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August 2008

Doric, Ionic, Obamic

Inside the Invesco Temple hoopla

To everything there is a season: election season is a time to strain at semiotic gnats (and a time to... More

Don’t Make Eye Contact

And other tips for getting where you need to go at the conventions

DENVER — As far as the media were concerned, the most powerful people at the Pepsi Center weren't the various... More

What We Know When We Don’t Know Much

Palin’s favorite meal is moose burgers.

With the media struggling to learn about new GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell offers this now much-recycled... More

What’s in a Name? Part 2

Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to the ‘no MLK’ complaint

As Katia mentioned last night, black commentators like Cornel West and Julianne Malveaux took Barack Obama to task for not... More

The DNC Made History

Why wasn’t that enough for the pundits?

The forty-fifth Democratic National Convention is over. It featured some dramatic moments, and fine speech-making. But, unfortunately, there was also... More

Palin!? Thanks for that!

GOP Veepstakes-press lays an egg

As anyone who has slavishly been following the Republican running-mate roil for the last month knew, McCain was destined to... More

Everyone Starts Somewhere

This just in: Jill Burke at KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, confirmed that GOP VP Sarah Palin was a... More

Coming Clean About Casualties

The U.S. military in Afghanistan needs to acknowledge what it doesn’t know

One of the challenges the U.S.-led coalition faces in the war in Afghanistan is controlling the narrative surrounding its actions.... More

A-Dress Commentary

If you were wondering (because I know you were) what the fashion press had to say about Michelle Obama’s floral... More

The AJC’s Michelle Hiskey

Leaving a job, leaving a family

Today, August 29, is my final day at the only full-time job I have ever known: writing for The Atlanta... More

Twitters, Vantage, Prose

The NYT’s many arms of coverage at Invesco

Without downplaying the efforts or results of citizen journalists and credential-sharing bloggers, The Gray Lady, for one, did a thorough... More

The Most Depressing Newsroom Ever

No daylight. Not enough chairs. Not enough tables. No wireless. The only televisions to watch the on field action are... More

What’s In a Name?

Some analysts wonder why Obama didn’t mention Martin Luther King Jr. by name

Tavis Smiley asked his two favorite contributors, Princeton professor Cornel West and Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux to weigh in... More

When Streamers Don’t Stream

When the requisite post-speech streamers launched, it looked like a quickly blossoming beard of red, white and blue, floating just... More

Shortest News Cycle Ever

This just in: CNN has already moved on to speculating about McCain's VP choice, the GOP convention, and the Gustav... More

Leaked!

The text of Obama's speech is everywhere, and everyone's got their hands in it. "America, we are better than these... More

A Mile High

Tonight, KOA radio has the best seat in the house

Jerry Bell might be the luckiest man at Invesco Stadium at Mile High, the site, in case you’ve so far... More

Midday At The Oasis

A look inside the HuffPost’s Zen-fueled convention spa

DENVER- "Hi, there, would you like an hors d'oeuvre?" A woman is smiling in front of me, a tray of... More

Advance Copies, NFL style

For our digital age, there’s an extraordinary amount of paper flying around Invesco tonight. Someone just slipped me a copy... More

George Packer’s Eyes

When being at the convention does matter

George Packer says the convention is better on TV, but he proves himself wrong with some irresistible on-site observation and... More

The DNCC: In Which Irony Wins Again

I'm not sure whether this is the work of a prankster or of a Fate with a dry sense of... More

Mixed Review on CNN

I'm glad to report that CNN, unlike MSNBC and Fox News, decided to carry Martin Luther King III's speech. I'm... More

Left Behind

Hearts aflame, commenters speak fire

Lefties left behind wish desperately they were among The Fifteen Thousand Witnessing History in the Mile High City. Instead, they... More

Flash Persuasion

It’s perhaps worth noting, courtesy of the NYT’s Caucus Blog, that the Democratic National Committee has Got The Media’s Back.... More

Tough Calls in Journalism

Nick Kristof dedicates his column today to a discussion of the difficult decisions journalists often face when covering events where... More

Media Bait

Some people really, really, really want to be interviewed

If you like media bait, you would like Denver. There is plenty of it here, so much so that, at... More

Kerry On

NYT doesn’t really cover Kerry’s speech

John Kerry gave an effective speech at the DNC last night that skillfully bridged his friendship with McCain, with a... More

The Blitzer Diaries

It was nearing 10pm in Denver and the mood grew confessional on the CNN set. Coming back from commercial, Anderson... More

Blogging Delegates

The Boston Globe has had Massachusetts delegates blogging throughout the convention. The New York Times has interviews with delegates about... More

The New McCain

For confirmation of the rumors of the new, more tightly controlled McCain, look no further than this interview by Time... More

Postscript on Harry and Louise

Health reform takeaways from the convention

On Monday, I mentioned the latest television commercial featuring Harry and Louise—the infamous TV couple who periodically take to the... More

Democracy in the Can?

One constant, in this celebration of democracy that is the Democratic National Convention? Exclusivity. Seriously, you need a pass to... More

‘You Want My Asinine Analysis’

A great send-up of the hyper-analysis from the cable commentators by the Daily Show: "You want my asinine analysis. You... More

Last Night’s Obamappearance: Reporters Surprised, As Well

I watched last night's floor speeches--Joe Biden's acceptance of the Dems' VP nomination; Bill Clinton's acceptance of a more general... More

Rhapsody in Blue

I wrote earlier about all the attention paid to Hillary Clinton's pantsuit color last night, so it's only fitting to... More

“Back To” Hope

After two full minutes of applause from the convention floor, Bill Clinton in his speech tonight vouched for Barack Obama,... More

Bang for the Buck?

This will require closer attention and much deeper analysis, but in general, it's been pretty despicable to watch the networks... More

E for Effort

I've never been a fan of live blogging, but at its best, the process can put Internet readers side-by-side with... More

Trick, Vote, Vomit

Whimsy, meet politics

There are a bunch of costumed idiots running around the convention handing out stickers that say "Trick Or Vote." From... More

Les Miserables

The Clinton speech coverage: in which Drama replaces Substance

DENVER - If there was going to be any Real News made during the Democratic convention, last night was supposed... More

The Big, Lame Tent

Bookstores are better

The vaunted Big Tent, boasting smoothies, beer, burritos, bloggers, and an endless parade of VIP guests, is wicked lame. The... More

Misplacing Race

WSJ slams “The Racism Excuse”

In “The Racism Excuse,” yesterday's editorial rejecting the claim that racism explains Barack Obama's flagging lead in the polls, the... More

I LUV NYC

New York City; get used to it

I’m not sure if this latest gem from The New York Times actually deserves analysis, since the title of the... More

Dubious Moments in Self-Promotion, Pt. 2: Time’s The Page

“Hey! You know what says ‘We’ve got a regularly updating but superficial politics page?” said one Time PR exec to... More

Photos from the Floor

Want to know what The Best Political Team on Television looks like when they are not on television? Answer: About... More

Too Many a Cutaway

Following up on Clint’s scene-setting description of reporters disgruntled that MSNBC commentators chatted over former Republican congressman Jim Leach’s speech... More

Before The Speech

Light, heat, and drama before Clinton took the stage

The big news, and I use that word loosely, last night was all about The Speech. From about 20 feet... More

Straw Man Smackdown

What happened to the radical Clinton partisans?

CJR convention correspondent Gabe Pressman notes that much of the coverage of last night's festivities focuses on the fact that,... More

Orange You Glad They Asked

Mrs. Clinton meet color theory

The topic of Hillary and the Pantsuits was a favorite story throughout the primary and last night, it got its... More

Ask the Experts, Please

MoDo was perplexed by the mood of the DNC, so she did the obvious thing. She turned to a man... More

Dubious Moments in Dem Promotion, Pt. 1

On Monday, Clint inaugurated our "Dubious Moments in Self-Promotion" series, in which we document the often-ridiculous ends to which media... More

Forsooth! Ye Naysayers

Staying home and grumbling doesn’t help convention coverage

While Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne made his way across the convention floor to hear Sen. Ted Kennedy speak Monday... More

The 15,000

What reporters are doing at the DNC

There are apparently 15,000 journalists attending the Democratic National Convention. Here is what some of them are doing: 14,000 are... More

Public Opinion and Climate: Part II

Where’s the consensus, and where does it end?

Last week, a reader, Jeff Huggins, asked me to address why the media have failed to explain climate change in... More

Opposite Day?

In the media game of tag, Joe Scarborough just called "Not It." After offering ten different suggestions for how Hillary... More

Commanding the Blue Sky

In the early scrabble of thoughts, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, The New Republic’s Michael Crowley, and McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds,... More

Attorney (or Soldier) Hillary

The Los Angeles Times goes cuckoo for “Hillary the _____” madlibs trying to nail a metaphor that aptly describes the... More

Fair and Balanced: CNN

With MSNBC taking a left turn, CNN tonight marks a course for the center. Larry King, the elder statesmen at... More

Judging from the Following…

...the Huffington Post missed tonight's Unity memo. But, apparently, the site got the "Barack Is a Dignified Artist Magnet and... More

Hillary and the Big Tent

I watched Hillary Clinton's much-anticipated floor speech tonight at The Big Tent. (Not the metaphorical one--though you could argue that... More

Schweitzer’s Warm-Up

We just heard a rousing call and answer from Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, speaking right before Sen. Hillary Clinton tonight... More

Booing Buchanan

The whole broadcasting outdoors thing is a silly gimmick that hardly ever pays off. But tonight as MSNBC commentator Pat... More

Attack, Please

An idle press is the talking-points’ plaything

What do reporters do? Reporters ask questions. Who? What? When? And so on. But sometimes, there’s nothing to ask those... More

Hillaryland Beats the Press, One Last Time

Convention delegates call foul on primary coverage

It’s an easy mark. Political candidates who end up coming short can always blame the press for the loss. For... More

Context Message

Media speculation over Obama’s 3 AM text message overlooks the CNN Effect

"Why three in the morning?" was the question on many people's minds after they received the Obama campaign's early morning... More

In Other News…

Glued to gavel-to-gavel convention coverage on cable news? Then you surely know that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton just did a... More

The Substance Factor

In our zeal to cover the spectacles, are we ignoring substance?

DENVER— It was a political spectacular, filled with nostalgia and deep emotion. As the Democrats began their 45th national convention,... More

David Brooks, More Like (Michael) Moore?

Quiz: Which of the following is an excerpt from the David Brooks column in today's New York Times and which... More

The Obamas and the Chicago Hospital Controversy

What it really says about health care

As excitement mounted for the Democratic convention at the end of last week, The Washington Post published one of those... More

Public Opinion and Climate: Part I

Have the media failed to help people “get” it?

Last week, a reader, Jeff Huggins, asked me to address why the media have failed to explain climate change in... More

Press Block

According to Colorado magazine 5280 (if you remember your elementary school conversions, the title is a nod to the Mile-High... More

The “Rift” Raft (Cable’s Convention Downtime Lifesaver)

From Fox News's Chris Wallace earlier today during a segment headlined, "Can Clinton Convince Her Supporters to Back Obama?" WALLACE:... More

Post-Partisan Politics, Personified!

Yesterday, Clint mentioned the lengths to which some cable news networks will go to promote themselves during the convention. (Such... More

Michelle Obama 3.0 (“Economic Crisis Look” Michelle!)

Back in June, the New York Times (among others) chronicled what it deemed to be Michelle Obama's "image makeover," a... More

The Fourth Estate, Incorporated

DNC reporters rub elbows with corporate cash

Saturday night’s Elitch Gardens “Media Welcoming Party” at the outset of the Democratic National Convention looked to be a grand... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the run-up to World War II and the media’s coverage of John McCain

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization By Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster 576 pages,... More

In Recognition of Cable News Convention Coverage

The award for Least Useful On-Screen Bell or Whistle Unveiled During Convention Coverage by a Cable News Channel goes to...... More

Bhopal Revisited

The liability issue is complicated, but the Times still should have done more.

Last month, we criticized The New York Times for leaving a big hole in a page-one story on the aftermath... More

Where Will All the Signs Go?

Thanks, C-SPAN for answering a question I was just about to start googling. What happens with all those "Kennedy" and... More

Poaching and Politics

Conservative commentator and CNN contributor Amy Holmes's thoughts on the DNC's first night: Sen. Ted Kennedy drew attention away from... More

Down with MSNBC

Think that MSNBC has gone fully around the liberal bend, becoming the unimpeachable favorite of the left-leaning blogosphere? ‘Fraid not.... More

Beer Baroness

NYT’s Cindy McCain profile is oddly catty

It has always been unclear how to properly address the role of family money when covering a political candidate. But... More

Countdown to Nada

CNN has a huge countdown to the official gavel banging--"You don't want to miss this," Wolf Blitzer said--and meanwhile, in... More

Dubious Moments in Self Promotion, Pt. 1: MSNBC

Yes, we hear there is serious news to be found at these conventions. But there’s also ample opportunity for the... More

Cirque du So What

Is it just me, or does the decor at the Pepsi Center sort of look like a Cirque du Soleil... More

The Speedy Biden News Cycle

Hype, meet backlash.

At 3 a.m. on Saturday, after most in the political establishment had gone to bed, disappointed and, more commonly, indignant... More

Suffering for The Story in Denver

Whoever labors in the least cushy conditions wins...Respect? Legitimacy? That "blue collar" vote?" Something, apparently. Pity the 38 Washington Post... More

Comma Suture

A little punctuation mark can hold things together, or rend them asunder

The selection of Senator Joe Biden to be Barack Obama’s running mate has revived the debate over a statement Biden... More

Lunch-Bucket Limbo

Ah, labels. They’re good for summing up large, complex populations with a snazzy phrase and reducing people’s lives to an... More

Convention Report: I See Something!

Wall-to-wall cable convention coverage. It can make even Chuck Todd (MSNBC's "goateed guru") look less-than-sharp. During a David Shuster report... More

Not A Plug for Politico

Last week, Vanity Fair polled hair stylists on Whether John McCain Has A Comb-Over ("from certain angles, it looks like... More

Keeping It ‘Real’

The real campaign begins… now! Wait, now! No, no, I mean now!

DENVER, COLORADO— Turns out there's one piece of news—real news!—to be learned about the Democratic convention, which is otherwise an... More

If You Build It…

You want to attract some reporters? Hang up a sign that says "Spin Room" or "War Room" ("Where We Help... More

Unfunny Convention Spoof of the Day

Presidential nominating conventions are eminently mock-able. (The Pomp! The Puffery! The retina-searing sea of red, white, and blue-sequined cowboy hats!)... More

Dems Cater To Talk Show Hosts

Political conventions are not what they used to be

I covered my first national convention in Chicago when Adlai Stevenson was nominated in 1952. It was a brokered convention,... More

Conventions. Why?

Why? Why, these conventions? Why 15,000 journalists at these conventions? What are we doing? What is this all about? This... More

Harry and Louise Are Back Again

But the media miss the important subtext

Fred Mogul, a health reporter at WNYC, called to discuss the latest Harry and Louise comeback. The infamous duo appeared... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part IV

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the fourth in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live... More

Leave Your Leatherman in D.C.

Just received the "List of Prohibited Items for Members of the Media" from the Republican National Convention. Among the items... More

Sunday Watch 8-24-08

In which house dwellers throw stones

George Stephanopoulos tried to get chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to say something­—anything—interesting about the Biden choice, but Axelrod was... More

I Can’t Hear the Punditry!

Must every cable channel bring us convention coverage from a jam-packed restaurant? What's the thinking here? "Authentic" backdrop complete with... More

John McCain: Man of Mystery

Two columnists. One question. Who is John McCain?

One day John McCain is a Maverick. The next day he’s an Enigma. (Day Three: He’s a Shapeshifter). In the... More

“End of the Line” at the Times?

August 22, 2008 Dear Shark, We're writing to express our gratitude for letting us jump you today. We couldn't have... More

Another Very Useful Forum

“What’s your best idea to cut gun deaths?” The New York Times's Freakonomics blog asks today. The responses are well... More

Starving the Metaphor

Judith Warner says we should leave Elizabeth Edwards alone. She’s the exception to the rule, apparently. “I don’t want to... More

No Time for the Timetable?

This morning, the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the LA... More

Staying The Corsi

The media refute Jerome Corsi’s arguments while still reinforcing his best seller bona fides

At a Wednesday town hall meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia, Barack Obama derided The New York Times number-one bestseller The Obama... More

China’s Potemkin Olympics

Finally, a narrative (in the print press, at least) beyond Michael Phelps-as-Aquaman

The swell of sour press about the Olympics may have begun with a couple of crooked teeth. It was clear... More

The Verdict: Disclosure, Please

Earlier today, I mentioned an article, penned by the HuffPo's Rachel Sklar, that explains Rachel Maddow's ascension to her own... More

Passing on Kakutani

The NYT books reviewer should have nixed her profile of Jon Stewart

Why, exactly, did Michiko Kakutani write a profile of Jon Stewart in this past Sunday’s New York Times? The infamous... More

Conventional Wisdom

As a lead-up to Denver, the Washington Post has enlisted David Broder--who has covered every convention since 1956 (again: 1956)--for... More

The Surrogate Race

A hissing cockroach race! Pictures of McCain and Obama! Taped to roach contenders’ backs! The McCain roach wins! Here’s the... More

Refuge Romenesko

Rachel Sklar, senior editor at the Huffington Post and scribe of its "Eat the Press" column, has an article up... More

Getting Russia v. Georgia Right

What we don’t know can hurt us

The first few days of any conflict exist in the darkest version of what soldiers call “the fog of war.”... More

Flat-Screen TVs Hyped as Climate Threat

Media’s quest for the latest household hazard distorts research

This summer, several headlines touted a new threat to the world’s battle against climate change. But this menace doesn’t burn... More

Best Headline of the Week?

From The New York Times's exploration of the efforts that Applebee's, erstwhile Mecca of Casual Dining, is making to update... More

More Face Time for Obama

Barack Obama once again gets the cover of Time magazine. For anyone keeping track, this makes seven Time covers for... More

David Isay At Columbia

StoryCorps founder on the art of the interview

Radio producer David Isay is the founder and executive director of the StoryCorps project, which collects and preserves oral American... More

U.S. 67, Russia 52, Context 0

U.S.-Russia hoops coverage fails to mention Georgia war

Here is the extent that the powers-that-be in Beijing have been successful at de-politicizing these Olympics: This morning’s U.S.-Russia women’s... More

A Home-Grown -Gate!

Talk about a housing crisis. Yesterday, following John McCain on the trail in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Politico's Jonathan Martin... More

One Flew Over the Morning News

Dallas paper fails to connect industry influence to overmedication among foster children

Last Sunday, The Dallas Morning News ran what it called “an investigation” of the use of psychiatric drugs to treat... More

High in the Mile High City?

So Denver authorities are assuming, it seems, that the press, pols, and party people who'll be descending on their city... More

Cross Words on Crosswords

Slate's front page story today addresses the all-important cultural question, why Ron Rosenbaum thinks that crossword puzzles are stupid ?... More

Drum Roll

The Washington Monthly’s blogger goes West. Virtually.

On Tuesday, Kevin Drum, one of the liberal blogosphere’s most popular writers, announced that he was leaving the Washington Monthly.... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part III

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the third in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live... More

Six(ty) Degrees of Separation?

November’s Senate races are a story, too. Let’s start treating them that way.

In November, thirty-five seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for re-election. Of those, twenty-three are currently held by... More

Blogging For Truth

Russian war bloggers tell—and show—what they saw at the front

Bearing cigarettes, crackers, and salami, Krig42 returned to Tskhinvali on August 15th in search of the truth. The city, which... More

Too Good to Be True?

New research about what viewers want from television news

The decade-long collaboration between the Project for Excellence in Journalism and several academics led by Wellesley College political scientist Marion... More

RunningOutofSteamStakes

Gail Collins today on the Lieberman-could-be-McCain's-veep-choice buzz: When you have a 71-year-old presidential candidate, it’s particularly important that voters be... More

Not By The Hair…

ABC News noted (veep!) that Evan Bayh's wife had her hair done (stakes!). 23/6.com imagines an IM exchange between Obama... More

Rumors of Tubbs Jones’s Demise, Explained

The Washington Post's Capitol Briefing blogger, Ben Pershing, explains how it was that he and several other news organizations reported... More

Facts Are Fungible, But Character Is Sacred

A strange excuse for Obama’s ad

Factcheck.org and other outlets point out today that Barack Obama’s recent ad, “Fix the Economy,” uses outdated sound bites out... More

No Reception

Georgia cuts access to the last Russian radio station left standing

The officially anti-Georgian media blitz inside Russia has been well documented, but now it turns out the Georgians have been... More

Another Two Against The One

A MoDowd divided cannot stand

A theory of the genesis of MoDowd’s column today: In the dead of night, in the elegantly-yet-whimsically decorated home... More

Who Cares? (And, About What?)

Will Bunch on the press on the Edwards Affair: How is it that the Enquirer can assign a team of... More

Breaking News Breakdown

CNN was reporting this afternoon on the "death of" Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D, OH) up until it carried live,... More

Shankar Vedantam on Bias in Reporting

Washington Post reporter discusses how bias factors in reporting

Shankar Vedantam writes the Department of Human Behavior column at the Washington Post. On August 14, he spoke at the... More

Joe-mentum of Another Sort

Kevin Drum and Jonathan Cohn are giving Joe Biden the Veep nod (could Obama be far behind)? Drum calls Biden... More

Tiptoeing Around That Big Hyped Hope

Mother Jones’s Obama feature falls flat

The current Mother Jones has a slew of writers, historians and thinkers responding to this question: “Is Barack Obama exaggerating... More

Parting Thoughts: Chris Ison

A note to editors: talk journalism, and win back the newsroom

It was one of the first management meetings in my career as an assistant managing editor, and our boss was... More

“Far From Fair and Balanced”

Fox News will know its tag line has jumped the shark (or is that set the standard?) when Mikhail Gorbachev,... More

Edwards Love Child Story Chapter XXXVI: In Which an Expert Testifies

Here's Dr. Dennis Hurwitz, clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, providing some much-buzzed-about "proof"... More

AP: Alleged “Real People” To Appear at Convention!

I'm all for reporters calling out the stagey aspects of campaigns and conventions. To that end (I think?), the AP's... More

“CNN Grills” (Without Crossfire)

According to CNN, CNN's "CNN Diner" at the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City was "immensely successful" and so... More

Today in Speculation (Er, “Current Conjecture”)

You think it's easy working the Veepstakes beat? Opening wide for -- and presenting as news -- those crumbs tossed... More

Mad(dow) About You

So looks like the Maddow Love is now officially sanctioned. TV Decoder's reporting that Rachel Maddow, MSNBC pundette loved by,... More

Why Fireworks Matter

Looking back on the opening ceremonies

Last week, it was reported that during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing games, broadcasters used footage of fireworks that... More

Olbermann Wins Gold in Vitriol

On a night that found the world's top gymnasts flipping, stretching, and straining for gold in individual apparatus events in... More

A Candy Buffet, You Say?

Bloggers will get their own Big Tent at the conventions

Pity the bloggers. Alternately glorified as the harbingers of Journalism’s Future, alternately vilified as the agents of Journalism’s Demise, the... More

Weather Report

Readers of The Atlantic, Harper’s, and the New Yorker are among the most informed when it comes to national news;... More

Debunking Obama’s Hillary Problem

Who says that disgruntled women will cost Obama the election?

"It's no longer just about Hillary," proclaims the headline of Froma Harrop's report in the Providence Journal on the founding... More

Echo Chamber

How blogging failed the war in Georgia

Elite bloggers often portray their analytical and news-gathering skills as equal or (more often) superior to those of professional journalists.... More

Warning! Singing Ahead

And if the press had decided to write a musical of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter saga, would it have involved... More

The Fun Will Come Out…Tomorrow?

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, apparently. The Times reports today that Politico--and all the other outlets declaring this to be,... More

Fifty-seven

That's the number of times the term "cone of silence" has been used in television coverage since Saturday's Saddleback interviews,... More

Skeptical Reporting 101

Judging from dispatches following the Bigfoot press conference in Palo Alto this past Friday, reporters weren’t much impressed with the... More

It’s Your Cull

Two different meanings for one little word

If you’re a poker player, when you “cull” the cards you have selected a bunch of good cards and arranged... More

The Little Mag That Could

A great city piece from The L Magazine

New York's free biweekly The L Magazine is, perhaps, the most consistently well-written free publication in the city. Yes, it's... More

Social Democrats?

For the Democratic Party, social issues are economic issues

In the history of the Democratic Party that Michael Lind laid out Friday in Salon, Democrats abandoned economic liberalism for... More

Kentucky Rising

Editor & Publisher notes the results of a recent Nielson report tracking the top 30 newspaper Web sites for the... More

He Likes Ike?

Robert Scheer looks left, right, and center

In many ways, Robert Scheer’s career encapsulates the long march of progressive journalism in postwar America. After an early stint... More

On Their Merits

The press needs to press the candidates more on “merit pay”

During this weekend’s Pander to Evangelical Voters Forum Pander to Rick Warren Forum Purpose-Driven Forum Saddleback Civil Forum—an event during... More

Love, Exciting and…News?

That Barack Obama is so coy. We've been waiting for months for the Democrats' Intended to reveal his choice of... More

The Future of Science Journalism Fellowships

CJR chats with new Knight, MIT director Phil Hilts

On Friday, the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships' class of 2009 arrived for orientation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the... More

Sunday Watch 8-17-08

On air kisses and free passes

Once again, ABC This Week’s roundtable tilted off-center, even without semi-regulars Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts to do the honors.... More

Truth in the Eye of the Beholder

To be sure, photo manipulation has long done away with the adage, seeing is believing. And it didn’t take the... More

Padding the Paper

Kevin Roderick of LAObserved points out that though the Los Angeles Times boasted about the “1180 pages” that comprised this... More

Sourcing Bigfoot

We probably haven’t found Bigfoot! Or at least, that’s what an AP article has to say about the alleged discovery... More

Remember the debates?

Recently The Atlantic’s James Fallows took on the laudable but unenviable task of watching all 47 of the primary debates.... More

Remote Control

Many of NBC’s announcers are calling the Olympics from New York—and that’s OK

NBC comes in for bashing from critics, both professional and otherwise, every four years,over its choices of what Olympics action... More

Dropping the Ball on Illegal Immigration

How the Los Angeles Times skipped out on covering illegal immigration issues this week, and how others couldn’t pick up the slack.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to speed the immigration-status interrogations of gang members... More

Star Turn From Reuters

Barack “Hollywood” Obama

At first, this hot hot campaign dispatch from the Aloha State seems to be going well. Obama’s at the beach.... More

Michael Mania or Phelps Phantasmagoria or…

The name of this WaPo piece, Entirely Michael Phelps-free Column!, just reminded me about the insane number of Phelps-related stories.... More

Fox News Cameraman Mal James Is Awesome

On the run with Steve Harrigan

Yesterday, Julia blogged about Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan's brush with an angry, armed fat guy while covering the war... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part II

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the second in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people and how... More

Appearances Are Everything

The NYT notes McCain’s “aura of commander in chief”

Once the crisis in Georgia broke out late last week, it was inevitable that the campaign press would soon try... More

HuffPo’s Chicago Face

Want to read Chicago native John Cusack’s ramble on sports in the Windy City? Head over to the Huffington Post,... More

Reprint. Recycle. Reheat?

Earlier this week, CJR received a nice invitation for a party on the eve of St. Paul's Republican National Convention... More

The Emperor of Ice Cream

Much has been made of Obama’s cold feelings toward frozen treats , which is maybe why the senator let himself... More

Medal Math

Numbers can mislead. That’s the oldie-but-goodie lesson from this week’s Wall Street Journal article which reports that the international media... More

Health Care on the Mississippi

Real people and the candidates’ plans, Part I

This is the first in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people and how... More

Conflationary Pressure

Edwards silence was not necessarily bias

Since last Friday afternoon, when the news of John Edwards’s marital infidelity broke through to the nation’s major media outlets,... More

Georgians Hate Fox News

So does some fat guy

Forget what I said about American reporters rarely training the cameras on themselves. Fox News went to Gori, Georgia (still... More

Interpret the World

Vincent Sheean’s Personal History reminds us what foreign coverage once was…and what it might be again

On a dreary day in October 1922, a young man from Pana, a small town in southern Illinois, walked into... More

Tiki, Torched

MSNBC’s TIki Barber fumbles his Olympic commentary

Although the NFL season is still a month off, desperate sports fans can get their Tiki Barber fix during the... More

Parting Thoughts: Clarissa Aljentera

‘There’s a goodness in newsrooms, in journalists’

In my idealistic mind, good journalism could save the world. As a high school senior, I believed that journalists were... More

Quashing Climate Dissent?

The media’s role in covering the (wide) spectrum of skepticism about global warming

Last week, Slate columnist Ron Rosenbaum criticized the July/August issue of Columbia Journalism Review for what he perceived as an... More

What “Impresses” David Remnick

"What always impresses me are the people who are obsessed. People who are gifted, perhaps, but people who are obsessed.... More

Reporters On Michelle Obama? “Rapt.” (Really?)

For Radar's September issue (excerpt online), Ana Marie Cox explains how "the press corps" really feels about Michelle Obama: Michelle... More

Shafer’s Tips For Convention Coverage

Jack Schafer bemoans the flock of "pressies" who descend on the typically newsless political conventions ("Slate, I'm embarrassed to admit,... More

And They Smoke Too Much, Too!

Take that, Pau Gasol

The best media response so far to what The New York Times's Harvey Araton called "the Spanish slant-eye controversy?" No,... More

Oh, Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?

Middle class heroin abuse is nothing new

From Pajamas Media comes the upsetting news that more teenagers than ever before are now using heroin: Why is this... More

A “Rubber Slipper” By Any Other Name

From today's Honolulu Star Bulletin: Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is keeping the candidate away from much of the typical Hawaiian... More

White Flight… In Heels

Stories about Obama’s “white male problem” only present half the story

Predicting the election outcome from August polls is not much more accurate than reading tea leaves. As the presidential race... More

Yes, She Can!

She knows low-brow! She knows high! In a single paragraph, she proves her pop culture IQ spans centuries (and oceans)!... More

Down In Frames

Whatever happened to George Lakoff?

This week’s Chronicle Review has an article about cognitive linguist (and Chomsky nemesis) George Lakoff, who has written a new... More

We Ask The Ethicist

Randy Cohen’s take on the Edwards affair

When you’ve got an ethics question, there’s only one place to turn. We asked Randy Cohen, "The Ethicist" at The... More

North Korea’s Creepy, Totalitarian Olympics

North Korea’s Mass Games are surreal, photogenic

The Boston Phoenix's Web site features a captivating photo essay on the Mass Games, North Korea's creepy annual homegrown take... More

Fox News: “Who Are We To Say It’s Not The Truth?”

“Sasquatch’s Remains” In A Cooler in Georgia

Fox News' Megyn Kelly may have just now stumbled upon a new tag line for Fox News ("Fair and Balanced"... More

Mark Penn’s Press Strategies

Media mentions from the HRC memos

Here are some media-related snippets from the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign’s strategy memos and e-mails, recently released by The Atlantic.... More

A Leak Investigation

Westword, Denver's altweekly, had a great post last week debunking a sort of semi-official convention rumor--one that made it as... More

Bureau of One

The New York Times reports on CNN's plan to do more with less by assigning "one-man bands" to assorted U.S.... More

Blogging From The Front

At great personal peril, Russian bloggers report on the Georgian war

At 6:19 p.m. this past Saturday, Russian journalist Mikhail Romanoff added a two-line post to his personal blog from the... More

Last Week’s Campaign News: 31% Substance!*

According to the new PEJ study of campaign news coverage, "policy debates accounted for about 31% of the campaign newshole... More

Booby Prize

NBC’s Olympics site is no medal contender

Contrary to what it may seem, many Olympics fans are interested in more than Michael Phelps’s attempt to chase the... More

Engineering Body and Earth

NYT grasps, and misses, the ethical dimensions of science

The cover of today's New York Times Science Times section carries two stories, a feature and a column, concerning the... More

Pressing Pigeon

If you're a "former close friend to [John] Edwards’ mistress" with something[s] to say about The Edwards Story, TV news... More

Unhealthy Alliances Between Hospitals and TV Stations

SPJ award goes to a courageous news director

We were pleased to see that the Society of Professional Journalists has given an ethics award to Glen Mabie, the... More

Casus Belli By Proxy

Commentators reach for imprecise historical analogies in framing Georgian conflict

Before fighting was halted today, media coverage of the Russian-Georgian conflict had been awash with memories of the West's tepid... More

Adventures in Exurbia

LAT exurbs story sounds a familiar note

Today’s Los Angeles Times gives front page play to Peter Wallsten’s story about how the slumping economy may drive residents... More

Meanwhile, In PA…

John McCain is this much closer to checking off that must-have presidential photo-op: Candidate in Camo (doing something mannishly outdoorsy).... More

Mystery Foot Mystery Gets Some Press

MSBNC stops dragging its feet

So these disembodied feet have been sporadically washing ashore in British Columbia and Washington state for a few years... More

Bring a Reporter to Work Day?

The Associated Press sent two different reporters to examine from two different angles the presidential candidates' offices and tell us... More

Darts & Laurels

A Dart to the television news industry

Dart to the television news industry, for a shameful nonresponse to serious questions about their vetting of analysts hired to... More

Inside Barack Obama

Obama Vacation News from the (Honolulu) Star Bulletin: Unlike previous days when [Barack Obama] spent a lot of time outdoors,... More

Tom Friedman, Oversimplifier

Energy independence is easy!

On Sunday, New York Times columnist and centrist Democrat luminary Tom Friedman waxed poetic about all the wonderful energy-related things... More

“Very Little Real News?” We’re In!

Bill Schneider, a CNN political analyst, confessed just now during a report previewing the Democratic National Convention: There will be... More

Reporting The Edwards Affair

What the media wrote before and after John Edwards’s admission of guilt

A (non-comprehensive) look at what a few news outlets said about the Edwards affair, before and after Friday’s confession: The... More

When Loosing Is Winning

“Loosing” vs. “losing”

A lot of people seem to be loosing their minds lately, or at least their grips on their dictionaries. “Loosing... More

“Bad Reasons” To Cover (And Not Cover) Edwards Story

Time's TV blogger James Poniewozik spends "more time to come to fewer conclusions than any blog post I have ever... More

“I Got Screwed Up”

BusinessWeek’s Gene Marcial says his sources have no conflicts—but they often do

Gene Marcial, the longtime writer of BusinessWeek’s “Inside Wall Street” column, is a business-press institution. For more than two decades,... More

Preview: CNN’s DNC Convention Costume!

Reporting in Texas on that state's March primary, CNN's Ali Velshi was on horseback in a ten gallon hat (authentic... More

Dateline Honolulu

I suppose these types of stories can be written just as well from outside the Beltway (way, way out), writing... More

TPM on The Page On Election “Insight”

If you like your "election insight in some sort of dingbat aphorisms," have a look at this post from The... More

Sunday Watch 8-10-08

The question mark over the networks

On Meet the Press Sunday, David Gregory told his political round table: The big question…on the campaign trail is readiness... More

Edwards, Enquirer, Self-Examination…

Politico's Michael Calderone explains "why I also didn't write on John Edwards:" It was decided that writing on the rumors... More

Cliché Cornucopia

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics have been on for all twenty minutes, and I'm already on cliché overload: Here... More

The Edwards Affair

Three questions for and about the media

On July 22, the National Enquirer first broke the story of John Edwards's tryst with Rielle Hunter at the Beverly... More

Beware the Cliché

When dealing with the unknown one is tempted to reach for the familiar. That is why the cliché, deplored as... More

“A Lack Of Corroboration”

Enquirer 1, MSM 0

So, yeah, looks like the National Enquirer was onto something after all with those John Edwards-Rielle Hunter allegations. Wondering why... More

Now McCain Is Postmodern Too?

The headline of Amy Silverman's long article in the Phoenix New Times yesterday reads: "Postmodern John McCain: the presidential candidate... More

And Lindsay Lohan Is Pop-Culture Lupus

A chaotic American Morning

All you scrooges still grumbling about the devolution of the American press into yellow journalism, take heart! You’re right! Today,... More

Bad Air = Dead Air

Right, so it turns out that the polluted air in Beijing is not only bad for the athletes, it's also... More

The New Taste

In today's New York Times, David Brooks delineates the changing face of "intellectual one-upmanship." The process, eruditely described: When you... More

No Mo’ PoMo

Keep critical theory out of campaign coverage

In his Washington Post column yesterday, David Broder wrote of interviewing both presidential candidates: "The first question I asked John... More

Eight Days A Week

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first week reviewed

So Ta-Nehisi Coates has been blogging for a week now for the Atlantic, replacing Matt Yglesias, who will start at... More

Olympic Leaks

Where to look for Olympics tidbits before tonight.

I thought I could get around the NBC Olympics monopoly by getting a sneak peek at streaming video on a... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under the Microscope, Part V

Does he really have a way to control costs?

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

How Much Is Too Much?

Jon Stewart asks MSNBC’s David Gregory about the twenty-four-hour news cycle

TGIF, and also TGFJS! That's: Thank God For Jon Stewart. On last night's Daily Show, Stewart asked MSNBC's David Gregory... More

The Ultimate Thursday Styles Story

Band-Aids are the new gauze

Displaying another thrilling product from the Department Of Is This Really Journalism?, The New York Times reports that Band-Aids are... More

Five Ring Circus: TV Eye

What’s in store for NBC in Beijing?

Kudos to NPR’s David Folkenflik for asking a great question about the upcoming coverage of the Olympics: How much corporate... More

Steady Now…

A North Carolina paper covers the Edwards allegation. Carefully.

For the Charlotte Observer, it began in October, when the National Enquirer published an article suggesting that presidential candidate—and former... More

Pushing Pause?

404 error: Original content not found

As Slate's Jody Rosen recently discovered, the Montgomery County Bulletin, a Texas alt-weekly with circulation 20,000, has since 2005 been... More

Breaking! CJR Has the Next Issue of the Montgomery County Bulletin

Featuring plenty of classic articles “by” Mark Williams

Thanks to Jody Rosen’s piece (“Dude, You Stole My Article”) in Slate yesterday, the Montgomery County Bulletin is getting a... More

Cool Your Jets

NY sportswriters celebrate the Brett Favre trade

How do New York sportswriters feel about the recent trade that brought former Packers quarterback Brett Favre to the New... More

Frequent Liar* Miles?

Paul Farhi reports that the McCain campaign is offering incentives (points! prizes!) to people for spreading campaign rhetoric online (a.k.a.,... More

Kurtz Lets Us In On a Little Secret

"The media can make anyone sound mysterious and unknowable," writes Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post, and then tries to... More

Candidate or Caped Crusader?

Can you tell a lot about a presidential candidate by which superhero he says he would be? Entertainment Weekly (Ew.com)... More

Dissent Deficit

An American ideal needs a workout

To suggest that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were in any way blowback from U.S. actions (and inactions)... More

Larry King: Curing Cancer with Consciousness

When coverage of science goes from ignorant to dangerous

In the late 1970s, after putting a homemade pyramid on her head, Judy Zebra Knight (neé Judith Darlene Hampton) says... More

WSJ, Where The Women Are (Not)?

Jeff Bercovici explores what he calls the "woman problem" at The Wall Street Journal, which he describes as "if not... More

Everyone’s Huffing The Same Stuff

Confirmed: the people who bring us our campaign news all read the same handful of blogs (HuffPo, Ambinder, TPM, The... More

Obama’s “Postmodern” Condition

Is Obama po-mo? No.

Oh, Jonah Goldberg. In a recent USA Today column, the author of Liberal Fascism advanced the notion that Obama is... More

Poll Respondents Lie

I'm a little late in seeing this, but the Wall Street Journal had a fantastic article this past weekend looking... More

Secrets and Lies

More thoughts on ABC News’s anthrax-sourcing scandal

As of yet, ABC News and Brian Ross have kept mum on the identities of their sources in 2001's now-discredited... More

Slow Food Nation

How should journalists cover the Slow Food movement?

Working for the Slow Food movement—as I did for three months in 2006 until my Italian visa ran out—is the... More

The Edwards Story’s Next Step?

Over the last several weeks I’ve been making phone calls here and there, tracking the slow progress of the National... More

Vacation For (From?) Obama

Obama this. Obama that. "48% of the public says they have been hearing 'too much' about Obama lately," according to... More

Single Greatest Media Scandal Of The Decade

A true outrage

So there's a tide of severed human feet washing up on Pacific Northwestern shores, and it only merits a 300-word... More

Covering Beijing; Reporters Feel The Heat

Two separate and unequal press centers; ever-changing rules for Who Can Report From/About Tiananmen Square (And Other Landmarks) and When;... More

Déjà Vu All Over Again

Olympics coverage in 1980 and now

The year was 1980, and the United States was boycotting the Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet Union’s invasion of... More

McCain Likes Not (Knows Not?) What He Does

Today, the New York Times' Maureen Dowd diagnoses John McCain with an advanced case of "boy envy" (Barack Obama being,... More

How Do “Indelible Images” Get That Way?

The Boston Globe has an article today about how the presidential candidates "strive to establish [an] image and make it... More

David Brooks, Meme-Maker

Is Obama too slippery for his own good?

A few weeks ago, David Brooks tested his meme-making abilities with a column that portrayed Barack Obama as a conflicted... More

PEJ Index: Special Snaps For Cable TV!

I know I'm supposed to be focusing on the headline to the PEJ's Campaign Coverage Index (that last week "McCain... More

Obama: “Way Cooler,” Preferred Carpooler

"Young people finding Obama way cooler than McCain," reports the Associated Press, based on a few cool-kid-on-the-street interviews (prompted, it... More

Are the Dems Wimping Out?

Platform leaves wide open space for the special interests

Big health care news was made over the weekend as builders of the Democratic platform began hewing their planks, including... More

Parting Thoughts: Tracy Fox

‘I decided to become a nurse’

I remember the exact moment it struck me. I was lying on a couch bed in Connecticut Children's Hospital next... More

China: Just Sweeping People Under The Bed?

Clutter=bad analogy

The most recent edition of Play, The New York Times's quarterly sports magazine, had an interesting essay by freelance writer... More

Lincoln Was No Luddite

And neither is John McCain

The New York Times’s Sunday story about John McCain’s technological naivete makes an important point, even if its author doesn’t... More

Super-Duper Tuesdays

MSNBC loves Tuesdays!

We couldn't help noticing that every Tuesday is "Super Tuesday" at MSNBC. Typically, the term refers to a day in... More

Three More Questions for ABC News

Getting to the bottom of the bentonite sourcing story

On Sunday and Monday, journalism professors Jay Rosen and Dan Gillmor issued “three vital questions for ABC News” regarding its... More

Poll Dancing

Speculation on Obama’s poll numbers says more about commentators than about Obama

The 2008 presidential race has reached a turning point—or at least the pundit chatter has. Judging by the flood of... More

ABC News Will Not Moderate Fall Debates

Well-known news anchors for CBS, NBC and PBS will moderate the four scheduled presidential and vice-presidential debates this fall, per... More

The Hunger

Egypt’s bloggers want to be journalists

Sandmonkey was determined to quit his blog. Sniping away at life and politics in Egypt had become too risky, he... More

Mission Accomplished For (That Other) Harper’s

CJR writing about MSNBC talking about the New York Post writing about* Harper's Bazaar (and its Tyra Banks-as-Michelle-Obama photo shoot... More

Noah: That Story On Obama’s Eyebrows? Pluck It.

Not only was that "could Obama's skinniness be a liability?" Wall Street Journal article...let's call it...thinly sourced, it also, according... More

Solzhenitsyn Remembered

Before the anthrax news, um, hit the fan, the top story everywhere was on the death last night of 89-year-old... More

ABC News’s Bentonite Story: What Now?

This ABC News-bentonite story that Glenn Greenwald has been all over at Salon raises so many Big Questions For Journalism... More

Richter Mortis

The decline and fall of the Richter scale

The recent earthquake in Southern California unearthed a reason to celebrate. Not because it wasn't the Big One, or even... More

How “onlinebeerbellygirl” Made the WSJ and NYT!

Remember that "could Obama's skinniness be a liability?" story from Friday's Wall Street Journal? The one about which Megan wrote,... More

Parting Thoughts: Winston Wood

News remains vital, but there’s better money in panhandling

For several years as an editor at The Wall Street Journal I was invited by my college alumni association to... More

The True Challenge For Science Journalists

A response to Paul Raeburn’s “Scientists and Journalists: Too Cozy?”

Paul Raeburn’s recent Observatory column, Scientists and Journalists: Too Cozy? was one of many snapshots that looked at Sharon Dunwoody... More

“The End of Rakan’s War”

"Would he still be alive if I didn't write about him?" is one of the heartbreaking questions Kevin Cullen, a... More

Talking Shop: Brendan McCarthy

The cops beat reporter at The Times-Picayune talks about his Chandleresque eight-part crime series

Brendan McCarthy spent a year and a half covering crime in New Orleans, when a police ride-along sparked an idea... More

Honesty In Column-Writing (Brady on Carr)

Did Forbes.com columnist James Brady perhaps just mean to think what he actually wrote? Brady is disappointed with Night of... More

Who’s Gaining Ground In “The News Game”

Nightly network news ratings for the first half of 2008 are down from the year prior and broadcasters saw no... More

Sunday Watch 8-3-08

In which David Gergen collides with the Straight Talk Express and walks away from the wreck

ABC’s This Week began with the same montage that every other broadcast has featured this week: the clips of Britney... More

War “Monuments”

Clark Hoyt, the New York Times' public editor, wrote yesterday: Two hundred twenty-one American soldiers and Marines have been killed... More

The “Race Card” Game: Ginned Up?

Politico's Avi Zenilman makes a great observation: The "race card" dispute between McCain and Obama has baredly shown up on... More

Missing the Bottom Line

Celebrity status and race distract from campaign ads’ real message: energy and the economy

This week, campaign trail chatter has been all about ads—John McCain's ads, and their accuracy, to be specific. On Monday,... More

African-American Bloggers Discuss the “Race Card” Story

And many ignore it altogether

As the media have been talking, today, about the "race card" being officially "played" in the presidential campaign, we've heard... More

PAU

Just when we thought it was over, the second season comes anon: it’s Politics As Usual time, folks, by which... More

No, This Isn’t from The Onion

Just wanted to clarify. More

Parting Thoughts: Richard Kipling

Experience matters; we’re about to learn just how much

In September of 1991, in the depths of the Bush-the-Father recession, I penned a piece for CJR. Headlined "A Lost... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under a Microscope, Part IV

Selling insurance across state lines—cheaper premiums or skimpy benefits?

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

The Power of Narrative

Sometimes candidate bios are too good for our own good

On Wednesday, The New York Times gave us another installment in “The Long Run,” its series of biographical profiles of... More

The Daily Show: “We have a GED in news”

Let's start the day with a bit of levity: The Daily Show ribs cable news' slightly self-aggrandizing self-promotional nicknames for... More

Opening Bell: Are So/Are Not

…in a recession; yes, and there’s worse to come; in the vomitorium; on the bright side etc.

A lot of people express frustration with “are-we or aren’t-we” economic stories, like the one this morning by The New... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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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