil and gas prices the last few... More

NYTimes schools Post, Sun on Arabic School

The New York Times’s Andrea Elliot, who won a Pulitzer last year for a series profiling a Brooklyn mosque, turned... More

LAT Shows ABC News How It’s Done

Urges candidates to call reporters on trivial nonsense

During the recent Debate Over The Debate, one of the arguments marshaled by ABC News’s defenders was that, by this... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 4-27-08

In which Tim and team play inside baseball

This week, Tim Russert, the national handicapper-in-chief, brought Howard Dean onto Meet the Press and tried to coax him to... More

Debits & Credits: Hrd on the St.

For WSJ, less is less; FT plays Boswell again; NYT unwinds ratings snarl; contrarian runs amok, etc.

WSJ cuts muscle A Debit to The Wall Street Journal—and we mean to the institution itself, not the reporter—for... More

Elizabeth Bennet, Meet Elizabeth Edwards

The health care advocate offers an ironic take on campaign coverage

About halfway through Elizabeth Edwards's campaign-coverage criticism on yesterday's New York Times op-ed page came one of the most affecting... More

Before Benedict

There’s nothing new about the press’s adulation of the Pontiff

Jon Stewart had a lot of fun mocking the media over the fawning coverage they gave the pope's recent visit.... More

Crowd Control

Bouquets and brickbats for the ‘electronic mob’

Roughly a dozen years ago, when use of the Internet and World Wide Web was first ramping up, I was... More

Opening Bell: Will The Fed Wilt?

Mortgage industry cries foul over new regs; more Murdoch; hospitals demanding pay upfront; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story on how the mortgage industry is fighting tougher regulations proposed by the Federal... More

Mystery No Longer!

Obama’s backgrounders come forward

The Pennsylvania primary, as has been widely lamented at this point, left many a lingering question in the minds of... More

Seats of Power

NPR looks at The Other Campaign: 2008’s Senate Race

Hey, Democrats! You know how your party is basically on the verge of implosion, teetering on the precipice of permanent... More

Edward R. Murrow at 100

From the archives: an appreciation of the broadcaster’s famous 1958 speech

Edward R. Murrow was born on this day in 1908. Though he died, too young, in 1965, he left to... More

Health Reform and the Single Girl

A fresh take on the candidate’s health care ideas—from Glamour

Health reform reportage could use some freshening up. We’ve been through nearly seven months of pronouncements, misstatements, and miscues, of... More

Garbage Island Diary

Viceland’s alternative model for environmental reporting

Fledgling online video Web site VBS.tv scored an environmental journalism coup this month with "Garbage Island" - a quirky, travelogue-documentary... More

The Big Coal Question

Journalists catch Obama and Clinton walking a carbon tightrope

Most journalists covering the environmental side of the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have come to the... More

Seriously, Keith?

Keith Olbermann provides Exhibit W in the case of Hillary v. MSNBC

This is getting ridiculous. On Wednesday night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman, discussing Hillary Clinton's continued presence in the... More

Sad Sign of the Times

After a fewer-than-hoped-for seventy employees of The New York Times accepted buyouts from the paper by this Tuesday's deadline, looks... More

Opening Bell: Homes Still Not Selling

New-house sales down sharply; but good jobs news; (another) FAA coverup;

So much for the spring selling season. New-home sales fell sharply in March far more than expected, to the lowest... More

Why David Broder Annoys

Damn it, man, make your case!

Here’s what annoys me about David Broder. Midway through a pretty anodyne column about how the ongoing Obama-Clinton contest is... More

The Whirligig of TIME

The New Republic is feeling a tad photo-plagiarized today. TIME magazine’s new Obama/Clinton cover is, it says, pretty similar to... More

The WSJ’s Little Committee That Failed…

To protect the paper’s editorial independence

So much for the editorial side agreement that was supposed to protect The Wall Street Journal’s editorial independence from News... More

One of the Guys

It’s still rare for a reporter to be both fierce and female

Veteran Washington post media critic Howard Kurtz is known for hurling slings and arrows at members of his own profession.... More

2008 Green Issues Guide

Vanity Fair once again sets the bar, but has competition

Instead of switching to fluorescent light bulbs, urging my congressional representative to support climate legislation, or attending one of Manhattan's... More

Sobering “Sketch” From Milbank

Don't miss Dana Milbank's "Washington Sketch" today which begins: Lt. Col. Billy Hall, one of the most senior officers to... More

Reuters On The Rocks

If not by scoring some Hollywood armcandy for the White House Correspondents dinner on Saturday, how else might a news... More

Follow-Up to NYT’s “Miitary Analysts” Piece?

Josh Marshall wonders if any networks (cable or broadcast) have followed up on David Barsow's "blockbuster article detailing how the... More

Euthanize CBS News?

Another day, another "let's put evening network newscasts out of their misery" piece that begins with a crack about their... More

Opening Bell: Fed To Halt Rate Cuts?

Wants to see if enough is enough; rice quotas in the U.S.; restaurant woes; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads page one with a report that the Federal Reserve is considering a halt in its... More

Impatient? Who, Us?

Among the Wake Us When It's Over, Are We Theeere Yet? headlines* today: "Clinton v. Obama: When Will The Race... More

NYT’s Arresting Lede

Yes, my eyes first went to all that colorful confetti falling (whee!) in the large photo of the Hillary and... More

Mutiny on the Staight Talk Express?

Kevin Drum foresees a future Mutiny on The Straight Talk Express: [G]o ahead, call me an optimist — I suspect... More

Primary Night Metaphor-o-rama!

MSNBC’s minstrels love analogies as much as they love politics

Six hours is a lot of airtime to fill. Especially when, as was the case for the majority of last... More

Mitchell, Miscast

Personally, I don't like my Morning Joe with Mitchell --Andrea Mitchell, who is subbing today for Joe Scarborough's usual Joe... More

A Rumble Over Russert

Who gets to critique his journalism?

Dan Kennedy objects to my writing a "Russert Watch" column for CJR online on the ground that I support Barack... More

There’s Always Hope In Hillaryland

Just ignore the pundits and ignore the math

It’s hard to look at Clinton’s ten-point victory in Pennsylvania and not see something. But at the same time, as... More

Two Media Big-Wigs Put Their (Blue Collared) Heads Together?

Last night on MSNBC, Tim Russert said (with one of his Man, I'm plugged-in -- or maybe I LOVE this... More

Pennsylvania Changed…

Nothing. But cable news’s need to hype overrides reality

So, where are we after the epic seven-week-long, make-or-break campaign for Pennsylvania? About the same place we were before it.... More

Enter, the Exit Poll

What's the proper analogy? Asking a Clinton voter, as he's exiting the polling place on primary day, whether he would... More

The Week’s Felix Dennis

The irreverent publisher on the power of the magazine

Felix Dennis is the chairman of The Week magazine, which keenly—and sometimes irreverently—curates, summarizes, and contextualizes the news and opinion... More

A Pundit’s Hunch. Better Than a Poll!

Polls (polling data in the hands of cable pundits in particular) have earned a particularly bad name this election season.... More

Opening Bell: Murdoch Tightens His Grip…

on the throat of U.S. journalism; cuts at Ford; did the SEC pull its punches with Bear?; etc.

The Wall Street Journal newsroom throws up a “save us” flare on page one with a story about Rupert Murdoch... More

Pennsylvania Vox Pop

For voters, local sources reign

To get a sense of how Pennsylvania voters got their news and information about the state’s primary, I did spot... More

Big Bird, Meet the Grouch

Cable flips out over Obama’s “offensive gesture”

Mr. Obama, we know things are getting rough out there on the campaign trail. We know campaigning can take its... More

Dancing with the Stars: The Trade Summit Edition

When Bush and NAFTA dance together, the president leads

I’m here, with political reporters, in New Orleans—where, for the past two days, President Bush has been in summit meetings... More

Hillary & Barack? Barack & Hillary? No Way,You Guys!

OMG, Patrick Healy's "Political Memo" in today's New York Times? It reads so high school (or to quote a more... More

Green Thumb: Earth Day USA

Media sightings on the Greening of America

"Green" is the latest media buzzword in news, features, entertainment, and advertising. U.S. newspaper mentions of "going green" have jumped... More

Brauchli’s Exit Is…

The end of the beginning of the end of what made the Journal special

The abrupt resignation of Marcus Brauchli as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal is surprising even to those of... More

Meet the “New Force,” Same as…

On CNN just now: "There seems to be a new force in politics: unmarried women." "New force?" Aren't these the... More

Memo to McCain: Dems Are Not Calling for Government Health Care

Stephanopoulos tries (unsuccessfully) to set the record straight

On his This Week program on Sunday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos seemed to try to redeem his thoroughly unstellar performance in... More

The Latest ‘Gate (Served with Syrup!)

How is it that 24 hours have ticked by since it happened and I am just now hearing about WaffleGate?... More

Peer Review (In Defense of ABC’s Debate)

Veteran New York Times political reporter Adam Nagourney takes a stab at defending Charlie Gibson's and George Stephanopoulos' handling of... More

The Luck of the Amish

Frequent MSNBC guest talking head, Mike Barnacle, was discussing the Democratic primary on Morning Joe just now and mentioned that... More

Choke Hold

How Jordan tames its press

About halfway through a press conference in Amman last July convened to announce the launch of ATV, Jordan’s first privately... More

Pennsylvania’s Great Expectations Game

When a win is a win isn’t a win

Whether it’s a race for governor, senator, mayor, or city council, in the U.S. it’s usually pretty easy to determine... More

Preaching to Their Choirs

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Senators Clinton and Obama each spoke via satellite to what conventional wisdom calls... More

Opening Bell: Journal Editor Quits

Murdoch era now in full flower; is Newsday next?; BoA’s bad day; etc.

Rupert Murdoch was a busy man yesterday. The top editor of The Wall Street Journal abruptly resigned just four months... More

The Papal Visit: By the Numbers

Counting the coverage of Benedict XVI’s U.S. trip

60,000 rough number of people who came to see Pope Benedict XVI celebrate Mass at New York’s Yankee Stadium on... More

Why, Wolf, Why?

What is Wolf Blitzer "watching very closely" in the Situation Room right now? Well, according to his opening tease, he... More

Ignoring Stengel, PA Papers Endorse

Sorry, Time magazine's Richard Stengel: newspaper endorsements are alive and well in Pennsylvania. "Obama Sweeps Newspaper Endorsements," reports The Nation... More

The “What If” Story Gone Wild

Was anyone else puzzled by that "Gore-Lieberman" piece by John M. Broder in yesterday's New York Times "Week In Review"?... More

Cable, Try A Little Earnestness

MSNBC, you want to catch the ear of a multi-tasking, half-listening cable TV viewer? Forget the shouting kitschy overkill of,... More

Debits & Credits: 10,000 Words in Search of a Trend

Plus: Undue credit-taking at the WSJ; Wilson Quarterly’s wise look at schools; Variety’s empty Olympics coverage, etc.

A Debit to The Economist for a special report on how digital technology is making us “nomads.” You may recall... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 4-20-08

In which Tim goes the Charlie Gibson route on Obama

Editor's note: Todd Gitlin's "Russert Watch" will run each Monday on CJR.org. Having agreed just the other day to write... More

Lauren Conrad, Hallmark of News Media “Relevance”

Apparently it's not enough to employ a "celebrity" news anchor or columnist. You must also seat your celebrity news anchor... More

Mind Games: CJR on the Military’s Media Manipulation

Some context for the NYT’s excellent investigation

The New York Times’s 7,600-word piece on the secret Pentagon campaign to get retired military officers onto the leading television... More

Counting the “Ha!’s” in a Matthews Interview

How many "Ha!'s" might Chris Matthews let out during the course of a 10-question interview? I counted eight in Matthews'... More

TV News Driven By “Mentally Ill Martinets”

Virginia Heffernan profiles the Onion News Network, "a video series produced by the Onion fake-news empire:" The false news stories... More

Victoria Clarke on “Service to the Media”

Given Victoria Clarke's role in creating and carrying out that "military analysts as media Trojan horse" plan the New York... More

Rummy’s “Message Force Multipliers”

And you thought this administration had done no post-Iraq-invasion planning? About those "military analysts" you've grown accustomed to seeing on... More

Opening Bell: Frankenfood

Food crisis alters thinking on GMC; bailouts abound; borrowers gone wild!; etc.

The New York Times fronts a story saying that recent food-market problems are eroding resistance to genetically modified crops. With... More

The Keystone State?

In Pennsylvania, the press sees a race. Sort of.

One thing’s for sure: the Pennsylvania Democratic primary matters to Pennsylvanians. Since the last election, over 160,000 people have registered... More

Kurtz Stays Above The Fray

WaPo media critic’s silence on ABC’s Debate Debacle

ABC News’s handling of Wednesday night’s debate has, of course, been greeted with near universal outrage. In a story headlined... More

Inflation investigation

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture points out a BreakingViews column that questions whether the government is low-balling the inflation... More

Kicker Mailbag: “The questions asked by Stephanopoulos and Gibson matter to voters”

In response to our Kicker post about Jon Stewart's satirical analysis of the ABC debate—and to our general frustration with... More

Mayhill Fowler on the Post Heard ‘Round the World

The blogger who started BitterGate: “I had a sense of peace about it”

On April 11, sixty-year-old Mayhill Fowler sent a blog post to “Off the Bus,” a citizen journalism project of the... More

Connecting Climate Change and Cities

Harvard conference gives reporters a new language

What happens when VMT meets GHG? A new version of the old “Two Cultures” problem articulated by British scientist and... More

Jon Stewart weighs in on the ABC debate

Leave it to Jon Stewart to condense Fight Night's frustrations into a neat little nutshell. After airing the debate-specific-but-Daily Show-obligatory... More

McCain’s Quiet Medicare Bombshell

Privatizing Medicare one inch at a time

Tuesday night the News Hour with Jim Lehrer dutifully reported that John McCain had been in Pittsburgh that day—tax day,... More

19,742

That's the number of comments posted to ABC News's Web site in response to the outlet's article about Wednesday night's... More

Opening Bell: The Hours

Americans are working fewer, but not by choice; cuts on Wall Street; jobless ranks swell; etc.

Lots of bad employment news today, and we’ll start out with the lead story in The New York Times, which... More

Annotating Bush’s Climate Speech

Dot Earth takes a novel approach to the coverage

Yesterday, President Bush called for the United States to halt the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and urged... More

Rock the Vote (Don’t Rock the Vote, Baby…)

Debate dissonance in Philly

Talk about mixed messages. Last night's debate, as ABC News informed us again and again, was the last meeting of... More

ABC’s Dispiriting Debate

What’s the point of rolling in the mud?

A person who would pay close enough attention to all the debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to rate... More

Newspapers’ Sad Sisters

On the (empty) floor at NEXPO

NEXPO, still the largest newspaper equipment trade show of the year, kicked off Saturday at D.C.’s massive Washington Convention Center.... More

Brooks Puts the “A” in ABC

About last night: David Brooks, for one, thought "the questions were excellent" and gives ABC an "A," Clinton a "B"... More

A New Standard for Debate Questions?

If you're hoping to quell any grumbling about revolving doors (and I'm not including myself in that grumbling) or if... More

The Last Word

Advice for aggrieved writers: zip it

There is a place in readers’ memories, if not on the musty shelf of literature, for an author’s published rebuttal... More

The Post-Gazette Backs Barack

Charm and “change” key to the steeltown daily’s choice

On Monday, Hillary Clinton strode into the Pittsburg Post-Gazette’s downtown offices for an hour-and-fifteen-minute meeting with the paper’s editorial board.... More

On Debate, ABC Gets A “D”?

Here's a choice bit from Tom Shales' Washington Post review of last night's ABC-sponsored Democratic debate, headlined, "In Pa. Debate,... More

Opening Bell: Tech Biz Buzzes On

Seems largely impervious to downturn; rice crisis in Oz; Sallie Mae wants more cash; etc.

In another good sign for how the tech industry is holding up, IBM reported solid first-quarter earnings yesterday with profits... More

“The Most Startlingly Tabloid Debate” Yet

Per Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, moments after the ABC-sponsored Democratic debate concluded just now. Maybe Olbermann's just peeved that ABC... More

Little Orphan MoDowd

Bittergate brings the press’s paupers out of their townhouses

Since BitterGate got going last week, we’ve had a spate of unintentionally hilarious attempts by Washington- and New York-based pundits... More

Future Telling

Bloomberg Markets’s Stephanie Baker-Said has a nice cover story this month about Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan: The... More

$17 Million a Day to Influence Congress

Health interests dole out the dough to get their way

On Bill Moyers Journal Friday night, David Beckmann, who heads the hunger advocacy group Bread for the World, recalled his... More

Global Warming’s Rainmakers

News outlets launch a glut of green business conferences

News outlets large and small, in the U.S. and overseas have, for years now, talked about a coming energy "revolution"... More

Open Letter to Les Moonves

Don’t pay Couric’s successor $15 million; invest in journalists instead

If nothing else, Katie Couric’s earlier-than-expected departure from the CBS Evening News should call into question the superstar anchor system... More

The Bluest Collar

Paul Waldman writes in The American Prospect: [Tim] Russert and [Chris] Matthews may be at the top of their profession's... More

ABC’s Debate “Restrictions” Will Change…What?

ABC, the sponsor of tonight's Democratic presidential debate, is circulating usage guidelines stating that ( per the New York Times)... More

Breaking: “Drudge Rules The World!”

What, no siren? No banner headline on Drudge linking to the New York Observer story today about "fake news" in... More

In Sync

Yesterday I wrote about how McCain seemed to go way out of his way in a speech Monday to flatter... More

Secret’s Out!

Obligatory quote from Stephen Colbert's interview with Michelle Obama last night. Wherein Colbert let the (campaign press) cat out of... More

Delacorte Lecture with Susan Lyne

The president and CEO on the makings of a media empire

Susan Lyne is the president and CEO of Martha Stewart Living OmniMedia, where she oversees the company’s developments in publishing... More

Whadda Ya Mean, Elite?

The final sentence in today's New York Times "Political Memo" telling the "back story" of BitterGate, that campaign controversy that... More

Opening Bell: What Recession?

Super-rich keep raking it in; Are banks lying about Libor?; Bush flip-flops on global warming; etc.

Not everybody’s losing money these days. The New York Times has on A1 a story based on a hedge-fund industry... More

McCain and Global Warming

NYT says it’s “central” to his campaign. Since when?

Reporting on John McCain’s proposal for a “gas-tax” holiday this summer as a way to boost the struggling economy, laid... More

Bilal Hussein to be freed. Really!

I’m ecstatic to be proven wrong. Bilal Hussein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Iraqi Associated Press photographer who was detained by U.S.... More

When Online Stories “Evolve”

When and how should news organizations alert readers that changes have been made to a story after it has been... More

Blasts in Baqubah, Ramadi

Dozens of Iraqis were killed in multiple bombings across Iraq earlier today, including a car bomb that claimed at least... More

Scolds and Salutes For TV Suits

"Show me Night Rider drunk on the floor and I won't care about a lack of health care for my... More

Flattery Will Get You…

Reading the transcript of Sen. McCain's speech at the AP annual meeting yesterday, I was struck by how much time... More

Science in Arabic

A conversation with the leaders of the Arab Science Journalists Association

Last fall, CJR’s Curtis Brainard discussed the state of science journalism in the Arab world with Nadia El-Awady and Zainab... More

Better Bitter Bit

TV news folks have had five days now -- the duration thus far of BitterGate-- to hone their headlines in... More

Opening Bell: Retail Rut

Bankruptcies, empty stores, flat sales; America’s lousy credit; Brazil’s black gold; etc.

The New York Times leads page one with a story on a “wave of bankruptcies” at retail chains, something it... More

It’s a Bittersweet Symphony…

PA voters: to be (bitter) or not to be (bitter)

Ah, BitterGate. Everything you're not supposed to talk about at parties—religion! class! "liberal elitism"! the Second Amendment!—all rolled into one... More

Neuroscience Reporting, Debugged

Flackery and extrapolation plague stories about the brain

Within the last month, Wired magazine's Mark Anderson and author Tom Wolfe, in an interview published in the San Francisco... More

No Coverage, Not “So Startling?”

"[President Bush] was aware that his top aides met in the White House basement to micromanage the application of waterboarding... More

Us Versus Us

Writers vs. editors! (Michael Kinsley describes that "Battle For the Ages). Print reporters vs. TV reporters! (Charles Gasparino on how... More

Not to Nitpick, But…

A List, for people who like that sort of thing: TV Week's annual ranking of the "10 Most Powerful People... More

MSNBC’s BitterGate Update

Keeping cable viewers current on the latest exchange in the Campaign Gaffe of the Week is hard work. From the... More

Debits & Credits: Fortune and The Nation on Same Page

Plus: LAT’s Couric flipflop; FT channels Wal-Mart; WSJ covers it; a missing pipeline detail; etc.

Credits to Fortune and The Nation for broad but incisive pieces that explain the credit crisis and the economic slump.... More

Should The Press Report…

Via Michael Calderone, in the wake of recent Spitzer (and Paterson) news, Crain's New York Business polled New York voters... More

The Forgotten Health Issue

Why is no one talking about long-term care?

The Los Angeles Times provided a wide opening for the media to ask the candidates about their plans for long-term... More

“W(h)ither the Cable Blowhard?”

The most memorable moment in Mark Leibovich's New York Times magazine cover piece on Chris Matthews -- in which we... More

Congress and the Press—Together Again

Oversight helps the business press, too

What a difference Congressional oversight makes—for the business press, if nothing else. The last two weeks, the financial (and front)... More

Opening Bell: Hat In Hand

Wachovia the latest charity case; food crisis mounts; the rich party on; Delta and Northwest ready to merge; etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports on C1 that Charlotte-based Wachovia is getting a capital infusion of as much as $7... More

Samantha Power Goofed Again

Canadian reporter was right to publish her words

So it looks like erstwhile Obama adviser Samantha Power, for the second time in just over a month, has said... More

Matt Taibbi Isn’t Sexist

He dislikes everyone, equally

For the record, Matt Taibbi's no misogynist. Or, well, even if he is, he's sexist on top of being ageist... More

Science’s Path to the Pulitzers

Explanatory category is a longtime entrée to the prestigious award

Some people can't wait to check online for the latest sports scores or the state of the slipping stock market.... More

Obama’s Ignored Bundlers

Thank you, WaPo, for showing the obvious.

When news broke on Tuesday that Barack Obama claimed his campaign had created a “parallel public financing system” by raising... More

BP Logo Pulled from TNR’s New Blog

Readers complain about placement above energy/environment coverage

A strange thing happened Tuesday. The New Republic had just launched a new “Environment & Energy” blog on Sunday, and... More

Airing…Dirty Laundry?

The Project for Excellence in Journalism has published the index of talk radio's content for the week of March 31... More

In Which Bill Clinton Won’t Let Sleeping Dogs…Well, You Know

Bill, Bill, Bill. Shh…

Message to Bill Clinton: Zip it. Well, that's Hillary's message to her husband, anyway; ours is more along the lines... More

Opening Bell: Dems Dodge Trade Vote

Bush Colombia pact stalled; and U.S. free-trade cred suffers; how Moody’s changed its ratings tune; etc.

House Democrats stalled Bush’s Colombia free-trade pact, the papers say. The New York Times notes on C1 that the party-line... More

Quote me once, shame on you. Quote me twice…

Wow. So, last month, you’ll remember, Samantha Power resigned from her perch as an Obama foreign policy adviser shortly after... More

The Rather Suit: What Was Dismissed

…and what remains

As has been reported here and elsewhere, Justice Ira Gammerman—the judge hearing Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS—today issued a motion... More

McCain Not So Torn on Foreign Policy

NYT’s piece balances a decidedly imbalanced reality

According to today’s New York Times, two competing factions within the Republican party’s foreign policy community—the neoconservatives and the pragmatists—are... More

And That’s the Rest of the Story…

Wondering what Mitt Romney is up to today? Oh, don’t lie. Sure you are! Paul Harvey, the 89-year-old radio host... More

1,000 Words…of Crazy

The Times sells McCain short

Checking out The New York Times Web site's newly (and subtly) redesigned Politics section, I noticed, tucked into a column... More

Pulitzer-Spurned Editorialists Speak

When the Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday, there was a curious gap: No award was given for editorials. There... More

Mortgage Broker Mojo

On Tuesday the Center for Responsible Lending dropped an interesting study that highlighted the role of mortgage brokers in the... More

Blogging the Coup

When their press was silent, Thai citizens delivered

In September 2006, when the military overthrew the government of Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup, the... More

Doping’s Next Frontier

Sports Illustrated reporter explains the intersection of gene therapy, athletics, and the press

In mid March, Sports Illustrated ran a three-part series titled "Steroids in America," which chronicled the "the culture of personal... More

Opening Bell: FAA (Finally) Gets Tough

Nearly half of American Airlines flights grounded; Yahoo enlists AOL in Microsoft fight; Couric on her way out at CBS?; etc.

Airline safety concerns continued to grow, with American Airlines canceling more than a thousand flights yesterday and grounding three hundred... More

Charges Against AP’s Hussein Dismissed

A headline like that would seem to be very good news for The Associated Press, which has been working to... More

Food (and Energy) for Thought

Elizabeth Spiers, founder of dealbreaker.com, has some interesting if not totally original things to say about inflation in her... More

Candidates Decline Science Debate

Proxies seem to be the only option

One thing about the scientists, academics, journalists, politicians, and business leaders pushing for a presidential debate about science - you... More

Audit Mailbag: ‘Stop the Class Warfare’

So says an editor; The Journal’s use of a housing stat sparks a squabble; we are praised, etc.

The Audit sometimes gets interesting mail from readers, and from time to time we’ll be posting some of it in... More

Flame-aganda

Pop quiz! Match the headline to the news outlet that produced it: 1. Security concerns high as Olympic torch arrives... More

Opening Bell: Justice Under Bush

‘A reflection of the environment of greed’; Will the Fed raise its debt?; To eat, or worry about the birds; etc.

The New York Times devotes its column one on A1 to a look at how the Justice Department has effectively... More

What’s Missing in Petraeus/Crocker Coverage

Public sentiment on Iraq and the way forward

Looking through the major print coverage of General Petraeus's appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning, something jumped... More

Big Play for Candidates’ Green Cred

Press revives environment’s role in the campaign…sort of

The environment's importance to the presidential campaign hit a fresh zenith, media coverage-wise, yesterday, with a Newsweek cover that asks,... More

You Read Us! You Really Read Us!

Know how Us Weekly sometimes runs pictures of famous people - and they’re candid photos, of course - studying the... More

If You Don’t Cut That Hair…

Wondering what it takes to break into CNN? It may be a hair thing. U.S. News reports that former CNN... More

Globe Dissects McCain’s Health Plan

More questions raised than answered

Cheers to The Boston Globe for taking a look at John McCain’s ideas for health reform. McCain had pretty much... More

The Times: (Grammar) Schooled

Oh, the comma-dy. Here, what has to be one of The New York Times’s best corrections of the of the... More

Pulitzers A Triumph For Investigations

Nothing like this on a blog

Army officials say they "started an aggressive campaign to deal with the mice infestation" last October and that the problem... More

Grey Lady Green?

Let’s say you’re an illustrious newspaper, and your rival has just won a landslide of Pulitzers (six, to be exact,... More

Hey, It’s Just Like Blogging!

This piece from today’s New York Times Science section has “Most E-Mailed” written all over it. Imagine, your daily bread... More

WaPo, NYT Liveblogging “Petraeuspalooza”

Both The Washington Post (military beat reporter and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Tom Ricks) and... More

Medical Stories Take Four Pulitzers

Investigations of health/ethics issues carry the day

Four health/medical series won Pulitzer Prizes yesterday. The Washington Post's Dana Priest, Annie Hull and photographer Michel du Cille received... More

Voting Clinton? But Mooooom!

Mom. C'mon, Mom. Please? Vote for Obama. Okay? Mom? You're voting for Obama, right? Why do you hate hope? Mooooom!... More

Putting on Putin

Criticism gets creative at Russian Esquire

Vladimir V. Putin is a fashion victim, addicted to luxurious clothes. Or at least he is according to the Russian... More

Obama on “100-Years-War Calumny”

Obama defended (dialed-back? clarified?) his McCain's for a 100-years-war statement on the Today Show this morning (hat tip, Michael Calderone):... More

High School Newsical

Says Amanda, the bespectacled copy editor for Cyprus Bay High School's "award-winning" newspaper, The Circuit, and star of MTV's upcoming... More

Opening Bell: Penn-ing A New Trade Deal

Colombia pact dissected; Greenspan protests too much; CBS wants to turn its journalism over to CNN; etc.

The free-trade issue is all the rage in the media these days, after the Clinton/Colombia campaign crackup, and both The... More

Previewing (Coverage of) Petraeus Hearing

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman previews the inevitable politicization of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker's... More

Foreign Policy Chops? “First Lady Puffery?”

Genius! Rather than having a Clinton surrogate and an Obama surrogate duke it out over Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experience... More

Debits & Credits: Hold the Brass Band

Plus: Names, please?; too easy on boards; vivid scenes from Calcutta; and an east Texas courthouse, etc.

Debits to Dow Jones and Bloomberg for being a bit too rah-rah after a big stock rally on Tuesday. In... More

McCain’s Big Ticket?

Mac has miles to go before he Veeps

On yesterday’s This Week with George Stephanopolous, Republican strategist Dan Senor announced that Condoleezza Rice “has been actively, actually in... More

Hillary’s Bad Facts

How should the press handle a health care stumble?

For the last few weeks Hillary Clinton has been telling a health care horror story that deeply touched her and... More

Report: Barry Bearak Released

IC Publications is reporting that both the New York Times' Barry Bearak (who was arrested in Zimbabwe last Thursday, initially... More

“100-Years-War Calumny,” Frankly

A crocus pushing through long-dormant earth signals spring. A Frank Rich column focusing on something other than The Clintons --might... More

Starring “The News?”

The headline on today's Alessandra Stanley piece in The New York Times caught my eye: "A New Star as Campaign... More

Happy Monday, Cable News!

All together now, all day long: Polygamist sect. Women and children. West Texas compound. (Cue Branch Davidian footage from back... More

Blogging Kills?

Quiz for anyone who read -- or even glanced at the front page of -- yesterday's New York Times: What's... More

Opening Bell: WaMu’s Angel

The bank’s $5 billion Band-Aid; Bill Gates, corporate raider; George Washington, bailout master; etc.

The Wall Street Journal scoops on A1 that Washington Mutual is about to get a $5 billion capital fix from... More

The Superdelegate Black Box

Haven’t heard of the ‘add-on delegates’? They hurt Clinton

As the Democratic contest sputters along, race watchers have become uneasy friends with a ballpark set of delegate numbers: It... More

Oops!

FNC’s chyron an Al-batross

Call it "Dewey Defeats Truman" for the age of twenty-four-hour cable. Amid all the hubbub about who, oh who, the... More

Bubble Trouble

Occasionally, a commentator will make an observation so obvious, yet so in need of being said, that it might fairly... More

Aggregate This! (Part II)

More evidence that Tina Brown is serious about her soon-to-be-launched news aggregation Web site: today we learn that she’s brought... More

Dr. King’s Last Moments

Memphis magazine provides a moving tick-tock

Much of today’s coverage of the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination examines the reverend’s legacy through the telescopic... More

Remember FutureGen?

American press silent while Oz launches first carbon storage plant

It was a week of firsts, but not in the U.S. In Canada, British Columbia announced "pioneering" cap-and-trade legislation yesterday,... More

Dave Marash: Why I Quit

The veteran newsman says Al Jazeera English’s mission changed

In February 2006, David Marash, a veteran correspondent (and substitute host) for ABC’s Nightline, raised eyebrows in the U.S.... More

Martin in the Morning

I guess I missed the discussion with Douglas Brinkley, the historian, and with with Sister Louise D. Patterson, wife of... More

Opening Bell: Job Drop

Unemployment soars; Jamie Dimon, welfare king; Apple eclipses Wal-Mart; etc.

The economy is beginning to shed jobs at a worrisome pace. Initial unemployment claims soared 38,000 last week to 407,000,... More

Rejoice, Katie!

Will Couric have her moment of moderation?

Hold onto your stilettos, everyone…Katie Couric could yet have her moment in the debate-moderation sun. Word comes today, via a... More

Rivalry Aside

Will the candidates put politics on the back burner to pay tribute to Dr. King?

Tomorrow marks the fortieth anniversary of the slaying of Martin Luther King, Jr., and presidential candidates will be in Memphis... More

How Many Times Can You Call People “Big Fucking Whores” Before It Gets, You Know, Kinda Uncool?

For Air America’s Randi Rhodes: Three Times!

Take that, Don Imus. It was a year ago tomorrow that the shock jock called the Rutgers women’s basketball team…well,... More

WSJ: Soon to Play ‘Endorsement Mad Libs’?

Under Murdoch, the paper may make its first endorsement since Hoover

The Wall Street Journal hasn’t endorsed a political candidate since the election of 1928 (perhaps out of shame: it endorsed... More

Katie, Al, and the Internet

CBS News’s astonishingly obtuse report

Okay, we thought the only people left who still believe that Al Gore actually lied about creating the Internet could... More

Matthews’s Leg: Still Thrilled?

Barack Obama, media critic!

Perhaps the best line from Barack Obama's Hardball appearance yesterday came after (the notoriously Obamaphilic) Chris Matthews asked the candidate... More

Looking Under Hillary’s Caps

On health care costs, readers need help with the fine print

Hillary Clinton brought a bit of news to the health beat last week, revealing to New York Times reporter Kevin... More

RIP: Stand-Alone Biz Section

They were thin, sure, but they were something

Business news is booming these days. Business-news sections not so much. They are disappearing and have been doing so regularly... More

Soros on Market Myths

Writing in today's Financial Times, billionaire and philanthropist George Soros calls out Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary for not... More

Gore Wants You!

The anatomy and coverage of his “We” PR blitz

Last Sunday, in a mostly unremarkable 60 Minutes piece hosted by Lesley Stahl, former vice president Al Gore and the... More

Say It Ain’t Joe!

Recently, I’ve found chatty “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough to be just as serviceable as any other MSNBCer. But it’s... More

The Best Unintentionally Ironic MSNBC Ad Yet!

The “Vote-zilla” crew strikes again…

This little gem, an ad promoting “Hardball’s College Tour” through Pennsylvania, has been airing on MSNBC this morning: “After three... More

A Super Mess

The Times’s slowpoke superdelegate survey

On Tuesday, The New York Times ran a by-the-book campaign roundup: McCain spoke in his family’s hometown, Clinton channeled Rocky,... More

Think You Know Your Web Traffic?

Think again. The scramble for online measures

If you hopped into a time machine that spat you out sometime between 1996 and now, you could almost pinpoint... More

Opening Bell: Back-Scratching 101

Senate relief plan would spread the goodies; Big Ben’s bad day; Bush’s MBA doesn’t seem to help; etc.

Senate leaders agreed on a compromise housing-relief plan in non-senatorial fashion—fairly quickly. The $15 billion to $20 billion plan (depending... More

MoDowd’s One Move

Her characterization of Obama as “effete” shows she hasn’t been paying attention

Back in November 1997, in a column about the Clinton administration’s foreign policy, Maureen Dowd wrote the following: Even with... More

Aggregate This, Arianna!

Radar is reporting today that Tina Brown, erstwhile Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor, celebrity biographer, and media maven, plans... More

Avril Lavigne…the Next Janice Min?

Looks like celeb journalism is another thing Avril Lavigne doesn't like to be comp-li-ca-ted. After her concert in Atlantic City... More

Peabody Awards to Iraq-Injured Journos

Among today’s thirty-five Peabody Award winners are two journalists wounded on assignment in Iraq. Here’s the AP: Peabodys went to... More

Punch Drunk?

The media jab Clinton’s metaphor

Since it was the news of the day yesterday, you’ve probably heard by now about Hillary Clinton’s comparison of herself... More

The Silent Side of Oil

Press needs to pump information on peak supply

Oil has always been a big story for obvious economic, environmental, political, and technological reasons. For decades, Americans have read... More

The NYO: Booked on a Feeling

Finally, a bit of good news for those of us who’ve been quietly mourning the decline of books coverage in... More

Delacorte Lecture with Bitch’s Andi Zeisler

The editor discusses feminist journalism

Andi Zeisler is the editorial/creative director of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. She co-founded the magazine as a ‘zine... More

Opening Bell: When Down Is Up

Market soars on bad news; blame it on the shorts; perilous bank balance sheets; etc.

Stock markets rallied big—again—yesterday on news that two big financial players are taking multibillion-dollar hits. Yes, news has been so... More

Happy Hour on MSNBC?

B-roll. It is essential to television news. That at-your-fingertips file footage used to illustrate the news you can use du... More

The U.S., Iraq, and 100 Years

Press needs to call Obama on distortion of McCain’s statement

Ever since John McCain said at a town hall meeting in January that he could see U.S. troops staying in... More

Surrogate Scandal!

The April Fool’s edition

Barack Obama's campaign has a lot to answer for today. After a rally in Pittsburgh on Friday, one of the... More

Newsflash: HUD Scandal Broke Last Fall

National Journal series was largely ignored by rest of the press

Yesterday, Alphonso Jackson, Bush’s HUD secretary, resigned. “His tenure,” as the AP put it, was “tarnished by allegations of political... More

Elizabeth Edwards on John McCain’s Health Policy

Someone has to translate

Elizabeth Edwards told some 500 health journalists the other day that John McCain’s health care plan was like “painting lipstick... More

E-lection

Want a recap of the many ways the Internet has affected the 2008 presidential race to date? The Washington Post... More

The Inevitable Chelsea Shield

There’s much chatter today that Chelsea Clinton, while headlining a North Carolina State campaign event for her mother, was once... More

No Challenger? No Challenging

In case you haven’t had enough Ongoing Democratic Primary: Who Benefits and Who Is Damaged analyses, here is the lede... More

E&E News Launches ClimateWire

New pub aims to dig deep into “sprawling” topic

Two months ago, a reporter interviewed me for a story about the sustainability of "green" news-whether journalists' current interest in... More

CNN on “The Vanna Vote”

It’s on! The media’s hunt to locate - and coin a snappy moniker for—2008’s must-get swing vote (that subset of... More

The Grave Dancer

Sam Zell and Tribune’s fate

When the Tribune Company went private in December, Sam Zell completed a deal that many had said he couldn’t get... More

Opening Bell: Subprime Mess Snares UBS

Swiss bank’s massive write-down; Bush regulatory plan panned; central banks scramble; etc.

Swiss banking giant UBS announced this morning that it would take a massive $19 billion write-down of its assets in... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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