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Monthly Archive

September 2008

Ifill-in and I Can’t Get Up…!

Yet more evidence that Campaign 2008 has gotten rough: Gwen Ifill--notable for the dual distinction of being both the moderator... More

The Bailout Blame Game

Did “partisan politics” doom the bailout package?

Yesterday, 205 members of Congress (140 Democrats, 65 Republicans) voted for the banking bailout package, while 228 Congressmen and women... More

For You, For You, I Came For You

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer is right now reporting live from Wall Street (outside, on a street, in downtown Manhattan). She is... More

But, They’re Not

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. And if cookie sales were votes, reports KTAR radio in Phoenix, then... More

Comparing The Bailout Headlines

“Chaos” and “defiance” rule the day

Here’s a look at a few headlines from this morning that stood out to us. Some strayed from the more... More

So Long, Sun

“I subscribed to The Sun, I loved The Sun”

I couldn't abide its right-wing politics, its one-sided support for the war in Iraq, its gratuitous attacks on some of... More

Republicans and Bears, Oh My

Charlie Petit, who runs the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, has had it with John McCain using a scientific study of... More

It’s Been A While

Jayson Blair makes two appearances in the current issue of New York magazine (the "40th Anniversary" issue). See the list... More

Recommended Radio

A WNYC series tackles the issues

If what ails the current campaign coverage is a dearth of issues-focused coverage, then the cure is The Brian Lehrer... More

Energy and the Economic Bailout

Crisis begins to crop up in recent climate coverage

News of the $700 billion economic bailout plan, which failed in Congress yesterday, has eclipsed some notable developments in energy... More

Frontpage Signals

When is the last time that you can remember that the entire front page of The New York Times was... More

Even Better Than The Real Thing?

Speaking of "phoning it in..." Remember how Bono was scheduled to sit down with Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin last... More

A bookish mea culpa

Timesologist Gabriel Sherman has a good catch from over the weekend. In a Times book review of Bob Woodward's The... More

Couric/Palin: And the Rest Was Silence?

Wow. Not since Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has a piece of video been so eagerly anticipated by... More

Audit Roundup: Conveying the Magnitude

Times bests Journal on A1; Get ready for very high unemployment, etc.

These are incredible, historic times, and the Times’ writing rises to the occasion much more than the Journal’s, at least... More

Sunset

Grab 'em while they're hot. Today's issue of The New York Sun will be the last. The Sun may not... More

Oh, I Gotcha

What can we learn from the below exchange between CBS News's Katie Couric, Sen. McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin which... More

That “Lifetime Subscription to CQ

And other reasons we need to re-think our approach to presidential debates

In their initial analysis of Friday night's much-buzzed-about presidential debate, the consensus among the punditocracy was that the night was... More

After the Accident

A reporter’s road back to life and work

Five years ago this month, new york city sanitation workers made a gruesome discovery. While emptying garbage cans in the... More

Kicking Ourselves, Others

The pundits of MSNBC's Morning Joe (and invited guests) did some self-flagellating (finger-pointing?) while exploring What Happened to Our Economy?... More

Getting To The Top

A proper use for “crescendo”

“Daring project reaches a crescendo,” read a headline in the Albany Times-Union the other day. It struck a chord. Anyone... More

Kurtz’s Extra-censor-y Perception

Talk about burying a lede. Some 1,100 words into his 1,400-word piece ("'Substantive' Press Is Taken for a Spin") in... More

What’s the Point?

On MSNBC they keep calling today's market plunge "the biggest intraday point drop ever." Which is, as The Audit's Dean... More

“Gambling their Reputation”

Why would the Times run quotes slamming its own work?

This Sunday, The New York Times turned in a 4,500 word investigation into John McCain’s relationship with gambling and the... More

Find the Pelosi Twelve!

Time to fact-check Boehner’s bailout explanation

Just moments ago, House Minority Leader John Boehner offered this explanation for the plans failure to passage: I do believe... More

Confusion Revealed

Good bailout story by the CS Monitor

During Friday’s debates, moderator Jim Lehrer pressed the candidates to identifying which of their social programs they would cut, given... More

Ouryay Eatbay Just Ewblay Upyay

Ten fundamentals for the business press now

As a service to the business-news trade, The Audit would like to offer a few observations about the current financial... More

News Not Found

Banking Web sites should provide more news to customers

If you were a Wachovia customer reading the top stories on The New York Times’s Web site this weekend, you... More

Dropping in real time

The cable nets are carrying the House's bailout vote live--as the Nay votes tick up, the Dow drops down. It's... More

Which Comes First: The Spin or The Spun?

Howard Kurtz visits the spin room/media tent after Friday's presidential debate and gets this mind-boggling quote: "The spin is something... More

Canadian Club

National Post doesn’t disclose its subject is also an owner

When facing a potential conflict of interest, in journalism, as in finance, it’s good to err on the side of... More

Fallows on Zakaria on Wen

James Fallows recommends Fareed Zakaria's interview on CNN with China's premier, Wen Jiabao. "Interview appearances by Wen or president Hu... More

What Do You Expect?

While Sen. Joe Biden was omnipresent in the minutes and hours after Friday's debate, helping TV viewers understand what they... More

Fact checking the debate

In case you haven't already seen it, here's a valuable run down of Obama's and McCain's more questionable debate claims... More

Campbell’s Scoop

Todd Gitlin, who writes our "Sunday Watch" column for Campaign Desk (check out today's, here), had a fantastic op-ed in... More

Beware the Jab-erwock

A Fight Night extravaganza! A metaphorical one, at least!

Pity the pundits. Besides being charged with providing their audiences with highly valuable analysis about the major political events of... More

Wonder Cover, Part 3

One more "wonder cover" worth noting: the current issue of The New Yorker, courtesy of Michelle-and-Barack-in-the-Oval-Office satirist Barry Blitt: More

Wonder Cover, Part 2

It's unfortunate that the nominations for Magazine Cover of the Year have already been set. Because, were they still in... More

“Scoring” the Debate

Megan is working on a piece for Campaign Desk for later today about post-debate coverage/analysis. How much of it do... More

Audit Roundup: Goldman Everywhere

Including Paulson pow-wow on AIG; Was letting Lehman go a no-no? etc.

The New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson wrote a great piece yesterday on how a tiny unit of AIG led to... More

Headlines: Reading The Bailout

If you get your bailout news via other people's papers on the New York City subway, this morning you saw... More

CNN=Eyesore?

And you thought CNN's convention graphics were distracting? Did you (could you?) see Friday night's debate? The tri-lined reaction meter... More

Sunday Watch 9-28-08

In which George Stephanopoulos shies away from moments of truth

In a democratic society, what is the point of questioning a candidate or any other powerful figure? When the network... More

SNL: The Ambiguously Fey Duo

Saturday Night Live keeps outdoing itself. The latest proof of that? Its brilliant send-up of the already-infamous Palin/Couric interview: More

There it is!

The narrative of the night on MSNBC seems to be that Obama didn't capitalize on the economy section of the... More

And That’s a Wrap

Well. I await to see how the post games manage to tell us that that was sharp or engaging. Am... More

The Whole World Smiles With You

To smile and convey anger at the same time is a thing achievable only by catastrophically irritated boyfriends and presidential... More

On Message

From NRO's The Corner blog: Obama's Problem [Mark R. Levin] What strikes me most about this debate is how often... More

Suitcase Bombs

OK, Barack Obama, a "suitcase bomb" doesn't actually fit in a suitcase. It's a figure of speech. More

Color Me Whateverwhatever

Who is voting on CNN's Peoplemeter?! Seriously. Yellow, cerulean, violet, periwinkle -- are the illegals voting??! More

Ukraine Girls Really Knock Me Out

Props to McCain for pronouncing Timoshenko's name correctly. So-so on Yushchenko. Obama, unforch, bungled the bunglablest name in the debate:... More

What IS In That Man’s Eyes, Anyway?

Vladimir Putin's eyes have got to be the most dreamiest on earth: what's IN there, anyway? A soul? Three letters?... More

To Russia, With Straight Talk

For all those people Russia-side that were hoping, audaciously, that Russo-American tensions would ease should Obama get elected, well, Obama's... More

Let’s Be Fair On Ahmadinejad

As Neil MacFarquhar pointed out in the Times today, Ahmadinejad took a much more measured tone on Israel from the... More

Holocaust? No Holocaust?

Let's get the CNN Peoplemeter on this: Should we have another Holocaust? More

Obama on the Revolutionary Guard

Obama laid out his position on the designating-Iranian-Revolutionary-Guard-terrorists bill in a very artfully written op-ed in the Manchester Union Leader.... More

John McCain: “I Have A Record”

"It's Whipped Cream And Other Delights by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. I play it in the mornings, when... More

Indoor Voices, Pleez

Wait, so as long as we don't rudely announce our intention to bomb Pakistan, we're good, right? Just do it... More

Dear Senator McCain: Please Get Your Own Semi-Annoying Country Pronunciation

Senator, you just called Pakistan "PAH-kee-stahn." However, as Clint noted, PAH-kee-stan is already taken as an unconventional-and-semi-annoying-pronunciation. By Obama. (He's... More

Iraq Ain’t Afghanistan

Self quoting Fred Kaplan summarizing NYU Professor and Afghanistan expert Barnett Rubin: Iraq's insurgency is based in Iraq; Afghanistan's Taliban... More

Time keeping

Lehrer just said something about all his "five minute things" having run over. He seems somewhat concerned about this point... More

Slim Pickens

It's a red-letter evening for everyone's favorite crotchety-oil-baron-turned-wind-power-advocate. Tonight, T. Boone Pickens will run his very own post-debate "Live Event"--an... More

William Safire in tha House

Let's be clear. There is a difference between strategy and tactic. To wit, OED defines tactics as "the art or... More

The Live Bloggers

This is the scene at CJR HQ. More

Straight Ahead

McCain won't look at Obama--and not just when he's delivering his points. (Maybe he's too busy looking into Putin's eyes,... More

Pakistan

Justin can have Warshington. I'm impressed with Paak-ee-stahn. More

Kevin Drum Must Have A Hangover

Or he must be feeling extremely tired, or grumpy, or disengaged, or something. Selections from his debate live-blog: 9:13 -... More

“A Television Program”

McCain calls out Obama for admitting on "a television program" that the surge exceeded beyond his "wildest expectations." He's got... More

Lapel Flag Score

Obama: 1. McCain: 0. More

Political Pool

9:40: Stripes versus solids. McCain is wearing a striped tie; Obama's is solid. Who is gonna sink the eight ball? More

Jim Lehrer For Fiscal Responsibility

This is the first time I've seen anybody press either candidate on how the $700 billion (or whatever) bailout is... More

Maverick Me

"Is there a word where if you say it, it's automatically not true?" asks Kathy (a.k.a. McCain self-references, calls himself... More

Ms. Congeniality

McCain brags about how he hasn't been elected as the senate's Ms. Congeniality. No, he hasn't. But Sarah Palin was... More

Hanging Out At CNN’s Forum

"Debate the debate," CNN promised when touting its online "CNN Forum" before the debate began. It's a decent idea --... More

Ya Hear?

9:33pm: Obama touts Google for Government. Yes, transparency. Is Sarah Palin listening? More

Everything in Moderation?

McCain's "It’s hard to reach across the aisle from that far to the left" line just got a very audible... More

“Most liberal”

Just as a fact-checky like diversion, it's worth reading a bit more about how The National Journal (which is the... More

No, seriously…

One half hour in, barely 5-10 minutes on the CRISIS (right?), and zip on foreign policy. A lot on earmarks,... More

Shades of Lincoln-Douglas…and Linda Richmond

Jim Lehrer seems big on getting the candidates to, you know, talk amongst themselves. In this, he is ostensibly subscribing... More

Where’s Barack?

9:20pm: Still? Earmarks? Also, Obama is at least occasionally addressing McCain directly as "John." (For instance: "That's not true, John.")... More

Drinking The Night Away

Drinking games for the debates are nothing new. Here's a review of the various possibilities: San Diego Union-Tribune The Good:... More

That Non-Silent “R”

I am very glad that, at long last, America has a candidate who is bound and determined to reform "Warshington." More

So Many Colors

9:08pm: CNN has an "Audience Reaction" meter on the bottom on the screen. And it's flat-lining the whole time. At... More

Red, Blue, and Grey’s Anatomy

9:05 - We're watching the presidential debate on CNN, which includes an "Audience Reaction" meter as a permanent chyron on... More

FYI

Three cheers for us

A good portion of the CJR staff, plus assorted Columbia-affiliated interlopers, is gathered in the CJR offices to attempt a... More

Here. Now.

9:10pm: Let's talk about it -- we can negotiate it right here, Lehrer says about the bailout plan. Does this... More

Live Blogging the Debate

9:25- On second thought, I'll live blog with the same format as everyone else. Switching to single posts. 9:20- "Definition... More

Michael (Under)Ware

Boxers or briefs?

Lazy pre-debate shot selection on CNN, where Michael Ware is busy adjusting his underwear. Much like America. More

Debating a Catastrophe

Connecting the political and financial plot lines

For months, the business pages and political pages felt so different in tone, content and intensity that reading them was... More

Things We Lost in the Fire

A selection of stories that got buried in the news of financial turmoil

This week, the financial crisis dominated the headlines, and rightly so—it's a huge, history-making story. But the myopic financial focus... More

Worlds Apart

LAT dons campaign blinders, sees similarities in the candidates’ foreign policy positions

During a presidential campaign—any presidential campaign—two candidates start out on opposing sides of the political spectrum. They disagree boldly. They... More

More On Those Photoshopped Soldiers

They were shot by one of their own

According to a September 22 article in the Army Times, the two soldiers whose photos were doctored by the U.S.... More

A Time for Tick-Tock

The New York Times's lead story this morning was, naturally, a summary of last night's dramatic meta-meltdown: the meltdown of... More

All The News That’s Fit To Headbutt

[The New York Times] has been around a long time. They know their stuff. So says Hulk Hogan, the now... More

Dispatches From Oxford

What it’s like to be the hometown paper in the middle of the debate debacle

What’s the most common question currently being posed to the staff of the Oxford Eagle, the daily newspaper that serves... More

Camp McCain Pool Report: “Utter Confusion”

From McCain's most recent pool report: McCain now boarding plane at DCA with Cindy, Salter, Rudy Giuliani, wife Judith, and... More

Remember when?

The New Republic has compiled short videos highlighting some Obama and McCain career debate moments. Take a look if you... More

Calif. Academy of Sciences Reopens!

As journalists recount its fascinating history

As a native of northern California, I can safely say that it’s easy to envy anybody living in or visiting... More

Did We Just Invade Pakistan?

The history of the Afghan-Pakistan border has lessons for today

Over the last few years, the war along the Afghan-Pakistan border has progressed from scattered bombing incidents to almost daily... More

Same Ol’ Science Platforms

Points for trying, but Nature gets nothing new from the candidates

With the economy going to pot, it’s not surprising that the presidential candidates haven’t devoted much time to issues of... More

Couric: No Love for the “Gov”?

Did Katie Couric show more, you know, deference to Joe Biden than she did to Sarah Palin in her interviews... More

McCain Wins Debate! Apparently!

One of Chris Cillizza's eagle-eyed readers makes a good catch: A Wall Street Journal story posted this morning (before, of... More

Huckateevee

Well. Like a hover craft meeting the mothership, Mike Huckabee will finally, as has long been rumored, get his own... More

McCain’s In

But if he wasn’t, the show would have gone on.

McCain has just announced that he will be attending tonight's presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi hosted by Jim Lehrer. Seconds... More

Debate’s On! People on the Street in Oxford Doubtless Relieved!

On today's American Morning, CNN's Susanne Malveaux conducted the obvious ultimate person-on-the-street story, reported from the current Ground Zero of... More

Audit Roundup: NYT on WaMu’s Bank Run

Board didn’t even know; banks worse off than the S&L crisis? etc.

The extraordinary times continue. Nobody’s really framing it this way, but a 1930’s-style run on the bank just felled the... More

Classic Blunders

Summing up a general confusion over what McCain actually means by the words "suspended campaign," last night Rachel Maddow quoted... More

Couric and Palin, Round Two

Last night CBS showed Katie Couric asking the spectacularly unbriefed Sarah Palin about her Charlie Gibson-era claim that being able... More

More Fantastic Financial News

Or, you know, not. According to figures released yesterday by the marketing info firm TNS Media Intelligence, "ad spending during... More

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

On Monday's Campaign Desk, I suggested that mainstream journalists--who, in their zeal to provide balanced, sober, and non-panic-inducing coverage of... More

“Ailing” vs. “Embattled”

With its hand out to the government, Goldman gets a journalistic handout from the Times

A front-page headline on Wednesday with an article about Warren E. Buffett’s plan to invest $5 billion in the Wall... More

License and Registration

Ever wondered how the campaign and the economy's woes intersect in any pragmatic way in the lives of average voters?... More

Newsweek on The National Enquirer

Newsweek has a pretty interesting (although slightly peg-less, given its bare mention of the unmentionable Palin coverage) article on the... More

Yes, No, I Don’t Know

A few weeks ago, former Gallup Poll senior editor David Moore appeared on On The Media to talk about how... More

1,000 Words of Bailout Dealing

Well, everyone, looks like we have ourselves a bailout deal. The Washington Post reports, House and Senate negotiators emerged from... More

Whither the Ombudsman?

Editor and Publisher reports this month that the ranks of ombudsmen are shrinking at newspapers across the country. Since early... More

Danger! Distress! Crisis! Collapse!

And other scare-making takeaways from Bush’s address

Last night, President Bush did what he probably should have done two weeks ago: address the American people about the... More

Headlines in Anchorage

From today's front page (online version) of the Anchorage Daily News: 1) "Legislators lock horns over Palin inquiry" (Highlight: Hmmm.... More

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Bites the Raters

Looks at S&P, Moody’s flops; what price junk? etc.

While the focus now is rightly on how to prevent a (possible) economic apocalypse, let’s not forget the key players... More

Couric, Gaffe-Ignorer?

Early this week, McCain and his legion of loyal supporters reveled at yet another one of Senator Biden’s blunders after... More

Context Isn’t Coastal

Local papers must balance econ rhetoric with record

’Tis a season of change. Summer shifted into fall. Lehman Brothers shifted from in business to not. And John McCain... More

MSNBC’s “Aging, White Male Divas”

...is how New York Times TV ctitic Alessandra Stanley, in her mostly-positive review today of The Rachel Maddow Show, describes... More

Eyes on Chicago

Michael Miner, the Chicago Reader's longtime media critic has a thoughtful piece today on the dilemma that The Chicago Tribune--under... More

Unpacking the $700 Billion

Papers should embrace context, clarity and skepticism

Since the federal bailout of Wall Street was proposed earlier this week, the press has done its best to try... More

Letterman, Olbermann, Bitter-men?

Everyone's talking about what David Letterman said about John McCain last night. Nutshell: McCain canceled his scheduled Letterman appearance at... More

The Case for Sunlight

As Congress debates the Paulson plan, journalists should advocate for transparency

The current financial crisis is a matter not only of economics, but of journalism, as well. As reporters and commentators... More

In the Beginning

From a consumer movement to consumerism

Last year, New York’s state legislature, which has historically led the nation in passing pro-consumer credit legislation, approved a pair... More

Mad Dog Wailin’

Matt Taibbi doesn’t like you.

There are few coastal media elites who would admit on purpose to genuine contempt for the entire middle and south... More

5 Crisis Questions for the Press

Including what happens if we say “no”?

1. What happens if nothing happens? If the government doesn’t bail out Wall Street and the banks, will we all... More

Couric Followed Up (Will Palin)?

Katie Couric asked a follow-up question. When Gov. Sarah Palin, Couric's interviewee on CBS Evening News tonight, failed to answer... More

Schooling Sarah

What to make of Palin’s UN visit

This week, GOP strategists seem intent on replacing the image of Sarah Palin gazing knowingly onto Russia from her front... More

McGambit

Debate play deserves horserace coverage

Just minutes ago, John McCain issued one of his campaign’s classic media-cycle-grabbing gambits. He’s announced that, as of tomorrow morning... More

Friday Night: Keeping Up Appearances

Jim Lehrer wants a “fair” debate

In anticipation of Friday night’s first presidential debate (which, if John McCain has his way, might be postponed), the campaign... More

Tricky Rick

NYT digs more dirt on McCain campaign manager Rick Davis

After the New York Times wrote about how John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis had been paid some $30,000 a... More

The Elephant in the Control Room

Should Andrea Mitchell be reporting on the economic meltdown?

When Andrea Mitchell reports on the current financial crisis—or on anything that relates to the crisis, which is, these days,... More

Remembering Nancy Maynard

The Maynard Institute’s founder was a pioneer in more ways than one

When I first met Nancy Hicks Maynard, she had just been appointed as a co-director of the Media Studies Center... More

Living in the Past

As far as the Chicago Tribune is concerned, Hillary Clinton is still in contention for the presidency. According to this... More

Taking It To The Streets

Reporters shouldn’t let campaign priorities dictate political coverage

Despite the buzz surrounding the current presidential campaign, historical trends suggest a sizeable portion of the American public will not... More

The Press and Phil Gramm

The alternative press leads on the policy roots of the credit crisis

The alternative press has led the way on the story of Phil Gramm and the policy roots of the financial... More

A(ggressive) P(assively)

Hey, Ron Fournier! You know that whole "accountability journalism" thing you're trying? Well, there's a fine line between accountability and... More

A Laurel to the Columbus Dispatch

A newspaper gets real with real people

We at CJR have long urged news outlets to consider at how the candidates’ proposals will affect real people. To... More

Scarborough, Assignment Editor

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezenski, and the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland on MSNBC this morning: SCARBOROUGH: Chrystia, let me tell you... More

Roundup: A Two-Sided Scandal

Don’t forget how this started; Times, Journal, others, on pricing the waste; Frank, Will, etc.

One thing forgotten by the business press in the debate over the $700 billion bailout, I think, is that this... More

Where Have All The Commas Gone?

The joys of the parenthetical comma

(Voice of police dispatcher): “Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for escaped commas. Last seen after... More

Couric Preps For Palin

From Katie Couric's blog: Friends come up to me wondering if I'll ask [during an interview with Sarah Palin this... More

Jurisprudence, American Style

Are foreign jurists really starting to ignore the Supreme Court?

It may well be true that the U.S. Supreme Court is losing its influence in the wider world. But you... More

UAL and Bloomberg, Revisited

The power of “The Bloomberg,” and lessons for a nervous market

The litany of media screw-ups in the UAL affair—that financial news blip before the current deluge—was well documented. Except, that... More

How Do We Say This Delicately?

Ah, yes: CNN: "McCain drifts away from legacy of deregulation." "Drifts away" sounding more benign than, say, "slinks away" or... More

Defining The Bush Doctrine

Let’s get our terms straight before Friday’s debate

After Charlie Gibson's infamous interview with Alaska governor Sarah Palin, much was made of her confused look and pause when... More

Palin’s “Photo Spray”

From the pool report* from Gov. Sarah Palin's "meeting" with Afghan president Hamid Karzai in New York today: Palin, her... More

What Can You Buy For $700 Billion?

The world’s largest gumball, for one

While Secretary of State Hank Paulson pushes for the government to issue a $700 billion bailout, most of us in... More

Someone Should Give Bill O’Reilly His Own Show

But what on earth would they call it?

This morning, Fox personality and self-impersonator Bill O’Reilly went on Good Morning America to peddle his eighth book, which goes... More

Back on the Biden Bus

When Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket last month, http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-biden23-2008sep23,0,4764573.story?page=1">according to the LA Times's Faye Fiore today: a fickle press... More

Beg, Borrow, or Steal An Opinion

Time passes the buck on assessing McCain’s jab at the NYT

Everyone loves to talk about John McCain's complicated relationship with the media. CJR has previously considered The New York Times’s... More

ABC News Paid For “Other Materials”

And I was hoping I could ignore O.J. Simpson Trial, Vegas Edition. The New York Times reports that a key... More

Podcasting through the Crisis

CJR has praised it before, but the best explainer I’ve seen—scratch that—the best explainer I’ve heard on the how the... More

Ready, Set, Voter Psychology!

Voter analysis needs both psychology and logistics

There’ve been several articles recently about the Minds of Voters—some good; others quite bad. (Gawker has a roundup here.) A... More

Bono’s FT Blog

Bono (of U2 and the One Campaign) and Jeffrey Sachs (of Columbia's Earth Institute) are blogging for the Financial Times... More

Audit Roundup: Context, Please

Bloomberg takes a stab; Ritholtz on point; the Times looks for outrage, etc.

If I were a newspaper editor right now I’d be ordering more stories like this Bloomberg piece, which gropes for... More

39 Days

Washington Post: As of this writing, it has been 39 days and 22 hours since Sen. John McCain last held... More

What Happens in War

Dexter Filkins’s decade in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq

Dexter Filkins has been covering the biggest story of the last ten years for the last ten years. A good... More

Wonder Cover

The American Society of Magazine Editors has named the finalists for its annual magazine cover art contest. "Cover of the... More

Numb and Numb-er

In which we have to ask, yet again: “Where’ s the outrage?”

Of the many images of Hurricane Katrina that endure in the mass consciousness, one of the most indelible is that... More

The Candidates’ Fuzzy Math

$700 billion bailout, widespread tax cuts, *and* a balanced budget?

If I were to write a formula representing the two presidential candidates’ reactions to the impact the federal bailouts to... More

84 to 2

60 Minutes last night featured "a revealing side-by-side look at the candidates and their positions" (Steve Kroft interviewed Obama; Scott... More

Nobody Puts Press In The Parking Lot

The "press tent was a lonely place to be" at last night's 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, reports Variety, due "the... More

That’s It?

Breaking: "Presidential candidates air attack ads," reports the AP's Nedra Pickler. Pickler's report, in full: Presidential candidates Barack Obama and... More

Media’s Unemployment Stats Inaccurate?

Let’s get our definitions straight

As conditions in the economy continue to worsen, it can only be expected that unemployment rates, especially here in NYC... More

Shades of Lipstick

Vintage Palin press umbrage from the last frontier

On October 16, 2006, despite expectations that she’d be absent, Sarah Palin showed up. The occasion was a candidate’s forum... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part VII

Real people and the candidates’ plans

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

The Audit Speaks!

Dean Starkman on NPR’s On The Media

This weekend, On The Media hosted Audit boss Dean Starkman to speak about the heroic efforts of the business press... More

Old Carbon Capture Strategy, New Story

Journal reintroduces underground coal gasification to U.S. media

On Tuesday, I wrote a column about the media’s failure to cover the opening of the world’s first coal-fired power... More

Debates: Jim Lehrer As Heidi Klum

"Presidential debates should be a little more like [Bravo reality TV show] Project Runway," argues Time TV blogger James Poniewozik,"... More

In the Category of “Pithiest Treatment of Paulson’s Bailout Proposal,” the Winner Is…

...The Wall Street Journal! Per the paper's analysis of the Bush administration's proposed $700 billion mortgage buyout plan, currently under... More

Changes at The Politico

Today The Politico issued a press release announcing its post election plans. Bottom line? They plan to grow, not shrink,... More

Audit Roundup: Without Words

How to convey a disgrace; useful ideas from Krugman, Morgenson; WSJ edit page blames community groups, etc.

The business press has done its usual thorough job of explaining the whos, whats and wherefores of this historic weekend,... More

Sunday Watch 9-21-08

In which a whole world view collapses with little notice

“It began,” Secretary of the Treasury Czar Hank Paulson told George Stephanopoulos, “with excesses in the system, irresponsible behavior and... More

Truth-Tellers, Lost and Found (In Week in Review)

In yesterday's New York Times "Week in Review," Patrick Healy wrote a piece headlined, "Let's Call a Lie A Lie...Finally.... More

David Brooks’s M.O.

For anyone who has ever asked himself, "What's David Brooks thinking?" Brooks...admits he is something of a throwback. "This is... More

Painting A Portrait With A Pipeline

WaPo’s strong take on Palin as executive

Here’s props to The Washington Post for an article today that substantively reports on Sarah Palin’s executive style. Starting with... More

Race-Baiting Redux?

A quick-spreading fire can be a cautionary tale

If Campaign 2008 is a china shop and discussions of race are the china, then the media are the bull.... More

This Is Why So Many People Think the Media Are Tools

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In the Moo’d

Call it the Goldilocks approach to political journalism. Many campaign-related articles we read are too cold (informative, maybe, but not... More

Army Alters Photographs, Issues Them To AP

AP issues photo eliminations on the images

The Associated Press retracted two government-issued photographs last night after a photographer in Texas alerted the agency that the... More

Come On, Slate

Newly posted on Slate is an essay--a kind of analysis-meets-memoir--about Growing Up Alaskan. It's a nice piece, evocative and full... More

McCain The “Modernist”

Is McCain’s campaign really “the sleaziest campaign in modern history”?

Writers are often instructed to avoid the use of vague or contentious words. Immediately following September 11, 2001, some editors... More

Major Trouble

The McCain campaign has a new ad out attacking Obama's legislative record. It begins with a voice-over: "On the biggest... More

The Battle of Ashgabat

Reporters jump on false “Islamic militants” angle

Just before midnight of Friday September 12th, the police in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, began an all-night shootout with... More

Finger off the Pulse

PEJ releases research results that are fairly shocking: In the nine months leading up to the current Wall Street crisis,... More

Point of View: The Bubba Edition!

If you, as I did, thought that John McCain's appearance on The View last week was as awkward as the... More

Stewart on Palin Interview: “Hannitized for Your Protection”

Jon Stewart wasn't too impressed by the Hannity/Palin interview, either. More

Bill Grueskin Discusses Trends in Journalism

The editor talks new media, old media, and Plato

What can Plato's cave dwellers tell us about journalism? More than you'd think, says Bill Grueskin. Speaking to the incoming... More

Audit Roundup: Weil, Eisinger vs. White Noise

Wall Street things you don’t need to bone up on

Readers who joined the business press conversation only recently must getting a headache by now. Wall Street is imploding, and... More

The Bridge Goes Nowhere New

Reporters are mining the offshoot stories of the Bridge to Nowhere, but to what end?

ProPublica has a detailed article about the $26 million construction of the Gravina Island Highway, the road that was supposed... More

Election Day Worries, Already

You know all the work and all the worrying and all the strategy and all the tragedy and all the... More

Please Explain

Chicago Tribune gets mired in the debates

As the financial markets lie in ruins, Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin are taking plenty of time on the campaign trail to... More

C-SPAN to Launch Debate Hub!

From the blessedly staid souls who brought you last month's blessedly staid Convention Hubs--online coverage of the DNC and GOP... More

Note to CNBC: Breathe

Burnett suggests shorts are unpatriotic; Cramer says it may be terrorism

And now we have CNBC's Erin Burnett questioning short sellers' patriotism. This, we overhead this afternoon. Not believing our ears,... More

Gore: Good and Plenty

Looks like Al Gore, whose global reach encompasses the Nobel Foundation, hipster television, and, you know, the actual globe, will... More

Audit Roundup: The Sun Breaks One, etc.

Crisis brings more scrutiny for the SEC; getting beyond false balance

The New York Sun ain't dead yet, and reports an ex Securities and Exchange Commission official says a boneheaded SEC... More

Notes from the Spin Cycle

Hannity may mock journalism; that doesn’t mean he’s above it

Say what you will about Charlie Gibson's interview of Sarah Palin last week (we certainly did). At least it was... More

York on Kindergarten Sex Ed

A fact check gone wrong

This week, National Review published an article by Byron York with the simple headline “On Sex-Ed Ad, McCain Is Right.”... More

Dude!

I missed the Todd Palin broadcast debut, but as Megan and Liz have pointed out, that's no great loss. For... More

Thanks, but No Thanks Redux

Sorry to disappoint, but this is not about Sarah Palin. In their long ago Spring 2008 issue, The Kenyon Review... More

About Those Anonymice

A research project evaluates how closely NYT reporters adhere to the paper’s anonymous sourcing policy

Last fall, when Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The New York Times, spoke to Professor Richard Wald's Critical Issues... More

In the Pool with Biden

Ben Smith has posted the full pool report from Joe Biden's visit yesterday to the Football Hall of Fame, written... More

Ringing True, but Late

Katherine Seelye at The New York Times has a good piece up about the persistence of campaign lies, even after... More

It Really Is That Bad

A Journal headline finally says it

People ask me if the business press has acted responsibly in describing the panic currently consuming global financial institutions and... More

Cable’s “Soulless Palavering”

Never use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent one will do...except, maybe, when laboring to describe what it is that... More

Doug Glanville Likes Baseball

He also likes “Everquest”

Doug Glanville didn't set any records in his nine years as a professional baseball player. But he's been making his... More

You Say Tomato, They Say Campaign Ad

From an AP article exploring those negative cable news-bait campaign ads (the ones that don't require an actual ad buy... More

Who’s Down With OPM?

Watching Sean Hannity's "no-topic-off-limits interview" with Sarah Palin right now. Nothing too tough or noteworthy so far. Lots of economy... More

Sweat-Stained TPS Reports

That lunch at your desk in now an workplace norm is one thing. But, "treadmill desks"? Can the toilet-in-a-desk-chair (ergonimically... More

Media Obstruction in Galveston

Press denied access in the wake of Hurricane Ike

It was a rough week for the Galveston County Daily News. On Saturday, Hurricane Ike tore off its roof and... More

The Bigger Tent

Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?

A PDF download of the complete CJR "The Bigger Tent" story can be purchased from CJR by clicking here: In... More

The Daily Show Takes on Hollywood-in-Politics

Horrific. And hilarious. More

Lady Rothschild Backs McCain, Duke of Earl To Follow

A marriage of convenience, not one of passion

Seth Colter Walls at Huffington Post talks to big bucks former Clinton supporter Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who has,... More

Audit Roundup: Credit Markets Grind to a Halt

Forget about AIG. This is the most important story of the day. Banks have essentially stopped lending to each other,... More

Martha to Bloggers: “You Have a Big Responsibility, Guys”

Today's episode of Martha Stewart's talk show--due, we can only assume, to some combination of its host's continuing attempts to... More

Just for Laughs

Do yourself a favor and check out this hypothetical NPR blooper reel. Peter Sagal, Terry Gross, Carl Kasell, Robert Siegel,... More

More Laurel-y Goodness

Earlier today, on Campaign Desk, I posted an assessment of an article by The New York Times's Jeff Zeleny--an article... More

How Would Jack London Vote?

Apparently, Democrat. He might have voted for Ron Paul. But probably not for Palin (I mean... McCain-Palin). Here's the reason,... More

Reporting Rhetoric, Non-Obnoxiously

Or, how to take the “er” out of “strategery”

Reporting about campaign rhetoric can be one of the trickiest balancing acts there is in political journalism. Go too far... More

Courting Decline

Perusing the Times today, I came across this sad little headline: "Supreme Court’s Global Influence Is Waning." Yeah. Not only... More

MSNBabsC

Number of segments in which "Streisand" has been mentioned over the past 24 hours (per a TVEyes search): CNN: 13... More

Headline Or Job Description?

They kiss babies, too.

Theoretical first-grader: "What does a politician do?" The New York Times: "Politicians Point Fingers, Assign Blame". Worthy of Webster's! More

Not-So-Starry Night

LAT’s predictably “Hollywood” coverage of Obama fundraiser

So the Los Angeles Times covered the big Obama fundraiser in Hollywood last night. There’s plenty mention of the stars... More

Firsts

CBS News reports that this morning "marked the first time [Palin] answered a question from the press on the fly,... More

(Tele)Prompting Speculation

Why context matters, exhibit 967b

Report with all your senses. This advice is commonly given to journalists, and it’s clear that the anonymous writer of... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part VI

Real people and the candidates’ plans

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

Losing Face (Today’s Fourth Hour)

This is how they're filling that fourth hour of the Today Show? "Kathie Lee and Hoda Take Off Their Makeup:" More

Man on the Street in Sanaa

Gripping man-on-the-street reporting from Christian Science Monitor contributor Shane Bauer in Sanaa, Yemen. (Plus, some helpful context and background to... More

NYT: Again With Palin’s Hair

Having already tracked down the woman who styled The Real Sarah Palin's hair, the next step for the The New... More

C-E-(Uh)-O

Focusing on the Fiorina gaffe wastes everyone’s time

Have you heard the one about how Carly Fiorina doesn't think Sarah Palin is qualified to run Hewlett-Packard? Or any... More

So, Palin’s The Tickle-Me Elmo of Election ‘08?

CNN taps someone from Harvard Business School to wax wise on "the vulnerability of American citizens to anything that is... More

McCain’s Got a Squeeze Box

The AP's Glen Johnson sees McCain going in and out and in and out (because, maybe, where's the melody in... More

Another one…?

The New York Post is reporting that another major paper is in danger of demise. This time, it's the Star-Ledger,... More

Charlie Cook Takes Own Name Too Literally

Politics is delicious.

Charlie Cook: D.C. establishment fixture, Cook Political Report proprietor, National Journal columnist, critic of ethnic foods. From his National Journal... More

31 Women

The Washington Post has a haunting, detailed story today reporting, in part, that "there have been 31 female [suicide] bombers... More

Journalism And That Whole ‘Citizenship’ Thing

Teaching the next generation of news consumers how to discern quality news and information from the dreck and, more importantly,... More

Trooper Star

The TrooperGate story isn’t partisan. Let’s stop treating it that way.

Late Monday afternoon, as the country reeled from the news of Wall Street's implosion, a campaign-related announcement inserted itself into... More

Palin “Hired Friends” Story: No Coattails?

The New York Observer explores the question: "Does print journalism matter this election?" and talks to the New York Times's... More

Dowd’s Notebook Dump

Every now and then, Maureen Dowd's column reads unusually chaotic (unedited?).... disjointed, a string of zingers without a home (until... More

Passport to Paradise. Or Something.

Remember Passport-Gate? That tense moment in which the media were fixated on the fact that Barack Obama's—and Hillary Clinton's!—and John... More

McCain Under the Microscope

A major news outlet takes a look at his health plan—finally!

In his column Tuesday, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert peered into John McCain’s health plan, something we have been... More

It’s All About the O(hio)

In the great state of Ohio, early voting in the presidential election is set to begin on September 30. (No,... More

The Good, the Bad, and the Best

Bitch, the print magazine devoted to feminist analysis and media criticism, is in danger of going under. A memo on... More

A Little Help From Their Friends

Campaign trail reporters should get help covering the financial crisis

As the candidates react to last weekend’s Wall Street meltdown, the political media, it seems, are struggling to pinpoint the... More

Another Hopeful Headline

"One hesitates to be too hopeful," Megan wrote earlier today, pointing to HuffPo's "HELLO ECONOMY, GOODBYE LIPSTICK" headline and other... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Gives Way

Wall Street’s rot; Where are the accounting cops?

Fortune takes a look at how Wall Street rotted from the inside until it gave way, while the FT’s John... More

How To Start NY Media Salivating

Hi, reporter for important New York news outlet? Let's say the wife of a founder of Google founded a genetic... More

Calculator Politics

Numbers figure prominently in this campaign. Who knows what they mean?

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. This classic line from Benjamin Disraeli sums up the complexity that voters face... More

McCain=Baller, Obama=Shot Caller

Get your heads in the game, candidates!

From the Department of People Who Obviously Wish They Were On A Different Beat comes Christian Science Monitor blogger Jimmy... More

Part 1 of Fox on “First Dude?” Meatless

Turns out, Part 2 of what Fox News's on-screen graphic promised would be "Greta Goes to Alaska to Discover the... More

Through the Morning Show Wormhole

Three shows, two candidates, one talking point each

You probably woke up with a gnarly Crisis-on-Wall-St. Hangover this morning, so you’ll be forgiven if you missed seeing John... More

“HELLO ECONOMY, GOODBYE LIPSTICK”

It’s a hopeful headline. Will it prove accurate?

Every cloud, they say, has a silver lining. And our current cloud--or, more specifically, the massive, murky, and menacing haze... More

“Clean Coal” and the Campaigns

Despite centrality to election, first CCS coal plant fails to impress the press

When the world’s most powerful particle accelerator opened along the French-Swiss border last week, it drew reams of press. But... More

Public Policy Matters After All

Where’s the reporting on the laws that built Wall Street’s house of cards?

I’m wondering if any other newspaper and business-press readers are curious about the degree to which public policy, including laws... More

Who Gets to Vote?

There are many questions about what role race will play in this November, but one way in which race always... More

Squawked Out

In a year of viral video, here's a new one where independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader bemoans the lack of... More

Boiler Room

The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis

“Mr. Howard made it clear to the mortgage broker that he could not read or write, but his loan application... More

“First Dude” Dodges Fox News’s “Are You Cold” Queries

Gibson's "Get" wasn't the only one to be gotten. Fox News's Greta Van Susteren got the "first interview" with Todd... More

Local Man Enjoys Tomatoes

No greater love

From today's Los Angeles Times, in its consistently excellent Column One slot, the age-old love story of a computer engineer... More

Conduct Unbecoming

Richard Cohen in today's Washington Post: John McCain has "soiled" his "integrity." And, according to Cohen, "the precise moment of... More

‘PigGate Places Second?

Last week? Very "Palin-centric," according to PEJ's News Coverage Index, which shows Palin starring as "the focal point of the... More

Lockdown

Politico's Jonathan Martin describes the trials of the Palin press: Since being selected a John McCain's running mate on Aug.... More

If Hairstyles Could Talk

Boston-based hair stylists have had their say. The LA Times's fashion critic, too, http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/what_feeling_do_you_get_from_p.php">has spoken. Now, the New York Times'... More

The Octo-Press

The multi-pronged media and the importance of the coming debates

The predominance of sound bites in campaign coverage—in attack ads passed around by the press, in the addictive parsing by... More

Galveston (And Beyond)

There is much to report, from coastal Texas, on what Hurricane Ike wrought. And no shortage of journalists there to... More

None of Their Business?

Perhaps it’s time to narrow the gulf between the business and the general-interest press

Well. Happy Black Monday, everybody. By now you’ve heard the news: that Lehman Brothers is declaring bankruptcy; that Merrill Lynch... More

Not Without Regard

Is “irregardless” a word?

One problem with having so many dictionaries available is that they often don’t agree—on definitions, spellings or even whether something... More

Give Me Your Tired, Your Hungry, Your Gays

Lohan on Palin, at last.

Early Sunday morning, anger roused Lindsay Lohan from a warm slumber in her girlfriend’s arms. No longer would she sit... More

What the campaigns think “Women Want”

This morning, The New York Times’s Kate Zernike turns in a sillily even-handed paint-by-the-numbers story (“Both Sides Seeking to Be... More

Yes, but…

Reader: The business press, too, is implicated in the current credit calamity

A reader responds to this morning's post of qualified business-press praise: Dear Dean, Some comments. First, now that the horse... More

Covering “Thanks, But No Thanks”

"Thanks, but no thanks." Gov. Sarah Palin is still saying it on the stump. She said it over the weekend... More

What Campaign Trail Bubble?

The Washington Post 's E.J. Dionne: I can't believe how small a role our economic crisis is playing in the... More

Audit Roundup: Playing Chicken

Coverage of credit crisis is good, bad, ugly

Here's a quick guide to what the business press is saying about the deepening crisis on Wall Street: The Journal... More

“Even Karl Rove”

Pssst, campaign reporters! Permission to say that the McCain campaign has, perhaps, on occasion, stretched the truth: granted! It's ok... More

Profiles in Courage. Or not.

Wall Street brinkmanship. It’s the metaphor that journalists and scotch-swilling brokers use to transubstantiate dollars and cents into bullets and... More

In Memoriam: David Foster Wallace

In remembrance of the American writer, David Foster Wallace, who died on Friday, Time offers a list of the writer's... More

The Sky Is Falling (Below The Fold)

What do you lead with today? With the sky falling in American finance (and the sky having just barely cleared... More

Imagined: Couric on Palin

David Carr imagines a Couric-on-Palin interview: It is telling that when the McCain campaign was looking for a soft place... More

Sunday Watch 9-14-08

In which Sarahmania subsides and the unmentionable is mentioned

The possibility that Sarah Palin may well find herself one proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency has flushed out a... More

The Language of Calamity

The business press finds its voice in covering Wall Street’s implosion

Even casual business press readers by now know that what is happening on Wall Street is new, unusual, historic, unfamiliar,... More

“hack theater critics”

Interesting thought from Zephyr Teachout, one time Dean campaign web guru, current techPresident blogger: ...post-modern political reporters and bloggers act... More

Serial Viewing

TV critics’ opinions on the Gibson-Palin interview

Yesterday, we questioned whether it was possible for Charles Gibson to do a solid job on the Sarah Palin interview—within... More

What’s Up, Doc(trine)?

All the Bush Doctrine smugness misses the point

Of the many awkward moments in last night's airing of ABC's Sarah Palin interview, perhaps the most awkward came when... More

Laugh-In

NYT blogger Judith Warner has a great post up today: a description of her experiences communing with other mothers at... More

The Journalist of Your Enemy is Your Friend

Four reasons why politicians should march bravely into enemy territory

After Campbell Brown’s testy RNC exchange with McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds on CNN, the GOP handlers canceled the Arizona... More

Take my newspaper… Please!

The Observer’s John Kolbin has a funny rundown of an internal rah-rah meeting hosted by Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for employees... More

Baby Come Back

Putin wants West to try a little tenderness

Vladimir Putin, the former spook who has now managed to conjoin both ceremonial power and actual power as the Prime... More

Palin Minds The Gaffes

There are other ways to flunk an interview

So far, the reaction to Sarah and Charlie’s big night seems to be that she didn’t do anything to embarrass... More

Pork Chopped

Before he was Michael Scott and Andy Stitzer, Steve Carell was a Daily Show "political correspondent." Well, the HuffPo's Rachel... More

Roanoke Chronicles (cont.)

Plain English needed at the Times

Is it any wonder that newspapers are going the way of the Interstate Commerce Commission? Michael Stowe, managing editor of... More

Good-Bye To All That

Gawker, Gould, gossip, and the Bwogosphere

The initial version of this article featured several factual errors, which have been corrected as of September 15th. To go... More

Kurtz: “He Was All Business”

The Times summarized Charlie Gibson's role in last night's Round 1 of the Sarah Palin interview thusly: "The interview was... More

Gibson’s first good question

Are you ready for a three day IV drip of Palin interviews? In this early excerpt on ABC's website, Charlie... More

Enquiring Minds

John Edwards’s affair. Bristol Palin’s baby. They tempt one to believe that the only moral consistency to be found in... More

The World Really is This Strange

Quick: What's the connection between the presidential election and yesterday’s guilty pleas by con-man Raffaello Follieri (a.k.a. Anne Hathaway’s ex),... More

Meanwhile, in Michigan

Voter disenfranchisement gets creative

Original reporting is a beautiful thing, and so all journophiles should take heart at the local online “papers” springing up... More

Coming to a Maureen Dowd column near you!

The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder and The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut round up Joe Biden and the Palins’ Secret Service code... More

Bridge Fact Checks Go Nowhere

The press tries. Palin still lies.

Is it naïve to think that if a candidate for national office is caught lying by the press, she might... More

The Black Hole of Publicity

Media coverage of LHC produces bigger bang than new collider

The biggest bang to come out of the Large Hadron Collider, which began operating in Europe yesterday, was the media... More

Welcome back, Len!

MediaBistro brings us the news that Len Downie, who famously abstained from voting while he served as executive editor of... More

A Star Is Boring

The problem with the Sarah Palin-Charlie Gibson sit-down

Tonight, the first part of Charles Gibson’s exclusive interview with Sarah Palin will air on ABC. While some media folk... More

Bill’s Back! From Liability to “Swami”

On MSNBC this morning: JOE SCARBOROUGH: Barack Obama's biggest mistake in the campaign thus far may have been the fact... More

Our “Trouble” With Lies

As Michael Kinsley ">sees it: In a democracy, obvious lies and obvious liars should be self-defeating. Why aren’t they? One... More

Noun + “Putting Politics Aside” + 9/11

Perhaps we could put politics aside on other days, too

This evening, John McCain and Barack Obama will make a rare joint appearance on the campus of Columbia University. The... More

What Are Newspapers Selling?

Time to mine the depth and knowledge niche

Hired by Sam Zell to find innovative ways to market Tribune’s newspapers, and for the moment, Abrams is among... More

Which Little Piggy Got Left Out?

What Elizabeth Edwards said about John McCain’s health plan

The big question of the campaign yesterday: Was Barack Obama referring to Sarah Palin or the policies of John McCain... More

Sheepish, Bullish on ‘PigGate

Last night, it was with a certain sheepishness that Anderson Cooper kicked off AC360 with, natch, talk of 'PigGate: COOPER:... More

Mae We Correct the Record?

Fannie had a social mission first and a private one second

The Fannie/Freddie Fiasco is bad enough without news outlets letting politicians mangle their history. In reporting the two parties’ positions... More

Witness: What I Saw On 9-11

“I wanted to record everything”

Nicholas Spangler is on reporting duty in Baghdad. Seven years ago today, on September 11, 2001, he was a journalism... More

Tell It, Paul Begala

Without further comment, the lede of Begala's HuffPo article about McCain, Palin, the truth, the media, and the relationship between... More

Quizzical

What else? What more can we do with LipStickOnAPigGate? Talk about it. Have dueling surrogates on our channel to talk... More

Notes From The Pig Sty

In which we all get dirty

From the people who brought you SnubGate and TurbanGate comes a new dark comedy, now playing on a television, newspaper... More

The Birth (and Death) of a Meme

Embedded reporters don’t always get the full story

Sometime last fall, a new story began making its way out of Afghanistan: the country’s roads are being paved, and... More

Obama, McCain Decoded

To the pantheon of experts who have weighed in on the election, welcome Corey Ehmke, a web developer, who mined... More

If I Were Charlie Gibson (List of Lists)

Here is a (surely incomplete) list of Lists of Questions ABC News's Charlie Gibson Should Ask Gov. Sarah Palin (this... More

Fox and Pig

Which cable channel has totally pigged out on (it's puns aplenty with this one) LipstickOnAPig-Gate so far? A quick TVEyes... More

A Laurel To NPR

Strong coverage on health care issues

NPR has done some fine health reporting recently, the kind that we hope will spur others to do similar stories.... More

“Catnip to the News Media”

Barack Obama just addressed LipstickOnAPig-Gate, calling it "catnip to the news media" (wrong animal, sir!) and lamenting that "the news... More

The Balls on the Bus

If a reporter from McCain's traveling press corps gave a reporter from Obama's press bus one of her cojones, they'd... More

LipstickOnAPig-Gate

That there would be a campaign kerfuffle/scuffle about pork at some point during election 2008 is not surprising. That it... More

Obama’s”Working Class” Support (On Press Bus?)

Journalists striking that "proletarian pose" might embrace Matt Taibbi's description of Obama's traveling press corps (if not the effect Taibbi... More

Tongue Tied on Religion

CNN takes on Pentecostalism

Reporting on religion is a difficult task, even moreso when a political candidate is involved. Voters care about candidates’ religious... More

Slate Gets Schooled…in a Good Way

Belated kudos to Slate, which last week added to its arsenal of interest-focused blogs--the XX Factor for women's issues, Convictions... More

Palin’s Old Time Religion

Sometimes, the “liberal media” lives up to its reputation

On the final night of the Republican National Convention, vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin attacked Democrat Barack Obama’s apparent disdain for... More

Mayor Palin and The Press

Something I learned from Newsweek's Sarah Palin ("Palintology") cover story: As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin "imposed a gag order to... More

If We Can’t Have Palin…

We'll take the woman who beat her in the 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant, Maryline Blackburn, who, in an interview on... More

Wolf-Man Flack

Don't you feel like there's just not enough spin in the media? Like you'd prefer to hear more voices, when... More

Something’s Rotten in Roanoke

Times is silent on reassignment of reporter after local hospital pulls its ads

The Roanoke Times is strangely silent about whether it reassigned a reporter at the behest of a big local business.... More

Bridging Schizophrenia

Today, in a Wall Street Journal piece on Hillary Clinton’s appearance in Florida on behalf of Obama, Christopher Cooper and... More

Word Games on Hardball

Let's play a little analogy game. It's simple, really: Just fill in the blank below. John McCain is to Sarah... More

Is This Seventh Grade?

Yes, it is. On MSNBC this morning: MSNBC's CONTESSA BREWER: What we saw was the crowd not only filling the... More

Rachel Raid

The Rachel Maddow Show: new, noteworthy, and nearly gimmick-free

The names of MSNBC's prime-time programs tend to come in two parts. Those names—Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Hardball with Chris... More

The Impotence of the Fact Check?

Hearing Gov. Sarah Palin again saying "Thanks, but no thanks" (the applause line of the McCain-Palin campaign's truth-challenged Bridge to... More

PEJ on Press on Palin: “Feverish”

Per PEJ: "For the week of Sept. 1-7, Palin was a significant or dominant factor in 60% of the campaign... More

Advice for Gibson: “Think of Your Children”

ABCNews.com is asking what Charles Gibson should ask Gov. Sarah Palin during The First Palin Interview later this week. Along... More

The Lee Abrams Experience

How to hear the man who would transform Tribune

Abrams Unbound In a modest, cluttered office on the sixth floor of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, the future of American newspapers... More

Expert(s) Embrace(d)

Hair stylists. Handwriting experts. An astrologer. Body language experts. Feng Shui experts. Some embarrassing, prepubescent-looking guy who wrote a book...... More

Most. Misplaced. Ad. Ever.

The following ad, its sound bites spoken and flashing on-screen, just aired on MSNBC: "This election is the most important... More

Burying the Lede?

Everybody's talking about Sarah Palin's change of heart on the Bridge to Nowhere, but somehow the more interesting and arguably... More

Herd-Wave Feminism?

In all the discussions I've heard and read about Sarah Palin's selection as McCain's heir apparent, the best word I've... More

The Boys In The Bubble

The political conventions and the “media elite”

In yesterday's New York Times, Mark Leibovich explored the proud tradition, so evidently on display during practically every speech delivered... More

Restraint by Number

Getting just a tad tired of seeing Barack Obama's face on the covers of national magazines? Yeah, so are we.... More

What “Feeling” Do You Get From Palin’s Hair?

Two thoughts on Booth Moore's (the LA Times' Fashion Critic) take today on "Sarah Palin's Style:" 1) Maybe it's parody?... More

Hey Kristol: Peretz on Palin is nothing special

In his New York Times column today, Bill Kristol tries to make the case that the reason that “the media”... More

Tomato, “Toe-mahto,” TIAA-CREF

Readers may never see syndicated columnist Berko’s many corrections

Malcolm Berko is a money man for Middle America. Writing on an old IBM Selectric typewriter, Berko cranks out a... More

Obama and McCain on Energy

Washington Post wrong to say there is “not much difference”

On Sunday, The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing Sen. John McCain’s decision, carried out over the last few months,... More

Judgment Day

Are the Gitmo trials more of a star chamber or a kangaroo court?

The military trials planned for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have been referred to as occurring in “a star chamber”... More

Talking Shop: John Harris

Politico editor dishes on his paper’s past, present, and future

On Thursday afternoon, I visited The Politco's RNC workspace, a long carpeted convention ballroom they shared with the St. Paul... More

Wall Street Sank Freddie and Fannie

Coverage of the bailout could use a dose of recent history

My only quibble with the gusher of stories this morning on the government’s takeover on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part V

Real people and the candidates’ plans

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

Doctored Bikini Photo: 10; Reliable Source: 0

While the jury's still out on whether McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate will prove, in the... More

Why Is “NO-PRAH” News?

There are sins of commission and sins of omission. Oprah's Sin of Omission: not having Gov. Sarah Palin on her... More

Just a “Dash” of Media Bash

From "Media Bashing 101" (Intro to Media "Criticism" As Campaign Tool?) with the New York Times' Mark Leibovitch: [M]edia bashing... More

Bad News, Bad Story

How about some clarity from the AP?

I know news stories are getting shorter. But an Associated Press health care story last week did a disservice to... More

The Palin Get: ABC’s Gibson, Alaska-Bound!

ABC News's Charles Gibson's has landed the "first television interview" with Gov. Sarah Palin since Palin joined the Republican presidential... More

Sunday Watch 9-7-08

In which the round table coos

If Sarah Palin’s nomination kindled a certain skepticism among the talking heads last week, this week’s rousing St. Paul speech... More

Un-Blurring the Line at MSNBC?

Per the New York Times, MSNBC's "bold experiment...putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor... More

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

There's been plenty of buzz about Sarah Palin's press unavailability, but now it seems that even the press corps who... More

Pricking The Underbelly

Lackluster alt weekly convention coverage, and examples for next time

One thing that was sorely lacking from the past two weeks of convention spotlighting was good alt weekly coverage. Denver’s... More

The Fast and the Furious

Politicker.com: locked out, online, and amped up in St. Paul

ST. PAUL - At around 8:30 on Wednesday night, as the teetotaling Mike Huckabee addressed the Republican National Convention on... More

Media Baited, Part 8: The Missile-Dick Chicks

Sensations in both Denver and St. Paul, the "Missile-Dick Chicks" are a burlesque troupe with a social conscience, marching with... More

Media Baited, Part 6: The “Hot Flops” Crew

Hot flops--flip-flops that feature foam-rubber heads of McCain and Obama bursting, fungus-like, from their toes--have been all the rage among... More

Media Baited, Part 4: The PETA Pig

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Media Baited, Part 2: The “Vested Interests” Delegate

Meet Gordon Pederson, a delegate from South Dakota who's proven very popular with the media, for some reason: More

Media Baited, Part 1: Teddy Roosevelt

Last week, Justin reported on the antics of Media Bait in Denver. Well, those same MBers--with a crew of new... More

A Quibble With Bill

For the past two weeks, in the spirit of fair, equal, and balanced media consumption, I helped myself to a... More

A Room With A View

Inside St. Paul’s DNC “war room”

ST. PAUL - Inside the Labor Center at 411 Main Street, just beyond the imposing black gates defining the perimeter... More

CNN Grilled

At the conventions, media marketing wins the day

Gloria Borger and Donna Brazile are squeezed next to each other on a red faux-leather booth with two younger staffers.... More

Honestly, Abe

Among all the political celebrities milling around the Xcel Center this week, perhaps none has gotten more attention from delegates--or... More

“Sarah Palin is your new…”

"...Rudy Giuliani in a Dress." You know you're on the other side of the looking glass when a Daily Kos... More

“Why aren’t you clapping? Are you Democrats?”

Earlier this evening, I met Brian Lambert, a Minneapolis-based media critic who's been blogging the RNC from The Liffey, an... More

Ground Noise

You know a reporter’s presence in the convention hall is cardinal when proximity to an unprecedented distraction (from—take your pick—delegate,... More

I Want My MTV

Back in February, the MTV news team spoke with Sarah Palin about her thoughts about the Republican primary contest way... More

That September 11, 2001 Video

As I mentioned, I watched tonight on PBS, which, when showing the pre-produced rah-rah bio videos was diligent about flagging... More

What’s On Your Head?

What the folks at PBS gain in quality of coverage, they lose in stylish headgear. Poor Judy Woodruff has been... More

The Green Screen Team

Don't say there weren’t plenty of ambient points tonight for the convention scribes to get harried about tomorrow: -The song... More

Palin Passes on PBS

The PBS camera crew getting footage on the floor as McCain and Palin worked the crowd following McCain's nomination speech... More

The Coloring Wars

When convention analysis cuts too close to color theory

This New Republic entry by Amanda Fortini spends a good amount of time on how starkly (and says the author,... More

Steady goes the NewsHour

I’m watching the convention coverage as served up by my old colleagues at the NewsHour on PBS, and I swear... More

Rrr-oww!

Wow. Ben Smith was right to flag this clip. Do yourself a favor and watch Chris Matthews and Pat Buchanan... More

“So What’s The Daily Show?”

Do Daily Show interviewees know they’re being mocked?

ST. PAUL — After watching one of those classic "man on the street" segments on The Daily Show, I always... More

Talk of the Town Talk

Watching the convention outside the media bubble

I couldn't get into the Xcel Center the other night, so I went to Minneapolis's Town Talk Diner, famed for... More

Give the People What They Want

What we didn’t learn about Sarah Palin last night

If the current New York Times most e-mailed articles list is any indicator, people are clamoring to learn more about... More

Steinem’s Attack Dogs

Feminist icon’s LAT op-ed takes on Palin (and everyone else)

Gloria Steinem takes the ax to Sarah Palin’s woman-in-the-spotlight moment in a Los Angeles Times opinion column today. Countering whatever... More

Gannett vs. the Gannett Blog

Former employee has the company’s ear

When the news broke, when clarity mattered most to the nearly 32,800 people working in Gannett’s newspaper division, the announced... More

“The Killa from Wasilla”…

And other coverage of Palin’s environmental record

Yesterday, I posted a column arguing that Sarah Palin’s record on energy and environmental issues is perhaps the best place... More

Palin Meets The Press

And John McCain is left in the wings

Last night, the Republican Party officially nominated Senator John McCain for president of the United States—but you wouldn't know it... More

I Never Promised You An Olive Garden

A Sioux City Journal article attracts Gawker commenters

Last week, a journalist named James Wilkerson stumbled on a small but silly news story in the online archives of... More

Live, Sort of

Well, the rigmarole for blogger access continues. So how did Matthew Yglesias, formerly of The Atlantic and now at Think... More

In Wasilla: Working Hard? Hardly Working?

From the Anchorage Daily News: Tailgaters [Sports Bar & Grill in Wasilla, Alaska] was packed to capacity and then some... More

Blind Spot

Seeing Iraq through Uncle Sam’s eyes

Over the last five years, as I’ve consumed one dispatch after another from journalists embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq,... More

The View From Abroad

Foreign journalists cover the conventions

In 2004, when the Republicans and Democrats held their conventions in New York and Boston, the events were an easy... More

History! Herstory? Hairstory

You knew it was coming: From today's Boston Herald (h/t, Kevin D. Williamson): "Stylists to passé Sarah Palin: Let your... More

Cable Consensus: Starry Night

Republicans like to say the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin -- and, specifically, her rousing speech last night -- are... More

Tracy Flick, Round Two

Remember when Slate made that video, Hillary's Inner Tracy Flick? Well, it seems that the Flick-ering torch has been passed... More

Who Vetted Giuliani’s Speech?

Giuliani's on fire at the RNC. He's knocking (mocking) Obama's record of voting "present" in the Illinois State Legislature, capping... More

Pinched for Time

Because of hurricane Gustav, or perhaps because of an intentional compressed schedule, the RNC broadcast schedule has very few breaks... More

Huckabee’s Hook and Jab

Who needs the media critics when Mike Huckabee will do their work for them? Just now, Huckabee thanked the "elite... More

Jon Voigt’s Car

The Republican National Convention. Everyone who's anyone in the GOP, from legislators to delegates to lobbyists to cabinet members to... More

Cattle Coverage

Covering party conventions is no job for vegetarians

It's hard to sit through the convention coverage without seeing at least one reference to "red meat:" "All right, let's... More

Palin and the Environment

Plenty of record for the press to dissect; Anchorage paper shows the way

Yesterday, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert advised Democrats to “Take the High Road” with Sarah Palin and focus on... More

Gustav vs. the Gazette

A modest local paper stays on top of Gustav

While hotshot network correspondents put on their storm gear to attempt to report the hell out of Hurricane Gustav, the... More

A Page from The Page

Or, how to promote your blog on the cheap

ST. PAUL — Perhaps the only thing rivaling the promotion of the parties' platforms during their nominating conventions has been... More

Riders on the Storm

As Gustav roared through the Gulf Coast, the networks trotted out their best and brightest correspondents to bring dispatches from... More

Heckuva Job, Brownie

Perhaps you watched that now-infamous Campbell Brown interview of (McCain aide) Tucker Bounds and concluded that CNN's Brown was doing... More

Talking Heads Tell Palin What To Do

Tell us, talking heads, what Gov. Sarah Palin "has to do" tonight in her speech at the Republican convention? (And... More

Only at a convention

Here was the partial make-up of a happy post-convention table last night at the St. Paul Grill, just a block... More

Dissing Elizabeth Edwards

The media miss the real story—her health care message

Charlotteobserver.com ran a piece Sunday written by a reporter at the Raleigh News & Observer that criticized Elizabeth Edwards. Her... More

Stephanopoulos’s Date with History

And we mean that literally. Well, kinda. As the This Week host tried to make his way into a downtown... More

Giuliani On GMA: Palin, Verb, 9/11

Rudy Giuliani was on Good Morning America earlier. Today's noun? Palin. DIANE SAWYER: If [Palin] were the president on 9/11,... More

Palin’s Hometown Paper Reports From St. Paul

From the (Wasilla, Alaska) Frontiersman: “We’ve all done three, four, five, six interviews all over the world,” [Alaska delegate] [Dick]... More

You Meant Those Other “Sunday Talk Shows?”

From Fred Thompson's speech at the RNC last night: Some Washington pundits and media big shots are in a frenzy... More

Dubious Moments in Self-Promotion, Part 3: Fox News

Below, a sample of the white-plastic hats that were all the rage at the RNC after they were handed out... More

Minus the Commentary

Jennifer Rubin, a blogger for Commentary Magazine, has this to say about covering the conventions live: Covering the Convention live... More

What About the Dems?

Today, the Internet has been abuzz with the saga of Campbell Brown's interview with McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, and the... More

Twitter Down

When the new media impulse fails to impress.

I have a large bucket of respect for Marc Ambinder, over at The Atlantic. As far as bloggers go in... More

The Graham Crack Didn’t Work

While addressing the RNC, Joe Lieberman attempted to inject some levity into his speech by referring to his travels with... More

Off Message

Earlier tonight, things finally got underway at the post-Gustav RNC. As the honor guard made its way to the stage,... More

Top reads from the USC/Politico panel

And nary a CJR to be found

Today at a USC/Politico panel, the luminaries were asked by Paul Sherman of Potomac Tech Wire what their first three... More

A Change Election

Yes, you’ve heard it before, but new media *has* transformed politics

It’s so obvious to point out that so-called new media has made this an unprecedented election that it’s actually possible... More

Like What?

While describing the formation of several weather systems in the Caribbean and the threat they pose to the southern states,... More

Delegates and Media: Set in Their Ways?

ST. PAUL -- Below, the results of a highly unscientific survey I conducted today in the Xcel Center and its... More

Inside The New Journalism

And not the compelling Tom Wolfe kind, either

ST. PAUL - The cable TV coverage of Hurricane Gustav was a case study in the newer form of journalism.... More

Privacy For Palin?

GOP to media: hands off Bristol Palin

The liberal media is under-reporting the personal life of Sarah Palin and her children, complains the conservative Media Research Center—at... More

Overheard at the RNC

Donna Brazile is chatting with Mark Halperin as they walk through an atrium adjacent to the Xcel Center. She asks... More

The Fashion Watch Never Stops

Lest they be accused of unevenly heaping fashion scrutiny on one political party over another, the media are on it... More

Sometimes When You “Flush The Toilet,” It Overflows

From one of those three A1 New York Times Palin pregnancy stories today: Mr. McCain’s campaign, which has shown itself... More

Next Up: What My Great Uncle Thinks About The Palin Pregnancy

"Everyone has an opinion on Bristol pregnancy," proclaims a headline in the San Francisco Chronicle. But only Newsweek brings us... More

“Stargazing,” Convention-Style

Per the Associated Press: RNC delegates "devoted time to political stargazing on a day devoid of any major political speeches...... More

Memo? What Memo?

Think Hillary hard-liners don’t exist? Think again

On a breezy Thursday evening in New York City, under the giant metal globe at Columbus Circle, several disgruntled Hillary-ites... More

Getting the Shot, Part 1: The Protest

ST. PAUL -- The story of the day yesterday, besides the landfall of Hurricane Gustav and the revelation of Bristol... More

Rachel Joins “The Boys Upstairs”

MSNBC’s, elaborate, adored Denver set

Forget Barack Obama’s mock Greek temple at Invesco Field. Last week in Denver, a little over a mile away, MSNBC... More

On the Frontline with True Blue Minnesota

About a year ago, after locals heard that St. Paul would be the site of the Republican National Convention, a... More

Citizen Propagandists

Cutting through the noise on Russia-Georgia is harder than you think

Ethan Zuckerman, the co-founder of the citizens’ media project Global Voices, notes an interesting angle to the Russo-Georgian Conflict: Part... More

A Row! (Wasilla Frontiersman v. Times of London)

The Times of London's description of Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown (Wasilla, Alaksa): It's a small, unkempt-looking place, defined by a... More

S-W-A-G and the R-N-C

In which the “Limited Convention Edition” box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese enters our lives

ST. PAUL -- Below, the contents of the "media welcoming" bag (black, tote-style, printed in white and red with various... More

McCain Surrogates Take To The Press

Shame on the Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News should have known better than to run a news story last week that was essentially an... More

NYT Goes A-1 (x3!) on Palin Pregnancy

The New York Times found three ways to mention, above-the-fold on A1 today, that McCain's running-mate's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.... More

Oh where, where, will the buck stop?

Newsweek had a very special lunch today with former presidential candidate, senator, and Law and Order actor Fred Thompson. The... More

Fox’s Griff Jenkins at Work

Gustav isn’t the only thing causing disruptions in St. Paul. As you’ve no doubt heard, protesters are out in far... More

David Carr comes home, eats food on stick

Well, considering the knots that Gustav has tied the Republican convention into, what is the St. Paul bound journalist to... More

Telling Convention Photo of the Day

Media, covering the convention by recording...other media. Recorded by...me(dia). More

Scrum Beat

The view from the center of the photog scrum during Laura Bush's sound check at the Xcel Center yesterday evening: More

But It’s Alright

Alright may not be all wrong

It’s never all right to use “alright,” right? Let’s discuss, already. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English says it... More

Attitude Adjustment

How the Internet could usher in a new golden age of consumer journalism

Like the air that sustains life, facts that would help hard-pressed consumers are all around us. Instead of gathering and... More

Sunday Watch 8-31-08

In which skepticism revives (but not for everyone)

The week served up an embarrassment of riches for the Sunday shows. There were, of course, Denver developments: the Clintons’... More

Unfunny Convention Spoof of the Day: the GOP Edition

Last week, we pointed to an object lesson, courtesy of The New York Times, in How Not To Mock the... More

Annals of Misplaced Puns, Part XXIII

The lede of the LA Times's assessment of Gustav's impact on St. Paul, "Hurricane Gustav dampens mood at GOP convention... 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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