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June 2008

Carmella Lewis, Media Darling

On Unity Day, the voice of anti-Unity was everywhere

Remember Greg Packer? The highway maintenance worker who rose to media (in)famy a few years ago as the (much-too)-oft-quoted "everyman"... More

Fox News’ Slow Mo’?

From Jacques Steinberg in Saturday's http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/28/arts/television/28rati.html?ref=business">New York Times, when it comes to prime-time viewership Fox News' "momentum has effectively stalled,... More

“Attacking” McCain’s Military Record

What Wesley Clark really said; how the press missed it

So: The latest round of mock outrage—in a presidential race that has turned the tactic into an art form—now comes... More

Water Boggle

The Washington Post goes above the fold on page one with about as good a slap-down of the bottled-water industry... More

All Grown Up!

Over at Grist, the popular online environment magazine, David Roberts has a spot-on takedown of a recent Newsweek column by... More

Those “False Obama Rumors” Have Legs

And they’re “meander[ing] freely across the flatlands of northwest Ohio—through bars and baseball fields, retirement homes and restaurants," and onto... More

Unity, by the Numbers

Per the television transcript database TVEyes.com, and without further comment, below are the number of uses of the word “unity”... More

Cindy, We Hardly Know You

If you don’t feel like you know a thing about Cindy McCain, this Newsweek profile by Holly Bailey is worth... More

White House: NYT’s A-1 Al Qaeda Story Old News

The New York Times deemed newsy enough to merit lead story placement its piece, based on "more than four dozen... More

Housing Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

So says BusinessWeek in its cover story

BusinessWeek takes a look in its good cover story at why the housing crisis is just going to get worse:... More

The Prediction Predicament

The risks in reporting long-range weather forecasts

New York Times environment reporter Andrew Revkin posted an interesting bit of media criticism (or perhaps context) on his Dot... More

Unloading Bad Securities

UBS may also soon stand for Undone By Scandals

Gretchen Morgenson in the Sunday Times shed some more light on the UBS auction-ratings securities soon-to-be-scandal (That would make at... More

Taking Back the Swift Boat

Remember when a Swift boat was just a Swift boat -- or, if you prefer, a Patrol Craft Fast --... More

Opening Bell: A Ground Zero Black Hole

WTC delayed yet again; Hoarding hurts food prices; Is this bear ‘94 or ‘74? etc.

Editor’s note: Welcome to the new, right-sized Opening Bell. Since February, our young-yet-wizened Ryan Chittum has toiled in the wee... More

Where’s the Outrage?

Nader hints at a racial landmine

On Wednesday, Ralph Nader entered the campaign churn for the first time since he announced his run on Meet the... More

Pavlov and the Press Corps

Unity Day, the press, and Obama’s unstoppable campaign narrative

What's one thing that most journalists love? Besides a battered fedora with a cardboard press pass stuck in the brim.... More

UNITY-Fest Breaking News Update: The Ken Burns Effect

New Hampshire's own Ken Burns is in the audience, witnessing UNITY first-hand! Ironically--or, perhaps, fittingly--MSNBC's cameras, when focusing on the... More

Barack Obama, “Stevie Wonder Geek”

…and other revelations from the Rolling Stone Q&A

Reading Rolling Stone’s much-hyped interview with Barack Obama, I couldn’t help but think of…Evan Marc Katz. Whom you might know,... More

UNITY-Fest Breaking News Update: The Body-Language Analysis

Per MNSBC's Andrea Mitchell, analyzing the blue-on-blue onstage hug between Obama and Clinton: "This is the new first couple," and,... More

UNITY-Fest Breaking News Update: The Clothing Analysis!

Per a chyron flashing on MSNBC in its currently uninterrupted Unity coverage: "COLOR COORDINATION: OBAMA'S TIE MATCHES CLINTON'S SUIT" The... More

Sugar, Sugar

Credit to Florida newspapers for stellar reporting on U.S. Sugar deal

A Credit to the Florida press for its reporting on the state’s agreement to buy nearly three hundred square miles... More

Happy “Unity Day,” Everyone!

Can't you just feel the excitement in the air? Can't you just feel the Winds of Change starting to blow?... More

More Questions About Massachusetts Health Care

And some fine coverage from the State House News Service

Kudos to Kyle Cheney of the State House News Service for a wicked good piece published in the Belmont (Mass.)... More

Opening Bell: Bear Country

Dow downers; Fed scrambles; one more Countrywide postmortem, etc.

Stock markets plunged on Thursday on worries about the health of the financial system and the economy as a whole.... More

Forced Neutrality II: Try Harder

Stop treating policy disputes as political squabbles

Yesterday, I wrote about the mainstream media’s tendency to cover policy differences only as he-said-she-said political controversies, without trying to... More

Even The Distracted…

...can be forced still, to think for a moment. At least once a month the New York Times stops me... More

Is All Settled with NBC’s To Catch A Predator Series?

Per the New York Times, "NBC has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who killed himself... More

Annals of Revealing Cable Commentary, Part 4,587

On MSNBC a few moments ago, Monica Novotny announced Barack Obama's participation today in an economic summit at Carnegie Mellon... More

Outsourced Edit?

Newspaper ad departments are already outsourcing to India. Is editorial next?

Rajesh Kumar, a twenty-six-year-old with tight jeans, long black hair, and a gold earring, drags a small black-and-white image of... More

Five Inconvenient Truths…

Of environmental journalism

In its June issue, Wired dedicated its cover story to the "inconvenient truths about global warming," taking conventionally unconventional looks... More

Found: An “Old Media Triumph”

McClatchy's John Walcott would like us all to see its "Guantánamo: Beyond the Law" series, in part, as evidence of... More

Opening Bell

Exxon’s $2 billion win; Fed stays put; States pile on Countrywide; etc.

The Supreme Court handed a $2 billion victory to Exxon Mobil, saying the punitive-damages award for the Exxon Valdez disaster... More

Who Invented Facebook?

Credit to Rolling Stone’s reporting on the Facebook genesis saga

A Credit to Rolling Stone for its unauthorized history of the popular social-networking site Facebook. The driving question: Whose idea... More

Len Downie, Author

Another excerpt from that valedictory interview with the Washington Post’s Len Downie, this one on his plans to write fiction... More

Len Downie, Automaton

As flagged by Romenesko, here’s a hard to believe exchange from an online Q&A with now-officially outgoing Washington Post editor... More

Facing Down “Forced Neutrality”

Why not have policy experts cover policy speeches?

In an online chat with readers this week, New York Times political editor Richard Stevenson was asked a question that... More

Butt, MSNBC!

Last week, Megan ">wrote about what she called MSNBC's "thong day's journey into night," wherein a report about a woman... More

PDF: Where the Web, Politics, (and Hotpants) Met

On Monday and Tuesday, several hundred lovers of technology and democracy converged on New York’s Time-Warner Center to talk about... More

Consider the “Carbon Footprint”

Thinking through a metaphor

In the December/November issue of Columbia Journalism Review's magazine, our managing editor, Brent Cunningham, made the case for a rhetoric... More

Brauchli’s Baggage

What he would carry to The Washington Post

The day will come when the next executive editor of The Washington Post will have to choose between the easy... More

AP: OC Register To Outsource Copy Editing

"Outsourced Edit?" is the headline of a short piece by Ben Frumin in the current issue of CJR about Express... More

NYT Goes National Geographic

That (New York Times goes National Geographic) was the reaction of one of my co-workers to the Times completely fascinating... More

Men Covering Men (Covered By Men)

Elizabeth Holmes, of the Wall Street Journal's "Washington Wire," notices she's the only woman in the McCain traveling press corps... More

Let’s Simplify And Go With “Talking Head”

If you always suspected that those cable talking head classifications (political contributor? strategist? analyst?) were arbitrary and about as meaningful... More

Opening Bell: Wrong Track

Consumer confidence dives again; so do home prices; real estate crimes; Buffett on porn; etc.

Consumer confidence plummeted, raising fears of a deeper recession if the pessimism translates into lower spending. The Wall Street Journal... More

Pop-Up Video, Meet the Press

When asked on Sunday's Meet The Press if he's "interested in being vice president," after some back-and-forth with Brian Williams,... More

Two More Media Players On Russert’s Replacement

For people who find this sort of thing urgent. Arianna Huffington has broken her silence. And waded carefully into the... More

Grassroots Support for Single Payer

Some in the media find their rallies worthy of coverage

Crossing what has become the acceptable boundary for discussion about health reform, the media turned out last Thursday to cover... More

Beyond Energy Stump Speeches

Two articles retake control of the media spotlight

In a series of speeches since the beginning of May, Senator John McCain has effectively grabbed control of the media... More

That Obama Guy? He’s Totally Talking About You

Anything that Karl Rove says in an election year is news. And so, on blogs and on cable everyone is... More

Name-Dropping

Jay-Z? Shawn Carter? Mr. Z?

The New York Times rarely refers to rock stars such as Alice Cooper, Moby, and Elton John by their birth... More

Foreclosure Phil Gets Fingered

Credits to Mother Jones and the NYT

A Credit to Mother Jones for an excellent piece by David Corn on former Sen. Phil Gramm’s role in deregulating... More

Opening Bell: GM’s Gas-Guzzler Blues

Zero percent financing rides again; 100 percent financing rides again; Google News is overrated; etc.

General Motors continued its struggles, going back to its same old bag of tricks for another round of zero percent... More

Wars on the Back Burner

It’s no longer news that the Iraq war is, well, no longer news. We’ve heard again and again about—and we... More

MSNBC Hits FW on RNC Attack Email

Sigh. We've reached the part of the campaign season (if we hadn't already, I've lost track) where the RNC issuing... More

Howard Kurtz, Buck-Passer

Is Howard Kurtz a media critic at all? We ask because, yesterday, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt used... More

Those Russert Replacement Rumors

…and why they’re more than idle chatter

At the conclusion of yesterday’s Meet the Press, temporary moderator Brian Williams made an announcement: Beginning next week, my friend... More

What Are the Odds for Health Reform?

Betting against the house: the medical industrial complex and its political allies

Warning flags are up again! Despite all the well-documented problems people have in getting insurance, staying insured, getting care that... More

Broder, Woodward, WaPo (Surprise!?)

A deep cynic might read Ken Silverstein's recent reporting on David Broder and Bob Woodward having collected speaking fees (and... More

Fox & Friends’ Advocacy Journalism

Yes, morning news shows offer ripe, low-hanging fruit for media critics. Yes, Fox News in particular revels in the Regular... More

The Master Builder?

Debit to Metropolis for its story on construction at the WTC site

A Debit to Metropolis for giving us occasion to repeat ourselves, yet again, about ground zero: The rebuilding project is... More

NYT Public Editor Misses The Trouble With Dowd

"[B]y assailing Clinton in gender-heavy terms in column after column" -- 28 of 44 columns since Jan. 1 --"[Maureen Dowd]... More

Opening Bell: At Least It Wasn’t a Bridge Tournament

SEC’s Cox sunned while Wall Street burned; Big bank layoffs; Saudis pump more, Nigerians less; etc.

The Wall Street Journal takes a withering A1 look at the performance of Securities and Exchange Commission chairman during the... More

Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama

David Brooks has an important column in today's New York Times. Important, in the sense that it establishes a meme... More

Happy Happy! Joy Joy?

Yay! Did you hear?! Today is the happiest day of the year!! The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting (h/t: Gawker)... More

The WSJ Edit Page and the Mortgage Industry

Does it really expect us to forget what it wrote?

Being a Wall Street Journal editorial writer means never having to say you’re sorry. Those literary lions of Liberty Street... More

CNN’s Attention Deficit

Does CNN understand the difference between the deficit and the national debt? Doesn’t look like it. Check out this exchange... More

Dreams of My… Grandparents?

Obama’s latest ad strategically omits all mention of his father

On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story about the Obama campaign's tightening image machine. Exhibit A was an... More

Annals of Worthless Quotes, Pt. 2765

Sometimes a quote provides evidence or elucidates a point. Sometimes it fills a hole and makes you scratch your head.... More

A Fawning “Facetime”

Debit to BizWeek and Maria Bartiromo

A Debit to BusinessWeek for lobbing softball questions at Chrysler CEO Robert L. Nardelli, in one of Maria Bartiromo’s “Facetime”... More

Don’t Panic

A media consultant on the future of newspapers

From time to time, The Audit will interview thought leaders about both financial journalism and the finances of journalism. John... More

About That Michello-O Hardball Ad…

or, We’ll Become Silhouettes

The HuffPost is reporting (h/t: Michael Calderone) that MSNBC has pulled, after only two airings, an ad for the Hardball... More

A Cap By Any Other Name…

Mainstream press fails to call McCain’s “mandatory caps” gaffe

If a candidate for president unwittingly revealed, at a widely attended press conference, that he either didn’t understand a basic... More

U-N-I-T-Y

On Friday, apparently, a week from today, the waters will part, the heavens will stir, and the light of Democratic... More

“Green Fatigue” and “Eco Anxiety”

The press switches from environmental exigency to exhaustion

It’s not just the palpable frustration with Greenpeace solicitors on Broadway this summer — according to an article in the... More

Opening Bell: Perp Walk

Plus, “Operation Malicious Mortgage”; Swiss cheats; an RV chase scene, etc.

The Bear Stearns Two got their perp walk yesterday after a federal grand jury indicted them on criminal fraud charges,... More

MSNBC: Killing Us Softly with Their Thong

On today’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, Willie Geist ran, as he normally does, a segment called “News You Can’t Use”:... More

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantyhose

The press promised a lot when it came to Michelle Obama’s “reintroduction.” It failed to deliver.

She hates pantyhose! She loves her girls! She shops at Target…and pronounces it Tar-get, not Tar-jay! She loved Sex and... More

Graphic, Not Very Novel

Debit to Portfolio’s illustrated history of Bear Stearns

A Debit to Portfolio for an experiment that doesn't quite work: a brief illustrated history of the collapse of Bear... More

Have Some Money, Senator!

Credits to the WSJ and Portfolio for exposing secret politico loan program

A Credit to The Wall Street Journal for exposing the existence of Countrywide’s special loan program for politicians. Countrywide Financial... More

McCain’s “Incoherent” Environmentalism

Drilling into press coverage of McCain’s environmental policy shift

In a press release last month, Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign touted various media reports, like this one from the... More

Politico: Press’s “Dear Obama” Letter on Lack of Access

Per Politico, the late Tim Russert was one of several journalists who signed a June 6 letter to the Obama... More

We’ve Got -Gate!

Yes, this campaign season has already suffered a SnubGate. Yes, we've already had a -Gate involving Muslim (or at least... More

A Tale of Two Visions — For Health Reform

McClatchy newspapers miss the story line

Earlier this week, Publius, a blogger at Obsidian Wings, took McClatchy’s Washington bureau to task for a story that described... More

No Al Roker Live from Tiananmen Square?

For anyone looking forward to seeing Al Roker do a stand-up from Tiananmen Square this summer when the Today show... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the Pulitzers, early African American journalism, and the relationship between advertisers and consumers

Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism By Roy J. Harris Jr. University of Missouri Press 473 pages,... More

Big Bird-Inspired Investigative Incubator

Charles Lewis, who founded the Center for Public Integrity, is launching the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of... More

Opening Bell: GAO Smacks Down Air Force

Says it improperly awarded major contract; bad news at FedEx; Pfizer sticks it to us on Lipitor; etc.

The Government Accountability Office handed Boeing a huge win, finding that the Air Force improperly awarded a $35 billion contract... More

Credit Crisis? What Credit Crisis?

Debit for Fortune’s puff piece on KB Home

A Debit to Fortune for a piece on KB Home’s new business strategy: build smaller and charge less, in line... More

Campaign Contretemps Covered Correctly

WaPo reporter digs into McCain campaign claims

If reporters are looking for a model for how to cover the daily barrage of charges and counter-charges launched by... More

Ambush Makeover

As of 2:20pm, the word "makeover" (in relation to Michelle Obama) has been mentioned on MSNBC today at the following... More

McClatchy on McClatchy

McClatchy newspapers cover their own demise

After Monday’s news that the McClatchy Company would be cutting 1400 jobs at its newspapers across the country, the affected... More

Last Week’s “Debates Over Several Key Issues” (What, You Missed Them?)

Per PEJ: In the first official week of the general election, the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on... More

Michelle on The View!

Michelle Obama has taken her image makeover tour to ABC's The View this morning. But so far, we've learned more... More

How Not To Torture (Covering the Experts)

It must have been, um, agony maintaining the required poker face of detachment while writing the "straight news" account for... More

Wanted: More On Iraq From Candidates

Is this, in some part, media criticism on the New York Times op-ed page? In today's column Thomas Friedman writes:... More

Mazel Tov, Namibia

Credits for the WSJ and New York’s CW11

A Credit to the WSJ for an interesting front page story by Steve Stecklow on former Comverse Technology CEO Jacob... More

Opening Bell: What’s Goldman’s Secret?

Firm weathering credit storm; stagflation alert; tougher toy regs; lenders screw poor students; etc.

Goldman Sachs continued to navigate the credit crisis better than any of its peers. It reported just an 11 percent... More

History Made Easy

Should journalists be the ones to call Obama’s campaign “historic”?

By now, you probably know that Barack Obama’s Presidential candidacy is an historic one. (Check out Megan Garber’s column from... More

Parsing “Unconditional Diplomacy”

Does John McCain know what the word “diplomacy” means?

Sometimes, the press can unwittingly redefine the entire political debate on an issue just through its choice of language. The... More

Do Green Issues Make Green?

The profitability of magazines’ new springtime fad

Readers of monthly magazines may have noticed that a number of their favorite glossies have been publishing a green issue... More

NYP Scoops Competition. Again.

Is the Chrysler Building on the block?

A second Credit today to the New York Post for a nice scoop on the possible sale of a large... More

Dancin’ With The Candidate

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes up John McCain's evolving stance on offshore oil drilling and his overall efforts to... More

Turning Point: Immigration

Candidates not eager to talk? No problem.

This is part eight of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

B-Team Barack Now Bringing A-Game!

Per the Associated Press: Confined to the bench back in his high school basketball days, Barack Obama felt the fierce... More

America’s Think Tank

Politics warps a new history of the mysterious RAND Corporation

Ridiculed in Dr. Strangelove (as the “Bland Corporation”), castigated by Pravda (as the American “academy of science and death”), and... More

The High Cost of Health Care

Do journalists deserve some of the blame?

What the heck, you may be asking, do journalists have to do with the soaring costs of pharmaceuticals or a... More

Michelle Obama’s Southern Strategy

The following strikes me as bad advice, all around. Not the least because can you imagine the column Maureen Dowd... More

NYP’s Refreshing Outrage

Cuozzo tears into ground zero nonsense

A Credit to the New York Post for some righteous anger about still more delays at the World Trade Center... More

Opening Bell: Fed Says Markets Too Optimistic

August rate hike unlikely; more evidence that KBR ripped us off in Iraq; rethinking privatization; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times both go page one with apparent leaks from the Federal Reserve that... More

Backstage at Fox News

Fox News' s "Live Desk" this afternoon is taking viewers on a "behind-the-scenes tour" of the Fox News operation ("How... More

When Narratives Collide?

Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton's onetime campaign manager (who was pushed out a few months ago amid a fund-raising crunch;... More

Bad Credit! Bad!

Business Week exposes credit industry’s arbitration scheme

A Credit to BusinessWeek for a damning cover story revealing that the major arbitration firm for credit card disputes heavily... More

From Journalist to Spokeswoman: Finally Free To “Tell The Truth?”

Linda Douglass, who for years worked in television journalism, spoke to Howard Kurtz about becoming Barack Obama's spokeswoman: [Obama] wants... More

Russert Watch 6-15-08

The rest is silence

Tim Russert, dead at fifty-eight, was more than just a showman. He had gifts galore for friendship and gusto, and... More

One TV Critic’s Campaign Coverage Wish

I hope journalists learn to save the thumb-sucking explainer pieces for when they're really needed. So wishes Eric Deggans, the... More

The Axis of Earnest

According to the "Blogopticon" from Vanity Fair (which really means, of course, according to "high-end Hollywood dinner party gossip"), this... More

The Volatile Coverage of Phthalates

Scare tactics prevent reporters from following more useful angles

Anybody that has bought one of the cheap, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic shower curtains, which are nearly ubiquitous in American... More

What’s Next for NBC News

Cropping up now among the remembrances of Tim Russert (including those of Russert's remarkably poised 22-year-old son Luke, who spoke... More

On Health Care, a Warning from the States

Big talk of reform dried up in the legislatures

The news from the states about reforming health care is less than promising. You might even call it grim, foreshadowing... More

Opening Bell: Crimes at Bear Stearns

Feds ready indictments; the toll of write-downs; AIG to sell some operations?; etc.

Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict two Bear Stearns executives who ran hedge funds there that collapsed last summer in... More

Journal’s Blame-the-Borrower Boondoggle

Piece joins a list of shameful stories on this “phenomenon”

A Debit to The Wall Street Journal for the latest twist on blame-the-borrower reporting, and labeling it one of the... More

Mr. Sinclair Goes to Washington

Perhaps you’ve not yet heard of Larry Sinclair, the YouTube star who attests that in 1999 he shared coke, crack,... More

Reuters connects mortgage crisis to environment

The U.S. mortgage crisis has been a staple of American news budgets since it began last fall and reporters have... More

Tim Russert

A CJR archive look at one of journalism’s biggest stars

Tim Russert collapsed and died today while at work in NBC’s Washington bureau. He was 58. While Russert had his... More

My Apologies, Jackass

Dems bear brunt of “misspeaking” by TV news outlets

Kudos to The Wall Street Journal for being among the first to identify an interesting new development in the TV... More

Obama’s Rumor Patrol

Why isn’t the press doing this job?

Barack Obama—Barack Hussein Obama—is Muslim! Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, not the U.S.—so, per the Constitution, he is... More

Big Fish, Low Rates

This week, The Wall Street Journal exposed that Obama V.P.-vetter James Johnson had obtained favorable loan rates with the help... More

The Bread Winners and the Low Hanging Fruit

Breaking news: The six percent advantage that Senator McCain enjoys among suburban white women has nothing to do with the... More

Turning Point: Education

Can the press force education onto the campaign agenda?

This is part seven of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

Repent, You Lazy Spendthrift!

David Brooks has a ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ Moment

A Debit to The New York Times for David Brooks’s column identifying America’s spending habits as a “moral” problem, and... More

Opening Bell: Ax Falls At Lehman

Prez and CFO demoted, CEO may be next; KeyCorp cuts dividend; Zell loses publisher; more trouble for AIG; etc.

Heads rolled at Lehman Brothers as the Wall Street bank took action to restore its tattered credibility after a brutal... More

Chronicle Credit

Going deeper to point out banks’ loan enigma

A Credit to The Chronicle of Higher Education for some insightful analysis of the government’s rescue plan for the federal... More

Covering Candidates’ Medical Records

Larry Altman talks about access and interest

Three weeks ago, John McCain, who would be the oldest president in history if elected, released 1,173 pages of his... More

Turning Point: Health Care

He said/she said is bad medicine. Time to dive in to analysis

This is part six of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

WaPo on Satire and Democracy (Yadda Yadda)

Today the Washington Post weighs in on a topic that will never make any List of Underreported Stories: The Daily... More

Fox News: On The Heels of “Terrorist Fist Jab”

Michelle Obama! Come on down! You ARE the next contestant on "Kill the Witch!" As such, Fox News will attempt... More

Dart to the Ottawa Citizen

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Ottawa Citizen for a little Canadian logrolling. When the Canwest media conglomerate launched a proprietary wire service... More

Reflections: “Hooting” Hillary Off The Stage?

A page from Katie Couric's CBS News Reporter's Notebook yesterday, in which she declared that in the "endles" media post-mortems... More

Opening Bell: Are Your Chemicals Safe?

New Euro regs push U.S; will the Belgians brew Bud?; fugitive CEO living large in Namibia; etc.

The Washington Post on A1 writes that a tough new European law regulating the chemical industry is affecting the way... More

McCain and Iraq

Press misses chance to engage a real policy debate on U.S. presence

Today’s big news is that, during an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show”, John McCain said that the question of... More

Campaign ‘08, Newshole Hog

Last week campaign coverage filled 50% of the overall newshole, "its third-highest level of weekly coverage in 2008," says the... More

Witch Watch

Speaking of witches, Rachel Sklar sees one in the illustration accompanying Michael Crowley's "What Undid Hillary" piece from Sunday's LA... More

Redemption in Baghdad?

George Packer tells the New York Observer: The press did discredit itself in the lead-up to the war. But I... More

The “Kill The Witch” Game

Forget Is America Ready for a Black President? Or Is America Ready for a Female President? Have you stopped to... More

Turning Point: Middle Class Under Seige

Remember, it’s the policies, not the market’s “unseen hand”

This is part five of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

Clinton Grudge List: Does It Exist?

We know journalists love lists. But does a Clinton Grudge List exist? Depends, I guess, on what your definition of... More

Money’s Helpful Housing Numbers

Chart points up regional differences, shifting foreclosure rate

A Credit to Money for publishing an intriguing and informativechart of housing data—including the change in the foreclosure rate over... More

Opening Bell: Bernanke Talks Tough on Inflation

Says developing countries can do more; Libor reform lite; Sam Israel’s suicide solution; etc.

Inflation is the topic du jour at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times this morning. The... More

Report: Some NYT Op-Eds Tedious, Trivial

“Report: [Maureen] Dowd repeatedly uses gender to mock Democrats.” Um, yeah! Did we need a “report” to know that? I... More

Putting Them Out

The Times works the Miami eviction beat

A Credit to The New York Times for adding to its recent strong coverage on the impact of the housing... More

Russert (Et Al) Rejected! Rejoice?

Any media critic haunted by a feeling they are forever writing the equivalent of You hurt America. Don't do it... More

Turning Point: Energy

Finally, real differences between the candidates for the press to explore

This is part four of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

Friedman’s 4th Rule For Successful Web Journalism

"Entertain." Asked to give some "tough love" to Web-wary magazine editors assembled at a recent conference, MarketWatch's Jon Friedman came... More

The Tipping Point

BusinessWeek is smart on oil prices and consumers

A Credit to BusinessWeek for a piece that describes the combined effect of the housing crisis and the oil boom... More

What We Sow

The maddening folly of our man-made pension crisis

Over the past couple of decades, American companies and American state and city governments have descended into financial purgatory just... More

Fist-Bump is The New Flag Pin?

To one reporter, "the fist bump heard 'round the world" exchanged by Barack and Michelle Obama last Tuesday evening "was... More

Reporting (and Fact Checking?) “High-End Gossip”

"Lies are the new facts." So says Gina Gershon, the actress who has been seeking a retraction from Vanity Fair... More

Opening Bell: Lehman’s Big Loss

Second-quarter hit a sign o’ the times; corporate ‘golden coffins’; a dark side of free trade; etc.

Lehman Brothers troubles deepened as it projected it would lose $2.8 billion in the second quarter—far more than already dour... More

Environmental Photographer of the Year

The Times of London has an intriguing photo slideshow on its Web site right now headlined, "Environmental Photographer of the... More

Clinton’s Iraq Vote, Take II

NYT and its ‘experts’ confirm the important political lessons

Last week, I wrote about how the press, in its various post-mortems on the Clinton campaign, all but ignored Hillary’s... More

Fast Company: Addled by Sex, Money

The monthly misses the story at American Apparel

A Debit to Fast Company for a piece on American Apparel’s marketing strategy that unveils old news, ignores current problems,... More

Cable Pundit Apology Watch

It's a sorry state of affairs on cable news, indeed. Chris Matthews...David Shuster...Liz Trotta... ...And on MSNBC just now, an... More

Russert Watch: 6-8-08

In which the round table chews on the news and misses the beef

Tim Russert’s round table of square minds marked the end of Hillary Clinton’s campaign with a summary parsefest, but the... More

What Really Happened

So, What Happened, really (as it applies to both Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination and to the White... More

Turning Point: The Supreme Court

The court is political, and more than Roe v. Wade is at stake

This is part three of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

How Are You Feeling?

Healthy candidates, tired reporters

Two weeks ago, Fox News asked me to fly out to Phoenix and join a group of nineteen journalists to... More

Reading (And Reporting) “Bird Entrails”

"It is possible," writes the New York Times' Guy Trebay in yesterday's Sunday Styles, "at a time when campaign images... More

How Not to Cover a Speech

In health care, challenge the bromides

The Roanoke Times ran a story on Friday about Barack Obama’s campaign kickoff in Southwest Virginia. It’s the kind of... More

Yellow Journalism

As we were saying, it's been a hell of a primary season but now it's time to get serious. John... More

About That Chernobyl Accident…

Fortune alt-energy piece reads like nuke-industry spin

A Debit to Fortune and columnist Elizabeth Spiers for getting too aglow about nuclear power—and propagating the industry's spin. With... More

Opening Bell: New Fronts in the Credit Crunch

FT and WSJ make predictions; gas prices crushing rural poor; about that AOL whistleblower; etc.

The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal pull out their crystal balls to predict what the credit crunch will... More

Credit Where Credit is Due

Yesterday, The Scientific Activist blog (part of the ScienceBlogs.com community) carried a keen-eyed piece of media criticism, turning the rating... More

Obama’s Sense of Rumor

To what extent is reporting on an unsubstantiated rumor simply spreading that rumor? There have been, recently, insinuations circulating around... More

Turning Point

It’s been a hell of a race. Now, let’s get serious.

This is Part Two of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

Launch: Yale Environment 360

Roger Cohn endeavors to make ends meet online

Two seemingly disparate things dominate the chatter coming from the journalism world these days: coverage of the environment, and the... More

What a Hoot(ers): The Daily Show Takes on Sexism

With the apparent end, this Saturday, of Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency, the "was the media treatment of Clinton... More

Opening Bell: The Incredible Shrinking Tribune

Zell slashes pages, people; foreclosures gone wild; UBS ready to sing; AIG faces criminal investigation; etc.

The Tribune Company is slashing its papers’ newshole and employees in a bid to stay afloat under its staggering debt.... More

What About Clinton’s Iraq Vote?

Press consumed with her poor strategy, not her poor choice in public office

Now that the Democratic primary fight is (finally!) over, we’re seeing a spate of postmortems from the press, analyzing how... More

Futurama

From the hype surrounding Kindle, Amazon’s baby genius that threatens to threaten the institution of paper books, to this week’s... More

Scandal! Oh, Nevermind

As the general election dawns, a few fewer -Gates, please!

This is Part One of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election's general campaign. See the accompanying... More

Climate, Ethics, and the News

The role of morality in global warming coverage

Last week, I attended a dinner with twenty-eight other reporters where the evening's speaker argued that the media have inadequately... More

CJR Debate: Crude Journalism

Margonelli and Wallace on peak-oil coverage (Part 4 of 4)

Despite this week's news that the price of oil dropped below $126 a barrel, summer vacationers are undoubtedly still worried... More

Was Tuesday A Milestone for TV News?

Brian Stelter, at his New York Times TV Decoder blog, reports that Tuesday night "may have been only the second... More

The Devil in the Details

Polls reinforce reporters’ stereotypes about evangelicals

My New York friends congratulated me for my “bravery” when I headed off to cover evangelical supporters of Mike Huckabee’s... More

News Pundits: Like “Doppler-less Weathermen” and Other Insights

After a montage of year-plus-old clips of cable commentators declaring Hillary Clinton "inevitable" (and variations thereof), Jon Stewart last night... More

Opening Bell: Bond Insurers Headed South

Moody’s set to downgrade MBIA, Ambac; kinder, gentler Wal-Mart; bizarre doings at the FCC; etc.

Prospects of another downturn in the credit crisis continued to increase, this time on an old standby: a credit-ratings firm... More

Precision in Labeling

Over at TPM Cafe, Todd Gitlin (who writes CJR's "Russert Watch" column) schools reporters on the definition of "condescension" and... More

Inside the Insurers’ Bag of Tricks

Two newspapers take a hard look

Back in February we praised the Los Angeles Times and its reporter, Lisa Girion, for tailing California’s big health insurers... More

History!

Let’s celebrate today’s first draft

Whatever your political inclinations, last night was historic. Barack Obama’s win in Montana meant that an African-American had won the... More

“Nicest Guy,” “Vengeful Journalism”

Now can we talk about the piece, not Purdum?

I saw many journalists (on cable and elsewhere) rush to vouch for Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum in recent days. Mostly... More

“History,” “Destiny,” “Finally”

There are different takes and tones to the headlines greeting America this morning bearing the news that, as several papers... More

CJR Debate: Crude Journalism

Margonelli and Wallace on peak-oil coverage (Part 3 of 4)

Despite this week's news that the price of oil dropped below $126 a barrel, summer vacationers are undoubtedly still worried... More

VP Obedience Training (Oh, Behave!)

Yes, "What Does Hillary Want?" as everyone in the campaign press has been asking, as Clinton herself asked and (sort... More

Opening Bell: Will Americans Drop the SUV?

Carmakers think so; GM may unload Hummer; WaPo’s hyperlocal Web site experiment bombs; etc.

(Sub-headline corrected on 6/8/08) The nation’s car market continued to suffer from high gas prices, with sales tumbling 11 percent... More

When Post-Partisan Candidate Attacks

Most candidates for political office criticize or attack their opponents. Barack Obama, however, is, per the New York Times' Michael... More

Was Capehart Oversharing on MSNBC?

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski seemed in sort of a hurry to cut short or move along from the following exchange this... More

Distorting Iran’s Nuke Program

Press should remind Obama, McCain about NIE report

Yesterday, McClatchy’s excellent Washington bureau published a piece by Jonathan Landay noting that both John McCain and Barack Obama, in... More

What Happened With What Happened

Peter Osnos on the McClellan book and its raging critics

Although Scott McClellan is hardly the first Bush Administration insider to write a book about his travails, What Happened: Inside... More

This Is Your Brain on Campaign

From the LA Times's James Rainey: Somewhere inside the brain of the presidential campaign reporter lies a huge lobe devoted... More

The Winkler Way—Okay?

With Bloomberg News at a crossroads, an audience with its maximum leader

I am deep inside Bloomberg LP’s global headquarters, the Lexington Avenue office of the financial-information giant. With its post-modernist design—sweeping... More

CJR Debate: Crude Journalism

Margonelli and Wallace on peak-oil coverage (Part 2 of 4)

Despite this week's news that the price of oil dropped below $126 a barrel, summer vacationers are undoubtedly still worried... More

What Happened, Karaoke-Style

You thought there was nothing left for cable to say about or do with What Happened (Scott McClellan's memoir, to... More

My Year in the Trenches

A veteran editor goes back to square one, and learns something new

It was a store-bought cake with a row of candles and a message in sugary script. Excited young voices filled... More

Disappearing Dissent on Russian TV

Reports Clifford J. Levy in today's New York Times, there's very little throwing down of gauntlets these days on Throw... More

Opening Bell: Ken Thompson Kicked To Curb

Wachovia says, No mas!; Lehman loss is coming; where are they now: Dick Grasso; Google angers big advertisers; etc.

Wachovia dumped its CEO Ken Thompson after a series of bad moves over the last few years culminated in a... More

Purdum’s Suggestive Piece

My initial thought after reading Todd Purdum's Vanity Fair piece on Bill Clinton in which anonymous "former Clinton aides" and... More

Russert Watch 6-1-08

In which Tim baits hooks, McClellan wriggles, and big fish swim away

It shouldn’t be news that the Bush White House is a nest of intellectual bankruptcy—and if Meet the Press and... More

McCain’s Flawed Iraq Policy

Makes Al Qaeda the central villain, but reality suggests otherwise

What if one presidential candidate’s position on the most important issue at stake in the election was based on an... More

Required Reading for Candidates

In yesterday's New York Times Book Review, "a handful of writers" and others who have written were asked "to recommend... More

CJR Debate: Crude Journalism

Margonelli and Wallace on peak-oil coverage (Part 1 of 4)

Despite today’s news that the price of oil dropped below $126 a barrel, summer vacationers are undoubtedly still worried that... More

“What Won Barack Obama The Democratic Nomination”

Change? Hope? Perhaps: Ad spending. Per Professor Ken Goldstein, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Advertising Project: Fundamental factors matter... More

Sheepish Press

For the Washington Post, Ann Telnaes sketches "the media respond[ing] to Scott McClellan's claim that they were 'too deferential' to... More

Hoyt: Times’ Op-Ed Presented “False Picture”

Clark Hoyt, the New York Times' public editor, did some reporting ("interviewed five Islamic scholars, at five American universities, recommended... More

Debits & Credits

A glaring and common mistake on housing; more good NYT work on foreclosures; Portfolio (heart) Big Pharma, etc.

A Debit to just about everybody for constructing a piece of housing news that doesn’t stand up. We learned from... More

Opening Bell: Credit Crunch Hits Poor Students

Want a loan for community college? Good luck; foreclosures are rolling; NYT Company’s fat dividend; etc.

The New York Times says the credit crunch is hitting students at two-year colleges and “other less competitive institutions” as... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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