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May 2008

Booze Judgment

The Times parses Clinton’s Beer Factor

We currently find ourselves in, to put it mildly, a lull in the 2008 campaign's primary season. The delegate tallies... More

Great, But No G-8?

Outlets miss the holes in McCain’s Russia rhetoric

On May 27, John McCain called for peace talks with China as well as a heavily collaborative effort with Russia... More

NYC’s Deadly Crane Collapse

Just after 8 a.m. today, a crane doing construction work at a high-rise building on the corner of 91st Street... More

Flogging a “Dead” Climate Bill

Why the press must cover Lieberman-Warner as if it had legs

Washington, vis-à-vis the Bush Administration, has shirked its responsibility to take on global warming for years, so the Climate Security... More

Poor “Elite”

"Pity the poor word 'elite,' which simply means 'the best' as an adjective and 'the best of a group' as... More

Opening Bell: Oil Slicks

As prices soar, U.S. looks for scapegoats; UBS ready to roll over; Jimmy Cayne, pariah; Rachael Ray, jihadi; etc.

The U.S. said it is investigating whether soaring oil prices are being unfairly manipulated, the papers report. The Wall Street... More

The Post on McCain’s Evangelicals

Lots of bark…but where’s the bite?

Ever since John McCain formally rejected the support of the controversial pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley last week, I’d... More

Is Obama Experienced?

The press shouldn’t just repeat the criticism as fact

It has become clear that one of John McCain’s major lines of attack against Barack Obama will be that the... More

Pre-Iraq War Coverage: “Pretty Good Job” or “Embarrassing?”

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Scott McClellan's memoir, of all things, (and specifically, McClellan's assertions that the press... More

Shop Stewards

Der Spiegel’s employee-owners gave their boss the boot. Now they must prove they can revive the venerable German magazine.

Stefan Aust, the longtime editor of Germany’s leading newsweekly, Der Spiegel, was on a boat trip near the Indonesian island... More

“Obama-Side” Media v. Hillary Water-Carriers

Keith Olbermann's "Special Comment" last Friday regarding Hillary Clinton's RFK remark prompted this special comment from Time blogger James Poniewozik:... More

Yellin: News Execs Pushed For Positive Bush Stories

Everyone's in tell-all (confessional?) mode, it seems. An on-air exchange last night between CNN's Anderson Cooper and Jessica Yellin (now... More

Opening Bell: Lying About Libor

Journal calls out banks on distortion; free wireless for all?; the back story of $2 a share for Bear; etc.

The Wall Street Journal uses an interesting bit of enterprise reporting to suggest on A1 which banks are lying about... More

Another Hillary History Lesson

More on the topic of my previous post: lessons one might draw from Clinton's campaign. Over at Slate's XX Factor,... More

Hillary’s Historic Run: Discuss

More of that "reckoning." Today, The New Republic asks: "As Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign approaches its end, what are the... More

More Now Scott Tells Us

From a Washington Post readers chat this morning with the Post's National Political Correspondent, Anne E. Kornblut. SW Nebraska: Will... More

Obsessed with Our Destroyers

How a passive press enshrines its enemies

We the media are obsessed with our destroyers. We could even be said to love (or love to write about... More

Now You Tell Us, Scott

Politico's Mike Allen http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10649.html">reports that "a few reporters were offered advance copies" of Scott McClellan's memoir "with the restriction that... More

Opening Bell: About That Loan…

Investors want lenders to take back loans; home sales up but also down; choking the brokers, etc.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of investors, including big companies, are trying to force companies that... More

Post-“Post-Confidentials”

As if the New York Times didn’t deem a 12-page memoir-slash-essay in Sunday’s magazine enough space for Emily Gould’s pressing... More

It’s A Shame About Trotta

Oh, the Characters of Cable. They sure know how to fill air. They don't just pontificate about a candidate's apology... More

Watch the Democrats, Part II

The Hill’s skeptical story still stands

A story in The Hill a few weeks ago, which we reported on, offered some grim comments from members of... More

Russert Watch 5-25-08

In which Tim’s round table considers gender and race

Tim Russert led his round table with Hillary Clinton’s much-excoriated and certainly maladroit mention of the RFK assassination, a gaffe... More

Debits & Credits: the FT Investigates

Welcome to the fight, FT; Awol on Ranieri; counter-intuition discharge, etc.

A Credit to the Financial Times for a rare investigative piece, a well-executed probe into a bungled debt rating by... More

Playing Games With Your Future

Well, if journo-scolds are going to tut-tut news organizations for trivializing the election, treating a candidate's choice of a running-mate... More

Worse Than It Seems

Drilling down to the rotten foundation of the economic crisis

With the economy apparently already in recession, gas prices near record levels, food prices rising, and inflation generally gaining momentum,... More

CNN and MSNBC: Not “The News?”

Today, the Times has a front-page profile of Barack Obama's "body man," Reggie Love. Seems like just yesterday I was... More

“At Peace With Being At War?”

The New York Times' David Carr yesterday suggested that, given "public indifference to a war that refuses to end," perhaps... More

Opening Bell: Bear Stearns Saga, In Three Acts

Journal says firm could have saved itself; housing bargains; car trouble; truckers feel the pain; etc.

The Wall Street Journal kicks off a three-part series on “The Fall of Bear Stearns” with a story, accompanied by... More

All That Glitters (Is Not Gould)

The former Gawker editor, “exposed” in the Times Magazine

At first blush, it would seem to be one of those delightfully zeitgeist-y romps through everyone's favorite topic these days,... More

Back from Baghdad

We hear a lot—though not nearly enough—about what it's like to be a soldier returning from duty in Iraq: the... More

Et Tu, Mika?

Brzezinski plays a new Morning Joe role

Mika Brzezinski, often the Lone Lady at MSNBC's Morning Joe round table, will usually speak out when one of the... More

Ellen’s Russert Moment

The comedian celebrates Memorial Day by doing some politician-grilling

Talk about afflicting the comfortable. Well, actually, make that "afflicting the awkwardly, squirmingly, cringingly uncomfortable." On yesterday's Ellen, the daytime... More

Opening Bell: Don’t Like Your Credit Rating?

Moody’s, S&P will fix it; Amtrak’s moment; “short squeeze” in oil market; domestic drillers want more; etc.

The Wall Street Journal on its Money & Investing cover looks at another shady practice of the credit-ratings firms—switching out... More

Parsing Parsley

ABC’s Brian Ross delivers on McCain’s “spiritual guide”

Good for ABC News and Brian Ross, who are finally giving Pastor Rod Parsley, an important Christian conservative ally of... More

What About Edwards?

“Altering” Michigan’s results

Jonathan Alter’s most recent Newsweek column rightly takes Hillary Clinton to task for her insistence that more people have voted... More

Terry Gross’s Rules

Over wet umbrellas and under the echo of cell phones, Terry Gross, long-time host of Fresh Air on NPR, imparted... More

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz

The veteran political reporter discusses life on the campaign trail and the changing world of political coverage

Dan Balz, political correspondent for The Washington Post—and a principal voice in the coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign—believes that... More

60 Minutes’s Biovail Trainwreck (cont.)

A news magazine’s corporate “victim” pleads guilty

Last month, we wrote how 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl had botched a business story by using, of all companies,... More

Saved by the Shield

A reporter recalls his legal crucible after the Chiquita story

Ten years ago this month began a period of my life that I have come to call my season in... More

Another Close Comparison

There’s something about Glenn…

The works of Glenn Close (in starring and supporting roles alike) are getting a workout from campaign observers observing the... More

Opening Bell: Happy Summer Driving!

Oil inventories down, prices up; air travel to get much worse; time to pull Pfizer’s antismoking drug?; etc.

The price of oil continues to rise like an uncapped gusher, soaring 3.3 percent to more than $133 a barrel... More

Dazed and Confused (Watching MSNBC Again)

No, Contessa Brewer, this wasn't as bad as the time back in January when you interviewed that insightful young man/book... More

Journalism’s Real Liberal Bias?

Forget a liberal bias among journalists, argues Conor Friedersdorf on DoubleThink Online. It's journalistic convention that leans liberal. That is,... More

EXUBERANT HEADLINE! Buzzkill Lede

The sound of the lede bursting the headline's bubble: Kentucky Enquirer headline: "CLINTONS' VISITS PAY OFF AS HILLARY ROLLS IN... More

Cartoon Candidates

Last night MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, to his own visible satisfaction, added to last week's colorful characterizations of Camp Clinton on... More

To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

The Infinite Mind’s blunder underscores the need for transparency

A few weeks ago, Frank Rich wrote a sharp column on the Clinton campaign's failure to see the danger of... More

WSJ’s Committee of the Absurd

Waiting for a complaint that will never come

I see The Wall Street Journal’s Special Committee has given itself a new name, or at least tried to define... More

We’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

Now it’s gone…gone…gone…

It had to happen at some point. Tim Russert’s grin is just slightly less broad. The mischievous twinkle in Pat... More

Press Declares Victory, Even If Obama Won’t

What, exactly, happened in Iowa last night?

On Sunday, The New York Times, published a piece entitled “Obama to Return to Iowa, Possibly to Declare Victory.” It... More

Lynn Sweet, The “Specialist”

The New York Observer profiles Lynn Sweet, the Chicago Sun-Times' Washington bureau chief and Obama campaign reporter. Says Sweet: “I... More

No More “Socialized Medicine” — Part II

The New York Times gets it right, too

Even before The Associated Press declared that John McCain was wrong when he called the Democratic candidates' health plans socialized... More

Dowd Hears Voices

Today, the New York Times' Maureen Dowd fancies herself a fly on the wall, drafting "The Last Debate" between Sen.... More

Clinton and the “Cloak of Invisibility”

How a TV critic comes to the conclusion that it's all but over for Hillary Clinton: While Sen. Obama's and... More

Opening Bell: Thomson Atop Journal

On its way to being just another newspaper; military thinks green; small cities, no flights; etc.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Rupert Murdoch installed his pal Robert Thomson as the top editor... More

“Just This Great Distraction”

From tonight's Nightline story on US Weekly ("Stars, Skin, Scandal: Secrets of US Weekly"): "There was a lot of depressing... More

Daily News Leaves Times in the Dirt

News’s solid, scrappy reporting on city construction projects buries Times

If beat reporting were a softball game, the Daily News would be soundly beating The New York Times—at least in... More

Today’s “Reckoning”

More "reckoning" on this morning's Today Show ("The Gender Factor: Did being a woman hurt Clinton?") in which another one... More

CNN Does=Politics! (Domestic Politics, At Least)

According to the new Campaign Coverage Index by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, last week "cable news devoted 74%... More

Lost Media, Found Media

Snapshots from the future of writing

If there were an ashram for people who worship contemplative long-form journalism, it would be the Nieman Conference on Narrative... More

Never Met a Poll He Didn’t…

Hate? I thought the campaign press loved polls -- those snapshots from which all sorts of alarming conclusions may be... More

Opening Bell: Is Housing Bill Tough Enough?

May not ‘put a floor’ under the market; stimulus checks have little impact; former AOL execs indicted; etc.

The Senate finally nailed down a deal on a housing bill, something The Wall Street Journal deems worthy of page... More

Do Dems Want Health-Care Reform?

Some hedging in the halls of Congress

Health care reform won’t happen no matter how forcefully the candidates push unless Congress goes along. While the Democratic contenders... More

The “Reckoning”

Let the parsing of what Clinton’s near-miss means for women begin!

Jodi Kantor writes in today's New York Times: Along with the usual post-mortems about strategy, message and money, [and, I'd... More

It Pains McCain to Prevaricate?

From Matt Bai's New York Times magazine cover story on John McCain: John McCain has never been very good at... More

Debits & Credits: LAT 1 - Housing Myths 0

Deconstructing mortgage industry nonsense; yet another dumb Silverstein story; Marketwatch’s fact void, etc.

A Credit to the Los Angeles Times for excellent reporting that shows conventional wisdom—that a significant number of homeowners are... More

Covering Climate

Journalists and scientists discuss the media’s treatment of global warming

Earlier this month, I moderated a panel at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism about the press coverage of... More

Defining Green Jobs

A couple weeks ago, Observatory freelancer Russ Juskalian wrote an excellent column about the proliferation of the term "green-collar jobs"... More

Russert Watch: Sunday 5-18-08

In which Tim stays on the surface about “appeasement”

Tim Russert, as is his wont, went to politics before policy with Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. He began... More

CNN’s Declaration of Independence

This CNN ad campaign was new to me (I saw it over the weekend on NY1). (VOICEOVER) Every American is... More

Opening Bell: Banks’ Creative Accounting

It’s all legal, and yet…; trouble in dairy land; Microsoft and Yahoo, round II; Chinese workers stay home; etc.

Bloomberg says banks are “hiding” more than $35 billion in losses in (not so) plain sight. The wire service in... More

Making it in (and out of) Myanmar

CNN’s Dan Rivers, now safe, speaks with CJR

Aid workers aren’t the only ones having trouble getting into Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis. The nation’s secretive military regime is... More

Mort Rosenblum on Dispatches

New quarterly bucks industry trend, exudes smart idealism

During decades spent racing to cover struggle and strife around the world, Mort Rosenblum, a longtime AP correspondent, and Gary... More

The Mysterious Epigenetics

Reporters need to guide readers through the fog

When the Human Genome Project (HPG) was hot news in the press five to ten years ago, there was a... More

Opening Bell: Bad Numbers On Blackstone

Papers swallow company spin on losses; Dick Armey and Steve Forbes are angry renters; etc.

(The headline for this post was corrected at 1:55 p.m.) Blackstone Group had a bad first quarter. Just how bad?... More

Edwards As Working-Class Hero?

The polls don’t support the press’s narrative

The press is playing John Edwards’s endorsement of Barack Obama as giving the presumptive Democratic nominee a boost in attracting... More

McCain Promises Weekly Presidential Press Conferences

Interesting and laudable. From McCain'sprepared remarks for today’s big vision speech: My administration will set a new standard for transparency... More

People? Perception!

What really matters (some version of which can be found in most of the Edwards Endorses Obama coverage): ``[John ]Edwards... More

John Denver? John Edwards!

TV Newser rounds up the networks' treatment of the Edwards Endorses Obama Rally last night. ABC News "spent nearly six... More

Best Face Forward

At the Newseum, a troubled industry looks good under glass

And we think today’s reporters have it tough. Picture this: To land a job, the journalistic aspirant known to history... More

Press: Press McCain On…

Give what the Boston Phoenix's Adam Reilly sees as John McCain's "well-documented knack for charming the press into submission," Reilly... More

No More “Socialized Medicine”—at least from the AP

One loaded term down, many to go

Maybe John McCain still believes that the health car plans offered by Democratic candidates “move closer to a nationalized health... More

Opening Bell: Down The Rabbit Hole…

with Freddie and Fannie; bad week for Countrywide; what’s the truth about inflation?; etc.

Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprise that along with Fannie Mae underpins the entire housing market, reported a smaller-than-expected $151 million... More

Stars and Stripes forever

In January, I wrote about the complicated contracting relationship between Stars and Stripes, the military-backed paper that insists on its... More

What 7.9 Magnitude Looks Like

Reuters (with help from stringers) puts images to the phrase China's "deadliest earthquake in decades." More

And I Swear

What is it with TV anchors and the f-bomb? Bill O'Reilly dropped it (while helming Inside Edition). Last night, "in... More

Those Obama “Concerns”

What’s talked about when we don’t talk about race

Yesterday’s Washington Post featured a story on race and the Obama campaign, one that went beyond the tea leaves of... More

Bored Reporters Play for Their Base (Each Other)

From Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post: If there is importance in the results of the primary in West Virginia,... More

How Do You Top “Practically Lactating?”

To quote a colleague: "The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink- beer-in-a-masculine-seeming-way? approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd's] one move—never mind that it’s been... More

Headline Here, Headline There

Headline on the front page of today's Charleston (WV) Gazette (print edition): HILLARY RACKS UP BIG WIN; Observers Still See... More

Camp Clinton, As Cast By MSNBC

If you got your West Virginia primary coverage from MSNBC, then you know: 1) Hillary Clinton is thisclose to becoming... More

Opening Bell: Did We Dodge A Recession?

Conventional Wisdom now says yes, maybe; tax the rich, teach the vets; UBS official indicted; etc.

Well, that was fast. The Wall Street Journal on page one says economists are hedging their bets on a recession,... More

Remember That “Media Trojan Horse?”

Media Matters counted the number of times those military analysts named in David Barstow's New York Times investigation ("Behind TV... More

Tapper Gets It Right

Eschews neutrality for truth on Boehner-Obama-Israel flap

Good for Jake Tapper of ABC News, for handling the fake controversy over Obama’s recent comments on Israel in exactly... More

McCain’s Maverick Cursive (And “Angry” Commas)

Body-language experts have already weighed in at key times during the campaign. Ditto graphic designers explaining what campaign signage choices... More

Daylight on Climate

Mac gives the press room to work

It's nice how the situation changes so quickly. Well, maybe not changes, but at least presents the opportunity for change.... More

Take Me Home, Beltway Roads

In March we saw a CNN anchor swapping his pinstripe suit for a ten gallon hat and horse to better... More

Dick Cheney’s Health Care

Good enough for you? Moyers raises the equity question

Bill Moyers Journal last week featured the California Nurses Association--not the usual Moyers Q and A with a guest, but... More

Looking for Local News in LA?

Joe Matthews, one-time labor reporter for the LA Times, wrote a piece in Sunday's Washington Post (hat tip, Matthew Yglesias)... More

Who Will Tell Us?

Journalism is losing its reporters

Read through the coverage of any presidential campaign and you will invariably find instances in which the conventional wisdom was... More

Battle of the Media Darling(est)?

Newspaper, TV on the wall, who's the media darling(est) of them all? McCain? Obama? (Ron Paul, you say?) A first... More

Opening Bell: Clear Channel Deal On

Lawsuit avoided, pain is shared; cigarette regulation, Bush style; small-biz loan crunch; etc.

Leveraged buyouts are back in the news this morning. The papers write that the Clear Channel Communications deal, which collapsed... More

Hillary’s Technical Truth

A small example of a much larger press problem

The Washington Post reports today that Hillary Clinton, still doggedly making her case, told West Virginia voters today: It’s a... More

Russert Watch 5-11-08

In which Hillary surrogates get got

What’s a Sunday morning show to do when it specializes in political prophecy and the expectation is a foregone conclusion?... More

West Virginia, Personified (by the FT)

"West Virginia Keeps Distance From Obama." So reads the headline on a Financial Times piece today. Just who is this... More

Debits & Credits: Fortune’s Reckless Stenography

And now: the uninsured as bank robbers; a fun read from Adweek; the Times blows a headline, etc.

A Debit to Fortune for journalistic laziness and reckless stenography in its interview with Aetna CEO Ron Williams in which... More

The Democratic Primary: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

From Katharine Q. Seeyle's New York Times piece today (emphasis mine): This is an awkward phase in a long campaign.... More

Beyond “Voicing Over Pictures”

CNN's Dan Rivers, one of few Western journalists able to report from Myanmar last week, tells Howard Kurtz on yesterday's... More

About Those Holes in Your Health Policy

As campaigns discuss the uninsured, the insured have their own problems

How ironic that the campaign has been marked by Democrats pushing for universal health insurance coverage just as the country... More

Pick a Pundit Profile

Which television poli-pundit profile to read first: "Chuckie T's" or Turd Blossom's? Howard Kurtz profiles NBC's political director Chuck Todd... More

Opening Bell: Payday Loan Scams

Not just for the poor anymore; the Dolans and Newsday; will Dems pay for helping home owners?; etc.

The Chicago Tribune this morning reports on an insidious new phenomenon: online payday loans. One woman, Rochelle Parker, landed an... More

Covering Climate

Journalists and scientists discuss the media’s treatment of global warming

Earlier this month, I moderated a panel at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism about the press coverage of... More

Club Med(vedev)

The inauguration of Dmitri Medvedev as Russia's new president this week is one of those fantastic Historical Occasions for which... More

Campbell Robertson, Sometimes Cartoonist

The New York Times does non-fiction, political, comics

Usually, Campbell Robertson, as a thirty-one-year-old theater reporter for The New York Times, writes articles on Broadway and the actors... More

EJ Graff Joins the XX Factor

The XX Factor, Slate's women-written blog, welcomes a new voice today: EJ Graff. Graff, the author of Getting Even and... More

Election Mania…in Europe

European media and their audiences catch the U.S.’s Election Fever

On a Wednesday a couple of weeks ago, French, Dutch and Polish camera crews gathered in a small studio on... More

Opening Bell: Et tu, A.I.G.?

Plus, NYT strong work on NYT housing and a powerful senator; Toyota’s skids; the container shortage. etc.

Insurance giant American International Group posted a record $7.8 billion loss in the first quarter as it wrote down more... More

The Obama Uncertainty Factor

David Broder points a finger at the wrong candidate

David Broder wrote yesterday: I’d like to know what kind of people Obama would bring into his White House and... More

PEJ Gets the Last Laugh

In what might just be one of the most fun pieces of research ever conducted, ever, the Project for Excellence... More

Star Wars Episode VI: Re-Spurn of the Jedi

Howard Kurtz today takes a macrocosmic—literally, macrocosmic—view of the media's post-Tuesday treatment of the Democrats' Epic Battle for Cosmic Domina—er,... More

The Early Life of the Gas-Tax Story

Reporters let bloggers and columnists do the work

The possible suspension of the federal gas tax has become a big issue in the presidential race, and the latest... More

The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal

A struggle over the editor was about much more than turf

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- When Lisa Kelly learned she had leukemia in late 2006, her doctor advised her to... More

Going Brangelina on Barack

In a New York Times article today about how the entertainment press is giving Britney-sized attention to this year's presidential... More

The Future of Reading

Ezra Klein discusses Amazon’s Kindle in print and video

Ezra Klein discusses the cover story he wrote for the May/June issue of Columbia Journalism Review. To read that article,... More

The Future of Reading

Ezra Klein discusses Amazon’s Kindle in print and video

To watch Klein discussing the future of reading, click here. The title of a 2004 report by the National... More

McCain Makes News

Appears on Daily Show--a surefire way to get the (uncritical) attention of the campaign press. McCain talked about how, as... More

The World’s Best Health Care—Really?

John McCain’s campaign canard

The Rocky Mountain News’s coverage of John McCain’s campaign stop in Denver last week raises an important issue for reporters,... More

News Deprived

At washingtonmonthly.com, Kevin Drum is asking his readers: If you could have only one source of news in the world,... More

Opening Bell

SEC’s new rules; fluffing the mortgage numbers; Moody’s man out; etc.

Stocks fell the most in four weeks, with the Dow dropping 206 points (1.6 percent) and financial shares tumbling 3.7... More

From Gas Tax to Safety Valve

The press gets wrapped up in one debate, but misses a parallel

Since Hillary Clinton announced her support last week for suspending the federal gas tax between Memorial Day and Labor Day,... More

About Being Distracted…

Luckily, my quest for ever more juicy campaign minutiae brought me to Time's Swampland blog just now where I found... More

Rejecting Post-Rationality

The press finds the faith to find the math

This morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough—and much of the press—seemed to be of two minds about what last night’s results would... More

Hillary, We Hardly Knew Ye…

Hey, MSNBC: Why the remembrance of things past?

Could it almost be…over? Is “our long national nightmare” soon to end? After a night of nail-biting—“too early to call”... More

McCain In Media Crosshairs? “In Time”

How The Media Works 101: Can't Walk and Chew Gum, with Professors Chris Matthews and Tim Russert (and input from... More

Toobin Got It Right

But rest of TV news perpetuated a fiction in the service of suspense

As we all waited for those final results to come in from northwest Indiana last night, everyone on TV seemed... More

Morning After (Press Takes Pulse)

NBC's Today Show this morning: "Is it over?" ABC's Good Morning America: "End of the Road?" Front page of today's... More

Last Night’s Matthews-isms

In a single exchange with Keith Olbermann last night describing Clinton's and Obama's primary night speeches, MSNBC's Chris Matthews managed... More

Opening Bell: Oil Prices Keep Rising…

But no one’s talking about using less; Myanmar’s rice harvest hit; greenback bulks up; etc.

The price of oil continued its record rise, and the papers all give major play to stories on how much... More

The Late Great States

Demographics should temper claims of closing “momentum”

Remember Pennsylvania? It was to be the last mega-state, the primary of primaries that would cap off almost four months... More

The People vs. Jeremiah Wright

What’s wrong with the Wright trial

When most Americans met Jeremiah Wright, he was a caricature, rendered in the blurry lines and crackling tones of buffered... More

Quick: What Rhymes with CJR?

The Guardian reports (via Gawker): The Economist's bid to appeal to more youthful readers seems to be paying off after... More

Primary Night Bingo!

Lighten up tonight’s punditry with a game

It's Super Tuesday. Again. Another loooooong evening of waiting and watching returns—and the punditry that analyzes them—before the Big, Exciting... More

The CW on Bloggers and She-Candidates

Back in March, Mark Leibovich drew up for the New York Times a "Scorecard On Conventional Wisdom" this election season.... More

Wright Out-NewsMakes Everyone and Everything!

Can't get snatches of Rev. Wright's sermons and speeches out of your head? The Project for Excellence in Journalism explains... More

Why No HageeGate? Russert Explains

On Imus in the Morning yesterday, Tim Russert supplied an answer to that question -- bubbling online and, yesterday, on... More

Love Thy Neighbor

The religion beat in an age of intolerance

Tim Townsend discusses the story he wrote for the May/June issue of Columbia Journalism Review. To read that article, “Love... More

Love Thy Neighbor

The religion beat in an age of intolerance

To watch Townsend discussing the religion beat, click here. In the Gospel of Matthew, it doesn’t take long for the... More

NYT’s Front-Page Insight

The New York Times' veteran political reporter, Adam Nagourney, summons his expertise to tip readers to "three possible outcomes to... More

Opening Bell: Countrywide Deal Hits Snag

Analyst urges B of A to bail; Sprint wants to unload Nextel; Fannie and Freddie need help; etc.

Investors bailed out of Countrywide Financial yesterday, sending its shares down 10 percent after an analyst said Bank of America... More

Green Thumb: Sports

Going, going … green?

Editor's note: The Observatory is on “green” watch. Two weeks ago, on Earth Day, we launched Green Thumb, a new... More

Got Friedman Fatigue?

If you, too, are experiencing Dowd dread, expand your op-ed horizons by checking out the Council on Foreign Relations new... More

Stale Voices on ‘Mission Accomplished’

Why no war opponents in the NYT’s op-ed feature?

Yesterday, to mark the five-year anniversary of President Bush declaring “Mission Accomplished,” the New York Times op-ed page asked nine... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 5-4-08

In which we propose a new name for Meet the Press

Some viewers are probably disappointed that Tim Russert devoted only the first fifteen minutes or so of Meet the Press... More

Debits & Credits: Morgenson vs. Lender Abuse

Plus, a great healthcare story; deal madness; Directors vs. directors, etc.

A Credit to Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times for something she declined to take credit for herself. Morgenson’s... More

Let Them Eat (Cheesecake Factory) Cake

If all I thought I did in my career was to help rich people decide where to eat, I'd be... More

Media “Easier” on One Candidate?

From the latest New York Times/CBS News poll (not to distract you from all of its WrightGate-related findings and the... More

I’d Rather Be…

It's been an incredibly long campaign...even for those of us in journalism...it's like one of those long bus rides home... More

Gassed Up

Campaign coverage calls out a dumb idea. Eventually.

One thing that struck me about last week’s coverage of Hillary Clinton and John McCain’s proposal to declare a gas... More

Opening Bell: Yahoo To ‘Burn The Furniture’

If Microsoft went hostile; Buffett: we avoided worst of financial crisis; U.S. like S. Korea, 1997?

The business press goes wide with Microsoft backing away from its unsolicited bid for Yahoo, ending for the moment a... More

Boxed In

Leave it to the New York Post to find some dark humor in the increasingly brutal Democratic nominating contest. Today,... More

Getting Schooled: Pre-K

Let’s press the candidates about early education

Among the stump issues that McCain, Clinton, and Obama agree on—besides, of course, their strong support of barbequed ribs and... More

What’s New at Science News

And what is familiar

Science News, the eighty-seven-year-old weekly staple of dedicated science news enthusiasts is making a few changes this month. Or rather,... More

It’s Raining Men! On Your TV!

Humidity is rising... Barometer's getting low According to our sources... Your TV's the place to go Cause tonight, for... More

From the Archives: “Prisoner 345”

A look back at Sami al-Haj’s Guantánamo ordeal—which is finally over

Late yesterday came word that Sami al-Haj, the only confirmed journalist to be held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been... More

Clinton Gets the Star Treatment

The Indy paper makes its endorsement

The Indianapolis Star, Indiana's biggest paper, is endorsing Hillary Clinton to become the Democrats' presidential nominee. The decision came down,... More

Getting Bit

When sound bites get snack-sized

Anyone who buys the beltway complaint that television news reporting shrivels both politics and public discourse has two new reasons... More

The Inestimable Popular Vote Estimates

How to account for different counts

On April 23, Hillary Clinton, with a net gain of 214,000 Pennsylvania votes in her back pocket, set off an... More

Opening Bell: The Fed Flashes Its Fangs

Cracks down on credit-card industry; is SUV era over?; ExxonMobil has another record quarter; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 says the Federal Reserve and other bank regulators will unleash “one of the most aggressive... More

Lipstick Jungle

Ohmygod, the economy is awful right now. It’s really, like, wretched. I was in Bloomie’s the other day, and I... More

Little Buttercup

The Bancroft’s opera singer/News Corp. director is “unavailable for comment”

And what of the opera singer? You remember: Natalie Bancroft, the twenty-something aspiring diva who wound up on News Corp.’s... More

Murder with Impunity

The Committee to Protect Journalists just released its Impunity Index, a list of the countries with the worst records for... More

McCain’s Health-Care Muddle

What’s he doing? Don’t ask the media

John McCain finally came forth this week with what his campaign dubbed a major policy speech, laying out his To... More

Bus-ted!

The phrase "under the bus"—as in, to throw someone under the bus, or betray them—has long been a favorite on... More

The True Color of “Green-Collar” Jobs

Press wrestles with definition and economic reality

When John Edwards bowed out of the Democratic primary in January, the presidential race lost its most vocal supporter of... More

Mission Revisited

Pundits paved the way to “Mission Accomplished”

On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and told the world: “Major... More

Priorities

Why didn't The New York Times's "blockbuster" military analysts story get more traction? "Out of sight, out of mind" might... More

Dart to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Triblocal.com

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Triblocal.com for shoveling dodgy online content into print. In April 2007, the Tribune... More

Opening Bell: Economy Expands, But…

just barely and it won’t last; another Fed rate cut; Rent-A-Center squeezes food banks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times all go big with news that the economy expanded—barely—in the... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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