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November 2008

Overload!

Journalism’s battle for relevance in an 
age of too much information

In 2007, as part of the third round of strategic planning for its digital transformation, The Associated Press decided to... More

Surface Routines

How we read on the Web

Overload—the amount people feel compelled to know combined with the volume of information they have to sift through in order... More

More on the Mommy Stamp

WaPo columnist frets about Michelle Obama’s mom-in-chief self-label

Earlier today, Megan wrote about the unfortunate “momification” of Michelle Obama in the press, and focused on a Monday New... More

Cut on the Bias

Pop quiz, before school gets out for holiday recess: What do Mark Halperin and al-Qaeda have in common? They both... More

Michelle Obama, Mother

Please, can we stop with all the “momification” talk?

A plea: can we please--please, please--all stop talking about the "momification of Michelle Obama"? Can we please stop analyzing and... More

Mag the Dog

Vanity Fair pokes some fun at the magazine industry's Obamania. "Magazines are awash in Barack-emblazoned covers," David Friend writes. "It’s... More

Poland Climate Change Conference

Journalists from Brazil to Bangladesh hope to show what it means to the developing world

When government negotiators meet in Poland next week for a major United Nations conference on climate change, Brazilian journalist Gustavo... More

Oh, That’s Rich

CJR alum Kiera Butler, now of Mother Jones, turns in a nice interview with The New York Times's theater-critic-turned-political theater-critic... More

Picture This

The infographic comes of age

The infographic was among man's earliest means of communication (think petroglyph), yet after millennia of evolution, this marriage of text... More

Tragic

From Celia W. Dugger on A1 of today's New York Times: A new study by Harvard researchers estimates that the... More

Chef Executive Officer

So the Times suggests you run your Thanksgiving dinner like you're a CEO. But skip the story and let The... More

Global Cooling, Confused Coverage

Politico article demonstrates gross misunderstanding of climate science, journalism

Proving that old misunderstandings are not easily resolved, Politico published an anachronistically bad article about climate science yesterday. The piece,... More

MeetThePressStakes

Ted Koppel leaves Discovery a few months before his contract expires (Koppel: "Producing our kind of news-related programs is an... More

Joe Nocera’s Mailbag

The NYT's Joe Nocera publishes an excellent email from an unnamed banker predicting an impending (and deserved, he says) collapse... More

Bloomberg: Governments Still Gambling on Derivatives

Check out this Bloomberg story on a Pennsylvania county getting into derivatives to help balance its budget. The interest-rate swaps,... More

LAT Looks Under the New Century Rock

The Los Angeles Times has a good investigation of questionable stock sales at New Century Financial, which was one of... More

The Story of the Small Banks

The Washington Monthly has a good story looking at the successes of community banks, which are in pretty good shape... More

Portfolio: Anybody Home?

Two duds about housing suggest the magazine is not getting it

A Double Debit to Conde Nast Portfolio for offering us an extended portrait of luxury homebuilder Bob Toll as a... More

Turkey of A Headline

It's only Tuesday, but here's a contender in the Are You Kidding Me With This Thanksgiving-Themed News Report? Contest (which... More

When is it acceptable to use children as sources?

Come join the conversation

In his November 16 column, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt examined two instances of the paper's use of... More

Obama Makes It Up To Reporters

Another day. Another presidential(-elect) economic news conference in Chicago. Four more questions fielded. Follow-ups? No. Make-ups? Yes. Today, President-Elect Obama... More

BusinessWeek Exposes the New Subprime

I’ve got to applaud BusinessWeek for its aggressive investigation of dirty subprime lenders getting back into the mortgage game with... More

Wait, Must John Roberts Tie?

Yesterday, Megan highlighted CNN's reporting on the question of whether its own John Roberts should ever again appear on-air sans... More

The Pundits On The Bus (Go, “Blah Blah Blah”)

For AJR, Paul Farhi explores the present and future of campaign trail reporting: Michael Shear, who will cover the Obama... More

Slate on Predatory Lending

Slate has a nice, if a bit too easy, piece focusing on the predatory lending that played a huge role... More

“Nemeses Neutralized?” Not So Fast…

How does the press love the "Clintons=Drama For No-Drama Obama" storyline? Others have tried to count the ways. This morning,... More

Heds Up, Heds Down

Headline of the Day, from the Journal editorial page: "Why Don't We Hang Pirates Anymore?" Worst Headline of the Day,... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Michelle Cottle, Hendrik Hertzberg, Jim Sleeper, and others

Sinner: Michelle Cottle, for wasting the first 2,515 words of a 3,253-word piece about Barney Frank in The New Republic... More

It’s Turkey Time. Gobble Gobble

I like this Allan Sloan column in the Washington Post looking back at the worst "turkeys" of the year. Topping... More

Sorkin Channels Wall Street

Andrew Ross Sorkin in today’s New York Times lets Wall Street CEOs (of all people) snipe anonymously at Tim Geithner,... More

Covering Obvious Conclusions

New York Times takes the bait on lackluster study about kids and the Internet

Several newspapers recently published articles about a new study of children and their Internet usage. The version in The New... More

Poisonous Coinage

Tracing the evolution of the term “toxic loan”

As the country tries to escape its economic doldrums, there’s been a lot of talk about how banks made “toxic... More

Hannity & ?

Breaking news: "Fox's Hannity Losing Liberal Half." That is to say: "Hannity and Colmes: Now With Even Less Colmes". (Alan... More

The Times Is Also Right on Rubin

Speaking of Robert Rubin, The New York Times yesterday had a great story on Citigroup and its atrocious risk-management policies.... More

Are You A “Good Reporter?”

Washington Post ombud Deborah Howell asks and answers the question, "What makes a good reporter? " Endless curiosity and a... More

M(addow)S(oft) N(ational) B(roadcasting) C(ompany)

Not making a list of "Top 25 Censored Stories" of this (or perhaps even next) year: This Rachel Maddow? On... More

John Roberts Must Tie!

So get ready to be outraged or baffled or otherwise scandalized. Last week, John Roberts, cohost of CNN's American Morning,... More

Mrs. Todd The Hot Tub Saleswoman

Joe The Plumber? Meet Chuck Todd's Mom The Hot Tub Saleswoman. And she lives in a swing state, too. On... More

Trimming the Hedges

Web jungle, Web garden—you decide

It may seem like people have been gawking at the proliferation of online news sources for ages now, but it... More

Right on Rubin

Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post points out that it's inexplicable that Robert Rubin hasn't had his reputation much more... More

Kurtz Lists Perino’s Press Beefs

The first half of this week's Howard Kurtz olumn in the Washington Post reads like a listing of White House... More

WSJ Looks at the Morgan Stanley Panic

The Journal’s big story of the day pieces together what happened to Morgan Stanley a couple of months ago when... More

The Times on the Fall of Luxury

The Times has a serviceable story on the problems in the luxury part of the economy, but I just want... More

Let’s Hear It for Penalizing the Uninsured

The Daily Oklahoman passes along some suggestions

It would have been really, really nice had the Daily Oklahoman given a few more details about suggestions made by... More

Above the Fold: Down the Rabbit Hole

John Cassidy, Joe Nocera, and others trace our economic ruination

With this morning's papers bringing news of the government's newest commitment of tens of billions of dollars to prop up... More

A Billion Here, a Trillion There

President-Elect Obama is proposing an enormous stimulus package to save us all from Great Depression II, but just how much... More

At Risk in Mexico

Drug violence is silencing the press

On November 13, Mexican crime reporter Armando Rodriguez was killed outside his Juarez home by an unknown attacker. Rodriguez covered... More

Traffic Jam

Bucking trends, traffic for The Atlantic, Drudge, and HuffPo is actually up post-election, according to Nate Silver and Alexa. Everyone... More

AP Lifts Military Photo Ban

DoD will “avoid distributing altered images to the news media”

The Associated Press has lifted its week-old ban on using military-issued photographs after the Pentagon “assured the news cooperative that... More

White House, Gray Lady

New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet has just named the paper's new White House team. It includes, as... More

Kakutani’s a Poet…and, Oh, She Let Us Know It

Michiko Kakutani seems to have taken a page from pal MoDo's playbook. And not, um, a good one. In today's... More

Subscribe, Get Happy

Some ready-made advertising copy for newspapers hoping to grow circulations: Happy people spend a lot of time socializing, going to... More

She’s Accepted! Sources Say!

So it seems, my friends, that we have arrived at the final installment of the weeklong dramedy that has been... More

Election Postmortem: Technology and the Press

Don’t fetishize technology

The 2008 presidential campaign found the political press embracing technology and interactivity like never before. (Or, at least, attempting to... More

Extra-Censory Perception

Project Censored has released its annual (and forward-looking) list of the "Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009." Among them: #6... More

Copy Editors to the World: Teehee!

So. A brief vocabulary lesson. A dingleberry, for those of you who didn't grow up on a farm, is--and I... More

Politico: “We’ll Do It Live”

Politico's editors and reporters (bloggers included) are dissecting Election '08 at a conference at USC today. Watch it live, here. More

Chicken Soup for the (Campaign Junkie’s) Soul

Hey, politics junkies! Are you going through campaign withdrawal? Do you find yourself, in the quiet moments of the day,... More

Blog Gridlock!

The eminently quotable Michael Kinsley has a nice piece, in this week's Time, about blog gridlock (a topic we explore... More

Salon Rakes the Muck

Last month, Salon published an article investigating the deaths of Army Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez, two soldiers... More

Is This Where We Are?

Wednesday night, Abraham Biggs, a 19-year-old Florida resident, overdosed on a toxic combination of benzodiazepine, a depressant used to treat... More

On the Importance of Cultivating Sources

The winners of the Chancellor Award

On November 19, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and The New York Times's Andrew C. Revkin were presented with the... More

Everything Old Is New Again

The week in corrections

Just over two months ago, shares of UAL, the parent company of United Airlines, fell by as much as 76... More

Blame It on the Black Star

Remember the, um, slightly ironic biography PublicAffairs released last year? The one about disgraced president Richard Nixon, written by disgraced... More

WSJ on the Liver Merchants

The Wall Street Journal has yet another good story in its series on nonprofit hospitals acting like for-profit companies. This... More

Audit Interview: John Ryan

“There was an even bigger story here about how money and influence shape policy”

Many in the press believe they did a great job covering predatory mortgage lenders and their Wall Street partners in... More

The Bold and the Bootyful

Jon Stewart and "senior anti-piracy correspondent" John Oliver poke fun at the media's, er, ARRRsenal of inane pirate puns in... More

Dept of Bizarre Gigs

Apparently, Ani diFranco did an impromptu set yesterday...at the Wall Street Journal newsroom. Gawker has the bizarro details of the... More

Sulzbergers Face the Dividend Music

The New York Times Company finally faced up to reality yesterday and slashed its dividend. It’s something it should have... More

So You Think You Can Dance…Dance…Dance

So yesterday was Chris Matthews's much-anticipated appearance on Ellen. Anticipated, of course, not for the interview, but for the dancing.... More

Look Out Below!

The brief recovery in the credit markets caused by the government bailout is officially history. The Journal continues its good... More

Somebody’s Wrong on Citi

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times both have scoops this morning on what Citi is planning to... More

Brian Lehrer on Crowdsourcing

Another note from the Consumer Revolution conference: Brian Lehrer, of New York City's public-radio station, WNYC, spoke about his station's... More

John Darnton on Those Watchdog Web Sites

Another note from the Consumer Revolution conference: John Darnton, a forty-year veteran of The New York Times, has his doubts... More

Hope Dies Last

I want newspapers to survive, but will they?

I wasn't even twenty-five years old and I was working for the New York Daily News. All of my friends... More

Leaving on a (Private) Jet Plane

Yesterday's irony-laden meeting between the House Financial Services Committee and Detroit's Big Three: what Dana Milbank and his Washington Sketch... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part I

Drug companies eye a large chair

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Who Will Be at the Table?

Drug companies eye a large chair

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Bob Garfield on Aggregation

Another saucy bit from the Consumer Revolution conference: Bob Garfield on aggregation. "We're soon going to see aggregators of aggregators,"... More

David Cay Johnston on Bloggers

At today's Consumer Revolution on the Web conference (hosted by Consumer Reports and CJR), David Cay Johnston, speaking on a... More

Couric on that “Vast Variety of Sources”

Katie Couric, guesting on Letterman last night, talked about those awkward-if-not-disastrous Sarah Palin interviews. Including: Palin's refusal to reveal which... More

A Roundup of the Wreckage

With yet another stock-market plunge yesterday, the papers all have their follow stories about the bleakness. Barry Ritholtz over at... More

WSJ: A Novel Tack by Mortgage Firms

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report on mortgage firms slashing troubled borrowers’ principal, rather than foreclosing on them.... More

Murrow’s Boy

Dan Rather in high definition

The headquarters of Dan Rather Reports is a small, disheveled space just off Times Square in Manhattan, cluttered with temporary... More

The Big Three’s PR Disaster

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post twists the knife into the carmaker CEOs, who were busted in Congress yesterday for... More

Cash for Trash

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent story about which corporate executives made the biggest killings over the last five... More

Career Paths, Bizarro World Edition

Generally speaking, a mailroom is the place where you begin your career. Except at the Newark Star-Ledger, that is--the paper... More

Access Uber Alles

NYT story on Krawcheck shows perils of business-press sourcing

If business journalism can be said to have structural problems—and I think it does—the biggest one, in my view, its... More

New Media, New Opportunities

“It’s an exciting time to be a journalist”

In the five years since I first became a reporter, I have worked for two established print weeklies, both of... More

What didn’t we know, and when did we know it?

Wow. See if you can make it more than halfway through this excellent piece from the New York Observer's John... More

Election Tigers

Per Liz's earlier post, here's an entirely different way in which to see CNN's hologram "in context." In reality, it's... More

Steering Away from the Pack

With everybody thinking and writing about the car industry these days, it’s hard to stand out from the pack. But... More

Today is the Day

Today, apparently, is World Toilet Day. And lest you forget about what that means, science writer Margaret Wertheim lays it... More

Seeing CNN’s Hologram in Context

"CNN: The Most Trusted Name In News?" Up for debate. "The Most Nicknamed Name in News?" Who could argue? Car-Chase... More

Press Release by Science Reporting

An information officer’s defense of honest, helpful PR

Cris Russell's recent lament in CJR about reporters plugging material from press releases directly into their copy seems anything but... More

FT Calls Out the Administration on its “Corner”

The Financial Times is appropriately skeptical of Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed Chairman Bernanke and their assertions that "we have... More

How Much “Change”?

Bloomberg has a nice report on what an Obama administration’s financial and economic policy will look like, noting that Robert... More

Bad News in Commercial Real Estate

The Journal and Bloomberg report today that two big commercial real estate loans are about to default and yesterday the... More

Personalizing the Congo on A1

Last week, Armin wondered why the conflict in the Congo wasn't receiving (more consistent) A1 coverage. Today, New York Times... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff, Part Two

The Washington Post graces us this morning with part two of its Henry Paulson hero-worship series. I was skeptical yesterday... More

Kristol: “I’m a Fan of the Blogosphere”

…and other takeaways from today’s IFC media panel

Earlier today, the Independent Film Channel hosted a panel discussion pegged to tonight's premiere of The IFC Media Project. Moderated... More

Health Care Lessons From California

Arnold offers his wisdom on reform

Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered Barack Obama a helping hand. While he hadn’t... More

Turning the Lens Around

The IFC Media Project: exploring, criticizing, and prodding the press

There's an old saying out there that journalism is a craft and not a science. And if that's actually the... More

“What Are You Hearing?”

Reporting on a White House transition is, for many reasons, a challenging assignment. (Check back at Campaign Desk later this... More

Are newspapers obligated to accept all political ads?

Come join the conversation

On November 3, home subscribers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found their morning newspapers packaged in a cellophane bag that read... More

King of The Wooorld?

Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Barack Obama have been named 2008 GQ "Men of the Year," each with his own cover.... More

Music Lessons

What journalists could learn from Kid Rock, Lil Wayne, and Bon Iver

He takes the stage clad in a black turtleneck. his famous line is, “Green is the new red, white, and... More

WSJ’s Bank Mod Story Incomplete

The Wall Street Journal reports that even banks that have modified home loans to help struggling borrowers are getting slammed... More

Snowball! (Unstoppable, Vaguely-Sourced)

County Fair's Jamison Foser takes us through an example of "one way in which news organizations frequently drop the fact-checking... More

FT on the Other Paulson

The Financial Times has an interesting piece of news: John Paulson, who’s made many billions of dollars betting against housing... More

LAT on the Flipside of the Housing Bust

We too often forget that the housing bust is good for a lot of people, namely those who can now... More

Obama With Reporters (Then and Now)

NPR's David Folkenflik wonders, "Will Obama's White House Be Open to the Media?" and taps the experience of reporters like... More

Promise and Peril at Tesla

The Washington Post has an interesting look at Tesla Motors, the startup electric-car company that’s run into trouble recently. It’s... More

The Post’s Paulson Puff

The Washington Post goes long with yet another Henry Paulson profile. There’s not much new here—add it to the list... More

Subprime Didn’t Have To Be a Dirty Word

Daniel Gross blows a gaping hole in the argument that borrowers are to blame for the housing bust and subsequent... More

Barack-A-Bye Babies

There’s no evidence that Obama’s victory will lead to another baby boom

From Newsweek comes information that the jubilation inspired by the victory of Barack Obama in the recent presidential election may... More

New Yorker’s Hot Air on Poverty

Gladwell over-inflates the story of one Goldman banker

Things we really don’t like: Articles that pose a question with an obvious answer and then, pretending the answer is... More

There’s Something About Sarah

"What is it about Sarah?" muses National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez in a column with the braggy dateline, "U.S. Virgin... More

When Opposites Detract

Is “sanction” a contradictanym?

A country ignores the wishes of the United Nations and continues its human rights abuses. Its behavior is “sanctioned.” Meanwhile,... More

Face of Foreclosure

Kudos to The New Yorker's Peter Boyer for going behind the headlines of the Addie Polk (the 90-year-old woman who... More

“Let’s Put Up Some Pictures of the Huxtables…”

More on the so-called (what Megan called "simplistic" and "insulting") "Huxtable Effect" from yesterday's Reliable Sources on CNN. CNN's Howard... More

AP Decries Army Photoshopping

AP bans Defense-issued photographs

Late Friday night, the Associated Press published an article discussing the digitally altered photos of Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody that... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Theodore Marmor

The health care discussion of the past year has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Theodore Marmor

The health care discussion of the past year has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that... More

Kroft’s First Crack

60 Minutes snags first post-election Obama interview

And the first post-election television interview with President-Elect Barack Obama went to Steve Kroft of CBS News's 60 Minutes. It... More

WSJ on Rising Health Costs for Small Biz

The Journal is good today in writing on how higher health-care costs, exacerbated by the financial crisis, are hitting small... More

All (Remaining) Hands On Deck

"Newspapers confront tall, menacing seas in the coming year," writes the New York Times' David Carr today, "but it is... More

Spitzer Reappears

Eliot Spitzer came out of hiding yesterday to suggest some remedies for Wall Street. Good for the Washington Post for... More

WSJ Misses a Big Part of Goldman Story

The Journal puts the Goldman bonus news—its top seven executives aren’t taking one—on page one. The decision at Goldman doesn't... More

Which Came First, Newsweek?

The headline or ... oh, you know it was the headline. "Change You Can Conceive In" (with subhed, "Could euphoric... More

The Times on Phil Gramm’s Folly

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the discredited former senator, current UBS banker/lobbyist, and deregulator extraordinaire Phil... More

Pushback

Fed-up newsrooms want a voice in their future

When her Contra Costa Times colleagues compared her union organizing efforts to those of Norma Rae, Sara Steffens rented the... More

Clinton: “I’m very happy there is so much press attention and interest in transit”

Hillary Clinton: Soon to be Madame Secretary? The speculation--following Andrea Mitchell's breaking of the Obama's-considering-Clinton news yesterday--has been rampant. The... More

Photoshop, Part III

Army Photoshops photographs again, apparently

This afternoon, CJR received a tip from Deputy Director of Photography at the San-Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen, alerting us to... More

The Conflict in the Congo

It belongs on Page One

The ethnic and political free-for-all in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has raged for over a decade, and has... More

Dear Robin Givhan…

...and, for that matter, any other fashion critics looking for another angle on The Obamas' Clothing Choices and What They... More

The Changing Media Landscape 2008

New media experts discuss the state of the news media

On Tuesday, November 11, Columbia's Journalism School convened its annual "Changing Media Landscape" panel to discuss the current state of... More

“Joe the Forum,” “Joe the Blogger,” “Joe the Shopper”

Joe the Plumber's latest small business? Apparently: himself. JTP's deeply researched, carefully edited, thoughtful, and not at all hastily-put-together-to-capitalize-on-his-media-celebrity-before-it-expires treatise... More

Recommended Radio

If you've never listened to WNYC's Radiolab, today is a good day to get on the bandwagon because the new... More

Science Reporting by Press Release

An old problem grows worse in the digital age

A dirty little secret of journalism has always been the degree to which some reporters rely on press releases and... More

The Art of the Fake Correction

Inside the hoax New York Times’s corrections section

The groups responsible for this week’s fake edition of The New York Times took great care to produce a newspaper... More

Shifting Insurer Risk to Policyholders

The Journal reports that state regulators are considering lowering the reserve requirements for life-insurance companies to ease the financial pressures... More

The Price of History (Hint: $9.95, Plus Shipping and Handling!)

Okay, so thanks to Pew, we know that only 23 percent of Americans plan to keep their hot-ticket November 5... More

Audit Interview: Jonathan Weil

“You have to be willing to lose stories that depend on access.”

If you’ve missed Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil’s work over the past year, you’ve missed a lot. Early to sniff out... More

Globalization Gone Awry

Steven Pearlstein makes some good points in his Washington Post column today on how and why American-style capitalism has broken... More

WSJ’s Page One Commodities

The Journal’s front-page business stories are run-of-the-mill this morning, far from the glory days of yore. One reports that banks... More

AIG’s Accountability Affront

Floyd Norris is right to say the bailouts are seriously lacking on the accountability front. Here he gives AIG a... More

Coffee Talk

This is why we love Michael Kinsley. More

Slow Claps for Shep

Shep Smith, calling allegations of liberal bias in the presidential campaign "preposterous," declares: "To blame the media is a cop-out... More

Puppy Love

Quote of the day: "The number one thing internally we've come to is that they're cute." This comes from Chris... More

WSJ’s Citi Fallout

The Journal’s scoop yesterday that Citigroup’s board is considering firing its chairman made waves yesterday. The Times and the FT... More

Best…Send-Ups…In the Woooorld…!

If mockery is the sincerest form of flattery, then Keith Olbermann should be feeling pretty good about himself right about... More

O’Reilly on The Daily Show: “I’m an Anarchist. Power to the People!”

Bill O'Reilly guested on The Daily Show last night. And the Clash of the Talking Titans--two guys who consider themselves... More

Obama Wears Jeans! And Other Observations That Are Totally Worth Analyzing!

Every once in a while, there emerges a news story that finds itself in the awkward and unenviable position of... More

This Is the End

Michael Lewis has a great story in Portfolio looking at the demise of Wall Street. He tells the story of... More

Fox Business Is Next to File a FOIA

News Corp.’s biz news channel unit says without disclosure it will sue in 20 days

Fox Business News appears to get the bailout transparency picture. The News Corp. business news cable network, home of beautiful... More

About “Joining” That Bloomberg Suit…

Turns out other news orgs can’t. But wait…

The other day I urged other news organizations to "join" the Bloomberg suit in federal court seeking bailout records under... More

Baucus Watch, Part II

What’s really inside the senator’s health-care white paper?

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health-care reform; any health-care legislation must... More

The South Will Rise Again

2008 marked the end of the southern strategy? Not so fast.

The Deep South went Republican in 2008, missing the memo from the rest of the country that this was a... More

WaPo: Waiting for a Watchdog

The Washington Post reports that the oversight panel for the $700 billion bailout hasn’t been, um, impaneled. In fact: …no... More

A Letter from Goldman Sachs

The bank takes issue with The Audit; we reply

Recently, I've written posts denouncing the secrecy surrounding the government bailout of American International Group—secrecy that. among other things, has... More

The Journal Gets Inside Citi’s Boardroom

The WSJ scoops this morning that Citigroup's board is considering firing its chairman, Sir Win Bischoff. Some directors have grown... More

Stewart on Fixing the Economy

James B. Stewart, always worth reading, has some good thoughts in his Journal column on what Obama needs to do... More

FT’s New Site Is Big. Really Big.

The Financial Times has redesigned its Web site, and on first impression, it’s just awful. Why are its Web readers,... More

Shop Till Your Bubble Pops

This Times story on customers returning more merchandise to retailers (because of the bad economy) reads more like a story... More

Bloomberg Beats the Drums

Bloomberg continues to push the government to disclose who it’s handing $2 trillion. Today it writes that five Republican congressmen,... More

Palin As Entertainment

Don’t put stories about Palin’s recent interviews in the politics page

Alessandra Stanley, television critic for The New York Times, writes yesterday morning about Sarah Palin’s modus operandi during her post-election,... More

Thomas on Obama: “Doesn’t He Know Anybody?”

Helen Thomas has returned, after health issues, to the White House briefing room and tells Cox Newspapers' Ron Herman, among... More

WSJ: New York Investigates Swaps

The Journal has an interesting story on an investigation into the credit-default swaps market. New York Attorney General Andrew (Spitzer’s... More

Palin: Get Back to The Five W’s, People

Here, an interesting exchange between Larry King and Gov. Sarah Palin last night (one of her two CNN interviews yesterday):... More

And Clair Begat Michelle!

Michelle Obama? Clair Huxtable? What, you haven't read about "The Huxtable Effect" (your homework: this and this). About how America... More

Paulson Pile-on

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s credibility continues to dwindle—not a good thing, considering the markets and the economy need to believe... More

On Genes and Cures, Separately

NYT, Newsweek find hooks for important stories

Science aficionados should have appreciated yesterday’s Science Times in The New York Times. The section always does a good job... More

Straight to the ‘Moon (But, For How Long?)

New presidents get A Honeymoon Period. With peers around the world. With Congress. With the public. With the press (and... More

Annie, Get Your Gun

The Chicago Tribune makes a mountain out of a molehill

Let’s face it, trend stories are notoriously tricky. They start off with an innocent hunch, and then before you know... More

Cosby, Part II

“Huxtable” is not an “effect”

So we kind of knew it was coming. We had suggestions of it a while ago (hmm, the Obamas seem... More

Get Schooled

Malia and Sasha choose a school, the media wonder what it all means

For the private secondary schools of Washington, D.C., the Obama sweepstakes have officially begun, with archrivals Sidwell Friends and Georgetown... More

Herb Sandler: I’m Hit, But ProPublica’s Fine

A recent Bloomberg account was unclear; we fix the record

Readers may have wondered about the future funding of the new investigative-news organization ProPublica, if they saw an October 30... More

What’s Palin Doing?

Gov. Sarah Palin is "on a speed date with history," writes the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley today, guessing at... More

WSJ: Banks Hit a “Home Run” with AIG Bailout

The WSJ is good here in looking at how the newly expanded AIG bailout is basically a backdoor bailout to... More

Did Bill Cosby Beget Obama?

Well, it’s not quite that simple

On Saturday, The New York Times published a piece in its Arts section entitled “Before Obama, There Was Bill Cosby,”... More

Consumer Crash

David Leonhardt has some interesting numbers in his column in the Times today and makes the case that the talked-about... More

Not Everyone Bought a Newspaper Nov. 5th

Yes, many newspapers quickly sold out of their November 5th editions. One person who didn't rush out to buy his... More

Yes, It’s This Bad

Barry Ritholtz over at his newly redesigned (like ours, hope you noticed) site, does a good deed posting the information... More

Rockin’ in the Fee World

Here’s a good, newsy personal-finance story. The Journal reports that banks are turning the screws on their customers, pushing those... More

Presidential Comparisons

Which president does Obama remind you of?

Barack Obama may have said that he doesn’t “look” like any of the presidents on dollar bills, but that hasn’t... More

Glass of Milk with Your “Bailout Pie”?

The New York Times takes a good look at the feeding frenzy of Washington lobbyists trying to get a piece... More

Pressed For Information

Business school PR departments respond to the financial crisis

As Brian Kenny watched Lehman Brothers’ collapse on Sept. 15 from his office inside the Harvard Business School, he knew... More

NYT Headline Zen

Times headline or Zen koan?

From Slate today, a look at some New York Times headlines that double as pieces of metaphysical wisdom. Among the... More

New Title, New Candor?

This, in the middle of a CabinetStakes segment on MSNBC just now, from former Chicago Tribune editor and current "MSNBC... More

The First Lady’s Sitting Room

WaPo couches First Ladies’ meeting too delicately

Press and public alike watched intently as the Obamas visited the White House Monday afternoon. But unlike The New York... More

Radio in Motion

From the Upright Citizens Brigade: If you love NPR and dance, you'll love NPR jingles interpreted through dance. If the... More

Was 2008 the MSM’s last hurrah?

Let’s talk it over

On his Reflections of a Newsosaur blog last week, Alan Mutter, a media executive and former newspaper editor, argued that... More

Our Historical Past

The presidential election was both “historical” and “historic”

Last week’s election was “historical.” It was also “historic.” As my predecessor Evan Jenkins explained here in 2004, “By hoary... More

MoDo Casually Confesses (But We Can’t Handle The Truth!)

Secret's out. Maureen Dowd, just now, on MSNBC's New York Times "Transition Edition:" JOHN HARWOOD (MSNBC/New York Times): What will... More

Let’s Go to Court!

A call to news organizations: Join Bloomberg’s suit vs. Fed

There will time later to assess who’s ahead and who’s behind in the coverage of the financial crisis and the... More

False Readings

How the Gross Domestic Product leads us astray

It is 7:30 a.m. in washington and a bevy of reporters files into the Department of Commerce, which is kitty-corner... More

Talking Shop: Nate Silver

FiveThirtyEight’s founder on polling, politics, and the consolidation of the blogosphere

Nate Silver is the founder of FiveThirtyEight.com, which predicted the presidential election's popular vote outcome to within tenths of a... More

A Laurel to the Philadelphia Inquirer

And its excellent series showing the plight of the uninsured

It’s easy now for the coverage of health care to slip into the tried and true—horse race accounts of who’s... More

Bush, Too, Ending “Classy?”

Maybe McCain isn't the only one who gets to, in spite of it all, "end classy"? Today the AP reports... More

Olbermann’s “Symbolic Gesture”

MSNBC's Keith Olberman on The View yesterday: JOY BEHAR: I was reading somewhere that you don't vote... OLBERMANN: I don't... More

Victory Laps

Columnists unleash poetics in the service of the historic moment

If there was ever an extended moment to go wild as an opinion columnist, like a child with crayons and... More

Audit Roundup: Underwater in California

NYT on a town where 90 percent have negative equity; Journal is good on retail jobs evaporating; etc.

The New York Times finds a place where 90 percent of the mortgages are underwater, the most in the country.... More

Drawing Lines

Why do we let political operatives act like journalists?

Nicholas Kristof and William Kristol both write regular columns about politics and policy for the New York Times op-ed page.... More

Someone’s In The Kitchen With Palin…

It’s Greta Van Susteren and Matt Lauer!

...and it's Fox News's Greta Van Susteren! And NBC News's Matt Lauer! (Anyone else? Maybe...Baking with Blitzer? Mixing Manhattans with... More

Actual AP Headline

So we know what Election 2008's winners are doing these days. There's an Oval Office to visit. A Cabinet to... More

Barack Obama Collects Comic Books! And 50 Other Things You Might Not Know About the President-Elect!

The U.K. Telegraph compiles the "Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama." The list includes such tidibits as:... More

Ten Minutes Early!

A transition. For White House reporters, too. From President Punctual to, perhaps, President Ten-Minutes-Early. The Obamas appeared at the White... More

Hitting The Spot

Spot.us launches today

Word has it that Spot.us, former CJR intern David Cohn's community-funded journalism startup, will be launching late this afternoon. An... More

Keeps on Givhan

For anyone awaiting Washington Post poli-fashion columnist Robin Givhan's verdict on Michelle Obama's red-on-black Election Night dress, Givhan concludes that... More

Pressing Forward

What type of reception will reporters get covering the Obama White House? In his blog, The New Yorker's George Packer... More

Is It 2pm Yet?

Can this White House meeting between President Bush and President-Elect Obama happen already? MSNBC, for one, is in real danger... More

Political Intelligence

A review of Newsweek’s campaign mini-book

Newsweek's seventh behind-the-scenes look at a presidential campaign has lots of small scoops and several rather odd judgments. This 47,000-word... More

Like a Record, Baby, Right Round, Round, Round…

Compare the NYT's op-ed pages from yesterday and today, and you'll have a case study worthy of Harvard Business School.... More

Only Yesterday

If your post-election life has a campaign shaped hole, there are at least two retrospectives that could plug the gap.... More

“The Special Pride That Must Be Theirs”

Race, Obama’s victory, and the generation gap

"You're being racist," said the daughter of New York Times columnist Judith Warner in response to her mother's comment about... More

Two New Story Lines for Health Care

A march to victory or a rollback of ambitions?

Dear members of the public, take your pick. Will major health care reform will happen, or will there be only... More

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Fights the Fed

Calling for disclosure of trillion-dollar government loans; The Times on the the new pitch business; etc.

Bloomberg has been excellent in watchdogging the Federal Reserve’s various bailouts, even suing the government last week for the information.... More

Images From “The Bullet Sponge”

While this front-page New York Times piece ("Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda In Many Countries") is understandably getting... More

Let’s Talk About Sex(ism)

How the media handled gender during the campaign

It’s by now understood that sexism, in some form, lodged itself into the gears of this election cycle from the... More

A Little Something for Your Trouble

Buyout packages at papers around the country

Since January 2007, as the shrinking of our newsrooms continued apace, some 2,700 journalists accepted buyouts and moved on. Here... More

Ties That Blind

Following the funding trail in health and medical reporting

For nearly thirty years, the editors of medical journals have relied on public disclosure of researchers’ conflicts of interest to... More

Crystal Balls Glow Green

Press speculates (responsibly) on key Obama environment/science picks and policies

Reporters wasted no time this week in their rush to speculate about who president-elect Barack Obama will tap for key... More

Newspapers Just Want To Be Loved

In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory in Tuesday's presidential election, people across the country rushed, in record numbers, to... More

Live-Blogging President-Elect Obama’s First Press Conference

CJR staff, tongue partially in cheek, will be live-blogging Obama's first press conference as President-Elect. Feel free to join us... More

Bloomberg Steps Up

Wire service sues Fed for bailout transparency

This story crossed Bloomberg's wire just before noon today: BLOOMBERG NEWS SUES FED TO FORCE DISCLOSURE OF LOAN COLLATERAL There’s... More

(Comic) Strip Mining

Comics editors scramble to replace Berkeley Breathed’s Opus

With cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's decision to end his comic strip career, many Sunday funnies readers are about to find there's... More

Inquiring Minds, Rejoice!

We may soon learn what Sarah Palin thinks about Alaska's chilly weather! Drudge is reporting that Greta Van Susteren--she of... More

Apologies Not Acceptable

Does The Washington Post apologize?

The Washington Post’s correction policy has some elegant turns of phrase, including “Preventing and correcting mistakes are two sides of... More

Oprah Gives Another Endorsement

Oprah, apparently, has one more Favorite Thing to add to her list: the Chicago Sun-Times. On Wednesday, the uber-host walked... More

Kudos to the WaPo

...for this moving, important, and brilliantly written profile of Eugene Allen, a White House butler for thirty-four years who, since... More

The Economist (Heart) Utah

The magazine reaches too far for a happy narrative on the state’s economy

A Debit to The Economist for adding to the list of stories that try too hard to give good news... More

Audit Roundup: Shopper Shock

Papers’ language differs a bit; Musty WSJ hedge-fund story; etc.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal employ different tones on the terrible retail sales reports yesterday. The... More

Princess Leia Ain’t Cheap

The Chicago Tribune estimates that CNN's ridiculous/awesome/innovative/bizarre/unnecessary election-night holograms cost, in all, between...$300,000 and $400,000. Andrew Orloff estimates that, anyway.... More

A Laurel to the Rocky Mountain News

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Rocky Mountain News for uncovering a systemic effort by a federal Department of Labor program to deny... More

Plumbers, Infomercials, Terminators, and Holograms!

Slate sums up the end of the presidential race in two minutes: More

“Unfortunately, He Was Not in the Mood to Be Pet”

Presidential pooch Barney does what his owner has probably been tempted to do on several occasions: More

How We Talked About It, Part II

The Boston Globe asks the wrong question about racism in America

The front page of today’s Boston Globe has an inexplicably simplistic article innocuously titled, “Checking racism’s postelection pulse.” In it,... More

The Palin Pile-On

The post-election dissection of Sarah Palin

Inspirational election be damned. We’ve heard plenty of inspired rhetoric and historic wonderment. Let’s get on to the good stuff:... More

Ballet Lessons From Rahm Emanuel

Before Rahm Emanuel became Barack Obama's officially announced chief of staff, I tried to interview him about ballet. A few... More

The Enthusiast

Why you should trust the literary critic John Leonard on the coarsening of our intellectual culture.

Cultural critic John Leonard died Wednesday night at the age of sixty-nine. The following profile, by Meghan O'Rourke, was published... More

Huckabee on Health, Again

The preacher and his sermon

A year ago, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was out on the stump talking about health care and everything else.... More

Chris Matthews: “My Job Is to Help This Country”

Chris Matthews might need a refresher course...in Journalism 101. Talking about the Rahm Emanuel rumors with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski,... More

On EBay, Print Runs and (Good) Old News

A tidbit from this Editor & Publisher article about papers ordering extra print runs of Wednesday's editions: Other papers are... More

“Pent-Up Political Ambition” (Run!)

CabinetStakes, Horror Film Edition. As reported by the Boston Globe, the speculation that John Kerry might join President-Elect Obama's Cabinet... More

Legacy Report

With the election out of the way, let the Bush administration legacy reporting begin in earnest! From the Associated Press... More

Audit Roundup: Newspaper Sales Skyrocket!

For a day on historic election; Consumer credit still under pressure, WSJ says; etc.

The NYT has a nice story this morning on the overwhelming demand yesterday for… wait for it… newspapers! The election... More

Prop 8 by the Numbers

Strong previous reporting let the numbers speak for themselves

The California press has done a pretty good job covering the fierce battle over Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban,... More

Holy Holograms!

"CNN essentially doubled its audience from the 2004 Election night," drawing 12.3 million viewers Tuesday night. But, of the 65... More

McCain Ends “Classy”

Now that the campaign is over, can John McCain be noble again?

Remember back in September, when Time's Joe Klein, in a post titled, "Apology Not Accepted," blogged: Back in 2000, after... More

Come On, Al Jazeera English

Election-night coverage another disappointment

There was something almost forlorn about Al Jazeera English’s coverage of the U.S. election Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It... More

More For Everyone

You've probably read (or seen) the newspaper scarcity reports. (Who says print's dead?) From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Due to... More

The Mandate Mantra

A new president means a new challenge for the press

A comfortable Democratic margin of victory, coupled with gains in the House and Senate, and the word “mandate” is on... More

The Great Man Theory and Hank Paulson

Business press iconography is over the top

The mythology of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson got a helping hand recently from a spate of magazine cover stories unwilling... More

“No Column Today”

Instead, in Le Monde, this. In part: The first worldwide good news since the fall of the Berlin Wall in... More

An Offer We Can’t Refuse?

Yesterday morning after voting in Wasilla, Gov. Palin expressed a desire "to help improve" journalism because of her "great respect"... More

How We Talked About It

Commentators report the symbolism of Obama’s victory

In his concession speech last night, John McCain emphasized the significance of his opponent’s presidential victory by invoking a different... More

We Shoulda Seen It Coming

Did the campaign affect the election’s outcome?

Like the day-long debauch preceding the two-minute race in the Kentucky Derby, the Campaign of 2008 bloated out of all... More

Gone to the Dogs

The Obamas are getting a puppy. And already, the questions are flying. Obama made the announcement during his victory speech... More

Ninety Minutes of What?

Last night’s calling kabuki

In 2000 and 2004, through flukish intersections of electoral demographics and the electoral college, the fate of the presidency rested,... More

Comedy Central: Yes, We Can

Among urgent post-election concerns, Politico explores, "Can The Daily Show Survive Barack Obama?" With Obama’s victory, the country was... More

CabinetStakes!

This just in on MSNBC: Republican Richard Lugar does not want to be secretary of state... Come again? Was he... More

Bells and Whistles

The networks’ high-tech tricks disappoint on election night

While the newspaper industry scrambles to “shore up” its economy with layoff after layoff, cable news seems to be doing... More

“Awesome,” “A Freshening,” “No Difference”

BBC has collected official reactions of assorted world leaders (spokespeople, associates, etc.) to Barack Obama's victory, including Pres. Bush's, "What... More

Barack In Banner

A sampling of today’s front pages

Below, a selection of today's front pages: More

Audit Roundup: Obamanomics

Bloomberg on what’s in store; Challenges galore, says the Times; etc.

Bloomberg, better than the Journal, Times, or Post, looks ahead to the economic change likely under an Obama administration. The... More

Now? “The Hard Part”

"Analysis: For Obama, now comes the hard part," Associated Press "For Obama, now comes the hart part," CBS News "No... More

Lipstick on a Pig

Marc Ambinder offered this "thought" at around 8:30 this morning: In order of likelihood: 1. Obama wins the popular vote... More

Coal’s Curtain Call

A late spate of news as the campaigns wind down

This morning, my colleague Liz Cox Barrett posted a brief comment about Kevin Drum’s argument that the press has “ignored”... More

Wordtrain, Daisychain

"What One Word Describes Your Current State of Mind?" The New York Times asks, via an Election Wordtrain that operates... More

Relative Reports

The Times of London reports on how Barack Obama's half-brother, Abongo Obama, and other relatives in Kenya are preparing for... More

Does Calling Count?

As poll close draws near, and Obama seems positioned to win in enough early-closing states to block McCain's path to... More

Obama Snubs Foreign Press

International TV reporters get shut out of Obama’s Grant Park rally

Apart, perhaps, from the unusually mild weather, nothing seemed out of the ordinary this morning when Mayor Richard Daley of... More

“Thanks, but no thanks”

From CNN's report on Palin's time in Wasilla this morning. Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin... More

Last Dance

McCain's closing campaign song seems to be "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake, the 80's power-balladeers. I can't embed the... More

Baucus Watch

A key senator on health reform holds a listening session

Sen. Max Baucus holds the keys to health reform. He’s chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; any health care legislation... More

Live Blogging Election Night

Beginning here around 7:00 PM

CJR staffers will be live blogging tonight's election coverage in the comments section of this post. All are welcome to... More

“Tequila!” And Other Sign-Offs

Per Time's Karen Tumulty: I'm sure Steve Schmidt will see this as another sign of an in-the-tank press corps: On... More

What Could’ve Been (Cap-and-Trade Edition)

Kevin Drum muses on what might have been had the media not "ignored" the candidates' cap-and-trade plans (which reporters ignored,... More

Studs And Me

Studs Terkel interviewed me, and I didn’t even know it

I only met the master interviewer Studs Terkel once, but that occasion remains a high point of my thirty-five years... More

Bunch on Bias

The Philadelphia Daily News's Will Bunch joins the most recent "media bias" discussion: [T]he polls are pointing strongly toward a... More

You Are “Live-Living” Election Day

And at Politicker, Rob Tornoe is "live-cartooning" Election Day ("covering all of today's events in real-time with my trusted sketchpad... More

Goldman’s Backdoor Bailout

A call for transparency in the taxpayer rescue of Wall Street

Last week, I wrote that the lack of disclosure surrounding the American International Group bailout had put The New York... More

There’s No “Thinking” On Cable

Just now on MSNBC: MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Dan Rather... What are the things we may learn out of this election? [Multi-second... More

Obama Thanks Traveling Press for “A Good Long Ride”

As a long, intensive, work-filled school year comes to a close--as graduation nears, as vacation approaches--the weather isn't the only... More

Race in the Race

A Q&A with Eric Deggans, media critic for the St. Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans is the media critic at the St. Petersburg Times, a position he has held since 2005. When Obama... More

FinishFinalFinallyDecisionTimeTurnHandsHistory

...Are some of the words most frequently found on the front pages of America's newspapers today (thanks, Newseum). There's a... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Baloney

The FT still buys it; WSJ scoops on more bailouts; etc.

This is one of the most gullible stories I’ve seen in some time. The FT reports that Wall Street says... More

The Undecideds

Give them a break, already!

Maybe they're "sheepish." Maybe they're "proud." Maybe they're "terminally uninterested in politics." Maybe they're "fed up." Maybe they're "sick of... More

Talking to Studs

Studs Terkel, master listener

An interview with Ann Banks about growing up on Army posts is included in Studs Terkel's American Dreams: Lost and... More

Smart Thoughts

Whenever I remember to read Good magazine, I'm always happy that I found my way there. Today's foraging found two... More

Phantom Militias

Don’t believe everything you read about Pakistan’s tribal conflicts

Verifiable stories out of northwestern Pakistan are difficult to come by: the entire region exists in what Rosanne Klass once... More

Damning With Excessive Praise

“Fulsome” doesn’t mean what you think it means

Language is communication, but it works only if the communicators understand one other. If you think a word means one... More

Election Night On Ice

Where to tune in election night? So many choices... And so, MSNBC (the channel that back in February gave us... More

“A Night Out With Chris Matthews…”

...is as "zesty(?!)" as you'd always imagined. More

Blogged Down in the Past

McCain’s top-down Internet tactics can’t keep up with Obama’s social networking strategy

An ongoing examination of blogs devoted to the 2008 presidential campaign, and interviews with bloggers and blogger outreach coordinators from... More

Divining Medicare’s Future

CBS takes a crack at what’s in store for seniors

CBS has spent a good bit of air time telling viewers where the candidates stand on the issues. And, to... More

“One Day To Go” Stories

The candidates are "Battling On All Fronts With One Day To Go," the New York Times reports today....from a distance.... More

Political Pundits Have “Missed It”

At this late hour, cable's political pundits are feeling reflective. To wit, MSNBC's Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe earlier: At... More

My Foreclosure: Judgment and Empathy

Readers on the story of how I lost my home

When Audit honcho Dean Starkman asked me if I would write a story about losing my family’s home when I... More

“Gauzy Exercise in Tarot-Card Reading?” AP’s In!

Election Day hours away. Deadline looming. Must. Find. Angle...Got it: Yet there is, in the national conversation, surprisingly little talk... More

Audit Roundup: WaMu’s Boiler Room

NYT’s Morgenson on bank’s shady mortgage biz; Papers dig into AIG; etc.

The NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson talks to a former WaMu mortgage underwriter, who dishes on what sure seems to us like... More

Sunday Watch 11-02-08

In which the guesswork pageant flutters to an end

Halloween was over but revelers were still in costume Sunday morning. Pundits-in-chief appeared confident that they had served the American... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

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