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October 2008

Crowd Counts

For better or for worse, numbers evoke as well as inform. Beware.

Discussing the Obama campaign’s proclivity for announcing the crowd counts at its rallies, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank today says... More

Commitment Issues

In which the LA Times is decidedly mocking of Undecideds

Is there anything in this world more baffling than an undecided voter? Lacking, as a group, the noble self-sufficiency of... More

Xunlight Shines on Palin

Blogs drill into governor’s speech at solar energy plant

On Wednesday, I had a column about a number of energy and environment reporters’ reflections on their beat’s novel significance... More

Expanding WaPo(litical Coverage)

Next week, post-election, Washington Post editor Marcus Brauchli informed staff today, DC's hometown paper will create a new Web feature... More

All Hallows (Pe)Eved

David Shuster is, apparently, that dude: the guy at the Halloween party--the smug-looking one, over there in the corner--who is... More

Weapons of Mass Reduction

Corrections as weapons

In its most basic and useful form, a correction fixes erroneous reporting and provides a public admission for an error.... More

Making a Ghoul of Yourself

Matt Lauer wants you to have a happy Halloween

It’s Halloween, which, naturally, means it’s time for TV news people to make fools of themselves. To start the day... More

The Economist: The Ultimate Swing Voter

The Corner's Andrew Stuttaford reacts to The Economist's Obama endorsement: The Economist.......endorses Obama, as it did John Kerry (2004), Bill... More

Draper on the NYTM Profile Heard ‘Round the World

Robert Draper, in an interview with WWD, answers the Big Question most people had after reading his revealing profile of... More

Halve Not

Unreflective Reuters undresses itself in misuse of transitive verb

A Debit to Reuters for posting a 19th century headline—and getting it wrong. The topic is undergarments. Specifically, Hanesbrands, about... More

Charting a New Course

Will The Christian Science Monitor’s new model save the rest of journalism? No.

The future is here, sort of. On Tuesday, The Christian Science Monitor announced that starting in 2009 it would stop... More

Audit Roundup: Deregulate, Sayeth Bush

At least he’s consistent, WaPo reports; WSJ on Wall Street pay; etc.

The Washington Post is good this morning in reporting that the Bush Administration, which is exiting with the house falling... More

Kristol: “It’s Not a Psychodrama, It’s Just an Election”

Bill Kristol guested on The Daily Show last night, giving way to a lively and rather fascinating exchange. The conversation's... More

Introducing News Meeting

An open conversation between staffers and readers on the top press issues of the day

Welcome to News Meeting, a regular feature where we pose a journalistic question suggested by recent headlines (i.e. "Should newspapers... More

An Invitation

Looking for letters from young journalists

Back in June, we gave one of our interns the daunting task of tracking newspaper buyouts and layoffs since 2007.... More

But Wait! There’s More!

What we missed in assessing the Obama infomercial

Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such ads as "What If," "Plan for Change," and "Our Moment... More

Stop The Presses!

The L.A. Times stands by a deal with a source, democracy hangs in the balance

The McCain campaign’s latest attempt to portray the press as liberal puppets of Barack Obama—by painting the Los Angeles Times’s... More

Rally Killer

Political reporters shouldn’t take out their election fatigue on the voters

Contrasting Obama rallies that "often look like Benetton-colored billboards" with McCain events characterized by pompoms and flag pins, The New... More

Health Care Rationing Explained

The Syracuse Post-Standard dares to widen the debate

By now, most media accounts of the health proposals of John McCain and Barack Obama have grown stale and, frankly,... More

Another One Jumps The Gun

What was that you were saying yesterday, Jane, about how "it’s important for reporters to refrain from parlaying details from... More

Women Have “Owned” Election ‘08 Coverage

Salon's Rebecca Traister observes that "several female newscasters...have kicked ass, taken names and otherwise owned the coverage of the 2008... More

“Anything is a Fair Question”

When Larry King randomly announced mid-interview last night that his next question for Sen. John McCain would be "a fair... More

Audit Roundup: Bubble Brains

Press forgets Fed’s easy money sparked the crisis; WaPo good on dividends; etc.

What a short memory the business press has. Amazingly, neither the Journal nor the NYT in their page-one stories on... More

Louts Out

How to police message boards and comments

In January, someone who goes by the name “crosswave” logged onto the reader forums at nydailynews.com and posted a comment... More

“Not A Swing Show”

Sen. Barack Obama appeared last night, yes, on nearly every major channel in prime time, but also on The Daily... More

Blame It On Aécio

A journalism student’s video documentary took on the issue of governmental press manipulation in Brazil.

In 1985, press censorship was officially banned in Brazil, following the overthrow of a dictatorship that had for decades crippled... More

Columnista! The Story of an Op-Ed

A theory of the genesis of Wednesday’s MoDo column

We don’t mean to keep poking fun at Maureen Dowd's writing—we appreciate her creativity, and everything—but sometimes we find ourselves... More

Sarah Palin’s Conditional Future

Speculation runs rampant, but reporters shouldn’t buy in

Of late, Sarah Palin has been showing a more independent mind on the stump. She’s been at odds with the... More

Thomas Lauren Friedman, Meet Barack Hussein Obama

Friedman on Iran and transliteration

From Thomas Friedman's New York Times column this morning: Barack Hussein Obama would present another challenge for Iran’s mullahs. Their... More

Work first. Juice boxes later.

Kid reporter Damon Weaver (taking a break from his day job as a student at Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary... More

Obama Victory=Hard Work For Reporters

Yesterday, Jack Shafer explained why covering an Obama victory might be very hard for our political reporters: If Obama wins,... More

And the “Cheeky Headline of the Day” Award Goes to…

...The New York Times! For the below no-it's-not-a-typo little gem, currently gracing the paper's homepage: More

Goldman’s Risk: Somewhere Between Zero and $20 Billion

Contradictory NYT, Bloomberg stories show need for bailout transparency

Coverage of Goldman Sachs has perplexed me throughout the crisis. I’d still like to know, for instance, which subprime lenders... More

Lost In Translation

Did a federal judge bash pro-bono legal work, or did a reporter misunderstand?

What could be less controversial than lawyers volunteering their services for those in need? Pro-bono work—from the Latin pro bono... More

Matthews’ Movie Madness

Back in August, MSNBC's Chris Matthews decided that Steve Schmidt of the McCain campaign: Reminds me of Sergeant Markoff in... More

Car Chase! (White Car Involved)

Fox News has been for several minutes following a car chase live in Miami. Ditto, MSNBC ("That is not even... More

Must-See TV (Also Online)

FRONTLINE's "The War Briefing" (maybe you saw it on PBS last night?) was all the talk of our morning news... More

Reporting on the Endgame

AP and Dallas Morning News successfully cover candidates’ closing statements

As E-Day creeps closer, the political press seems to be a bit confused as to how to handle these last... More

Fresh Thoughts on Voter Registration

Last night on Fresh Air, Jonah Goldman of the National Campaign for Fair Elections offered a not-so-new, not-so-radical, duh-in-a-good-way idea... More

“Without Media Interference”

There is something very appealing right now about the idea of a "time out" from campaign coverage. And the idea... More

CPD “Hideously Bungled” Debates

The 2008 debates were "hideously bungled by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a wholly owned subsidiary of the successful campaigns,"... More

The State of Mexican Journalism

An address from Grupo Reforma president Alejandro Junco de la Vega

Nowhere in the Americas is it more dangerous to practice journalism than in Mexico. According to the Committee to Protect... More

The State of Mexican Journalism

An address from Grupo Reforma president Alejandro Junco de la Vega

Nowhere in the Americas is it more dangerous to practice journalism than in Mexico. According to the Committee to Protect... More

Project Greenlight

Today, in lieu of her standard column (and column font) in the New York Times, we get a "screenplay by... More

Behind the Money

Politico's Mike Allen writes up an email from the Obama campaign, cataloging a raft of October fundraisers that trade access... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Assembly Line

Bloomberg digs into securitization; WSJ on Trump’s latest woes; etc.

Bloomberg has a nice, long look at securitization (part of a series on Wall Street’s debt-making). Particularly interesting is what... More

Energy: Fueling the Campaign

Three reporters reflect on their beat’s novel and significant role in the election

With less than one week to go before the most fiercely contested presidential election in recent memory, it’s time to... More

Michelle-O Is Not Jackie-O

Enough with the clotheshorse talk, please

Hey, did you hear? Michelle Obama shops at J. Crew! And online, too! And she pays for her own clothes!... More

Going Ideological

McCain’s “most liberal” claim should be unpacked

The Boston Globe runs an article today entitled: “McCain calls liberals a threat to economy.” The source quote for the... More

Politico on the Biases “That Matter”

Politico's Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris take readers through political journalists' biases (the ones that "matter so much more"... More

The McKinley Problem

Which candidate most resembles Teddy Roosevelt?

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth. Aside from several bully celebrations of the late president’s life and... More

Campaign Press, Engaged

LAT trail reporters dish on the candidates

The LA Times has twin front-page stories today chronicling a reporter's life on the road with the each of presidential... More

Extreme Made-Over (Michelle Obama Edition)

Back in June, the New York Times ">hinted that Michelle Obama (or at least, her "image") might be, um, in... More

MoDo, Bono….

Fresh off his recent blogging gig at the Financial Times, U2 lead singer Bono will join the New York Times... More

Let’s Leave Jesus Out of It

Stanley Fish brings up Milton to explain campaign strategy

Today’s Bob Herbert column in The New York Times compares McCain to an Al Jolson aficionado and Obama to the... More

Covering That Other War

We are a nation at war(s). And while you may know something of the presidential candidates' plans for Iraq and,... More

Audit Roundup: Crime and Punishment

WSJ’s Berman asks how likely crisis convictions are; A pall in the mall; etc.

The Journal’s Dennis Berman looks at how difficult it may be to prosecute executives for the financial collapse, despite what... More

Hope I Die . . .

Will the Chicago Reader finally grow up? Should it?

At the turn of the century, John Cusack came home to Chicago to shoot a movie called High Fidelity. In... More

It Happened To McCain

The New York Times writes the history of the McCain campaign

Although the election is, as I write, still more than a week away, The New York Times Magazine decided to... More

And the Best Euphemism Award Goes To…

Come to Colombia! You probably won’t die!

With campaign ads flooding the airwaves in the frantic push for the finish line, you’d be forgiven for missing the... More

Poll Dancing

Analyses of an Obama presidency: too soon!

The cover of this week's New York magazine features a black and white photo of Barack Obama Looking Presidential,... More

When A Plus Is A Minus

The real meaning of the word “nonplussed”

Last week, some people who read here that “bemused” doesn’t mean “wryly amused” may have been “nonplussed.” “Nonplussed” is another... More

Her Clothes May Be Beau Brummelly

Another http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/closet_confessionals.php?page=all&print=true">peek inside reporters' closets, courtesy of WardrobeGate. MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell talking to RNC Chairman Mike Duncan just now about... More

Male Journalists (With “Soft, Girlie Hands”)

Time's James Poniewozick explains how the "political press...dotes on a nostalgic definition of realness that bears ever less relation to... More

Phones They are A-Ringin’

Jeff Zeleny's work-in-progress buddy-picture screenplay, working title "Bam and Ax Take Washington," opens with a phone call. The senator calls... More

Tracing GOP Turnabout

NYT’s Harwood forgets history in analyzing the right’s declining fortunes

In today's New York Times, John Harwood writes a most curious synopsis of the past four years of American politics.... More

Now Who’s Crafting a Secret Health Plan?

Is Ted Kennedy really proposing socialized medicine?

Word comes from The Washington Times, in what the paper calls an “exclusive”, that Sen. Edward Kennedy has been secretly... More

Paging Dr. Gupta

How CNN’s doc misdiagnosed McCain’s health plan

Perhaps CNN’s in-house doctor, Sanjay Gupta, ought to stick to things medical. Gupta’s attempt to explain John McCain’s health plan... More

On The One Hand, Hannity….

...on the other, Olbermann. If you want to show that Fox News's Sean Hannity and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann represent opposite... More

Beyond Bradley

Writing in the Miami Herald op-ed page today, Washington and Lee University's journalism ethics professor Edward Wasserman calls for reporters... More

King Kong vs. Godzilla

"People within the media gossip world [may] want to put [Arianna Huffington and Tina Brown] at each other's throats," the... More

Where Soledad Soaks (So?)

After all those hours on debate nights interviewing the Perception Analyzer People? Who among us could begrudge CNN's Soledad O'Brien... More

“My Friends,” An Explanation

"My friends," McCain began, with a verbal tic that conveys a sense of closeness with his audience.... Oh, that's what... More

“Captivating” Doesn’t Cut It

While "Palin's rise captivates" the Anchorage Daily News, the paper on Saturday endorsed Sen. Barack Obama: Gov. Palin's nomination clearly... More

School of Talk

From the New York Times' Styles section yesterday (next to the article explaining that "fashionistas" are now to be called... More

Audit Roundup: How Low Can It Go?

NYT asks; Preventing another Depression; Laughs with Laffer; etc.

The Times is good today in looking at how some prognosticators are racing to outdo each other predicting how far... More

Sunday Watch 10-26-08

In which weariness strikes

The campaign has lasted as long as a rhinoceros stays pregnant, but at the end, for both candidates, will come... More

Chris Matthews, One-Man Vice Squad

Dear Chris Matthews: I appreciate that you've been emboldened in your interviewing tactics after your expert cajoling coaxed Michele Bachman... More

Double Awesome

Here are two things I love: 1) John Hodgman, of the "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" ads, also... More

Lupica Waves at One

Better work on stadium financing, please

Sports columnists aren’t required to read balance sheets or anything, but surely Mike Lupica can do better than this lazy... More

It’s Funny Because It’s Insulting to Everyone!

At first, you don't think she's going to go there. Sure, it seems like she might, you think to yourself.... More

Clearing Up Yes and No

California papers wade through Prop 8 terminology

In California, the battle continues over Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriages, overturning the California Supreme Court’s May ruling... More

So You Wanna: Spend $150,000 at Saks

Having been on the receiving end of an article assignment that's either a dream come true or a horrific nightmare,... More

And the “Melodrama Among the Media” Award Goes to…

...Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson! Here's the winning performance, rendered while Carlson discussed campaigns' conclusions with Keith Olbermann on Countdown last night:... More

All the News That’s Fit to Feed

How the Times’ latest high-tech gambit could actually work

Last week, The New York Times announced that it was finally launching the first of its long-awaited news APIs."Application programming... More

This Just In, from “The Last Thing the McCain Campaign Needed” Department…

Here's pretty much the last thing John McCain--who just today was excoriated by the Times for "running a campaign on... More

The Most Im-pore-tant Post of the Day

Okay, here's a question I know is trivial and superficial but that I'm going to throw out there anyway because... More

A Treasury of Page Six Corrections

The week in newspaper corrections

Gossip is a cutthroat business. It’s also an error-prone one. Mistakes are inevitable when you trade in rumors and rely... More

Foreign Policy, Undigested

Analysis eludes The New York Times as it reviews the candidates’ world views

The New York Times’s “If Elected...” series seems to promise insight into what a candidate might actually do if sworn... More

Five Questions for SEJ’s New Prez

CJR talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Christy George

At its eighteenth annual conference last week, the Society of Environmental Journalists elected Christy George, of Oregon Public Broadcasting, to... More

All by himself…

McCain's planning a rather unorthodox election night tableau. From the AP: Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at... More

Obama Gets the Sign of the Times

So, in a totally shocking and unforeseen move, the The New York Times has endorsed Barack Obama. Here's the meat... More

“You Stepped in it, Buddy”

Newsweek Jonathan Alter was on the Colbert Report last night promoting his new book. Some funny exchanges ensued. ALTER: Remember... More

The Politics of Symbolism

On Rush, racism, Richard Nixon, and the “real America”

It is ironic that conservative commentators, led by radio personality Rush Limbaugh, dismissed Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama as... More

Where are the Subprime Toasters?

Harper’s calls for a Financial Product Safety Commission

Sometimes we come across pieces that are so clear, relevant and to-the-point that we feel like quoting them to you... More

Audit Roundup: Greenspan’s Mea Culpa

One-time press hero faces its wrath; Jobs are scarcer than you think; etc.

The press, along with everyone else, has finally turned on Alan Greenspan, and it looks like there’s no going back.... More

“One Part Practiced Folksy, One Part Sassy, and a Little Dash of High School Bitchy”

In this final-days-of-Campaign-2008 silly season, three rumors--each of them as-yet-unproven--have emerged: 1. Sarah Palin has begun running against John McCain... More

The Horse’s Mouth

Campaign rally stories should be careful describing the supporter ranks

Here’s a cardinal rule of journalistic writing: Don’t float a quote. But the San Francisco Chronicle does just that, in... More

The Most Importantest Election Ever

In The American Scholar, Christopher Clausen investigates the phrase that comes 'round and 'round. He starts in July 1864, when... More

I Spur, You Spur, We All Spur

Andrew Sullivan, in the new Atlantic, explains why he blogs: Each week, after a few hundred posts, I also write... More

Lose Both Ways

However the election goes in two weeks, we're likely to see less of Sarah Palin, whether she's sitting in the... More

Making the Grade

The Times-Picayune gets it right when evaluating the candidates’ education policies

Just yesterday, I called for papers to fill their pages with substantive, local-minded stories about how campaign rhetoric will translate... More

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tries to Redeem Itself

A better job on health care, but still a ways to go

As part of an ongoing series examining what the candidates’ plans might mean for Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution took another... More

Moonlight and Valentino

Why are the media so clothes-minded when it comes to Palin?

He was drawn to her from their first meeting. He liked her and respected her and saw how charming she... More

And You Will Know Us By…

That Ukranian ship stocked with weapons? Still being held by Somali pirates. The BBC has an update today and some... More

Brokaw’s “Ideal Debate”

NBC News's Tom Brokaw was on The Daily Show last night talking about his experience moderating the third presidential debate.... More

I Am Reporter

Stock market's down. Party-crashing in New York City is up. So reports amNewYork. Also? Some party crashers are posing as... More

Disposable Story

Fortune overplays the meaning of a personal-savings uptick

A Debit to Fortune for repeating an old canard of the business press: that an increase in the personal savings... More

Audit Roundup: Hank on the Hot Seat

The Times applies a little heat in an interview; Credit raters also grilled; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent bit of insta-history this morning, scoring an interview with Treasury Secretary Paulson to... More

Closet Confessionals

One of CoutureGate's coattails? Political reporters and talking heads feeling moved to air their own dirty laundry to the world... More

Too Good to Be True?

Do local TV news viewers prefer Jim Lehrer to Kent Brockman?

Journalists, and for that matter academics, relish a good plot twist. So it’s no surprise that some commentators in the... More

Dowd’s Gravitas

NYT opinion columnist pulls the “earnest” card

Maureen Dowd’s column in today’s New York Times is a serious, even earnest, take on Colin Powell’s late-in-the-game endorsement of... More

Be the Change You Want To See

Halloween-hooked election stories. Election-hooked Halloween stories. It's time. The (Torrance, CA) Daily Breeze is "Handicapping the winners in the Halloween... More

Islamophobia and the Op-Ed Pages

Colin Powell rushes in where columnists previously feared to tread

It's hard to compete with Colin Powell, especially if you're a small media watchdog group. But the former Secretary of... More

Fun With Demographics

The witty folks at McSweeney's turn their eye for satire to this year's election with "Extended Trailer for American Demographic:... More

Better late than never

A quote from Seymour Hersh, portending interesting stories on the Bush administration, even after inauguration day: "You cannot believe how... More

To-Do List

What reporters could do in the days before the election

There are thirteen days until the presidential election, and, as Liz mentioned earlier, the media seems to be stuck in... More

Take Me to the Other Side

Reporting from inside the Taliban is an old story

Nir Rosen’s blockbuster article in Rolling Stone on his “embed” with the Taliban in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan is... More

We’re All Just A Little Bit Socialist

And the press could point out that it’s no big deal

Forgive the foray into middle school essay writing, but here goes: The Oxford English Dictionary defines socialism as: A theory... More

How the Other Half Dies

Did The New York Times intentionally construct a brilliant juxtaposition of wealth and poverty on its front page this morning?... More

13 Days Out: What, Now?

We know what the campaign press, in general,is doing with its time now, today, thirteen days before election day. But... More

AP’s Extended Teaching Moment

Yesterday, Megan offered some suggestions for reporters for how to cover the McCain campaign's recent cries of socialism, including: "add... More

Audit Roundup: Reeling ‘Em In

NYT good on credit chicanery; Journal looks at housing’s ground zero; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent story on how banks are luring struggling Americans into ever-more debt by assembling... More

“Palling Around With Haberdashers”

So, WardrobeGate (CoutureGate? FashionPlateGate?) Politico reports that the Republican National Committee apparently has spent over $150,000 on clothing and accessories... More

News Hog(wash)

McCain wins battle for headlines. Will he win the election?

The central question that Michael Tomasky asks in the most recent New York Review of Books is this: “Can a... More

Transparency at Federal Science Agencies

WaPo gets marks for covering UCS “report card,” but misses important details

Last Friday, The Union of Concerned Scientists released a “report card” grading fifteen federal agencies’ records on disclosing scientific information... More

Journos of the World, Unite!

Or, some basic ways to deal with McCain’s “socialism” claims

Listen up, all you hard-working Americans! If Barack Obama wins the presidency, get ready to have your hard-earned money snatched... More

$tunned into $ilence

Why isn’t the media asking more questions about Obama’s fundraising success?

So far, 2008 seems to be the year of the big, round numbers: the $700 billion bailout, the $10 trillion... More

Props, CNN

Yes, CNN's Dan Lothian did file a report this afternoon standing next to a canon on a Civil War battlefield... More

“David The Journalist,” “Tito The Builder”

Perhaps you've heard Gov. Palin refer to"Tito the Builder" on the trail recently (in the same bit where she calls... More

Obsession with Controversy

What are papers to do when fear, funding, and free speech collide?

Sometime around early June, about the time Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, an agent for a shadowy group... More

Michele, The New Zell?

Politico's Daniel Libit pronounces Rep. Michele Bachmann's "call for a media investigation into 'anti-American' members of Congress" "the macaca —... More

“What Happened to the Old Press Corps?”

Among the interesting bits of Jeffrey Goldberg's interview with Marc Salter of the McCain campaign: We also talked about Salter's... More

Accountability Journalism v. Another -Ism

The AP applied some basic "accountability journalism" (I guess?) to some recent McCain/Palin campaign trail rhetoric (emphasis mine): Republican Sarah... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Masson v. New Yorker and immersion journalism at Harper’s magazine.

Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and The First Amendment
 By Kathy Roberts Forde
 University of Massachusetts Press... More

Has Scarborough Been In Touch?

Joe Biden's recent "mark my words" words -- and the way the press has handled them -- were all the... More

Picturing the Crisis

A look at photographic coverage in the financial press

What does the financial crisis look like? Well, judging from recent weeks, it looks better in The New York Times... More

Afflicting The Comfortable?

While talking about how hard campaigning can be, during an interview with Cindy McCain, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren articulated... More

Audit Roundup: Derivative Dilemma

Selloffs creating more selloffs, says WSJ; Blaming boomers for the bust; etc.

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning in writing that more trouble is brewing in the derivatives markets. One... More

Anchorage Daily News Traffic Soars

When the McCain campaign announced that Sarah Palin would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee in late August, few reporters knew... More

Vulgus, Schmulgus

Kristol goes astray on Noonan

In The New York Times today, William Kristol takes issue with Peggy Noonan’s proclamation that “the Palin candidacy is a... More

Candidates’ Medical Records Lack Transparency

NYT’s Altman makes the most out of scant information

The New York Times’s Lawrence K. Altman, one of the few reporters in the this country who holds an M.D.,... More

Bemusement Park

It’s not amusing when writers misuse “bemused”

Here’s the lede on one article about the final presidential candidates’ debate: “Calmly swatting away John McCain’s aggression in their... More

The Plumber’s Tale

Alas, poor Joe, hapless victim of the media

The emails I occasionally receive from the McCain campaign aren't generally funny. Glorifying as they do the us-versus-them mentality that... More

Frankly, Goldman, What About the CDOs?

The Times misses the big question on Goldman

A lengthy New York Times piece on the heavy involvement of Goldman Sachs alumni in the government apparatus in charge... More

Wikipedia vs. Joe the Plumber

Wikipedia users debate Wurzelbacher’s newsworthiness and notability

If John McCain and Barack Obama's invocation of "Joe the Plumber" twenty-odd times in their final debate wasn't enough to... More

AP’s Tale of Two Ropelines

Two Associated Press headlines today: "Obama ropelines: bouncing babies, controlled chaos" "McCain ropelines: more discipline, less chatting" (... and also,... More

“That’s Not Right.”

What to do when confronted with the “Obama is a Muslim” rumor?

It was a cold night in early January when Dana Goldstein, a writer for The American Prospect, was interviewing caucus... More

“You Have Been So Friendly…”

As mentioned in passing in this earlier post, the morning after her SNL appearance, being in town and all, Gov.... More

Who’s Cutting What in Medicare?

A missing campaign issue suddenly surfaces

All of a sudden last week Medicare zoomed atop the list of acceptable campaign talk. It started with an early... More

Endorsements Out Of Ohio

Four newspapers in the battleground state of Ohio endorsed Barack Obama's candidacy this weekend, raising his total Ohio endorsement count... More

Echoes of Hank

Remember "McCain/Palin Tradition," Hank Williams, Jr.'s re-working of his song "Family Tradition" that was unveiled last week on the campaign... More

Laughable?

The only "press conference" Gov. Sarah Palin has conducted to date as the vice presidential nominee took place on "Saturday... More

Audit Roundup: Oil Turmoil

WaPo and WSJ on the fallout from falling crude; Watching the swaps market; etc.

The bust has already sent oil prices tumbling, but here’s a shocking headline from Bloomberg: Options contracts are pointing to... More

Out of (Bounds’) Bounds

Tucker Bounds, cable news's favorite McCain campaign spokesperson, to MSNBC's Tamran Hall this morning: HALL: Let's also talk about the... More

Sunday Watch 10-19-08

In which Colin Powell is a statesman

My dictionary offers this definition of statesman: “a senior politician who is widely respected for integrity and impartial concern for... More

Dear Fox News: Hip-Hop ≠ Obama Endorsement

Two things I know to be true: 1. This photo of Colin Powell, retired general, former Secretary of State, and... More

Attack Media

GOP rhetoric bears responsbility for attack on reporter at Palin rally

From Romenesko comes the news that a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record was attacked yesterday at a Sarah... More

Trib goes for Obama

In a not entirely unexpected move (Chicago Reader media critic Mike Miner suggested the possibility last month) the Chicago Tribune... More

Abortion and the Anecdotal Lede

When reporting on abortion, the humanizing anecdote has political implications

In her syndicated column today, Ellen Goodman contrasts the relative success of the gay rights movement with the defensive crouch... More

Debunking the “New Generation” of Black Pols

A simplistic narrative that misses some real stories

The rise of Barack Obama has spawned a wave of stories heralding "a new generation" of black politicians who successfully... More

My Buddy, My Powell

Is there anything the political press loves more than a good mystery? Who will the candidates choose as their Veep... More

Double Negative

All attack ads aren’t created equal

Both the Obama and McCain campaigns, their coffers flush with cash, have been taking their messages to the airwaves, and... More

Transparency, Regulation and …

Rapoport’s three-step plan for restoring confidence

Most readers don’t get to see newswire copy, which is available only to subscribers at a price we can’t afford.... More

Lessons Learned

How can you tell that a campaign concept has made it into the public consciousness? It's a joke on SNL:... More

Ils Regretteront L’Erreur

Front page apologies flower in Europe

Le Monde, a highly respected French newspaper, committed an error so egregious on Wednesday that its editors believed the only... More

Kicked Around

At a rally in North Carolina yesterday, Joe Killian, a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record, got kicked to... More

Joe the Plumber, McCain’s Imaginary Friend

SNL is at it again: More

Juggling Beats, Localizing Climate

Conference offers valuable lessons on modern reporting

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Reporters at local papers around the country know how to juggle beats. They have to. Steve Bennish... More

Dave and Mac Kiss and Make Up

McCain and Letterman after the candidate famously snubbed the host during SuspendMyCampaignGate: Michael Calderone has the pool report from the... More

The Newsweek Bubble

Zakaria is living in some other economy

A Debit to Newsweek for trying a bit too hard to look on the bright side as the latest economic... More

What’s Rich?

Joe Wurzelbacher and the politics of the “middle class”

Wednesday’s presidential debate may or may not have changed the race for John McCain, but there was one thing that... More

Audit Roundup: Working Class Blues

WaPo good on labor’s travails; Hedge-fund hysteria; etc.

The Washington Post has a solid story this morning on the hardships facing the working class—illustrating them with the story... More

Tortured Reasoning?

You may have heard of Torturing Democracy, a documentary film exploring the Bush administration’s interrogation strategies and policies, written and... More

The Washington Sketch and the Debate: For Amber Waves of Grain

Ever wondered how campaign reporters spend their time while watching the presidential debates? Pretty much the same way you do.... More

Faulty Plumbing

Believing something doesn’t make it so, Joe

Earlier today, CJR’s Megan Garber was right to fault the media for being distracted by the humor of the "Joe... More

Iceland: “Back to Fish”

There's been a decent amount of coverage of tiny Iceland over the last couple of weeks, as the country's banking... More

Small Business Sense

The New York Times takes a stab at the small biz tax question

After all the plumbing business, I was heartened to see this passage in the Times today: So will Americans who... More

The American Nightmare

James Howard Kunstler and the tragicomedy of suburban sprawl

Two weeks after the bailout heard round the world, and with three weeks to go until one of the most... More

There You Joe Again

In which the media miss the merit of an average Joe

Before last night's presidential debate, if I were to mention the phrase "Joe the Plumber" to you, the image you'd... More

Circular Logic

Let’s lose the pie chart scorecards, CNN

In addition to the squiggly lines that I so detest, CNN’s debate broadcast featured another useless feature: the pie-chart score... More

Hate The Game

MSNBC's Chris Matthews after the debate last night: Coming up, we go to The Spin Room -- I hate that... More

The Coming Credit Card Meltdown

BizWeek on the next crisis for the banks

BusinessWeek takes a useful look at the next big problem in consumer credit. One word: plastic. The piece’s perspective is... More

Best “Plumber” Headline

The award for the best use of "Joe the Plumber" in a morning-after-debate headline could belong to... Barron's. "Plumber Takes... More

Obama on Press “Getting Carried Away”

Sen. Obama warned supporters at a fundraiser this morning in Manhattan: For those of you who are feeling giddy or... More

Some Kind of Journalist

Hunter S. Thompson: prolific, Bible-loving, workaholic

Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson 
 by William McKeen
 W. W. Norton, 448 pages, $27.95 Conversations... More

Pundits With “Moldy” Assumptions

Time's Joe Klein explains why political pundits (and he uses "we" in the explanation) had such a different-seeming insta-reaction to... More

Method Reporting

Yesterday, Clint and I were wondering aloud whether CNN might dress its campaign reporter like a local, in typical Long... More

Plumbing out the Context

As Joe The Plumber enjoys his 15 minutes, would it be too much to ask that some of that time... More

Audit Roundup: Don’t Forget Housing

NYT, WSJ on the rotting root of the crisis; Papers look at troubled hedge funds; etc.

The Times says the housing rout is far from over, with prices likely to decline for another year. The current... More

Joe, Cool

While "Joe" (as in, The Plumber) was a frequently-used word during last night's debate, "cool" is a frequently-used word in... More

Voters and Race

The race issue is sometimes better served in portraits, not polling theories

I mentioned earlier this week that articles about theories like the Bradley Effect run the risk of zooming out too... More

Hollow Criticism from MarketWatch

Friedman’s attempt to bash environmental journalism lacks meat

Given that I am currently at the annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference, it seems an opportune time to comment... More

Quixotic Signage of the Day: Ed in ‘08

On Hardball's pregame right now, a crowd of people--most of them, apparently, Hofstra students; almost all of them, judging from... More

IM’ing past each other

Today New York magazine moderated--egged on?--an instant messaging bout between Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and The National Review's Byron York.... More

Live Blogging The Debate. Again.

Beginning around 8:45 PM

CJR contributors will be live blogging tonight's debate in the comments section of this post. As always, everybody is welcome... More

Live, From A Blog, It’s Debate Night!

Live bloggers dish on the process

Most political bloggers would say that their craft requires a careful, often uneasy balance between taking the time to develop... More

The Red And The Black

Does anybody *really* think that Barack Obama is a Communist?

Barack Obama. He's black. He's got a funny name. He's rather liberal. All of these things are somewhat novel in... More

Apples to Acorn

Fox News may be ahead in quantity of Acorn-related coverage (between Saturday and today at 3:00pm, TVEyes shows 556 mentions... More

A Depressing Look Back

Wapo undresses Rubin, Greenspan, Gramm, Levitt, etc.

The Washington Post has some enlightening historical reporting today on a series of Clinton Administration battles that left the market... More

Rooting Up ACORN

NPR’s take on the suddenly infamous organization

Ever since the McCain campaign called for an investigation into voter registration fraud perpetrated by the nonprofit organization ACORN, many... More

And Now From the Heartland….

KOLN/KGIN tries to explain health care

You could say it wasn’t the greatest story, but, hey, a TV station taking a crack at health care is... More

Intro to Campaign Reporting

From the New York Times's scene from Hofstra University, host of tonight's presidential debate: In a class on nonverbal communication,... More

Joe McCain, Ex-Reporter, Wants To Talk

Sen. John McCain's younger brother, a onetime reporter, wants the McCain campaign to re-open press access (to the candidate and... More

Chapter 7: Road Trip

In which newspapers go looking for that rare species, the elusive voteris Americanus

Similar to the Grand Tour tradition of the Victorian age, modern newspapers observe a perennial election-time rite in which an... More

“Tone and Tactics” Coverage

From PEJ's report on last week's campaign coverage: [T]he media narrative of the campaign focused on tone and tactics last... More

Audit Roundup: WSJ on “Tough Guy” Paulson

A little over-dramatic; NYT says watch your shrinking paycheck; etc.

The Times and the Journal post their behind-the-scenes stories of the meeting where the government told the nation’s top bankers... More

Down With the Dial

Let’s abolish the debate night dial-meter, okay?

Cue the infomercial: Wanna to know what real people are thinking, but can’t bother to ask actual questions? Have no... More

The Obama Effect?

At another panel at the Time Warner Summit, TechPresident co-founder Andrew Rasiej, talking with his fellow panelists about the recent... More

Where’s the “Viable Discourse”?

At a panel at the Time Warner Summit this afternoon, Michael Eric Dyson, Amy Holmes, Charles Blow, and Smokey Fontaine... More

AP: What “Could” Happen at Debate

From the AP's Liz Sidoti: Advisers for each candidate say he will use the final debate to lay out his... More

Arab or Decent?

McCain’s weak denunciation of woman’s comment didn’t get enough press pushback

On Friday, a woman at a McCain rally in Minnesota said she didn’t trust Obama because he was “an Arab.”... More

The Therapeutic Press

The Russian media, um, underreports the financial crisis

CNN.com led this morning with a story about kitchen-table financial panic fomenting backyard violence. “An out-of-work money manager in California... More

Wolf Blitzer, Mother’s Helper?

From The Daily Beast's "Dear Sarah" letter offering advice to Gov. Palin should she find herself D.C.-bound: When a busy... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part IX

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the ninth and final entry in a series that has examined how seven people who live in the... More

Tomorrow Night: The Third Presidential “Something”

Dan Rather talking presidential debates at the Time Warner Media/Politics conference today (h/t Michael Calderone): "First of all, these aren’t... More

Health Care on the Mississippi Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Health Care on the Mississippi” series, in descending order.... More

ADN editorial page is clear on Palin

On Friday, an Alaska investigative committee released a report into Palin's attempts to remove her ex-brother in law from the... More

Why We Fight

All the talk of abandoning Afghanistan to its fate ignores history

Many in the press have begun to declare the war in Afghanistan either unwinnable (off the words of one outspoken... More

Gems of Reporting

In the same Times story Clint pointed out earlier, Elizabeth Bumiller slips this one past the goalie: Even in the... More

Parliament’s Peanut Gallery

The wit and wisdom of Britain’s sketch writers

Whenever Simon Hoggart writes about Michael Fabricant, he makes note of the honorable gentleman from Lichfield’s hair. “How many My... More

The Comeback (To Substance)

Comeback narratives should take a backseat to substantive coverage

The Los Angeles Times’s top political story this morning has the headline: “McCain is looking for another comeback.” Its point... More

Cleverer smears, please

An otherwise charming Pat Healy piece on Palin's rhetorical style and campaign gets a little detail wrong: “Man, I love... More

Irony, meet Objectivity

The constraints that come along with writing for an excellent newspaper, like The New York Times, often cut down on... More

Spitzer’s Ghost

The public record on lending hangs over the business press

In 2002, Georgia passed an anti-predatory lending law that had all the usual provisions—it forbade deceptive practices in the disclosure... More

Audit Roundup: WSJ Digs into Hospitals

Paper continues to be great on the issue; Journal’s other smart angles today; etc.

The Journal has some smart stories today, including the continuation of its excellent reporting on nonprofit hospitals acting like for-profit... More

The “Left-Wing, Liberal Media”? They’re Totally in the Hank

Bad news for the media today: Hank Williams, Jr. doesn't like you. At least, if you're a member of the... More

Doing the Digging

I just put up a piece that criticizes Howard Kurtz (and others) for not giving the straight dope on the... More

Palin Broke the Law, Says Investigation

But on Sunday, and since, journalists let her off the hook

Ask any public relations hack, and they’ll tell you that Friday night—especially if it comes before a long weekend—is a... More

The Bradley Effect, Redux?

How helpful are the reassessments of the much-debated theory? Not very.

The New York Times and The Washington Post both printed articles this weekend on the Bradley Effect and its forecasted... More

Rescuing the Bailout

Which word best describes the government’s response to the financial crisis?

Politics, especially in the few weeks before an election, is full of semantics, but this year seems particularly fraught. Take... More

What She Said

A recommended WSJ op-ed

A WSJ opinion piece today, “A Capitalist Manifesto,” strikes me as well-worth reading. True, the author, Judy Shelton, sets up... More

Oh, There’s Been A Moratorium On That?

From the Washington Post's Dan Balz: But there ought not to be any moratorium on asking hard questions of both... More

Mr. Andrea Mitchell

Megan recently explored the trouble with Andrea Mitchell reporting, as she does sometimes on MSNBC, on the current financial crisis... More

Let the Crystal-Balling Begin

More red meat needed from the Associated Press

“John McCain’s health plan would reduce the ranks of the uninsured by about 21.1 million people if fully put in... More

Suicide Watch

Covering death during a financial crisis

Covering suicides has long been considered a delicate subject among newspaper editors. There are internal and industry-wide guidelines that offer... More

Change Resistant

The New Yorker on the ground with the white working class

Journalism at this late stage of a presidential race usually doesn’t provide much more insight into the human condition than... More

Column Pairs Well With Cheez-Its

In high school, Maureen Dowd confides in her New York Times column yesterday, Dowd "translated swatches of Julius Caesar's 'The... More

The AP’s Exclusive With “Wasilla Heartthrob”

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's fiancé, "agreed to talk" to the Associated Press's Adam Goldman ("despite the presidential campaign's advice in... More

NYT: Ten Percent “Policy Substance”

Clark Hoyt on election coverage in the New York Times: Through Friday, of 270 news articles published in The Times... More

Audit Roundup: Obama and the Crash

CNBC’s Gasparino says Barack’s to blame; WaPo’s Samuelson says it’s “deleveraging”; etc.

CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino tosses off a boneheaded column today in the NY Post suggesting the market is cratering because it... More

Sunday Watch 10-12-08

In which false equivalency struts its fraudulent stuff

Tom Brokaw is rapidly making up for lost air time by building premises on sand. Conventional wisdom piles atop conventional... More

ABC Declines Renewable Power Ad

Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection launches petition

The We campaign, launched by Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection last spring, has already attracted a lot of attention... More

Good MoJo

Kudos to Mother Jones for some great muckraking when it comes to Palin's foreign policy experience as Alaska governor. Not... More

How Not to Start an Interview

Palin isn't the only politician from the north side of the the 49th parallel having trouble in TV interviews. Here's... More

SNL’s Debate Send-Up (The Early Edition)

Saturday Night Live--the latest outlet, it seems, to fall victim to the blink-and-you-miss-it speed of the contemporary political news cycle--has... More

Politicians and the Press: A Long History of Love and Hate (and Especially Hate)

From the "alas, 'twas always thus" department: PEJ turns in a brief but interesting study of the long history of... More

“At Least Six Million Questions”?

Behind the presidential debate’s numbers confusion

The New York Times’s political blog, The Caucus, is cleaning up after itself after a Monday night post claimed that... More

The Case of the Comical Cleric

Apologies for deeds done while off the clock

Reverend Peter Mullen holds the rather unique position of chaplain to the London Stock Exchange. As if that’s not keeping... More

Palin and her Press

Hard questions, second guesses, and conflict up North

Over the last weeks, Sarah Palin’s brief public career—especially her time as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska—has been thoroughly examined by... More

Dispatches From New Orleans

I like Oxford American. Lots of people say it's the New Yorker of the South, which is to say that... More

About That Mortgage Proposal

It’s not just about the rhetoric wars

In the days following the second presidential debate, the McCain campaign has pressed the “Who is Barack Obama?” field of... More

Obama’s Projector

Cosmic Log explains McCain’s misleading criticism

During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, John McCain attempted to skewer Barack Obama by criticizing an earmark Obama had requested for... More

Audit Roundup: Back to the Boats

WSJ great on Iceland’s brief banks bonanza; Dismal scientists indeed; etc.

The Journal has a fantastic story on page one about the devastating impact of the crisis on Iceland. After privatizing... More

Rule #1 of Direct Democracy: Don’t Hassle the Hoff

Barack Obama, having apparently decided that all the glowing press reports about The Imminence of His Victory and everything won't... More

Panic! At the Newsroom

The Daily Show lampoons Fox News's unique take on The Great Panic of 2008. That panic is not economic: More

Ayers Supply

How should the press be covering the resurgence of Bill Ayers?

Last Sunday, The New York Times fronted a 2,150-word article about Barack Obama's association with Bill Ayers, co-founder of the... More

Broken Homes

Harper’s on the ground in the housing bust

A Credit to Harper’s for a brutal piece (subscription required) on cleaning out foreclosed upon and abandoned houses. We have... More

About that Ayers NYTimes quote…

I had it in mind to write something about this McCain quote from today: "Look, we don't care about an... More

E-gads! A blog!?!

Norm Coleman is not platform agnostic

Blog. Say out it loud. Blog! If you say it right, it almost sounds like a nasty word. (It’s got... More

“Well, Have Ya Seen the Latest Cover of Newsweek?”

Because "any woman who sees this cover," Republican media consultant Andrea Tantaros explained yesterday on Fox News, "will be shocked... More

It’s Not What They Say About You…

...it's what they whisper. The Washington Times might endorse Barack Obama, "insiders" whisper to U.S. News & World Report. "Times... More

Pirates’ Spokesman Still Speaking

You forgot about that Somali-pirates-holding-Ukranian-vessel story, didn't you? The latest: that ship is still being held, NATO is sending ships... More

My Foreclosure

Most journalists don’t know what it’s like to lose a home. I do.

As a business-media critic, I sometimes get caught up in the crush of events and forget that at the heart... More

Michelle, Ma Belle

Questions for Mrs. Obama

Wednesday night, Michelle Obama appeared on “Larry King Live.” It’s been a while since the missus had been around, and... More

CBS News: “McCain Plane Better Than Obama’s!”

Reading some of the gripes CBS News's Dean Reynolds writes up in his online Reporter's Notebook this week reminds me... More

Audit Roundup: Times Have Changed for Greenspan

NYT on his derivatives legacy; more U.S. bailouts; etc.

The Times absolutely unloads on Alan Greenspan (whom the business press lionized for decades) in a huge page-one piece, blaming... More

MSNBC 101

Have you ever wondered why MSNBC and other news networks cover the irrelevant campaign talking points, a la Bill Ayers,... More

The Accidental Icon

How Jacob Riis went from the muck to muckraker

The Other Half: The Life 
Of Jacob Riis and the World 
Of Immigrant America
By Tom Buk-Swienty
Translated from the Danish 
by... More

Six Ways To Improve The Debates

Think the debates are boring? We can rebuild them!

The consensus seems to be that Tuesday night’s presidential debate was extremely boring. Here are six viable suggestions for how... More

Suddenly Funny

Remember back in July when the New York Times' Bill Carter reported that political comedy was at a loss? When... More

Blogs Alive

The temporary virtues of live blogging

Last night’s presidential debate provided yet another opportunity for political Web sites to unleash their best (or most willing) bloggers... More

Take a Letter, Noam Scheiber…Address It to “Dear Friends”…

Noam Scheiber has done it again. This time, the Palin-phernalia he's dredged up in his reporting about the political history... More

The Rural-Urban Divide

Politics are divisive and reductive, and voters are squeezed into ill-fitting categories that rub, chafe, and restrict movement. The line... More

McAnger: A Photo Essay

Today’s papers put the ‘icky’ in ‘Mavericky’

So I couldn't help but notice a weird little trend among the stories summarizing last night's presidential debate. The trend... More

He Said What?!

The substance beneath the scenes

Such is the curse of the self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect the debates to be mere political farce, complete with... More

Reality Brokaw, Rated

Pacts before facts

There was a moment during last night's debate when Tom Brokaw said, with an edge to his voice: Since the... More

Dissecting the Health Care Debate

What the candidates said and didn’t say

Both John McCain and Barack Obama were expected to pound away at health care during last night’s debate, and, indeed,... More

Reality Brokaw

Also during Tom Brokaw's appearance on MSNBC this morning, Joe Scarborough asked Brokaw, since he "had the best seat in... More

Pronunciation as Shibboleth

The Economist's "Democracy in America" blog is irritated by the National Review's myopic focus on Obama's pronunciation of Pakistan last... More

Brokaw Reads McCain’s Mind

On MSNBC this morning, an exchange between Pat Buchanan and Tom Brokaw: BUCHANAN: Tom, in the first debate McCain was... More

Audit Roundup: Doubting the Candidates

Pearlstein says neither inspires much crisis confidence; Lightning strikes twice with S&L, subprime; etc.

Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post is good this morning (on a very tight deadline) on the unimpressiveness of both... More

CNN: Dismount High Horse

At 11:30 last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper announced: You're looking at a picture of The Spin Room. That is one... More

Trust the Facts, Ma’am

From the “it’s not too much to ask” department: truth-squadding during the nets’ debate specials

On CNN last night, as a tired-looking David Gergen was decrying, in a dull monotone, his assessment of the second... More

Character Counts

For both Obama and McCain

The presidential campaigns' recent detour to the dirty side has pundits decrying the strategy as manipulative and irrelevant, and urging... More

And Then, Suddenly, We Were All Guilty by Association

On yesterday's post-debate episode of Hannity and Colmes--Live From The Spin Room!--Sean and Alan hosted Obama communications director Robert Gibbs.... More

Norquist: “McCain is Reagan”

…and other absolutely shocking revelations

Isn't it refreshing when ideologues and partisans, discussing a particular political event, actually end up offering insight into that event... More

Live Blogging The Debate

Starting around 8:45 PM

Just like last week, we'll be live blogging tonight's debate in the comments section of this article, starting around 8:45... More

Robinson’s Call to Arms

Today, Eugene Robinson has an impassioned call to arms addressed to the media covering the campaign. ...we should be relentless... More

Palin, Fey, Palin…Stop

Why the parody shouldn’t become the news

Here’s a suggestion for the networks: stop allotting so much tube time to Tina Fey. As the skilled impersonator of... More

Can We Get Some Quo With That Quid?

"The Place for Politics" has felt more like "The Place for Palin" of late. You can't tune in to MSNBC... More

An Alternative Debate Format

Kevin Drum wonders why Brokaw when PowerPoint will do? Why bother with a human audience or moderator at all? You... More

From Green to Greenbacks

More journalists investigate clean energy as a solution to (or victim of) the economic crisis

Environmental journalists have long called for greater connectivity with the political and business beats — that objective has never been... More

Katie and Sarah, Round 793: In Which All the Awkwardness Enters Our Lives Anew

There is a very real chance that the Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview--"the gift that keeps on giving" to some; "the... More

Ancient History

Let’s be clear about what Ayers and Keating mean

Dust off those SAT skills, boys and girls. Question: OBAMA : AYERS :: MCCAIN : a) PALIN b) GRAMM c)... More

“Partisan Accusations” Dressed as Journalism

Megan argued on Campaign Desk recently, after Fox News's Sean Hannity first interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (an interview Megan called... More

Fantasy Brokaw

What if Brokaw broke the absurd rules of tonight’s debate?

Yesterday, I hoped that Tom Brokaw might do more with tonight's debate than Gwen Ifill did with last Thursday’s (more... More

Worlds Collide

An awesome headline from the Beaver County Times captures the "connection" between the crises on Wall Street and the environment.... More

The Whole Kit and Ca-doodle

The New Republic's Noam Scheiber makes a find that demonstrates why those time-honored journalistic mandates—"go there," "check it out," "gather... More

Twelve Questions About Health Care for Tonight’s Debate

There’s more to talk about than taxing benefits

We’ve been pleased to see that health care returned to the candidate’s stump speeches this weekend. Maybe voters are beginning... More

Attention!

http://journalism.org/node/13105">Per PEJ, from Sept. 29-Oct. 5, "the financial crisis received the most attention from the media for any non-campaign... More

What “Kind of Rough” Can Look Like?

From Dana Milbank today: ...Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater [FL], arriving... More

Audit Roundup: The Fannie/Freddie Smokescreen

Ritholtz continues his good work; 60 Minutes solid on swaps; etc.

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture continues to smack down the Wall Street apologists trying to shift blame to Fannie... More

Laurel and Mini-Dart to the Baltimore Sun

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Baltimore Sun for spotlighting abuse and street sales of buprenorphine, a widely hailed prescription drug for treating... More

Breaking: Pope Says Wall Street Doesn’t Exist! Kinda!

We expend a lot of energy decrying pontification on cable news, in the op-ed pages of the major papers, in... More

Mass Appeal

Or, rather, “hoi polloi” appeal

In most of her speeches, and in her debate last week with Joe Biden, Sarah Palin seems to be speaking... More

A “Job to Do At the Table” (But, What?)

Will Tom Brokaw do better than Gwen Ifill?

As the VP debate wound down last week, Andrew Sullivan's insta-reactions included the following: There was only one loser: Gwen... More

Veeps and Bounds

A couple months ago, when Veepstakes speculation was at its inane/pointless/baffling height, Campaign Desk asked a favor of the press:... More

Talk of the Brown

CNN's Campbell Brown, from a New York Times profile on Saturday: As journalists, and certainly for me over the last... More

A Higher Register

Triumph beats truth in today’s spate of voter-registration stories

Today is the deadline, in nineteen states, for residents to register to vote in the presidential election that will take... More

A Festivus for the Rest of Us?

While we're on the subject of The Economist... The magazine's Increasing Cultural Cred and its Desire for Creative Publicity have,... More

All Poppies Must Die

There’s more to counternarcotics than just killing plants

Did you know the one thing missing from Southern Afghanistan was an increased focus on eradicating poppies? After a whopping... More

The Economist’s “Nerd Chic”

In naming The Economist "Magazine of the Year," Ad Age paraphrases an ad agency VP saying that the publication is... More

Who Will Do the Best Job on Health Care?

Neither candidate, say 40 percent of the voters. What gives?

A friend of mine asked if I thought Joe Biden was spinning health care to the Democrats’ advantage during last... More

Inside Baseball, All Right

CNN has a deep bench on debate nights -- rows of seated pundits, laptops glowing before them, telling us what... More

Stephanopoulos Snoozes, Public Loses

How about a little help for your viewers, George?

What was the public to make yesterday of the health care repartee between Governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Ed... More

Talking Shop: Carla Savalli

Spokesman-Review AME on why she quit, and why people will eventually pay good money to read newspapers

Last Thursday, Steven A. Smith resigned as editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, after he was ordered by his... More

Campaign Drama in Three Minutes

More Monday Morning Movie-ing, this one courtesy of the good people at Slate V. The clip below offers a neat... More

Kristol: Wrong on Wright. Twice.

New York Times columnist Bill Kristol gets a Palin interview before any of his colleagues on the, you know, news... More

Brilliant (Debatably)

Tina Fey And The Gang might just have outdone themselves: More

Audit Roundup: Mallaby’s Fallacy

Regulation not needed to prevent snake-oil sales; NYT on Fan and Fred’s role in the subprime mess; etc.

Sebastian Mallaby of the Washington Post says all this talk about the crisis being caused by deregulated markets failing is... More

Good Morning America (It Was, ‘Til Now)

What's worse (low-information-, high-headache-quotient) than a morning news show segment pitting Campaign A's spokesperson against Campaign B's spokesperson (headline, "Getting... More

Sunday Watch 10-5-08

In which Tom Brokaw goes foxy

Sometimes it’s hard to know when Tom Brokaw is actually gauche or playing gauche; actually ironic or ironizing his own... More

The Right to Know

An interesting two-part documentary from the BBC about freedom of information laws, their evolution and limitations, and applications, in Europe,... More

Ad Astra?

An update from our publicity department: Columbia Journalism Review, the magazine, will soon be advertising on the side of falafel... More

Sarah Palin on Health Care

Media take note: How about a good game of connect-the-dots?

Ordinary hockey mom, ordinary woman, ordinary American! And like ordinary folks on Main Street, she has had trouble buying health... More

Tally-Uh-Oh

The New York Observer, discussing Carl Cameron's nabbing of a Palin interview, keeps a "tally of correspondents/anchors from each network... More

Palin, from Couric to Cameron

Everyone was wondering: Now that we've entered the PC (post-Couric) era of Campaign 2008, who was going to be the... More

Community Media

Everybody’s a journalist at Open Salon

In early August, online magazine Salon unveiled a new platform of blogs written by the people formerly known as its... More

As Economy Sags

Our economy? It's sagging. What does that mean? What now? Well, some things are going to grow and some things... More

Sarah vs. Sarah

The wrong frame, through and through

Both Alessandra Stanley in today’s New York Times and Tom Shales in today’s Washington Post wrote stories about Sarah Palin’s... More

Cherchez la Fey

Okay, so we've all done the Sarah Palin/Tina Fey double-take. But, you know, in passing. And, upon scrutiny, we've realized... More

Second Time’s a Charm

So the financial bailout bill--"larded up," the Boston Globe's Jay Fitzgerald noted, "with legislative sweeteners, such as tax breaks for... More

Palin’ In Comparison

Decrying the laboriously “balanced” assessments of last night’s debate

Why does the press continue to play the “expectations” game in coverage of debates? In spite of writing countless articles... More

Keeping Our Focus?

In light of last night's colossally-cliché-but-apparently-somehow-instructive Focus Groups Featuring Undecided Voters (on CNN, Soledad O'Brien chatted with elusive undecideds in... More

The Case Of The Naughty Wristband

The week in corrections

Starting this week, Craig Silverman, the editor of media errors and corrections Web site RegretTheError.com, will provide a Friday roundup... More

Who, Exactly, Gotcha?

Let’s identify wild finger pointing for what it is

As Liz noted yesterday morning, Howard Kurtz’s column in Thursday’s Washington Post focused on the McCain camp’s accusation that the... More

Annie, Get Your Fun

As I type this, Annie Leibovitz, the brilliant/hackneyed/overexposed/racy/dull celebrity photographer, is hovering over the Manhattan skyline, in a helicopter, capturing... More

‘Talking Points’ Memo

Per the television transcript database TVEyes, here are the number of times the phrase "talking points" has been used in... More

Krauthammer’s Concession Stand

Political pundits--and columnists, in particular--are torn, in some ways, between the past and future. They make their judgments, on the... More

A Sensitive Look at the Uninsured

Health care documentary drives home the financial crisis

The people portrayed in the new documentary Critical Condition, which aired on PBS this week, are experiencing financial crises of... More

NPR Leads on SEC

Picking its spots, public radio continues to shine in credit crisis

A Credit to the Chicago Public Radio show This American Life and NPR’s new podcast Planet Money for an incisive... More

Audit Roundup: Times digs into SEC

Where was this story years ago? Plus more regulatory mishaps in the WSJ

The Times digs into the SEC’s role in enabling the crisis, looking at a crucial regulatory loosening in 2004 that... More

Colbert Advocates “Pre-Reporting the Future”

Stephen Colbert takes on the McCain campaign's recent attempt to "pre-report" last week's presidential debate--"He was getting his version of... More

Pre-Debate Blather v. Common Sense: Exhibit M

On yesterday's pre-debate episode of Hardball, Chris Matthews and his favorite Damsel Duo, Salon's Joan Walsh and IWF president Michelle... More

That Pesky Filter

Palin really appreciates having the ability to speak with people "without the filter of the mainstream media telling viewers what... More

Oh, that Court!

Is Biden's Supreme Court answer meant to bring something else up in voters' minds? More

Branches!

Gwen picks up where The Hill left off, and asks if the VP's office is in the Executive branch or... More

Palin and the Senate

What does she mean about the relationship with the senate? A greater role? That moment resembled her Couric interview. More

Red Blogger Says

The Economist blog's "red blogger" thinks "the non-combative format of the debate" is helping Biden more than it is Palin,... More

Interesting Questions

I think the questions here are very interesting. What campaign promises are you planning to break? How will your administration... More

The Ghost of Campaigns Past

Palin to Biden: "You were for [the war] before you were against it." In other words: You. Are. John. Kerry.... More

John McCain knows how to win a war

Which war did he win? More

Win a War

Can we ask why, exactly, McCain knows how to win a war? And what wars he's won in the past?... More

Just A Reminder…

We're live blogging the vice presidential debate over at Campaign Desk. All are welcome. More

Covering NASA’s 50th Birthday

Anniversary provides an opportunity for wide-angle reporting about the agency’s purpose

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned fifty yesterday, and if articles are like birthday cards, most journalists sent their... More

Live Blogging Tonight’s Debate

Beginning here around 8:30 PM

THIRD UPDATE: Comments are back. I think. SECOND UPDATE: We're moving this over to The Kicker to try and get... More

Joe’s Big Show

How the soft bigotry of low expectations paints a false picture

Earlier today, Megan cautioned against resisting the spin about tonight’s debate. “The McCain campaign, inside and outside and around Wash... More

On the State of Contemporary Discourse

Revelations from an intellectual of the Interweb

Yesterday, I posted an article that took on the attacks being aimed at the press for engaging in "gotcha journalism,"... More

Biden Time?

Resist the spin, ye Veep-debate narrators!

Critics, of journalism or anything else, don't tend to engage in prediction. We tend, in fact, to criticize others for... More

A Story That We’d Rather Not See

A cop-out at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took the easy road on Sunday when it set out to enlighten readers about the health care... More

Palin’s Kerri Strug Moment

In 1996, Kerri Strug earned her place in history when she helped the American gymnastics team secure Olympic gold with... More

Debate Fun and Games

In preparation for tonight's much anticipated vice presidential debates, here are excerpts from a slew debate drinking games. From the... More

More Snubbery?

The makings of SnubGate II? More

He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today's Anchorage Daily News: "Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound" and, subhed:... More

Do Better. Here’s How

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, explains how election coverage might be improved. In a nutshell:... More

Mean Girls?

Washington Post political reporter Ann Kornblut talks to the National Journal about "Sexism in the Media." In part: Q: Last... More

An Earful From Ifill

I haven't heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday's post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond... More

Audit Roundup: A Day (and a Half) in the Life

Riveting NYT story on 36 hours of panic; Press explains in its own way why something must be done

The Times puts its big guns on a long page-one piece on the 36 hours when the crisis began spinning... More

The Ploughman 
and the Professor

Consumer reporting in the age of the wise crowd

Journalism is a funny line of work. It wobbles between aspirations to be taken seriously as a “profession,” with all... More

Un-Intel @ NY Magazine

Any editors out there?

I thank New York Magazine and its Daily Intel blog for making me momentarily famous in the areas between Popover’s... More

CNN’s Fringe Science

Instead of watching "Gossip Girl" with the rest of them, my new TV show this season is "Fringe" on Fox.... More

The Palin-Press War: A Degree of Difficulty

Pop quiz: Let's say you need to undergo a coronary bypass. And let's say you learn, through a Google search... More

News You Can Eat

What's that line about the best way to a man's heart being through his stomach? Well, apparently the best way... More

Hey, ‘Gotcha’! Caughtcha!

CJR’s new software guards against gotcha-ism

Dear Journalists, We're writing to inform you that there's an injustice being carried out in the late weeks of this... More

WWVD?

Who doesn't love a Voltaire quote? Here's one of my favorites: ...the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman,... More

Nose-Wrinkling

Ah, the style feature. Sarah Palin is approaching the debate podium, y’all, so call in the body language experts, the... More

Having It Both Ways

What Hugh Hewitt’s ‘interview’ with Sarah Palin says about journalism today

Chris Cillizza is a reporter who writes a blog about politics for The Washington Post, one of our nation’s best... More

Drudge Raises a Point

Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism. She’ll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part VIII

Real people and the candidates’ plans

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

Not What You Think

Best headline of week award goes to The Brooklyn Paper with Hookers to get BJ’s in a mall. Nice. h/t... More

McCain at the Register

Give John McCain credit for taking the time to meet with The Des Moines Register's editorial board. It may not... More

“Smackdown” Lawsuit Smacked Down

Congratulations to Susan Paterno on the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit the Santa Barbara News-Press filed against her based on... More

Audit Roundup: $700 Billion in a New Light

Enough to buy top 23 banks; Depression talk, etc.

Jonathan Weil of Bloomberg has an eye-opening column about the need to inject capital into the system, rather than just... More

In the Microcosm of America, Everything Is Required Reading

Media members the world over, your sense of self-worth should be just a little bit higher today: Sarah Palin doesn't... More

Rescue Me

John McCain, economic semantician

First it was President Bush calling the bailout a rescue plan. Now McCain is following suit, telling John Roberts of... More

One Pirate, Who Requested Anonymity…

... because he feared being made to walk the plank... I've found it a bit of a challenge (being on... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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