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December 2008

Audit Rewind: Dean Starkman’s Best of 2008

A roundup of some of his favorites from 2008

1) The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal Dean saw the Journal moving toward a more British/Australian style of journalism—one... More

Best of 2008: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2008

1) The People vs. Jeremiah Wright The media's general condemnation of Jeremiah Wright wasn't just about race or politics or... More

Yes, He Does

This, from today's Wall Street Journal, struck me as (unintentionally) funny: "Claiborne's CEO Crams Into Coach to Cut Costs" And... More

Governor, Grandmother

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, is born. People Magazine, according to MSNBC, has won the bidding war... More

Audit Rewind: Ryan Chittum’s Best of 2008

Looking back at the year that was in business journalism

1) My Foreclosure Two years into the housing bust, with millions put out of their houses, we sometimes go numb... More

Kennedy (Huffs)

Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday's New York Times, based on an interview the Times's Nicholas Confessore... More

Best of 2008: Clint Hendler

Hendler picks his top stories from 2008

1) The Edwards Slog Long, long ago, when John Edwards was just another Democratic candidate with an even shot to... More

Best of 2008: Liz Cox Barrett’s Picks

Barrett picks her top stories from 2008

1) Media's Mixed Nuts I personally enjoyed cataloging how reporters handled Jesse Jackson's open mic moment. So prudish. Also, I... More

In the Crisis, the Journal Falls Short

The newspaper is missing the moment

"...The last great newsman. He may be the greatest newspaper man of all time"—Michael Wolff, author of The Man Who... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Lesley Stahl, Barney Frank, Ruth Marcus, and others

Sinner: When Lesley Stahl profiled House Financial Services chairman Barney Frank for 60 Minutes earlier this month, she seemed shocked... More

Best of 2008: CJR’s Ten Most Popular Stories

CJR’s ten most popular stories from 2008

10. Obama's Lobbyist Line: Trudy Lieberman examined what Barack Obama really meant when he said he wasn't going to take... More

Beyond Two Percent

To repeat: we need more—and more extensive—coverage of the Iraq war

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman laid out the current conventional wisdom about the war in Iraq:... More

God Bless Us, Every Ten

Gotta love the end of the year. A time for celebration, a time for reflection, a time during which, no... More

Beauty, in the Eye of the Reporter

Today's front-page New York Times story, "Some Hidden Choices in Breast Reconstruction" has some readers buzzing with disapproval over an... More

Consumer Revolution on the Web: Overview

A comprehensive overview of CJR’s recent consumer reporting conference

On November 20th 2008, nearly 100 participants from several regions of the United States and from Denmark, Norway and Ireland... More

The New Age of Citizen Journalism

Audio of the Jarvis/Darnton panel on citizen journalism

On November 20, 2008, CJR and Consumer Reports staged a conference called "Consumer Revolution on the Web: Opportunities and Dangers... More

Are Consumers the Right Watchdogs?

Audio of the panel discussion on amateur vs. professional consumer reporting

On November 20, 2008, CJR and Consumer Reports staged a conference called "Consumer Revolution on the Web: Opportunities and Dangers... More

David Pogue: A Reviewer Reviews the Users

Audio of the NYT columnist’s keynote at CJR’s recent consumer reporting conference

On November 20, 2008, CJR and Consumer Reports staged a conference called "Consumer Revolution on the Web: Opportunities and Dangers... More

Books for a Hard Season, Revisited

A reader-recommended list of books for journalists

Last week, we asked readers to recommend a book to members of the journalistic community. Below, we present an alphabetized... More

Some Things Borrowed

For a 2007 New Yorker piece exploring how Picasso borrowed from Rembrandt, did Simon Schama borrow too much from an... More

Dispatches From Across the Pond

And now for something completely British: wise, heartfelt reflections on the demise of Woolworths in the U.K. from two ladies... More

Report from the Tupperware Circuit

A laurel to the Marion (Ohio) Star

On Friday, we urged reporters to attend the community listening sessions called for by Tom Daschle, the President-elect’s health chief.... More

“Beach Body”

Perhaps you've seen, in some form, this image? Politico has the background on who shot it (not a member of... More

OTS Mess Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere

The mini-scandal at the Office of Thrift Supervision is big news this morning. Apparently, a regulator allowed IndyMac to fudge... More

Morning Joe’s Three “No’s”

Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before... More

CPJ: Iraq Still “Deadliest Nation For Press”

Forty-one journalists were killed worldwide "in direct connection to their work" in 2008, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists.... More

Absolutely Sensational!

The rise and fall and rise of the tabloid press

The Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer
By Jack Vitek
University Press of Kentucky 290 pages, $29.95 The... More

Tracing Wall Street’s WMDs

The Journal looks at how investments that were supposed to reduce risk by spreading it instead magnified it by spreading... More

Schieffer’s “Facelift Gone Wacko…”

...is actually just "dental work," as he explained, in rhymes, on Face The Nation yesterday, h/t, FishbowlDC. (Is it me?... More

Caroline, or Change

Remember when “Caroline Kennedy” was “Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg”?

In yesterday's front-page story exploring Caroline Kennedy's name recognition in her bid for New York's vacant Senate seat, The New... More

Kicking the Can

Congress describes its take on an auto bailout

In late November, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told the Big Three automakers that they needed to devise a better financial... More

NYT Is Sorry. Again. For Botched Kennedy Coverage

Another day, another "Editor's Note" in the New York Times prompted by rushed ClintonSenateSeatStakes (Caroline Kennedy) coverage. On December 10,... More

Reporting the Drug War

LAT’s commendable multimedia effort on Mexico’s drug war

Props to the Los Angeles Times for its ongoing series, “Mexico under Siege,” which examines the complexities of that country’s... More

Obamas-In-Hawaii Headlines

A look at some of the Obamas-Vacation-in-Hawaii headlines so far (keeping in mind Charlie LeDuff's "don't be boring" mantra): ABC... More

Bush Smacks Back at NYT Story

The New York Times added another entry to its "The Reckoning" series yesterday, this one focusing on the Bush Administration's... More

The Year in Science Journalism

Over at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, Charlie Petit has a fun roundup of over half a dozen publications and... More

Science Groups Protest CNN Cuts

CASW, NASW, SEJ, and WFSJ issue first-ever joint letter

Four of the world’s largest science and environmental journalism groups issued their first-ever joint statement today in a letter sent... More

Labash on LeDuff

Matt Labash profiles Detroit ("the city where the sirens never sleep") for the Weekly Standard, a profile in which Charlie... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Milwaukee, LA Weekly, Bitch, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Milwaukee Magazine, January 2009 The January 2009 issue of... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Milwaukee, LA Weekly, Bitch, and more

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Milwaukee Magazine, January 2009 The January 2009 issue of... More

Just Dance

23/6 describes its "danceable symphony of graphics and noises entirely constructed from every single cable news sound effect or theme... More

AP: Michelle Obama’s “Hairstyles Probably Will Be Scrutinized”

What makes you think so, Associated Press? (And, are you implying you won't partake?) The AP makes this bold predication... More

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part II

“Newspapers have discovered civic function awfully late to be taken seriously”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Health Care Flashpoints

Whither the public plan option?

Over the next few years, health reform will succeed or fail based on a few major flashpoints that will shape... More

Are You On The List(s)?

1) Politico's "Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" (three of the top five involve MSNBC) 2) E&P's list of "Top... More

NYT’s Zimbabwe Coverage (What “Deterioration” Means)

A reminder of what, generally, we stand to lose as newspapers close overseas bureaus and otherwise cut back on foreign... More

Madoff’s Enablers

The Times takes a smart look at one of Bernie Madoff's biggest enablers that didn't have the initials S.E.C. Fairfield... More

NJ “Plog” “Shuns Web, And Thrives”

The TriCityNews, an Asbury Park, NJ alt weekly with a print run of 10,000, "is prospering precisely because it ignores... More

Bloomberg Tough on Merrill’s Thain

Bloomberg has a tough look at John Thain, the CEO of Merrill Lynch who was brought into save the struggling... More

Han-inanity

More awards! Media Matters has named Sean Hannity its 2008 Misinformer of the Year. Along with the accolade, the organization... More

LAT to Outsource Its National, Foreign Coverage?

Rumors that the LA Times is moving toward outsourcing gained momentum yesterday via an ominous non-denial from editor Russ Stanton:... More

War(ren) of Words

Vitriol over Rick Warren misses the broader point

Back when President-elect Barack Obama was merely presidential candidate Barack Obama, he made, as all politicians do, several promises to... More

In Which Sarah Palin Enters Our Lives Once Again

She's baaaaaack. Or, rather, she will be. Politico is reporting that, because we don't yet know enough about the life... More

Above the Fold: Times Tongue Tied on Torture

Cheney’s waterboarding admission gets no play from NYT

There are times when news judgment is so bad that it seems to come close to criminal negligence. That is... More

Awarded: 2008 P.U.-litzers

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, along with media columnist Norman Solomon, has announced this year's P.U.-litzer Prizes, recognizing "some of the... More

More Todd: Without the Goatee, “I’d Just Be Another Pasty White Guy”

TVNewser's Gail Shister interviews NBC's newly minted chief White House correspondent on the occasion of his promotion. "It came out... More

Heisman Educators

Gladwell fails to convert on article about teachers and NFL quaterbacks

In his latest piece in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to hiring practices: There are certain jobs... More

Live-Blag-ing the Blago Press Conference

3:05pm: Chris Matthews is co-anchoring, with David Shuster, MSNBC's coverage of the soon-to-start Blagojevich press conference. (Anyone care to bet... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part III

Special interest groups masquerade as ordinary citizens

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

Interview with Clay Shirky, Part I

“There’s always a new Luddism whenever there’s change.”

Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications program at New York University and is the author, most recently, of Here... More

Everybody’s a Critic

Where professional journalists must make a stand in consumer reporting

What is a professional consumer reporter do to when the Internet has empowered anybody to be a critic of everything... More

The Year in Errata

The good and bad of the year in media errors and corrections

About a month ago, I began the laborious and depressing task of scouring the archives of Regret the Error to... More

Breaking: Tamron Hall’s Boyfriend Stranded in Chicago

One rule of good journalistic story-telling: make it personal. Tell the news in a way that makes people feel it... More

Woes of Washington

Bureau shutdowns do matter

In a front-page piece yesterday, The New York Times’s Richard Pérez-Peña examines how newspapers are cutting staff in Washington, D.C.—just... More

Chuckie T: An Elegy

Poor Chuck Todd. The most famous goatee in political reporting--NBC's numbers guru, quite often the (sole) Voice of Reason amid... More

Bringing It to the Cable

Call it hybrid vigor. While their cousins in print suffer the pains of their congenital defects, cable networks--relatively young, and... More

Did Tax Cuts Help Blow the Bubble?

The Times continues to try to lay bare the roots of the housing debacle. Today's story, part of its excellent... More

Media Elite Predict What 2009 Will Hold for Media Elite

Folio collects a list of predictions about the magazine industry from magazine industry insiders. Wired's Dylan Sweeney's prediction: "2009 will... More

His Death Deeply Felt

W. Mark Felt, Woodward and Bernstein's Deep Throat, died yesterday at 95. "Without Mr. Felt," his Times obit notes, "there... More

Audit Interview: Jack Dolan

“I didn’t see anybody else do what we did, and I’m absolutely certain they could have.”

We at The Audit have called on the press to do more reporting on the underbelly of the mortgage industry,... More

“With Its Heart Still Beating”

The Journal has an excellent front-page "leder" today on the other rich-dude fraud of the moment: Marc Dreier, who owned... More

Only in America

Insurance for the insured who become uninsured

During the campaign, as the candidates sparred over health care, it became clear that the reform they had in mind... More

Everything Old Is New Again

New media lessons from the Victorian era

For two years, I’ve been researching GWM Reynolds, a novelist-journalist-politician working in Paris (1830-36) and London (1837-69). In particular, I’ve... More

Disaster Reporting through the Ages

In both the Galveston and Katrina storms, the news often was the news

The day after a massive storm hit Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900, the headlines outside the region were tentative.... More

Not-So-Sticky Wages at FedEx

Felix Salmon of Portfolio makes a good catch today about "sticky wages", which David Leonhardt of the Times wrote about... More

NYT Putting It All Together on Wall Street Pay

The NYT is just superb with its Wall Street-compensation story today: While top executives received the biggest bonuses, what is... More

“I Saw Someone On Cable Say This…”

... were Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's "least favorite words in the English language," according to Mark Leibovich's profile of... More

More on Madoff from the Times

The Times adds some good reporting about Madoff, too. First of all, it says that he's not going to the... More

Journal on Top with Madoff/SEC Scandal

The Journal is besting its rivals on the Madoff story. Today it has a super page-one story that reveals that... More

Sweet Caroline

Skepticism is a journalistic golden rule. Don’t banish it now.

Now that Caroline Kennedy has announced her intention to seek the Senate seat expected to be vacated by Hillary Clinton,... More

Counting Questions

Number of questions President-Elect Obama has taken at press conferences since being elected? 48 The Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni is... More

We’re “Harboring” Ex-Journos Here

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer gives a shout-out of sorts to our "Parting Thoughts" series: Hardly a day goes by,... More

WSJ Looks Into the Woes at Calpers

The Journal has a good story looking at the troubles at Calpers, the California state-pension system that's one of the... More

Office Envy

Get a load of the Guardian's new digs. They've got lots of colours: yellow couches and magenta arm chairs. Looks... More

Guardian in Afghanistan

The Guardian has a moving dispatch and video about civilian casualties of U.S. and NATO air strikes in Afghanistan. In... More

Conflict in the Congo, Part II

Congo war finally hits Times’s front page, but more coverage is needed

About a month ago, I wrote that the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was an A1-worthy story... More

Television as Tribunal

What today’s reporters can learn from Frost/Nixon

Earlier this month, President Bush sat down with ABC News's Charlie Gibson for the first of a series "exit interviews"... More

Scarborough’s “Big Apology” to NYT

The bee in Joe Scarborough's bonnet this morning? This story -- "Obama's $10 Billion Promise Stirs Hope In Early Education"... More

Yale Endowment Drops…How Much?

Oh, the joy of headlines, especially when they're about shrinking endowments at Ivy League universities. The New York Times trumpets... More

Remembering Mountain Eagle Editor Tom Gish

The local newspaper as democracy’s messenger

For all the talk of the demise or irrelevancy of ink on paper, those of us who gathered last month... More

Spitzer: Being a Columnist “Sucks”

"It sucks. I used to be governor of New York," http://blogs.ft.com/gapperblog/2008/12/eliot-spitzer-shows-his-face-in-chinatown/">said a smiling Eliot Spitzer to John Gapper, the Financial... More

Maggie Jackson on the Erosion of Attention

The author of Distracted talks about information overload

Journalist Maggie Jackson is the author of 2008's Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age. She recently... More

Bloomberg Stays on AIG

Bloomberg reports that more questions are being raised about AIG's books. It says it may cost the insurer another $30... More

The Bright Side of Deflation, Part Two

David Leonhardt of The New York Times also writes about falling prices today: The cost of fruits, vegetables, clothing and... More

The Bright Side of Deflation

David Lazarus has a nice column about wage stagnation in the Los Angeles Times, using the peg of falling prices... More

Q&A: Andrew Revkin

NYT reporter discusses climate, sustainability, and long-haul reporting

Last month, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin received Columbia University’s prestigious John Chancellor Award, along with New Yorker staff... More

Making Connections

How the troop surge hurt the Iraqi justice system

In the course of the presidential campaign, the troop surge in Iraq became a rhetorical weapon hurled back and forth... More

Minnesota Nice—streaming (and tweeting) live!

Today The Uptake, a Minnesota based cit-jo initiative, is offering a multimedia powerhouse live from the state canvassing board meeting.... More

Kluge: Gary Marcus on Attention and the Brain

The cognitive psychologist talks to CJR about how the brain works

Gary Marcus is a professor of psychology at New York University, where he studies developmental cognitive neuroscience. In his latest... More

Buckley’s Best

Ten months after the death of William F. Buckley, The New York Times remembers the conservative thinker's predilection for the... More

A CDO Story for the Rest of Us

The Washington Post goes long with a look at how the CDO market went bust. I know, I know. You... More

Books for a Hard Season

Which book would you recommend to the journalistic community?

The holidays are coming, but the news business isn't feeling so merry. Times are hard for everyone, actually. And when... More

A Reporter at Sea

There are times when being a foreign correspondent is anything but the childhood dream that lured many a dime store... More

Sight For Sore Eyes on CNN

No, not Anderson Cooper. A visual calm (well, not quite that) has come to CNN. The cable network has retired... More

WaPo’s Wrong Spin on Retail

Here's an example of how not to write an economy story. The Washington Post this weekend reported on retail sales... More

Cheney to ABC News: “I’m Guilty”

Sensational, out-of-context headline? I'm guilty. Here's how Vice President Cheney came to utter the words, "I'm guilty" during his "first... More

GM Pencils, Part Two

A reader, David Baggot, emailed me to point out that the Times story I liked yesterday about Detroit's extreme cost... More

The Size Tens Seen around the World

International headlines focus less on the act, more on the significance of the insult

President Bush’s response to having a pair of shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi during a press... More

Above the Fold: Bailout Buyer’s Remorse

The endless ironies of the Republican opposition to saving Detroit

"On the executive compensation thing, it went to the core of their being. It was like asking the chief rabbi... More

Weird Science (Reporting)

CNN covers unfounded claims about new energy technology

I was on the treadmill at the gym this week when I switched to CNN and learned about a new... More

Missed Step

Using “set foot in” is a step in the right direction

Everyone has language pet peeves: those little things people say that aren’t quite right, and that we can’t help but... More

Not So Punny

Why the humor in TV’s coverage of the shoe-throwing incident?

So, as I'm sure you've heard: This weekend, while President Bush and Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki gave a joint... More

Did the Press Hear What We Heard?

The media bury some important news on Obama’s health plan

Barack Obama wants to do something about the health care mess, and soon. He said so at his press conference... More

David Shenk on Data Smog

The journalist and author talks to CJR about information overload

Journalist David Shenk has been writing about the topic of information overload for over a decade. In his 1997 book... More

Detroit Now Reduced to Using Regular Pencils

The Times has some amusing-if-pathetic details in its story on how the Big Three are cutting back to the bare... More

MediaNews’ Busted Newspaper Bets

The Times has a nice story on Dean Singleton's MediaNews and the problems it's facing in this atrocious time for... More

Bush On Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journo: “I Don’t Know What His Beef Is”

"Amusing," "interesting" and "weird" is how Pres. Bush, in an interview with ABC News's Martha Raddatz, described the incident over... More

Bloomberg on Madoff’s Auditor

Bloomberg does some basic legwork on the Bernard Madoff scandal and gets some great color out of it. One of... More

Surowiecki: “The Real Problem For Newspapers?” “Us”

The real problem for newspapers, in other words, isn’t the Internet; it’s us. We want access to everything, we want... More

WaPo: Bailout’s Pay Limits May Be Moot

The Washington Post has a nice scoop today that the executive-pay provisions of the bailout law are basically unenforceable. But... More

Rahm-nipresent Media

So the broadcast media, collectively, can probably expect to receive a dead fish in the mail at some point in... More

Time to Tighten the Belt

There was a time when to be an employee at publishing behemoth Time Inc. was to enjoy the perks--charter planes!... More

Death by Obiticide

When sloppy journalism kills

I have some bad news to pass along this week: two people were killed as a result of sloppy journalism.... More

WSJ: Tax-Lite Companies Want Tax-Heavy Bailouts

The Journal does some good work in looking at some of the pigs lined up at the $700 billion TARP... More

Hall & Oates Pay Tribute to Alan Colmes

Hall & Oates revamp a classic to bid a fond farewell to Fox's resident "Token Liberal": .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links... More

Fed Slaps Down Bloomberg FOIA

Bloomberg keeps the heat on the Federal Reserve to disclose to whom it's given $2 trillion in loans. The news... More

Audit Interview: Michael Hudson

“We’re in a battle now to define what happened.”

Lots of people have asked why the press didn't tell us loudly enough that the subprime train was a-comin'. But... More

Was Countrywide’s “Puffery” Criminal?

Floyd Norris in the NYT points out something worth watching: a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial that's been allowed to go... More

A Worthwhile Canadian Article

Americans could be forgiven for being a little preoccupied. After all, in the last several weeks, we've had a presidential... More

Blago’s Mother Knows Best?

ABC News highlights 2006 footage of Gov. Blagojevich speaking at a Democratic Party event in Chicago in which he mentions... More

An outfit for radio

On Tuesday morning, Chicago's reporters had no idea what sort of day they'd be facing. Not surprisingly, some were caught... More

NYT Lets Treasury Off Too Easy

The Times lets Neel Kashkari, the Treasury's bailout guy, off the hook in a news story on congressional hearings yesterday.... More

Fox News Is Google’s Sixth “Fastest Rising” Search

Google "looked at the most popular searches conducted for 11 months of 2008 (we compile this list by early December)... More

Portfolio Pries Into Pequot

Portfolio's Scot Paltrow has a very interesting story on some doings between Pequot Capital and one of the firm's former... More

889 Minus 64 at NPR

From the Washington Post: Faced with a sharp decline in revenue, National Public Radio said Wednesday it will pare back... More

The Times Looks at Bush’s Homeowner Advocate

The New York Times takes a nuanced look at FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair this morning. She's the Bush administration member... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on BlagoGate, the NYT, NBC, and others

Here is everything U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at his news conference Tuesday about any possible involvement Barack Obama might... More

Warning: Endorsing Obama May Cause Serious Weight Gain

Maybe you've heard? That other news out of Chicago this week? "Oprah says she weighs 200 pounds?" And she's "saying"... More

Patrick Fitzgerald, a.k.a. Folk Hero?

A New York Times profile of smokin’ hot U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald proclaims in its title: “Fond Ties Have Grown... More

MRAP in Paper

USA Today reporting on IED attacks vindicated by Pentagon report

“One excellent way to show your concern for wounded veterans is not to make so many of them,” noted The... More

Another Chicago Musical

From a scene from Blagojevich! The Musical by Ben Greenman. (You may remember Greenman from such hits as Palin! The... More

Three Chances To Vote For Chris Matthews (Today!)

Media Matters is asking readers to vote on "What was the Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 presidential campaign?" Three... More

NYT’s ClintonSenateSeatStakes “Corrective Article”

The trouble with reporting, as the New York Times did yesterday, "Kennedy Is Said To Be Politicking For His Niece"?... More

Truncated Thoughts

Sometimes technology is a vexing demon: The homepage of the Chicago Sun-Times has a rotating News Alert box that teases... More

The Day after the Blago Arrest

Chicago media get vocal on the gubernatorial scandal

After yesterday’s federal court hearing in which Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris heard the... More

Shafer: Get A Gimmick, Gregory (And No More Noonan)

Advice for David Gregory on how to approach his new job, from Jack Shafer at Slate: Get rid of the... More

On the List

Liz's list of Time's lists sent me down a rabbit hole of empty, soulless, clicks. Of course that's the point--each... More

From House Gym to Big House?

Well, there was nothing about Blagojevich's behavior on the Congressional Stairmaster way back when that foreshadowed all this, according to... More

$73 an Hour Doesn’t Add Up

I like David Leonhardt's column this morning in the Times, debunking the $73 figure widely thrown around as what the... More

Blagojevich’s Home State Headlines

A selection of front pages from Illinois this morning: More

Journal’s Legg Mason “Get”

The Journal scores an interview with Legg Mason's Bill Miller, a legendary investor who's run into a brick wall in... More

An Irresistably Readable Mortgage Critic

Alyssa Katz remembers Doris Dungey, aka “Tanta”

Last week, journalism lost its most incisive, stubbornly accurate, and unfailingly hilarious chronicler of the failings of the mortgage industry... More

Bloomberg Hits the Washington Consensus

Bloomberg has an excellent story this morning about how the free-trade policies foisted upon poor countries by rich ones have... More

Some Questions for Tribune (and Sam Zell)

CJR’s roadmap to the Blagojevich complaint

On Monday, Tribune Company, the jobs-shedding media conglomerate, filed for bankruptcy, casting a heavy cloud over its future. But then... More

Voices of Chicago

How the Windy City’s papers and blogs are keeping up with the Blagojevich story

When a local story—your state’s governor gets arrested for corruption, say—goes national, all eyes turn to the hometown publications for... More

“Grace” Under (Very Little) Pressure

Remember the "McCain Ends Classy" theme that sprung up in the media in the minutes and hours after McCain delivered... More

Don’t Leave the Energy Department Out of It

Tell readers where the auto bailout money will come from

Have you heard about the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program? It’s a recently created Department of Energy loan program... More

News Meeting: How Can Tribune Save Itself?

Come join the conversation

Bankruptcy. Buyouts. Political scandal. It's been a rough week, to say the least, for the Tribune Company. But just as... More

Some Good Health Coverage at Local Papers

Laurels in El Paso, Dayton, and Colorado Springs

In an age when newspapers are supposed to be dying, and small papers are supposed to be dead by now... More

10 of Time’s “Top 10 of Everything in 2008”

List season's here. Time presents the "Top Ten of Everything in 2008." And by "Everything," Time means 50 things. Here... More

During And After The Pentagon’s “Mask Ban”

News: ""Iraq translators' mask ban dropped" (BBC: "The Pentagon has rescinded a controversial decision that banned Iraqi interpreters working for... More

“The Press Is The Enemy…”

"...write that on the blackboard 100 times." Nixon, heard on the most recently-released batch of audio tapes from 1972 (h/t... More

You Think I’d Lay Down And Die?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97750125">Per NPR: Even a paper the size of The New York Times isn't immune. Bill Keller, the Times' executive... More

The Journal Gets a Scalp

A day after the Journal went page one with a story about Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain begging the board... More

Tribune Aftermath

The NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an excellent column today on Tribune. He slams a list of players, including the... More

The Britishisms Are Coming!

Gobsmacked by the recent British slang invasion

“I am gobsmacked by these appointments, most of which could easily have come from a President McCain,” Max Boot, a... More

Consider Yourself Warned

The New York Times's Katharine Q. Seeyle previews Inauguration Day (including a hint of what she'll be up to): Much... More

Tribune Files For Bankruptcy

"It is only the latest -- and biggest-- sign of duress for the newspaper industry yet," says the New York... More

Video: Climate Central

A new partnership in science journalism

Climate Central, a novel and unique partnership between journalists and scientists based in Princeton, New Jersey, recently set out to... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part II

What lurks under the insurers’ gesture of friendship?

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

Who’s (Re)Counting? You!

While you're waiting: The (Minneapolis) StarTribune.com lets you view contested ballots from the Norm Coleman v. Al Franken Senate race... More

Cookie-Company Crisis Makes WSJ and NYT

Jeffrey D. Austen lost his job making cookies in Ohio. Some ambitious PR firm needs to hire him, stat. It... More

How Attention Networks Work: Transcript

Cognitive psychologist Michael Posner on the neurological bases for attention

Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Posner is an internationally recognized expert on attentional networks and cognition. CJR contributor Russ Juskalian recently... More

“Producing Something Resembling News”

Howard Kurtz attempts to distill What Meet The Press Is For: At the heart of these programs is the questioning... More

Your Browser Knows

"This recession got deeper faster because we knew more bad stuff quickly," according to David Carr in his New York... More

Journal Pushing Free Trade on Its News Pages

This Journal headline is irritating: Hard Times Offer a Chance To Overcome Protectionism Some of us fervently hope that the... More

The Ratings Scam

Gretchen Morgenson in yesterday's Times keeps her eye on the ball with a look at one of the biggest scandals... More

There Will Be Kennedy

With Caroline Kennedy ahead in the media speculation that is ClintonSenateSeatStakes, here is how MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Morning Joe... More

Tribune on the Brink

The financial crisis has dealt a deadly blow to its chances

The Journal scooped last night that Tribune Company may file for bankruptcy this week. The other papers follow suit (not... More

“I’m Not Tim”

MeetThePressstakes is formally (finally) no more. "These are treasured platforms," said (new moderator) David Gregory to (outgoing temp) Tom Brokaw,... More

Above the Fold: Stand by Me

A musical journey ten years in the making

If you're feeling overwhelmed by never ending suicide bombings in Iraq, escalating conflict in Afghanistan, hand-to-hand (if unarmed) conflict over... More

WSJ is Super on Reserve Primary Fund Story

The Journal is excellent this morning with an in-depth report on the Reserve Primary Fund, the money-market fund that "broke... More

A One-Stop Shop for Climate Information?

Princeton startup attempts to pair journalists’ yin with scientists’ yang

When it comes to improving the coverage of climate change, critics often suggest some variant of the idea that journalists... More

Jet-tisoned

The Big Three’s road trip was a PR stunt. Why treat it as more than that?

As a journalist and an American citizen and an auto aficionado and a general admirer of absurdity, I would have... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Maslin, Stewart, NBC, and others

Winner: Janet Maslin for her spot-on review of The Man Who Owns The News, in which she dissects Michael Wolff's... More

Track Good Ledes on Twitter with #goodlede

CJR on Twitter, part one

Every now and then, I come across an article with a killer lead sentence, like this one, by Anthony Daniels,... More

Conseco Redux

What lessons does the Pennsylvania insurance mess have for health reform?

My colleague Ryan Chittum called attention this week to the maneuver by Conseco Senior Health Insurance Co. to rid itself... More

NYT’s Norris Tweaks Trump

Floyd Norris has some good clean fun with Donald Trump and Deutsche Bank, whom Trump is suing in a brazen... More

Anderson Cooper: “John King is like the Rain Man of politics”

Cooper, speaking at Columbia, was asked about CNN's election coverage--and, specifically, about John King's magic wall. "John King is like... More

Anderson Cooper: “There’s a lot of phony outrage in TV news”

Cooper, speaking at Columbia, was asked about the outrage and raw emotion he so famously displayed while covering the aftermath... More

Anderson Cooper on War Reporting: “The energy is palpable. The molecules in the air are charged.”

Cooper, speaking at Columbia, described his experiences reporting the genocide in Rwanda. One of the lessons the experience taught him,... More

Anderson Cooper: “I never really set out to be an anchor”

Anderson Cooper is speaking at Columbia right now. I'll be sharing some of his comments periodically. The first: "I never... More

Scrubbing Away Their Sins

You can’t disappear your errors online

We used to be able to throw out the news; to disappear it. The morning paper would find its way... More

Audit Interview: Jesse Eisinger

“We’re grappling with our own failures about how, by and large, we missed this”

Before joining Conde Nast Portfolio, Jesse Eisinger had already compiled a record of skeptical reporting on and analysis of Wall... More

Salting the Sweets

WaPo basks in the glow of Obama’s health care mobilization effort

A front page Washington Post story yesterday gets excited about the fact that Obama’s incoming administration is beginning to implement... More

Freepdom of Expression

In a rare and dramatic move, the Detroit Free Press has devoted the entirety of today's front page to a... More

Rupert: Get Me That Bush House Story!

In the annals of stories The Wall Street Journal would not have done, much less placed on A3, pre-Rupert Murdoch,... More

Questions for the WSJ on B of A

The Journal has some amusing tidbits in its story on the Bank of America shareholder vote scheduled for today on... More

Colbert to Walters: “Madame, You Got the Part”

Barbara Walters guested on The Colbert Report yesterday, leading to, as might be expected, much hilarity. Colbert signed her new... More

Buck-Breaking and Lawsuit-Shaking

The Times has a worthy story this morning looking at a bizarre move by the Reserve Primary Fund to protect... More

Gannett Papers Shocked by Stun-Gun Maker’s Claims

In SEC filing, Taser says it had the right to pre-review articles in two Gannett papers

Taser International Inc., the world’s largest stun-gun manufacturer, allegedly made false statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning an... More

“I’m Really Gonna Miss Systematically Destroying This Place”

It's been a rough day for the press. Leave it to The Onion to provide some much-needed levity. More

Hair Apparent

The lesson of Couric’s new ‘do (hint: not sexism!)

It puts the "ew," some say, "in the evening news." The new 'do, apparently, is a fashion don't. Yep, Katie... More

Above the Fold: Sins of Omission

NYT strategically chops Sen. Feinstein’s statement on torture

Yesterday, FCP focused on a New York Times story about Barack Obama's search for a new CIA director. Top candidate... More

The Paleontological Approach

Let’s sift through the industry’s bones to figure out exactly when things went wrong

I used to want to be an anthropologist, until I realized I wanted to have a job when I graduated.... More

WSJ Wrap Rapped

Per Ad Age: The [Wall Street] Journal is running an advertiser's cover wrap on Thursday for the first time in... More

By a Thousand

Cuts. (Time) Cuts. (NBC News) Cuts. (CNN, as Curtis reported) Cuts. (Gannett, Chicago Tribune, Bakersfield Californian, Santa Barbara News-Press) More

Deflation? Try Some Legal Price Fixing

The Journal has an interesting story on retailers hiring "police" to ferret out discounters selling their products below the "minimum... More

Gratuitous! (Works For CBS News)

Well, you can't land Barack Obama every week (Steve Kroft's Nov. 17 interview with Obama brought 60 Minutes its best... More

Citi Dump

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil has a great column today on Citigroup not coming clean on its buckled balance sheet. Let's say... More

Watching “World Watch”

On Tuesday, CBSnews.com launched World Watch, "a blog in which the men and women of CBS News, our eyes and... More

Huffington’s How-To

Arianna Huffington appeared on The Daily Show last night to plug HuffPo's new book (The Huffington Post Complete Guide To... More

NYT’s Saturn Story Missing a Few Rings

The Times has an interesting idea for a story on Saturn and what might have been for General Motors, but... More

The Wall Street Journal and Xinhua

The Journal, which I said yesterday was writing as if it was now inside Hank Paulson's head, at least attributes... More

CNN Cuts Entire Science, Tech Team

Despite network’s intention to launch wire service, compete with the AP

CNN, the Cable News Network, announced yesterday that it will cut its entire science, technology, and environment news staff, including... More

Above the Fold: Slanting the Torture Story

Everything you won’t learn about torture in The New York Times

There is a fierce battle going on over what kind of a CIA director Barack Obama should appoint, when he... More

Talking Shop: Gail Collins

The New York Times columnist on caucuses, campaigning, and the glory of deadlines

Over the course of commenting on Campaign 2008 for The New York Times, Gail Collins has, among other things: explained... More

Will The Revolution Be Linked?

Snaps (Tweets?) for everyone stopping by our (ongoing) News Meeting to weigh in on this week's question of, "How should... More

Dowd’s Fey Profile

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd profiles Tina Fey for Vanity Fair, an assignment that included a reporting trip to... More

“The War After The War Is A Fight About Who We Are As Americans”

But for the washingtonpost.com's hard-to-miss "most viewed articles" box, I would have missed this pseudonymous http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/28/AR2008112802242.html?nav=hcmodule">column from November 28, "An... More

The Local Climate

Regional papers invest in multi-part series on warming

Last week, the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media posted an interesting column by Tom Henry, environment reporter... More

Kurtz’s “Skeptics” Clearly Don’t Read/Watch Politico

From Howard Kurtz's Washington Post column today comes this anonymously-sourced criticism of NBC News's David Gregory, (thisclose to) moderator of... More

Linked Out

One day, one story, one million hyperlinks

Like most people my age, I get most of my news online. I begin the day by checking The New... More

Baucus Watch, Part III

Montana reporter digs deep into the senator’s 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

Chris Matthews: Choose Or Lose?

What's it gonna be? Your money or your life, Chris Matthews? The question raised by the slowly mounting calls (suggestions?)... More

Managing McCaffreyGate

"Is there any limit to the shamelessness of NBC News?" Charles Kaiser asked here on Monday, in expressing, er, dissatisfaction... More

WSJ Watchdogs Sketchy Conseco Insurance Move

The Journal has a nice story today shining a light on the Conseco insurance company offloading some unprofitable long-term-care policies... More

Ebony on the Fall of Detroit

The magazine reports the U.S. car industry’s demise is hitting blacks especially hard

A Credit to Ebony for a piece describing how the tribulations of the U.S. auto industry are hitting African American... More

Analyze This!

Bloomberg posts a short news story on some UBS analyst trying to make a name for himself by coming up... More

WSJ Now Inside Paulson’s Brain

The Journal has seemingly been channeling Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for months now. Today's story is so confident you know... More

Big Three CEOs Hit the Road

The Times writes that the Big Three CEO's have learned their lesson from the private-jet debacle of two weeks ago.... More

Weird Goldman Sourcing at the Journal

A Journal scoop this morning—or at least its sourcing—may have confused some readers. The paper reported that Goldman Sachs's loss... More

No More Questions

A punctuation suggestion for Bob Herbert

Here’s the thing about questions. They can be mere requests for information, or they can serve to cast doubt. In... More

Gregory’s Gravitas Hands

If you're going to engage in MeetThePressStakes, please make it funny. More

“The Business Is Broken”

But I’m still having fun all the same

I'm a business reporter, and if I had to fashion four words about the business of newspapers, I'd have to... More

How Should Journalists Use Twitter?

Come join the conversation

In an article headlined, "Citizen Journalists Provided Glimpses of Mumbai Attacks," The New York Times extolled the virtues of... More

Air Apparent, Part Two

Live TV and the virtues of restraint

Dan Rather is calm. Dan Rather is collected. Dan Rather is cautious. And he is not—repeat, not—ready to call Ohio... More

No Hair!

From Politico today (in an "according to executives" report that David Gregory will be named moderator of Meet the Press):... More

“Plenty of Viewers”= Me, Some Say

When Alessandra Stanley writes of Hillary Clinton's acceptance yesterday of the nomination for Secretary of State, "[F]or plenty of viewers,... More

Phoning In Mumbai Coverage?

I've written before about MSNBC being "The Place For," among other things, "Disturbing Video." If there's "video," and it's "disturbing,"... More

Preemptive Bubble Bursting

The Journal's Bob Hagerty, who did lots of great work warning of problems in housing before the bubble burst, is... More

AP Is Excellent on Bush Mortgage Negligence

The Associated Press put out a story yesterday reporting that the Bush Administration ignored in-house warnings of an impending mortgage... More

On Reporting In Iraq

NPR's Ivan Watson recounts his (and three colleagues') narrow escape from a "sticky bomb" placed under their car on Sunday... More

The Great Recession of 2008

Bloomberg, via a source, makes its bid for what to call the crisis. The Great Recession has a nice ring... More

GM USA?

The LAT's Pulitzer-winning car critic Dan Neil makes an interesting case for the government nationalizing the auto industry, especially General... More

Learn About Lashkar

Lashkar-e-Taiba? That name that keeps popping up in the reporting on the Mumbai attacks? At newyorker.com, Steve Coll blogs about... More

LeT’s Not Jump the Gun

Guessing is great, but the pundits’ certainty is worrisome

Last week’s attacks in Mumbai were, in a word, horrific. As happens after every crisis, the pundits and analysts swarm... More

Tale of Two Porches

Yes, the words were written "by Alex Kuczynski" (it says so in black just beside the title of the New... More

Healthy Usage

Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving was a healthful one

Here’s hoping everyone ate only “healthy” foods at Thanksgiving. Many people, including those watching calories or wanting to be “healthy,”... More

The Unbearable Lightness of Kabul

Lots of bombs go off in Afghanistan, but the media only seem to report the ones that hit internationals

Late last week, a car bomb exploded near the American embassy in Kabul, killing at least four civilians. The bombing... More

Ah Yes, The “Split Up The White Guys” Strategy

Some post-unveiling-of-national-security-team-press-conference commentary on MSNBC: CHRIS MATTHEWS: Clearly [the team] has the picture we're looking for. The many faces of... More

In Which Hillary Says Yes and Kevin Drum Eats His Hat

On the subject of Hillary Clinton being chosen as/agreeing to be Obama's Secretary of State, Kevin Drum, of Mother Jones,... More

News You Can Actually Use But Hopefully Won’t Have To

Here's a timely personal-finance story with information I actually haven't read a million times. The LA Times's Kathy M. Kristof... More

Bloomberg Rakes Muck

Another stellar entry pops out of the box

Bloomberg continues to turn in business journalism at its muckraking best, now with this superb/nauseating story of the hosing of... More

The Banks and the Big Three

The Journal's excellent Heard on the Street writer David Reilly hits at the banks today, pointing out that they need... More

“Team” Coverage

Who made The Team? You know, The "Team of Rivals?" We'll finally find out, at a press conference in a... More

Above the Fold: Complex Analysis

Kaiser on NBC News and the military-industrial complex

Is there any limit to the shamelessness of NBC News? That is one of several questions sparked by David Barstow's... More

The Media’s Mixed Messages on the Mall

David Carr is right to expose the media's hypocrisy in its hand-wringing over the Black Friday mania that ended up... More

TV News Vets

"In Hard Times for TV Anchors, Trusted Older Faces Fade Out," reports the New York Times' Brian Stelter today, pointing... More

WaPo and 60 Minutes Team Up on Internet Gambling

The Washington Post and 60 Minutes put their investigative heads together for a nice two-day collaboration on Internet gambling that... More

WSJ: What Crisis?

This Journal story about Morgan Stanley is off key—and it's a bad time to be out of tune. Hey, did... More

Air Apparent

TV news in the post-election world, part one

There are two general assumptions about the media that have become so common it's stopped occurring to us to question... More

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

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

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

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

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


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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