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July 2008

Chandra Levy Redux

The splash made by The Washington Post’s much-discussed rehash of the Chandra Levy murder case rippled far beyond the thirteen... More

Don’t Be A Menace To South Central…

Media floats the term “food apartheid” to describe South Central fast food ban

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a law that would ban fast-food restaurants from opening new outlets... More

Schmidt Me, Baby, One More Time

Obama’s like Britney…(don’t) pass it on!

Well, it’s official: the campaigns have Gone Negative. And in this case, alas, negativity’s harbinger was none other than...Britney Spears.... More

We’re Not In The Dog-Shooting Business, We’re In The Mayor-Frightening Business!

Bizarre WaPo story today about an ill-fated police raid in Prince George's County that started with a mysterious thirty-two pound... More

Book Review: Microcosm

Carl Zimmer uses E. coli as telescope on life

In February 1982, physicians in Medford, Oregon encountered an unknown pathogen that waged a sort of intelligent biochemical warfare against... More

Parting Thoughts: John Flowers

Whither the money men?

Redefining policy—as one is wont to do when suffering an existential crisis—starts with asking the right questions. An alcoholic, for... More

Do Wear Tennis Whites, Don’t Talk To Reporters

Among the things members of the Phoneix Country Club are forbidden to do: 1) Use foul language or wear capri... More

My Facts, Your Facts

America and the pursuit of willful delusion

Reader comments posted on digital news sites are often heavy on invective, hurled from noms d’Internet that allow people to... More

Opening Bell: One Miillioon Doollllars

Do auction-rate probes rate? Disney’s surprise; blaming mom, etc.

I wonder sometimes about our priorities over here in the business space. Authorities and their chroniclers in the business press... More

Ohio Papers: McCain’s “Celeb” Ad? “Zero” Truth

A group of newspapers in Ohio (a Battleground State, you recall) is rating campaign ads on a scale* of 0... More

A Little Bit Louder Now (Shout)

The Presidential Campaign as Experienced on Cable News over the past 24 hours (though it’s not just cable and it’s... More

While My Guitar Gently Veeps

Please, could we give the Veepstakes just a little more substance?

Who doesn't love the Veepstakes? Not only is the whole game fun to play—Clue and CandyLand rolled into one!—but it... More

When “News” Becomes News

First it was a report of a woman's eye maimed by her own faulty thong. Then it was the story... More

True Lies

WaPo gets it right in its coverage of McCain’s recent ad

On Monday, Megan Garber criticized the MSM for its failure to dissect a recent John McCain ad that hurled factually... More

Dress For The Job You Want?

First, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank catches one of the guys running for president Acting Presidential again. "Barack Obama has... More

Scientists and Journalists: Too Cozy?

Maybe it’s time for a few more science critics

When I was a board member of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, my colleagues and I used... More

Parting Thoughts: Rick Vernaci

Newspapers are reliable, and that means something

I left journalism a dozen years ago, well before The Plague struck. It had been twenty mostly happy years since... More

MoDo On Team Obama: Such Good Sports!

As Obama's World Tour wound down, Maureen Dowd was on hand to observe (and then to share with us in... More

Pity, That

In a piece about how John McCain has and should handle his status as onetime campaign press "it" candidate running... More

Opening Bell: Gloom, Doom

Euro consumers pessimistic; profits to fall further; trade talks collapse. Hmm.

Business is cyclical and so is business news, but even so it’s amazing how universally bad the news is across... More

Earthquake!

Blogs and the Los Angeles Times race to cover today’s earthquake

Here’s a smattering of coverage in the hours following the 5.4-magnitude earthquake in southern California. Who wins, the Los Angeles... More

“Whiplash” Climate Journalism

Revkin investigates the media’s tendency to ricochet from one global-warming study to another

Anybody who has been following Andrew Revkin's New York Times blog, Dot Earth, closely may have already heard of "whiplash"... More

(MS)NBC Reaches For More Gravitas for Earthquake Coverage

I was just watching a female reporter on MSNBC reporting about about the earthquake that has apparently just struck the... More

For “Inactive Grannies”… There’s Always 2012?

Someone's still willing to pay for (or, at least willing to lend a platform for) "advice" from Mark J. Penn.... More

Comparing Ohio and Ontario by the Numbers

The Beacon Journal points to better health stats in Canada

A Laurel to the Akron Beacon Journal and reporter David Knox for a well-done piece showing that, healthwise, the Buckeye... More

No More Scrabulous?!

Facebook’s Scrabble-like application pulled, journalists go back to work

This just in: "Scrabulous is disabled for US and Canadian users until further notice. " For those in the dark,... More

Slow Claps for David Brooks

You know that classic, climactic moment in movies, when someone gives a controversial-yet-rousing speech, and the audience, silent at first,... More

Parting Thoughts: Todd Engdahl

Sorry to be blunt, but get over it

I thought hard before sitting down to tap this out, because I didn’t want to seem insensitive about changes that... More

The Economy: No One “Pouncing”

In his New York Times column today Bob Herbert writes that the economy "is the issue on which the Obama... More

Barefoot and Blogging (In NYT Styles)

Location! Location! Location! Sometimes, stories about blogging and bloggers make the New York Times' front-page. A-1. Juxtaposed with the critical... More

Politics With Drawl

Our double standard for the southern twang

On the March 4, 2007, commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, an animated Hillary Clinton spoke from the pulpit... More

Chris Matthews’s Heroic Refusal To Discuss Robert Novak

From a (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot-News profile of Chris Matthews packed with will-he-or-won't-he-run-for-Senate speculation: A Senate run would demand discipline, said... More

Opening Bell: Marked to Market

The WSJ shines on Merrill’s stunner; British-Spanish air merger; disconnected from Alcatel, etc.

Twenty-two cents. We now know the price of those collateralized debt obligations backed by loans foisted by Ameriquest and other... More

Tonight on The NewsHour: The Changing Look of the Book Review

As Liz reported last week, the LA Times Book Review has become the latest victim of the LA Times's bottom-line-eyed... More

Do You Hear A Reporter Clapping?

Minority journalists (and those covering them) over-question the ethics of cheering for Obama

Leading up to Barack Obama’s speech yesterday at the Unity convention in Chicago, there was some media speculation about how... More

Did Obama Snub the Troops?

Blogs do reporting; MSM does stenography

Did you hear the one about Barack Obama not caring about our troops? About being so obsessed with his image... More

Poor Tartuffe

While minority journalists stretched themselves into a soul-searching pretzel debating whether they should applaud Barack Obama when he spoke at... More

“Media Frenzy” Explains Further Frenzied Media

Washington Post ombudswoman Deborah Howell declares her paper's Chandra Levy series "not worth 13 days, all on page 1," adding... More

The Editor and the Architect

Time featured an editor’s husband, but didn’t tell readers

A splashy new show at the Museum of Modern Art puts a spotlight on a three-year-old story in Time and... More

De Gall!

Christiane Amanpour's question for President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Paris press conference with Barack Obama late last week: (h/t TVNewser): More

Parting Thoughts: John Biemer

‘You only live twice’

If you had told me a few years ago that I’d be applying to medical school in 2008, I would’ve... More

Embracing “Dr. No”

Speaking of reading body language, both the Washington Post and the New York Times put on their front pages today... More

“Body Language Investigations” Abound

"It's a body language investigation!" The IRE should have an award for this. Granted, no shoe leather was harmed (not... More

Sunday Watch 7-27-08

In which McCain is not greeted as a liberator

Several of McCain’s utterances in his first interview with George Stephanopoulos since April deserve, as they say, to “make news”—to... More

Check Your Herring

“Mondegreen”? Did I hear you right?

Many language lovers’ favorite time is when a dictionary is updated, because they can see what new words make the... More

Ten For 2010?

Scrubbing the gloss off of diversity coverage

Earlier this month, worried about the effect that newsroom cuts were having on minority journalists’ working numbers, the National Association... More

Easy “Breezy”

"Breathtakingly inappropriate," is how Eric Boehlert describes Ron Fournier's email exchanges with Karl Rove from 2004 (Fournier was an AP... More

Opening Bell: Summer Break

A disaster-free Monday; KKR goes public; hope for newspapers

A nice slow start to the week, financial disaster-wise, as no big investment bank announced a major writedown, no bad... More

Barack’s Beefcake

Ben Smith links this hot-'n-heavy behind the scenes report from Bild, a German tabloid, wherein writer Judith Bonesky describes the... More

In Which Chris Matthews Goes Too Far (Again)

Chris Matthews likes Tom Ridge. Like, a lot. As in, really, really thinks he's great. At least, one can't help... More

Barack-toberfest Metaphor-o-ama!

Oh, how clever the media got in describing Obama’s Berlin speech

When everyone’s talking about something, it can be hard to find new ways to describe it. But fear not, dear... More

Hey Kids, the New Yorker’s With It!

A story on medical marijuana gets funky.

Oh, New Yorker, how you vex and puzzle me. One day, you insist on punctuating the word “cooperate” with a... More

“Most people” not pundits

Over at The New Republic Noam Scheiber writes this of recent Mitt Romney as veep nominee speculation: What I don't... More

Battle For the Grassroots

Campaign for an American Solution vs. Health Care for America Now

Timothy Noah over at Slate succinctly summed up the impending war over health reform. The lines of battle will be... More

Parting Thoughts: Nic Roethlisberger

‘If you don’t love journalism, get out now’

I thought I loved journalism. The excitement of being in the middle of a fast-paced newsroom, the responsibility of shaping... More

Study Abroad

What foreign papers are saying about Obama’s world tour

The trope in the American media seems to be that Obama is beloved in Europe and the globe around. So... More

Drum’s Rim Shot … It’s Good!

The Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum predicted last Friday that either the National Review or The Weekly Standard would headline their... More

Polling Questions: Sly Like A Fox

Fox News has conducted a poll, promisingly entitled, "Does Obama Get Better Treatment by the Press?" Well, we were, of... More

And…the NRO Weighs in on Barack-toberfest

This from National Review Online' s Jim Geraghty: 'There comes a time when we heed a certain call.' There was... More

Stewart Weighs in on Barack-toberfest

Are the media in the tank for Herr Obama? Jon Stewart says "Ja." More

Outside Agitators

An early ProPublica collaboration tests deadlines and gets results

Last Thursday, Rex Smith, executive editor of the Albany Times Union, got a phone call. On the other end was... More

CNN = Cosmo

CNN = Politics, but CNN sometimes = Cosmo. Because sex sells page views in a way that muckraking doesn’t, the... More

Worst. Years. Ever.

Five other terrible years in modern newspaper history

Revenues shrinking to MicroMachine proportions, newsroom jobs disappearing like sand under a rising tide, "They'll Do It Every Time" discontinued:... More

Novak, Chapter Two: In Which Our Prince of Darkness Finds Himself Aggrieved

Robert Novak is feeling a bit glum today. Not, mind you, because of yesterday’s hit-(a pedestrian)-and-(try to)-run accident—“He’s not dead,... More

Talking Shop: Johanna Neuman

A conversation with an author of the LAT’s “Countdown to Crawford” blog

Johanna Neuman, along with James Gerstenzang, writes Countdown to Crawford, a one-month-old blog on latimes.com that follows the Bush administration’s... More

Media “In the Tank?” — Take 821

Jake Tapper authors the latest episode of the investigative newsmagazine-meets-serial soap opera that is The Media and Obama: Totally in... More

Parting Thoughts: Bob Carey

‘My compact with the L.A. Times has been buried in an avalanche of debt’

I'm being laid off after twenty-four years at the L.A. Times and after thirty-eight years in the business. I spent... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under the Microscope, Part III

How will the sick obtain coverage?

This is the third entry in a series examining John McCain’s health proposals and how they have been covered in... More

Cut No Slack

James Rainey in today's LA Times (emphasis mine): It seems like just about everybody has spent the last week beating... More

Say What, Shafer?*

I often enjoy (and often agree with) Jack Shafer's stuff. But, what's up with this? Shafer wonders "why hasn't the... More

Russert’s Road (And Runway?)

The Buffalo News reports that President Bush today signed a bill renaming part of Route 20A near Ralph Wilson Stadium... More

Novak in the News

There's the Bob Novak-and-his-black-Corvette-hit-a-guy-yesterday story on Politico (according to a witness, "a black Corvette convertible with top closed plows into... More

Flickring Out

What will become of photojournalism in an age of bytes and amateurs?

Clichés are sometimes true. Here’s one—photographers don’t like to give speeches. At a recent event, photographer Antonin Kratochvil screened slideshows... More

Opening Bell: States ‘Slammed’

As tax revenue shrivels; consumer spending drops; reading the recent oil-price slide; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads its front page with a report saying that states are getting “slammed” with budget problems... More

Anbar Awakening, MSM Sleeping

Where are the mainstreamers on McCain’s major mistake?

There are gaffes, and then there are Gaffes. And yesterday, John McCain made a Gaffe. Speaking with Katie Couric about... More

David Carr’s Spud Missiles

Who knew? Starchy root vegetables make brilliant literary devices! Well, apparently, David Carr—Times media reporter and, currently, everyone's favorite rehabilitated... More

Ohama? Versus…Cheney?

Among coverage of Obama's Overseas Trip on the Jerusalem Post's web site was the video below, in which The Media... More

Talking Shop: Chris Drew

New York Times reporter on covering Obama off the trail

New York Times investigative reporter Chris Drew has covered Barack Obama’s candidacy, including pieces on his fundraising practices, voting record... More

Guilt Trip

More complaints about the media’s supposed pro-Obama bias

What with Barack Obama jetting about the world, buddying up to King Abdullah and all, it has been especially difficult... More

Shorting Journalism Too

A working member of the business press writes in response to last week’s post on the SEC’s war on short-selling:... More

A Stumper

Here is Jon Friedman's "MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY:" What do you think is the relationship between politics and... More

Parting Thoughts: Walt Wasilewski

‘Without journalism, there is no hope for progress.’

Dear colleagues: You're under pressure. I empathize. But listen: I nearly drowned in chaos my first day as a reporter... More

The Tanking Economy (For Dummies)

What happened? "Wall Street got drunk;" got a tattoo (which didn't look "gargantuan, inevitably tacky, gauche and ugly" at the... More

Portfolio’s Promise

Excellent reporting blows open the Countrywide scandal

Portfolio’s August cover story is a devastating follow to its scoop that broke the “Friends of Angelo” Countrywide VIP loan... More

Matthews: Reporting “All Senses” (And Sensations)

Chris Matthews to Jay Leno Monday night, talking about his "thrill up my leg" (from Obama speech) comment (h/t TVNewser... More

Anonymous Cable News Interns: Have At It!

Radar Online "polled a number of current and former producers—the people with the best view of the tantrums and shouting... More

Opening Bell: Worth Less, Costs More

Mortgage rates and inflation soar; Bizarro bank world; rich make more, pay less taxes; etc.

Mortgage rates jumped to their highest level in nearly five years, as investors continue to worry about the health of... More

Beating a Dead, Misunderstood Horse, Part Deux

Except the horse isn’t dead—and neither are our nation’s guerilla satirists! Not surprisingly, they’re hiding out, starved yet resolved, in... More

John McCain and the Authenticity Trap

Why “let McCain be McCain” doesn’t wash

In an early episode of The West Wing, President Jed Bartlet and his chief of staff, Leo McGarry—struggling with what... More

A Matter of Opinion

The tortured reasoning behind the Times’ rejection of McCain’s op-ed

"It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece" on the Iraq War,... More

Not Very Newhouse

Stale, familiar personality profiles won’t save glossy mags

The New York Times apparently wanted to keep us apprised of the State of the Glossy Mag this weekend. First,... More

Doubletake: John Burns’s Doppelganger?

Here is Ashley Gilbertson, a photographer for the New York Times, talking about some of his (pretty stunning) images from... More

Sign Of The Times

Forget the toasters. A bank I passed yesterday in West Seattle is marketing itself as the We Won't Lose Your... More

McCain Campaign Pursues Anti-Chris-Matthews Vote

What was that John Heilemann was saying in New York magazine about the McCain campaign turning into the Clinton campaign?... More

Parting Thoughts: Jim Spencer

‘I still want journalism. Journalism just doesn’t seem to want me.’

When the assistant managing editor trundled over to summon me to my “involuntary separation” from the Denver Post, I was... More

Press Release: Bestest Republican National Convention Ever!

I don't know why I was even initially startled, given Today's Media Environment. But: today, six weeks before the Republican... More

Fourth Place For Last Week’s New Yorker Cover

According to the new PEJ study, last week's New Yorker cover* only came in fourth in quantity of press coverage... More

Hanging by the Telephone

Der Spiegel would have been happy to put this matter to rest

Last Monday, Der Spiegel editor Mathias Müller von Blumencron joined Bernhard Zand, the magazine’s Arabic-speaking middle east correspondent, in Baghdad.... More

Obama’s “Hope” During “Presser”

Barack Obama in response to a question just now during his press conference in Jordan (I couldn't hear the question,... More

The Lives of Others

What does it mean to “tell someone’s story”?

On March 22, America’s Most Wanted told my story. I wasn’t the fugitive, or the victim, and it shouldn’t have... More

Veepstakes Hometown Dates

Last night, Jon Stewart compared Obama's courting of the press prior to and during his overseas trip to the reality... More

Opening Bell: Women Leaving Workforce

But not necessarily by choice; Steve Jobs’s health and Apple’s stock price; Yahoo gives Icahn board seats; etc.

The New York Times on page one reports that the number of women in the workforce is declining. The recovery... More

Amen, Deborah Howell

The WaPo's ombudsman, Deborah Howell, joins the choir pleading for more substance in campaign coverage: My monitoring of political stories... More

Can GM Crops Solve the Food Crisis?

UCS says journalists overstate potential for higher yields

With global food prices up eighty-three percent over the last three years, world leaders are looking for any means available... More

Beating a Dead, Misunderstood Horse

Sneaking in one last pundit punch before the New Yorker hits newsstands with a new cover this week, meta-media critic... More

The Blind Leading The Blind

The Washington Post’s new publisher has no new ideas in a Portfolio profile

Portfolio’s long profile of new Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth is a pretty good read. It would be hard not... More

I Bought My “Table Of Contents For the World” From Barack Obama

Per Lyn Sweet: During one school year at Columbia, Obama was a telemarketer in midtown Manhattan selling New York Times... More

Parting Thoughts: John Sugg

Newspaper publishers knew the end was nigh—and they milked it

I’ve been a print journalist for thirty-eight years, and have held senior editing and writing positions at The Miami Herald,... More

Goodbye To Most Of That

The LA Times reportedly will replace its Sunday Book Review with "a smaller number of pages appended to the Calendar... More

If You Ask A Superficial Question…

MSNBC teasing a segment on Obama's overseas travel: Will this trip add enough meat to his foreign policy experience to... More

Absent Without Leave

Is it OK to use “absent” as a preposition?

John Cochran, a writer-editor for the federal government, writes: Here’s a construction I don’t like: ‘Absent some better way …... More

Campaign Plane Follies

So The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza writes a long, unsentimental story about Barack Obama last week, and then, wouldn't you... More

LAT Still Hasn’t Found What NYT Looking For

"Obama spoofers walk a fine line," reports today's LA Times. Didn't the New York Times tell us this last Tuesday... More

How (When?) To Overshare on the Cover of NYT Magazine

Remember when ex-Gawker employee Emily Gould overshared on the cover of the New York Times Magazine? When she, in the... More

Who’s a Winner?

Why candidates still talk about “winning” wars

In last Thursday’s Boston Globe, historian Howard Zinn wrote about the presidential candidates’ misleading uses of the word “win” when... More

CNBC’s “Ultimate Growth Stock” Wants To Know

I'm no economist, but I think I have an answer to the question Erin Burnett, the 32-year-old CNBC anchor whom... More

Opening Bell: WTF, FDIC?

Regulator turned blind eye to subprime abuses; choosing between food and water; begging for your Starbucks; etc.

The Wall Street Journal goes page one with a story about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation running a bank that... More

Sunday Watch 7-20-08

In which Meet the Press meets Al Gore and, through him, the real world

Imagine! Almost an entire installment of Meet the Press devoted to an interview with a private citizen who is not... More

Explore the question: Is Iran deterable?

We may have a winner in the contest for the most distressing op-ed ever run by The New York Times.... More

Obama’s Gym-O-Rama

Hard-hitting coverage of Obama’s gym time

Yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made not one, not two, but three, yes, count them, three, visits to a... More

Courting the Evangelicals

A WSJ op-ed asks the convenient questions, but not the important ones

"Evangelicals Haven't Embraced the Democrats’ Agenda," crows Naomi Schaefer Riley in today's Wall Street Journal, gleefully dismissing Barack Obama's attempts... More

The Onion on the “Definitive Obama Puff Piece”

Read all about "Boogyin' With Barack." More

Across the Pond

As a quasi-follow up to this post I made yesterday, here's an enjoyable reflection on the differences between the U.K.... More

FBN: When Word Games Attack!

From the I'd-be-cringing-in-horror-if-I-weren't-laughing-so-hard department: footage of noted nuance-lover Barack Obama submitting to free-association game-playing while being interviewed about the economy.... More

Cut the Dividends!

Newspaper companies fork over hundreds of millions a year—and for what?

Gannett had one helluva bad quarter, losing a tenth of its revenues from a year ago and more than a... More

Comrade Obama?

Press fails to question McCain’s “Obama is a socialist” implication

Only in our screwy media culture can a candidate imply, on little evidence, that his opponent is a socialist, confident... More

Wiki-ocracy in America

Wikipedia, aid and scourge of journalists the world over, is considering adding a layer of monitoring to protect the site... More

What’s She Compensating For?

Good news for all you tired, you poor, you huddled bloggers yearning not to work for free: you might be... More

The Troglodytes Are Coming!

God bless Lou Dobbs, America’s only working home-security system. If it weren’t for him, you’d never know what to be... More

Barack Obama: No Sweat

So, in addition to his many other otherworldly qualities—the leg-thrilling oratory, the generation-uniting charisma, the Halo of Hope that bathes... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under the Microscope, Part II

Who’s making the medical decisions, anyway?

This is the second entry in a series examining John McCain’s health proposals and how they have been covered in... More

25 or 6 to 4

The New York Times’s Jeff Zeleny makes a tiny flub in writing up Obama June fundraising numbers, writing that: ..,the... More

CNN on Myanmar, Part II

Earlier this week, we praised the outlets that are keeping the story of Myanmar's devastation in both the news and... More

Drilling for Angles

WSJ spins a poll on offshore oil exploration the wrong way

Speaking of stretching for a newsy angle, The Wall Street Journal overreached yesterday with a story headlined "In California, Support... More

The Daily Show Institutes the Dobbs-O-Meter

In the wake of McCain's and Obama's appearances at the National Council of La Raza conference earlier this week, Jon... More

Opening Bell: Merrill Listing

Bank’s troubles are staggering; Freddie has some stock he’d like to sell you; Wachovia office raided; etc.

No wonder Merrill Lynch is selling its Bloomberg stake. The investment bank lost $4.7 billion in the second quarter on... More

WaPo: Double Decker Danger!

Good lord. The Washington Post, in the midst of rolling out its big, bold, incredibly odd Chandra Levy inquiry, fronts... More

From the Madd(ow)ing Crowd

Wow, who knew how many people love Rachel Maddow?? In the wake of Jacques Steinberg's New York Times profile of... More

Breaking: TIME Magazine Uses “Frenemies” in a Headline

The Us Weekly-ization of journalism might just be complete. On TIME magazine's Web site to check out the candidates' takes... More

Mr. Obama Goes To Baghdad

Do candidates have to visit Iraq before they can set a war policy?

Lately, John McCain and the GOP have been attacking Barack Obama for not having recently visited Iraq. (The RNC’s Web... More

Yglesias: Totally in the (Think) Tank

Matt Yglesias, Atlantic reporter and uber-blogger, announced last night—after his news was outed by colleagues—that he'll be leaving the world... More

Don’t Bean Count Me

We’re mad as hell. Why do we continue to take it?

I’m sick of hearing about the bottom line. About cost benefit analysis, bean counting, profit margins, and soft markets. I’m... More

Where’s Education? Part III

It’s hard to find the education in McCain’s ed speech coverage

Yesterday, for the first time during the 2008 presidential campaign, John McCain issued a set of specific policy proposals for... More

Shopping For Angles

The peril of blaming the economy for everything

USA Today repackages an old story about malls turning to entertainment to draw traffic and turns it into a sign... More

My Friend(s)

My friends, in discussing the verbal tics of certain aspiring presidents, I would be remiss to pass over the punishing... More

iPhones for the Poor

Big wireless companies. I feel bad for them, don't you? After all, did you know that one in seven Americans... More

Running On Faith

Newsweek’s cover story gets beyond Reverend Wright

With all the rumors swirling around Barack Obama's faith, the teaser for Newsweek's July 21st cover story—"The Truth about Barack... More

McCain: Good Sport? Grump?

Like my colleague Katia, the LA Times' James Rainey, too, called up some editorial cartoonists recently (we did it in... More

Shorting the Free Market

The invisible hand gets slapped when stocks go down

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s move to damp short selling earlier this week is yet more proof that the market-is-God... More

A Shrine to Hackery

In a New Delhi bylined piece, the Telegraph passes on the tale of an Indian temple where worshipers show their... More

Parting Thoughts: An Invitation

Give us your thoughts on journalism’s state and its future

Bought out? Laid off? Leaving the business? If you are among the members of that very large group, which hundreds... More

ObamaGuy?

More "tasteless and offensive" political satire (h/t NRO Media Blog). More

I’m Getting A New Seatmate! (Please Be Brian Williams!)

Plenty of meaty topics for political reporters to probe as Sen. Obama prepares to travel across the pond and beyond.... More

Pyrrhic Victory

Winning and losing at Guantánamo

Just a few months ago, in April of this year, the Guantánamo Bay detainee Salim Hamdan appeared before the Navy... More

And Another Think

If you think you've heard all of the linguistic twists and turns, you've got another thing coming. Well, actually you've... More

Opening Bell: The Fed’s Catch-22

Rising inflation makes interest-rate cuts problematic; messing with menthol; Texas dereg nightmare; etc.

Inflation jumped in June to the highest level since 1991, raising more worries about the prospect of stagflation. Meanwhile, real... More

Injusticia

Reporters at San Francisco's leading Spanish-language TV news station make roughly one quarter less in base pay than their English-language... More

Meme Me Up

The evolution of the ‘terrorist fist jab’

Bill Safire must be loving this. Campaign 2008, for everything else it has to recommend it, has also proven to... More

Dowd’s Colorful False Impression

Today’s Maureen Dowd column tries to make the case that Obama is humorless. It’s a short step away from that... More

MoDowd’s Obama Fixation

First his diet, now his sense of humor. She’s wasting her space and our time

Another day, another shockingly dumb column by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times. Dowd starts out by complaining that... More

The Candidate Said What?!

Google’s new video-search gadget not yet a boon to reporters, but it will be

Google packs a potential reportial punch with its new speech-to-text technology, which it announced Monday as its contribution to campaign... More

The Digital Elders of Zion and a Lesson for Obama

If you go to www.eldersofzion.com expecting to find the old tsarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, you’ll... More

The Journal’s Many Anonymice

And why Jack Shafer needs a better mousetrap

Our crony in criticism, Slate’s Jack Shafer, stumbles this morning in an otherwise interesting discussion about which major media outlets... More

Trends Will Be Trends

Five new story ideas for NYT Style reporter Guy Trebay

I really hope that New York Times reporter Guy Trebay is working on a follow-up to his Sunday Styles piece... More

Keeping Myanmar in the News

Kudos to the outlets that do it

It’s been over two months since Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, killing some 130,000—130,000—people, affecting 2.4 million, and wreaking havoc on... More

In Which Two Rivals May Marry

Beatrice and Benedict. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Looks like another couple may soon be... More

On MSNBC: “It’s Come To This”

Contessa Brewer on MSNBC this morning: "Hillary Clinton had a new look when she showed up for a big speech*... More

Opening Bell: Short-Sellers Take a Hit

SEC moves against “naked shorts”; Bernanke’s bummed; and with good reason; did Goldman Sachs help bury Bear Stearns?; etc.

The government stepped up its crackdown on what it sees as possible stock-market manipulation, issuing new rules that make it... More

The -Gate That Got Away

As self-appointed -Gate-keepers, I wanted to acknowledge that we missed one last week (a -Gated -Gate, no less): Brandenburg Gate-Gate,... More

Shafer v. Anonymice (Take 47)

Which reporter in which major newspaper recently granted anonymity to a source for a quotation, the lot about which Jack... More

The New Yorker Cover Up

Why we’re talking so much about so little

It’s hard to know what to make of the week’s early outrage over the New Yorker cover depicting the Obamas.... More

“There’s No Muslim on This Boat”

…and other assorted Obama humor

In light of New Yorker-gate Cartoon-gate Blitt-gate Have-We-No-More-Sense-Of-Humor-gate Cover-gate, the Times today bears sad tidings: Barack Obama's not funny. Yep,... More

WaPo-Induced Flashback

Surely I'm not the only person who thought I'd clicked on an old washingtonpost.com link -- like, one from 2001... More

Why, Looky Here

Tired of justifying his slalom toward the center, fed up with endless charges of betrayal, Barack Obama finally rolled his... More

From the Peanuts Gallery

Editorial cartoonists offer their two cents on the instantly infamous New Yorker cover

Here’s what some working editorial cartoonists (and other illustration insiders) think about the brouhaha over this week’s New Yorker cover.... More

The WSJ’s Sketches of Pain

Even The Wall Street Journal’s famed stipple portraits (known internally as "hedcuts") aren’t immune from the bummer that is the... More

The Shallow Coverage of Candidates’ Energy Policies

Reporters must use events, not ads, to leverage information

Last week, energy issues made their way back to the forefront of presidential campaign coverage with a pair of "dueling... More

More Testosterone for NBC, Less for MSNBC?

I'm probably just still recovering from last week's Nuts-Gate, but a pair of passages stood out to me from two... More

Old News

Reporters take the wrong angle on the question of McCain’s age

Is John McCain too senile to be president? The quotes used by the AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar to contextualize a new... More

Awkward Page

AP’s “awkward” article on the candidates’ Hispanic outreach efforts

An AP article that got picked up yesterday, among other places, by The Miami Herald and the Arizona Daily Star... More

It’s Not Exactly “A Wonderful Life”

But the press should prepare to cover more bank failures

For the better part of a year now, the business press has been getting on-the-job training in covering financial disasters... More

Nine More Minutes of New Yorker “Cover Story” Coverage

Adding to what Katia said yesterday: In a ten-minute interview on last night's Hardball (airtime shared with Ron Brownstein of... More

Sulzberger at the Barricades

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age. Is he up to the job?

Corporate annual meetings are generally drowsy affairs—a pep talk by management, some PowerPoint graphics, a little predetermined voting, all topped... More

Good Catch, Mika! (Was That So Hard?)

A breath of fresh air on MSNBC this morning (fresh not just for MSNBC, but for political reporting in general).... More

Not Laughing At The New Yorker Cover Cartoon?

Well, how about this one, located safely inside this week's issue, complete with caption (additional hint: panhandlers are not the... More

Opening Bell: Banks On the Brink

A vote of no confidence from the public; Paulson the interventionist; what bailout history teaches us; etc.

The financial industry continued to teeter yesterday despite the government’s rescue plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This time... More

Forget Something?

Media whips itself into tizzy about New Yorker cover, neglects to read article

Psst! You know that New Yorker cover that the all-day news networks can't stop foaming at the mouth about? Have... More

McRubber, McGlue

For McCain, another week of Teflon

Last week—the first following the McCain campaign’s big shakeup—was supposed to have marked a New Beginning for the Arizona senator.... More

AP’s Accountability Adviser To Be “Player-Coach”

At Politico, Michael Calderone ponders whether the Associated Press's acting Washington bureau chief, Ron Fournier, is "saving or destroying the... More

Veepstakes: We Have a Winner!

"MSNBC.com users have chosen Mitt Romney" as John McCain's running-mate (in that online Veepstakes game). What? You're waiting to see... More

Pushy Bottom

Barron’s’ “us first” call on the housing market is weakly supported and almost certainly wrong

You’ve got to hand it to Barron’s. They don’t pussyfoot around when it comes to making contrarian market calls. "Buy... More

Lieberman, not quite told

Today, The New York Times writes up the inevitable “What of Joe Lieberman?” piece, teasing the uneasy relationship between some... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under the Microscope

Ending employer-based insurance as we know it?

This is the first entry in a series examining John McCain’s health proposals and how they have been covered in... More

Sunday Watch 7-13-08

McCain still walking on the Tigris and Euphrates

Last week, I tasked George Stephanopoulos to ask McCain a serious question about his acumen in the matter of Iraq,... More

That New Yorker Cover (Fox News’ Take and More)

There is something both disturbing and hilarious about listening to Fox News (of "terrorist fist jab" and not-so-subtly-digitally-altered-photos-of-New York Times-reporters-who-wrote-ill-of-Fox-News... More

Opening Bell: Small Government Anyone?

On mortgage/school loans, private sector helpless; IndyMac collapse a bad omen; Anheuser-Busch capitulates; etc.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times lead their front pages with the Treasury Department’s “rescue plan”... More

Freep Gives McCain Free Pass

The Detroit Free Press lets Sen. McCain talk (lots) for himself in its coverage of his speech on the economy... More

Flipping Out

A modest proposal: enough with the “flip-flop”

The shift came quickly. Barack Obama remarked last Thursday that, given recent developments on the ground in Iraq, he might... More

Fannie Mae Need Government Help

How much will that cost taxpayers?

The big financial news this week is the sharply increased doubts about the stability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,... More

Economy of Coverage

Considering this "mental recession" we're in, and considering how much we've, apparently, been whining about said recession, I was fairly... More

How Much Are You Worth?

The AP gets the scoop on the EPA’s decision to devalue a “statistical life”

Last month, I wrote a column about the challenges journalists face in covering the ethical decisions that affect humanity's response... More

Real Journalism

What a difference the DNA makes

Today’s front-page piece in The New York Times about Congressman Charlie Rangel’s rent-control boondoggle—he has four rent-controlled apartments in Manhattan,... More

Mag Revenue Numbers: In Which “Flat Is the New Up”

Yesterday, the Publishers Information Bureau released its report tracking magazine ad sales during the second quarter of 2008. The news... More

The Ol’ Waffle Brush

Lessons to take away from the candidates’ recent “policy shifts”

Do you remember the positions that George W. Bush and Al Gore held on preemptive war during the 2000 presidential... More

Gramm Trackers

Despite liberal skepticism, media seizes on Phil Gramm’s remarks

When Phil Gramm’s comment—that we’re in only a “mental recession”, and that America is a “nation of whiners”—first became public... More

One Step Forward, One Step Back

The AP gets it right on universal coverage, but new code words loom

Score one for the Associated Press! We at CJR have been posting for some time about the misuse of the... More

Opening Bell: Taxpayers, Get Ready…

Fannie & Freddie are coming your way; bad economy is boon for Wal-Mart; more lousy job stats; etc.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times lead their front pages with worsening news on mortgages giants Fannie Mae... More

On That “Trademark John McCain Wit”

Think Progress (via Matt Yglesias) has a list of some of the more egregious moments of political reporters publicly crushing... More

Please, Not All Laughs

The New York Times errs too light in an article about this morning's Women for Obama fundraising event, which both... More

Not So Fresh

This summer’s crop of articles about community-supported agriculture sprouts around the country

Oh, glorious summer bounty! Strawberries! Raspberries! Plums! Grocery stores and farmers' markets are brimming with fruits of the harvest, which... More

Gramm’s Mentality

Top McCain adviser says “What recession?”

John McCain’s top economic adviser Phil Gramm, who’s also a vice chairman of troubled Swiss bank UBS, has some not-so-compassionate... More

Social Distortion

McCain clarifies Social Security remarks, remarks remain confusing

Yesterday, we wrote about the media’s strange reluctance to cover John McCain’s recent assessment that the way in which Social... More

The Write Stuff

Barack Obama is an excellent writer. Should it matter?

When, in late May, The New York Times’s book blog, Paper Cuts, posted a photograph of Barack Obama, his suit... More

Tell Me, As The Paper’s Editor of “Visual News,” What Do You Do?

Our minds are already "down there" today, so why not have a look at what my colleague just called "the... More

It’s All Over Now, Violet Blue

Boing Boing, Violet Blue, and archival ethics in the new media world

Sometime last year, Xeni Jardin, the co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing, erased sex columnist Violet Blue from the... More

The Cookie Zeitgeist (Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret)

After reading today's New York Times editorial about the recent study implicating prescription pills as a way to eliminate child... More

Katrina Washout

How will the presidential candidates continue recovery efforts? Let’s ask them.

In late August, as the Democrats convene in Denver to choose their presidential nominee, residents of the Gulf Coast will... More

Media’s Mixed “Nuts” (a.ka. “A Base Phrase”-Gate)

This marks the third time* this campaign season the press has had to tackle the question of How To Report... More

Opening Bell: Bailout Bound

Fannie and Freddie sink lower; America for sale; what did you do with YOUR stimulus check?; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads its front page with news that the government has done contingency planning for the possibility... More

McCain vs. Accuracy, Round 17

McCain questions Social Security’s central premise, media doesn’t notice

Amid all the misplaced hand-wringing over whether Barack Obama has changed his position on Iraq (he hasn’t, though both candidates... More

What Else Can I Do With All This Spin?

The Boston Globe's Brian Mooney shows how the spin flows with a minute-by-minute chronology of A Day of Campaign Spin... More

The Grievance Culture At Fox News

NYT’s David Carr shines a light on its PR tricks

Fox News people like to think other journalists don’t like them because of politics but maybe it’s because they act... More

Pollster On That John McCanine Poll

Pollster's Mark Blumenthal awards Worst In Show to the Associated Press's interpretation of its own poll (not to mention the... More

Mike Murphy’s Media Moment

Caught up in McCain’s campaign minutiae

"So Where's Murphy?" asked New York Times columnist William Kristol on Monday, in the final forty-eight hours of speculation about... More

CJR to Launch Chinese-Language Edition

Goal is to help advance the cause of press freedom in China

We at CJR are pleased to announce the launch this summer of a Mandarin-language edition in China. CJR has partnered... More

No More Malia And Sasha (You Blew It, Cable)!

There will be no more interviews with Barack Obama's adorable young daughters, Malia and Sasha. No more chances to find... More

Underwrite, Sayeth The Fed

This paragraph from the WSJ’s Bernanke story today sums up concisely just how bad mortgage lending was during the bubble:... More

AP on McCain on Budget Deficit: Points For Trying?

How's this framing of The Candidates Dueling Economic Plans for the press giving McCain a "mad pass" (Josh Marshall's words)... More

Pity the Pumper?

The media’s quest to convince Americans that gas is “expensive”

Oil prices may have fallen 6 percent over the last two days, but the Facebook Group "15,000,000 for lower gas... More

Opening Bell: The Return of Regulation

Big Ben wants more authority over the Street; more trouble for Credit Suisse; a run on IndyMac?; etc.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he would extend the emergency-loan program created for Wall Street during the Bear Stearns... More

That Crying Child With Leg Casts

That recent A-1 New York Times photo of the crying baby in leg casts that stopped me (and, not surprisingly,... More

“Inspired” New York Post Reporting

The New York Post reports it was "inspired by sexy CBS reporter Lara Logan's recent foreign affairs" (presumably its own... More

The Answer Man?

Good luck, Marcus. You’ll need it.

Now that The Washington Post has chosen Marcus Brauchli over Phil Bennett to be its new executive editor, I hope... More

Balanced Budget, “Balanced” Coverage

Los Angeles Times scrutinizes Obama’s economic proposals, gives McCain a pass

The political press's nasty habit of reporting the debate instead of the issues being debated cropped up again today in... More

McCain Camp Won’t Call On Corn on Calls?

David Corn's first-hand experience has him wondering over at Mother Jones: Is the McCain campaign screening reporters [on its conference... More

Kurtz: “In-Bedded” Reporter (Now With Child)!

Last week, I complained about Howard Kurtz's handling of all the recent Lara Logan-related news. Basically, Kurtz reprinted five juicy... More

The (Chief) Justice League

Has Roberts really engineered a Supreme détente?

Who's the most cuddly Supreme Court justice? There's little doubt that Chief Justice John Roberts is the most handsome, but... More

Forbes Lets ‘Er Rip

Hard-hitting piece says pension funds help cover up investment returns

Forbes' cover story this week is a tough indictment of the private-equity real estate business—and the pension funds that supply... More

Fact Fight!

Insurers make “error” allegations vs. Bloomberg News—nick Deadline Club

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts. -- John Dewey A big Bloomberg News... More

“Special Political Coverage” (By Any Other Name)

No fair! CNN is inflating the Coop's grades with their tricky program-naming scheme! So tattled MSNBC and Fox News to... More

John McCanine

More Americans may want to BBQ with Barack, but the Associated Press-Yahoo News throws John a polling bone today: More... More

Climate Change: Now What?

A big beat grows more challenging and complex

Media coverage of climate change is at a crossroads, as it moves beyond the science of global warming into the... More

Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change

Some key Web sites for journalists

Climate Journalism: BBC: The network's climate-change portal, offering international news, opinion and explanation from around the BBC. Climate Connections:... More

Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

Finding out would make a good story for the summer lull

Despite all the campaign chatter about reducing health care costs by sending folks to the doctor more often for preventive... More

Opening Bell: Fannie and Freddie’s Grim Outlook

Shares nosedive as housing crisis deepens; IndyMac’s disintegration; WaPo’s new boss; etc.

The mortgage crisis continued to deteriorate as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares tumbled more than 16 percent on fears... More

Press Giving McCain “Mad Pass” On Economic Plan?

Josh Marshall argues that the press coverage of McCain's economic plan (which Marshall summarizes as, "He's pledging to balance the... More

Good News (For Once) At The Journal

Two internal promotions are hopeful signs in the News Corporation era

Say what you want about News Corporation’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal, and we have, and the ham-handed ouster/buyout... More

Intern-al Communication

That news meeting? The one where the editor introduced the New Business Model? Here's what it looked like through the... More

NYT’s Incomplete Bhopal Story

The paper raises questions it doesn’t answer

The New York Times has an interesting page-one story today about the legacy of pollution at the Union Carbide plant... More

Sasha Obama, This Could Be You!

Here's an Associated Press article that pretends to be about what the White House offers child residents ("an unparalleled view... More

Rewrite To The Nth Power

Calculated Risk makes a good catch on a MarketWatch rewrite of a rewrite of a German newspaper story reporting that... More

Time: Rolling the Dice on McCain?

Bill Clinton famously suggested to Charlie Rose last December that to vote for Barack Obama, given what Clinton called his... More

Memo To Health Care Reporters

Explain what the terms “national” and “universal” really mean, and what Obama’s plan really does

Too many recent health care stories have been confusing the terms “national” and “universal,” and using the term universal to... More

Press Contrition Over Clark Coverage?

About all those election-related "media firestorms over supposedly revealing incidents that never actually took place," as Paul Krugman described them... More

Opening Bell: GM In Reverse

WSJ says more layoffs for automaker; Bloomberg doubts stock touts; Oil to $200?; etc.

General Motors is considering another round of layoffs of its white-collar workers, The Wall Street Journal reports on A1. The... More

Sunday Watch 7-6-08

What’s it all about?

Todd Gitlin watches Sunday morning talk shows so that you don't have to, and, every Monday morning, offers his take... More

Missing The Story On IndyMac

Ex-WSJ reporter on the mortgage lender’s bad deeds

The Center for Responsible Lending, a borrowers’ advocate group, has an eye-opening report on IndyMac, the troubled California mortgage lender.... More

Why Buy The Cow…

Thoughtful post today about the newspaper industry on the New York Times's Outposts blog. In the wake of "perhaps the... More

A Day at CJR

The Nation is running a little contest to get people to sign-up for their email lists. The grand prize? One... More

Skewering The “Green Issue”

The Onion gets it, at least

The Onion works its customary magic in its newsstand edition this week with a special edition “All-Paper Salute to the... More

Fox and the…Hounds?

So the people at Fox & Friends aren't feeling so Fox-&-Friendly, apparently, toward The New York Times. On June 28,... More

Burning the Mortgage?

Bloomberg says torchings of foreclosures are rising, with little evidence

We’d like to smoke out a Bloomberg story saying home arson is “surging” as a result of the wave of... More

At Last: A Good, Issue-Driven Health Care Story

The Catholic Courier makes things clear for readers

Too often during this campaign season health care stories have failed to explain the real issues in health reform. Oh... More

Covering Flip-Flops (A How-To)

Over at Time.com, Michael Scherer (who once worked here at CJR) observes: Every day, flip-flop charges bang up against the... More

More on That WaPo Obama Mortgage Story

Yesterday, my colleague Justin questioned the Washington Post's news judgment in running its Obama mortgage story. At Washington Monthly, Kevin... More

Endangered Species

The big-city sports columnist: devoured by TV, negated by the Net

“All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer.” Those were the self-eulogizing words of Tony Kornheiser upon accepting... More

The Cult of Kiernan

Pat Kiernan, the NY1 News anchor who reads New Yorkers' newspapers to them every morning in his In The Papers... More

Opening Bell: Let ‘Em Fail

Paulson says bad banks should go; fugitive hedgie surrenders; LAT cuts; etc.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called for better regulatory tools to help prevent the failures of individual financial firms from threatening... More

The V-Word and Dick Grasso

Was Dick Grasso’s win in court yesterday a personal “vindication” for him? That’s what The Wall Street Journal says in... More

Invasive Moths: To Spray or Not To Spray?

Hard to tell from the Chronicle’s coverage

San Francisco, Calif. — In late June, the California Department of Food and Agriculture canceled plans to spray a pheromone... More

Talkin’ About Credit-Default Swaps

Why being bearish on them means you’re likely bullish in general

Now of course, we know all about credit-default swaps. And we know that you know all about credit-default swaps. I... More

NYT’s MTV Cribs-Like Limbaugh Profile

At one point in his 7,000-plus-word profile of Rush Limbaugh for this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, reporter Zev Chafets... More

Behind Barack’s “Suspicious” Mortgage

Why did the Post run its Obama mortgage story?

What should an editor do when an enterprise piece comes up empty? Do you kill the story? Send it back... More

About That CW on Bush’s HIV/AIDS Legacy

"Even human rights purist [and New York Times columnist] Nicholas Kristof" has lauded President Bush's HIV/AIDS work, writes Danielle Maestretti... More

BBQ is the New “Beer With”

Breaking News! More Americans would rather barbecue with Barack Obama than with John McCain. How can McCain get a much-needed... More

The Press Drives Out to the Country

USA Today adds to Times on gas hit to rural U.S.

The press has written quite a bit about how the price of gasoline is making the exurban lifestyle cost prohibitive... More

“Disturbing Video” (What Would MSNBC Be Without It?)

Already this morning I have been repeatedly exposed (and, admittedly, each time turned to be exposed) to the following "disturbing... More

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

Slate asks why their labor practices are so different

Over at Slate, Liza Featherstone asks a good question: Why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay its employees as well as Costco does?... More

Old Media Intra-Office Communication?

One New York Times columnist complains about another New York Times columnist's column about yet another New York Times columnist...... More

On Last Week’s Lara Logan “News”

Not much of a scandal, not much of a story

“Isn’t anyone bothered by the Lara Logan sex scandal coverage?” asks Washington City Paper’s Angela Valdez. I’ll get to what... More

Oops! Gitmo Training “To Elicit False Confessions?”

If that powerful McClatchy series whet your appetite for Gitmo news: the New York Times' Scott Shane reports today on... More

Opening Bell: Moodier and Moodier

Ratings firm pushes out exec; Grasso keeps riches; bust makes Starbucks contract for once; etc.

Moody’s got rid of an executive after finding “inappropriate” and “deeply disappointing” conduct in his staff’s ratings of financial derivatives.... More

Please, ABC, Tell Us What This Story Is About

Another Obama flip-flop? Or just a plan that insurers will support?

A Dart to ABCNews.com for a muddled mess of a story that may be interesting to Beltway health cognoscenti, but... More

The Swiftboat Reflex

Wesley Clark fallout, day two

Two days into the Wesley Clark fallout, the press, the GOP, and the Obama campaign all seem to have agreed... More

Blackstone vs. the Bean Counters

CEO likes fair-value when prices go up but not when they go down

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times scores an interview with Blackstone Group chief Stephen Schwarzman, who’s running around... More

Cringe-Making Parody of Morning News Tools

Thanks to a CJR reader for pointing us to The Onion News Network's sharp parody of the always cringe-making, often... More

CNN Segment: “Swiftboating McCain?”

More on press coverage of What Wes Said. Zack wrote yesterday: It’s crucially important that we have a political debate... More

A Bear Raid?

Vanity Fair talks to lots of Bear Stearns execs who think—surprise!—outsiders did them in

Was Bear Stearns murdered? Vanity Fair asks that provocative question in a riveting but overdone piece on the demise of... More

Carville, Media Critic, On What Wes Said

Yesterday, Zack wrote here that some of the press coverage of What Wes Said* (an exchange between Gen. Wesley Clark... More

Second Life

A storied German-language newspaper remakes itself as a magazine

Even in this era of editorial reinvention, few media outlets have remade themselves as completely as the legendary German-language newspaper... More

Crossing Lines

In a bombed-out Detroit neighborhood, a new blog works to rekindle a community

A few miles east of Detroit’s gleaming new ballpark and glittering new casino hotels, a few miles west of the... More

Breaking: Be Not Afraid, Be Not Very Afraid

Usually when something doesn't happen or something isn't expected to happen, it's not news. Even if the government issues a... More

Opening Bell: Swiss Mess

U.S. seeks UBS client list; casino bubble bursting, too?; IndyMac in peril; etc.

The U.S. is trying to upend the secrecy of the Swiss banks. The Justice Department asked a federal court to... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

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