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Monthly Archive

June 2009

L’Affaire Froomkin, as Told by Froomkin

Froomkin and Rosen on accountability, impartiality, and the dangers of the journalistic lobotomy

Jay Rosen calls it "the Froomkin kissoff." Others call it, less colorfully, "l'affaire Froomkin." Many call it politically motivated. Some... More

Explainer: What’s This About U.S. Troops In Iraq?

Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon helped Fox News viewers just now get their heads around what's going on with U.S. troops... More

Transparency Corps Debuts

Thanks to about a minute of my time, America is a small step closer to being able to easily find... More

Tumulty: Presidential Press Conferences Have Always Been “of Very Little Value”

During a panel on--yes--the new media landscape (or, "How the Internet Ecosystem Can Improve Journalism") at the Personal Democracy Forum... More

NY Times Chugs the Dr Pepper

How can The New York Times be this gullible? The paper writes about Dr Pepper Snapple outsourcing its information technology... More

Health Wealth

Press misses a tipping point in the financing of global health projects

Earlier this month, the Lancet published two studies clarifying some long-standing questions about global health financing and the effectiveness of... More

Last Week’s Newshole: 19% Iran; 18% Jackson

According to PEJ (emphasis mine), For the week, the protests in Iran ended up being the biggest story, totaling 19%... More

Purdum on the “Pheromonal Reality” of the “Palin Phenomenon”

Courtesy of, often, unnamed "McCain aides," "McCain friends," and "persons familiar with," Todd Purdum explores at length "the Sarah Palin... More

A Morning of eGov

Notes on the Obama administration’s ambassadors to the Personal Democracy Forum

This morning, attendees of the Personal Democracy Forum Conference, an annual event for people interested in the intersection of politics,... More

Shadid: “We Are Disengaged From Iraq”

The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Anthony Shadid, describes at foreignpolicy.com why in Iraq, "as U.S. troops pull out, it's... More

Memo to Sen. Barbara Boxer—and Journalists, Too

More skepticism about savings from preventive care, please

Sen. Barbara Boxer was defiant. As Campaign Desk reported recently, the gentle lady from California said in no uncertain terms... More

LAT Raises the “Nexus” Sales-Tax Issue

The LA Times has an interesting article today on an overlooked aspect of tax policy: The "nexus" exemption for Internet... More

Putting Faces to the Dead and Detained in Iran

The Guardian online is trying to "put a face to each of the hundreds -- possibly thousands-- killed or arrested... More

The Economy Today: Solar Big Bang

Headlines from Texas, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington state, and elsewhere

National papers continue to lead with the Madoff sentencing. Yesterday, Judge Danny Chin sentenced the Ponzi schemer to the maximum... More

ProPublica, the Post Bring GE Into the Light

Props to ProPublica and the Washington Post for a joint story on how General Electric has benefited from $74 billion... More

Keller “Celebrates” Iran Coverage

Iran is the subject of this week's nytimes.com Q&A, "Talk to the Newsroom" (so far, it's just Bill Keller, recently... More

Cable, Torn

Which to carry live: Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson's father holding a news conference about Jackson's funeral arrangements; Or,... More

LA Times Soft-Pedals Wired Editor’s Plagiarism

It's bad enough to write a two-source story about plagiarism. It's worse when the two sources are the plagiarist and... More

What’s All the Fuss?

Describing an uproar with fun words

Journalists love words, and many will go out of their way to find “special” ways of using unusual words. Sometimes... More

Rutten: Jackson Coverage Bad

Just because "America's serious news media -- whether print, broadcast or cable -- are in the grip of a collective... More

A “News Blackout” in Honduras

From Reporters Without Borders, on the situation in Honduras: President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster was followed by a curfew during which... More

How To Get (Re)Booked On Cable

Chris Cillizza's contribution to YouTube's Reporters' Center is a video he calls "How To Not Sound Like An Idiot on... More

#Dickwhisperer: A History

The tussle that makes us all look “pathetic”

Twitter, as of yesterday afternoon, has a new a new hashtag: #Dickwhisperer. Nope, not a typo: #Dickwhisperer. This being a... More

The NYT’s Sports Icon/Daddy Beat

On June 13th, with golf's U.S. Open approaching, the New York Times's Karen Crouse reported that golf star Tiger Woods... More

Yesterday in Inter-Media (Intra-Media?) Name-Calling

Have you heard? After some heated exchanges between The Washington Post's Dana Milbank and The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney during... More

NYT Listens in as the Mortgage-Mod Plan Hits a Wall

The New York Times descends into customer-service hell on A1 today, reporting on the effort to modify mortgages under the... More

Collaborative News Gathering, Embraced

The New York Times's Brian Stelter on reporting from and about Iran: [M]any mainstream media sources, which have in the... More

The Economy Today: It’s All Happening at the Zoo

Headlines from Missouri, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, and elsewhere

The Wall Street Journal reports that consumer confidence is up for the fifth month in a row. This report is... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part III

Taxing insurance benefits and health care equity

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

A Community Reinvestment Act Reader

We still have to debunk this myth?

Felix Salmon takes John Carney of Clusterstock to task for latching on to the right-wing effort to blame the housing... More

Braking News

End breaking-news alerts delivered through e-mail? Not so fast

Traditional news got beat yesterday. First, the professional celebrity-stalkers over at TMZ broke the news--a full hour before any other... More

Jackson, in Stipple

The WSJ's Speakeasy blog takes a look back at Michael Jackson's stipple-drawings-through-the-years: More

Forgetful Geniuses

Mere mortals lose car keys, real geniuses lose whole cars. This seems to be a recurring motif in New Yorker... More

Bartiromo and BizWeek with an Embarrassing Summers Interview

Maria Bartiromo's BusinessWeek interviews aren't exactly must-read business journalism. But this is ridiculous. What would you ask if you got... More

Three Strikes and You’re Fired

When the punishment for factual inaccuracy doesn’t fit the crime

Matt McCann wasn’t supposed to spend his summer working for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For the second... More

Crowdsourcing…Satire

On the occasion of the announcement of Dick Cheney's book deal, The Washington Post is inviting its readers to offer... More

Jason Jones in Iran: in Which the Joke Was on Us

Last night, The Daily Show aired the last of Jason Jones's segments shot in Iran--a strange, funny, and surprisingly moving... More

The Economy Today: Half a Loaf

News from Maine, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today notes that federal stimulus spending slowed last week compared to any weeks in May, and... More

Covering MJ

Here are some selections from a very sharp post by Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara on the medium's... More

Journal States the Obvious—In a Good Way

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the new consumer-protection regulator is likely to make banks less profitable. I like... More

CARDIAC ARREST HAPPENS WHEN HEART SUDDENLY STOPS

...is the chyron MSNBC just ran as Norah O'Donnell interviewed Dr. Dan Simon, chief of cardiovascular medicine at Case Medical... More

Jackson News, on the Move

Twitter has been, in many ways, the news-delivery platform of Michael Jackson's death. Via The Guardian and Twitscoop, watch the... More

What the WSJ Looked Like in 1930

Here's a great idea for a business blog. An anonymous somebody is going back through Depression-era Wall Street Journals day... More

Sanford’s Flight of Fancy

What South Carolina columnists and editorials are saying about the governor’s affair

The Mark Sanford affair story affords plentiful opportunities for practitioners and observers of journalism and politics. It allows for the... More

The Budginator

These must be desperate times, because this is surely a desperate measure: California is crowdsourcing its response to its budget... More

Letter Cry

Hold onto your Freundschaftsbrief, everyone: Jezebel gives the creepy, weepy e-mail exchange between Mark Sanford and "Maria" the old grad-student... More

Behold, the Ur-Twitter

Before there was Twitter, there was...the "Notificator." Seriously. See the description of the world's pre-digital Twitter, below, culled from the... More

Crazy Like a Fox

More evidence that offering fair, balanced, and intellectually rigorous programming can be good for business: Fox News is on track... More

Bloomberg Profiles Volcker, Obama’s Outside Insider

Bloomberg has a welcome, long profile of Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman who's been shouldered to the background... More

By: “A Time Reporter in Tehran”

An apt sign of the Time(s): an article about propaganda in Iran, its author tellingly bylined. More

The Washington Post’s Priorities, Chintzy Smoking Jacket Edition

They let Froomkin go. This is what they kept. [h/t, Glenn Greenwald] More

You’ve Got E-Mail

One obvious drawback of the otherwise admirable exercise of journalistic restraint: it can cause outlets to lose scoops. To wit,... More

Oh, The Irony

Just to think, yesterday started out so well for the GOP. Politico's lead story, posted at 5:05 a.m. yesterday was... More

What Happens In Vegas…

A federal court case raises the question of if what happens in a Vegas newspaper’s website stays in a Vegas... More

The Economy Today: Stimulating Paperwork

News from Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, and elsewhere

In national headlines, USA Today reports that “less than one-half of 1%” of the money set aside for highway repair... More

Just Too Perfect?

Somehow I bet the White House is not all that worried about this "problem," as diagnosed by Politico's Eamon Javers.... More

Fortune: Confidence in Banks Falling Again

Don't look now but market sentiment on the banking industry is falling again. Fortune reports that the cost of insuring... More

Thanks for the Memo

Today, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Janet Robinson, respectively the New York Times's publisher and the President/CEO of The New York... More

Even the Going-Out-of-Business Business Is Suffering

The Wall Street Journal has a great page-one “ahed” today about one rug merchant who's made a business of going... More

Planted Questions

Calling foul on HuffPo’s press-conference deal with Obama

Yesterday’s presidential presser added another installment to the Annals of Questions That Make News. Last April, it was Jeff Zeleny’s... More

Tomorrow’s Sanford Headlines Today

Over a year ago, when (then) New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was caught in a prostitution scandal, CJR's staff threw... More

St. Pete Times tackles Scientology leader

The St. Petersburg Times, which in 1980 won a national reporting Pulitzer for a series on the Church of Scientology,... More

Reprimanded Psychiatrist? Bad Advice?

Give that documentary a Peabody!

Last May, a Peabody was awarded to the film Depression: Out of the Shadows, a documentary which aired in 2008... More

Bloomberg Buys the Discredited Realtor Lobby’s Spin

You'd think that by now the media would be done with the National Association of Realtors, a discredited organization that... More

Freely Quoting

Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson is in the opening rounds of a depressingly familiar plagiarism scandal, kicked off after... More

The Economy Today: Moonlighting Back in Vogue

Headlines from Michigan, Illinois, Montana, and elsewhere

A tough job market is pushing some workers to take on second jobs, USA Today reports. According to various surveys,... More

Citigroup Keeps on Truckin’ Like It’s 2007

The New York Times and Financial Times both report that Citigroup is raising salaries by up to half to avoid... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Wendell Potter

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Footnoted Ferrets Out Legg Mason Foolishness

The excellent business site Footnoted, run by Michelle Leder, makes a nice catch today on executive compensation. Leder's m.o. is... More

After Rohde

When is it okay to withhold a news story?

In the days since we learned about New York Times reporter David Rohde’s escape from Taliban captivity, it’s also come... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part X

We finally hear from the business community

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

The Journal Overplays Its Harvard Scooplet

I can't figure out why this Harvard endowment story is on page one of the Journal this morning. Two managers... More

NewsAyatollahs, The Ayatollahist

On the occasion of Newsweek's Ayatollah-centric cover, The New Yorker's Cartoon Lounge blog imagines what other magazines might look like... More

Keller on Rohde: “There’s No Question It Was the Right Approach”

The NYT executive editor talks about the paper’s handling of the David Rohde story

On June 20, the world discovered that, since November 2008, New York Times reporter David Rohde had been held by... More

Raggedy Ann Arbor?

Poynter's Rick Edmonds offers up a detailed look at the media scene in Ann Arbor, Michigan--on the premise that the... More

Bumps in the Rohde Story

The story of the escape of New York Times reporter David Rohde from his Taliban captors is "a tale out... More

Not Sweatin’ It

As Obama kicks off his first day-time press conference, here's a Tweeted guess from David Westphal, former D.C. bureau chief... More

The Economy Today: $8,000 in Produce?

News from Las Vegas, Oklahoma, California, and elsewhere

In national headlines, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that confidence in the stimulus package is ebbing, with 52... More

The Great American Tweet-Off

Howard Kurtz, media critic, vs. Roland Hedley, “Doonesbury” character

Can you tell the real reporter from the fictional character, based only on the messages they send on Twitter? The... More

LA Times Superb on Modern-Day Grapes of Wrath

The Los Angeles Times has a standout story today—one of the best pieces I've read in a long, long time.... More

The Grey Lady, Exposed

How thin the line between transparency and publicity. The New York Observer reports on "Behind the Scenes at The New... More

“Too Big to Fail” Gets Big Play in the NYT

Morgenson, Dash, and Krugman all consider the issue

I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about... More

Experimental Tweets

Is Twitter enhancing the relationship between science journalists and their readers, or coming between them?

While Twitter’s role in the coverage of the election in Iran has been heavily publicized, the social platform has also... More

“All gerbils die, and when they do, hardly anybody really gives a damn.”

Not bad for a graduation speech. Doug Bates, an editorial writer at the Oregonian, gave University of Oregon J-School grads... More

False Alarms

What the fire department doesn’t tell you

The fire department was having a busy day. First it was the “two-alarm” fire and then came the “six-alarm” one.... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Celinda Lake

Wisdom from the Democrats’ wordsmith

First there was Frank Luntz. Now, Celinda Lake is trying to do for the Dems what Luntz did for the... More

The Moussavi Misunderstanding

How the blogosphere and MSM turned a flawed man into a savior

It has been ten days since the Iran election on Friday, June 12, and while the country may still be... More

John Gruber Analyzes Journal Sourcing on (Steve) Jobs

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a smart analysis of the journalism behind the Journal's big scoop this weekend that... More

Gawker’s “Inadvertent” Journalism

"We don't seek to do good. ... We may inadvertently do good. We may inadvertently commit journalism." So says Gawker... More

“An Agonizing Position”

In case you missed it over the weekend, here's the video of New York Times editor Bill Keller discussing the... More

MoDo on Flies, Fries, and Ladies’ Sighs

For those keeping track, here are the subjects of the latest three New York Times columns penned by Maureen Dowd.... More

Climate Change, Crop Catastrophe

California papers ignore the agricultural consequences of climate change

California’s awful fiscal and economic crises—$24 billion budget shortfall, fifth highest level of unemployment in the nation—have been much in... More

The Economy Today: Will There Be Fireworks?

Headlines from Texas, Massachusetts, California, Nevada, and elsewhere

Despite growing foreclosures in Nevada and other parts of the country, some lawmakers are calling for an expanded tax credit... More

WSJ: Hedge Fund Lobbying Soars

The Journal this morning continues its good watchdog reporting on the lobbying efforts by the business-as-usual crowd. It looks at... More

“Ten Pounds of Small Grey Print/ Stories of All Kinds…”

Looks like the real Prairie Home Companion is the Sunday edition of The New York Times. The great Garrison Keillor,... More

Bloomberg, McClatchy Look at the Coming Option ARM Wipeout

“Green shoots” or no, the next couple of years look grim

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the press had become a bit too sanguine about all of the "green... More

140, One Million

Notes from the 140 Characters Conference: if “journalism is a battle,” what’s the fighting about?

Robert Scoble, the man with the quickest laugh in the room, any room, strode up on stage, triumphant. He grinned... More

Baucus Watch, Part XI

The first glimpse of what he has brought forth

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

Visualizing the Bailouts

You've got to see this. Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture asked Jess Bachman of the excellent information-graphics site Wallstats... More

Hey Arianna Huffington! Did You Hear About …

One for the record books, folks: A Huffington Post headline that distills the very essence of the aggregator's click-mongering: "Hey... More

More From Berkeley on Iran

For more thoughts on covering Iran from Bill Berkeley, who spoke with CJR earlier this week, check out Berkeley's appearance... More

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

When the man you think is Kim Jong Il’s son isn’t

South Korean construction worker Bae Seok-bum is used to being teased about his uncanny resemblance to North Korean dictator Kim... More

Logged Out

Obama takes Bush’s line on White House visitor records

In October of 2006, a federal district court judge ruled that White House visitor logs fell under the reach of... More

The Economy Today: Weatherizing Amidst The Storm

Headlines from California, Tennessee, Utah, North Carolina, and elsewhere

Support is divided on the hill for the new financial regulation plan announced yesterday that would give more regulatory power... More

“We know that a bear scats in the woods…”

Because it's Friday, here's a nice little tale from suburbia, well told. Don't miss reporter Todd Meany (of Cleveland's Own... More

Starkman Profiles Morgenson

Audit Chairman Dean Starkman has a big profile just out in The Nation of New York Times reporter and columnist... More

Tweet of the Day

Ann Curry's Twitter feed offered this metaphortastic little gem this morning: "If you are interested in the world's refugee crisis,... More

The Froomkin Affair: A Roundup of ‘Terrible Disappointment’

Here's the official reason for White House Watch blogger Dan Froomkin's unceremonious dismissal from The Washington Post, courtesy of Washington... More

The First Time as Tragedy, the Second as Farsi

Status: Persian!!! Yep, take that, Twitter: Last night, Facebook--this week's second-most-talked-about social networking site--released a test version of its site... More

Stephen Knows Why…He Swatted That Fly…

This Colbert Report clip is belated (it's from Wednesday night's episode)--but it's a Friday, and the clip's hilarious...so here it... More

Photog Arrested in Iran Speaks Out

Photo District News has a fascinating Q&A with a photographer (European) who was arrested on Tuesday while covering the events... More

“There Is a General Bias Toward Management By the Press”

Excerpts from a CJR panel with Ackman, Madrick, Morgenson, Starkman, moderated by Grueskin

We’ve seen some pretty good panels on the financial collapse, but the one we hosted the other night on its... More

The Press Must Pay Extra Attention to Obama’s Fed Plan

One of the most obvious storylines for the next few weeks of regulatory-reform discussion is the Federal Reserve. The Obama... More

Rocky Road

Skepticism beats cheerleading in coverage of proposed consumer protection agency

As economists begin assessing the strength of President Obama’s plan to overhaul financial regulation, in particular the expansion of responsibility... More

Fortune Swallows the Banks’ Baloney

I had to read this Fortune story a couple of times to make sure it was really as credulous as... More

Surreal Estate

Check out this great slideshow from Newsweek showing some of the physical legacy the bust has left on the landscape.... More

“It’s Like an Electronic Leash to Yank Me Back In”

...is how Contessa Brewer described her work-issued BlackBerry on MSNBC just now. (The comment came as Brewer was readying herself... More

More Op-Charts, Please

There's something about getting straight data --presented on a pretend clip-board, in the middle of an opinion page-- that I... More

Nocera Blasts Obama’s Regulation Reform

Joe Nocera of The New York Times has the must-read of the day on Obama's regulation-reform plan. Let's just say... More

“First Line of Surveillance of All The News…”

... is how Josh Marshall described the role of TalkingPointsMemo.com's readers on last night's Colbert Report. (From Colbert's intro: "Here's... More

The Economy Today: Flying Projectiles

News from Bend, Boulder, Redding, Dallas, and elsewhere

National headlines focus on President Obama’s proposal to reform financial regulation, which he laid out yesterday afternoon. The plan would... More

Twitter Karma

Beware, Jack Shafer ("Doubting Twitter. Let's not get carried away about its role in Iran's demonstrations"). When you speak ill... More

#DailyShowFail?

Stewart’s send-up of CNN: surprisingly unfair

Here's something you might have missed in all the talk about Iran's "Twitter Revolution": it's totally mockable! Indeed. During his... More

Stock Market Math for Journalists

Too many people are impressed by the recent surge in stock prices. Believe it or not, journalists are people, too!... More

Martin Wolf Speak, You Listen

Martin Wolf's weekly column alone is worth paying for a Financial Times subscription. Or if you visit FT.com just for... More

Talking Shop: Bill Berkeley

Thoughts on covering Iran from a reporter who’s done it

For insight on covering the protests in Iran, we spoke with veteran foreign correspondent Bill Berkeley, who has reported four... More

Who Remains To Report In Iran

From the New York Times: After the visas of most visiting journalists expire [including, today, NPR's correspondent and the Times's... More

NYT’s “Coy” Iran Coverage?

From Time's James Poniewozik, via Twitter: Is it just me or does nytimes #iranelection coverage seem strangely coy? As if... More

Where Credit Is Due

A Financial Times reporter explores how a JP Morgan invention spurred the financial crisis

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and... More

The Economy Today: Schools, Sewers, and Savings

Headlines from Texas, California, Nebraska, Kansas, and elsewhere

The Obama administration has rebutted Sen. Tom Coburn’s list of projects he considers questionable stimulus spending with a list of... More

President Harms Fly; TV News Harms America

CNBC's John Harwood had a sit-down with President Obama yesterday during which they discussed.... during which the president addressed... um,... More

Rational on Rationing

David Leonhardt has an important column in The New York Times this morning looking at how the "rationing" buzzword is... More

CNN’s “Unverified Material”

A segment from last night's Daily Show mocking a new on-screen ID that's popped up on CNN during reports on... More

The Economist on Banks’ Revisionist History

Applaud The Economist for a good dose of common sense, reminding bankers just how foolish they were and how close... More

Remember Moldova

Let’s hold off on pronouncements about the latest “Twitter Revolution”

"However things turn out in Iran, this will probably be forever known as the Twitter Revolution," Kevin Drum noted yesterday.... More

(Where To) Get Your Iran News

Both The Nation's iran_s_twitter_revolution?rel=emailNation">Ari Berman and Politico's Ben Smith offer recommendations for where to get news (and commentary) about Iran.... More

Parsing Iran’s Election Results

Reporters analyze allegations of election fraud in Iran

Writing in The Washington Post this morning, Glenn Kessler and Jon Cohen tackle the known unknowns of the Iranian election:... More

Twitter Triumphalism? (“CNNFail” and All I Got Was This T-Shirt)

For just $17.99, you can be the proud (triumphant) owner of this #CNNFail ringer T. Probably you've heard of #CNNFail?... More

Iran in Crisis, Media in Motion

How should the media be covering the events in Iran?

The Western world is hungry for news about the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election. But reporters on the ground... More

“Where’s Rafsanjani?”

Guardian’s Tisdall asks the question; more journalists should follow suit

The Guardian’s Simon Tisdall asks a question that more journalists should be asking: “Where’s Rafsanjani?” Reportorial shorthand gives the impression... More

Cost Savings Myopia

Making the numbers fit the script

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton gave us a glimpse of the budget games some members of Congress will happily play to... More

Gene Randall “Reporting,” Inc.

Will journalists’ flight toward PR mean the end of reportorial integrity?

Former CNN correspondent-turned-PR consultant Gene Randall’s video “report” for oil giant Chevron might be unprecedented for how it blurred the... More

Kristof’s Elite Tweets

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweacts to making The Twitter Elite (or Twitter's "suggested user list," on which the... More

The Economy Today: Airport Projects Ready for Takeoff

Headlines from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and elsewhere

Stimulus skepticism is the name of the game this morning. The Los Angeles Times gives big play to a report... More

The WSJ Questions Obama’s Securitization Fix

The Wall Street Journal this morning zeroes in on a critical aspect of the Obama administration's regulation proposals: What to... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Rutgers professor Louise Russell

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Iran on Today’s Front Pages

Well. Here's how the New York Post today plays the news from Iran. I'm guessing they're alone with that headline,... More

“Off-The-Record,” Explained Through Role Play…

... for the benefit of "angry bloggers," by Choire Sicha at The Awl. Bringing, er, total clarity to one of... More

Jumping Off ‘Allege’

The criminalization of a word

It’s virtually impossible to pinpoint when the misuse of a word or phrase becomes so common that it’s no longer... More

BusinessWeek Calls Out Obama on Reform

The most disturbing business news of recent weeks has been the resurgent confidence of the banking lobby, which is scrapping... More

Brother’s Keeper

Spanish-language Philly paper gets libelous, Anglo media don’t notice

Personal rivalries have spiraled into defamation at a Spanish-language newspaper in Philadelphia. In April, Al Día, the area’s largest-circulation Latino... More

Keller in Tehran: Admirable? Useful? “Creeping Meachamism?”

The New York Times's executive editor, Bill Keller, is filing A-1 election-related reports from Tehran, a co-bylined "news analysis" today... More

Talking Shop: Karen Ravn

The Los Angeles Times freelancer discusses her recent piece on medical dishonesty

In “Body of Lies,” a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, Karen Ravn reported on the widespread problem... More

FiveThirtyEight on Iran’s “Fishy” Election Results

Working on a longer post about Iran election coverage, but for now here's FiveThirtyEight's Renard Sexton on the "fishy" election... More

Stephanopoulos A-; Sebelius D

George bests the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Campaign Desk was pleased to see This Week’s George Stephanopoulos try to pin down HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday. The... More

Times Keeps an Eye on the Workplace

The New York Times this morning looks at what's turned out to be the surprising work phenomenon of this recession—the... More

Twitter’s Time Has (Now Officially) Come?

"Is Twitter no longer an ultra-hip refuge for the perpetually plugged-in?" wonders the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz today. How might... More

The News From Iran

According to Associated Press writer Sally Buzbee: Iranian authorities criticized international media reports and took steps to control the flow... More

A Shrinking Sunshine Week

Press open government initiative likely to lay off only staffer

In case you haven’t heard, it’s tough times out there for newspapers: Jobs are disappearing, pages are shrinking, bureaus are... More

When Novelists Report

In the name of experimentation...send out novelists to report the news! Well, no, actually, it was in honor of Israel's... More

School’s Out

School budget uncertainties should inform national stimulus reporting

Over the past week, local papers have been reporting on the bureaucratic bottleneck of education stimulus funds at the state... More

World of Paine

Remembering Thomas Paine, America’s original muckraker

Two hundred years ago this week, the radical journalist and pamphleteer Thomas Paine died an ignominious death. But during his... More

A Pecora-Style Commission Will Help the Narrative

This occurred to me while reading the extensive coverage leading up to, the live blogging of, the video, and next-day... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part II

The individual mandate—when journalism becomes a lobbying tool

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

Going Digital Today

Today is the day that TV stations cut analog signals, and American television goes fully digital. For those unclear about... More

Retweet the Error

Corrections migrate to new media platforms

In exploring the emerging universe of Twitter, the service’s users have created hashtags and retweets, and have helped popularize URL... More

Best. Press Release. Ever.

Without any further ado: STATEMENT OF SEN. HOWELL HEFLIN HANDKERCHIEF JULY 19, 1994 I mistakenly picked up a pair of... More

The Economy Today: Slider Shots

News from Tennessee, Georgia, North Dakota, and elsewhere

Nationally, The New York Times reports that, “with about 2,000 Chrysler and General Motors dealers losing their franchises as the... More

Huffy HuffPo

The headline of a post on the Washington City Paper’s City Desk blog reads, “HuffPo Scolds Washingon City Paper for... More

The “Save or Create” Debate

Keeping track of the White House’s job numbers

The stimulus is a complex, unwieldy piece of legislation, and measuring the bill’s effects has been devilishly difficult. This week,... More

The Economy Today: Czar 21, Where Are You?

Headlines from California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland

Yet another indicator that the economy still hasn’t quite finished its downswing: USA Today reports that the national free and... More

Business Journalism Saves Planet

From near-certain disaster

Bloomberg has a nice item showing the power of the business press for good. Or at least the power of... More

Attitude Adjustment

Bloomberg's Jon Weil offers a helpful perspective on how to think about all these Wall Street goings on, such at... More

WSJ Flicks on Lights in a Wall Street Corner

A terrific story in the Journal this morning shines a light on what the country's brightest minds do all day... More

The NYT’s “Aged News”

Seeking, perhaps, a high-profile way to appear the "good sport," the New York Times granted The Daily Show a tour... More

Pregnancy Pounds

A bun in the oven doesn’t mean you should fill up on rolls

Eating for two might not be such good advice for expectant mothers, according to new guidelines for how much weight... More

“I Admire [Maureen Dowd’s] Writing But…”

...not so much the stuff in today's column about President Bush. Fox News's Karl Rove on the New York Times's... More

The “U” in “Community”

A new study of Chicago’s journalism scene takes a top-down approach to news value

"The reinvention of the news gathering industry is being engineered—at least in part—in Chicago," the Chicago Sun-Times declared in April.... More

FOIA’s New Ombudsman

The National Archives and Records Administration has just announced that Miriam Nisbet will be the first director of the Office... More

Ackman, Grueskin, Madrick, Morgenson, Starkman On One Stage

Audit Readers, If we do say so ourselves, this was a great panel on where business journalism goes from here.... More

On Michelle Obama’s Westminster Abbey Outfit

From the (London) Times: While Mrs. Obama is "correct" to wear her bright colors "stacked," and the colors themselves are... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part III

Rapidly rising medical costs jeopardize the state’s insurance miracle

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

What? You Expected Intelligent Discussion Roses?

I'm not sure why any of this is news (what Dave Letterman said about Gov. Sarah Palin; what Palin said... More

Man on Wire

I understand, of course, the American journalism convention to keep opinions out of news columns and to stick to verifiable... More

Covering Abortion

At the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Eyal Press, who wrote a book on the 1998 murder of Dr.... More

The Economy Today: Money Here, None There (Yet)

News from Oregon, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere

The New York Times reports that charitable giving declined last year “by the largest percentage in five decades” (a decrease... More

More Fed Coverage, Please

The MSMs all have short items on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's unusal subpoena of the Federal... More

Saberi’s Advice For Lee and Ling

"Try to turn the challenges you are facing into opportunities...No one can hurt your soul," are among the bits of... More

Hand Crafted

Can a return to manual labor fix our ailing economy?

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work | By Matthew B. Crawford | The Penguin Press... More

Language Matters at the Globe

I wish The Wall Street Journal had taken better care in crafting the lede of its story on the Boston... More

Lede of the Day

Via Reuters (h/t James Downie of Foreign Policy's Passport blog): A man who tore the wig off a telegenic Taiwan... More

“Finally.” (As You Were)

Coverage of American Idol almost-winner Adam Lambert coming out in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone: Is there a lede... More

Online Outing

What are the ethics of revealing a blogger’s identity?

On Saturday, National Review Online contributor Ed Whelan revealed the identity of pseudonymous Obsidian Wings blogger “publius” as John F.... More

Reilly Fingers Times Co. For Guild Vote

The Boston Phoenix's Adam Reilly finds it remarkable that the New York Times Co.'s contract proposal to the Boston Newspaper... More

WaPo on “Palin’s Appearance”

Is it just us (with LipstickOnAPigGate, WardrobeGate, and all still fresh in our heads) or do you, too, think that... More

Blogger Raising Money For Somali Reporter “Targeted For Assassination”

Two years ago, freelance war reporter and warisboring blogger David Axe wrote a piece for CJR about the dangers of... More

“My Sources Say No”

That's the answer I got when I asked Magic Eight Ball whether our beyond-worst-case financial catastrophe will result in effective... More

Bronstein: In “Obama-Press Dance… We’re The Girl”

Arguing that journalists have caught the vapors over President Obama and gone faint with their coverage, Phil Bronstein attempts at... More

The Economy Today: Constructive Construction?

News from Montana, Arizona, Ohio, and elsewhere

In national headlines, President Obama vowed yesterday to accelerate stimulus spending, with the goal, the Los Angeles Times writes, of... More

Settlement Closes the Book on a Nigerian Tale

I, for one, enjoy a good civil trial. You never know what you might learn. The business papers this morning... More

Bloomberg With Nice Details on UBS Tax-Cheating Service

A cool story from Bloomberg pries some nice details from the tax-avoidance case that for the last few years has... More

Compounded Interest

Pick your prefix: “dis” or “un”?

You’ve gotten into a dispute with a merchant, who sold you what you think is defective merchandise. Because the merchant... More

A “Great Debate” on CNN

Andrew Sullivan was nearly as amused/satisfied by "Michael Ware's contempt for the corny CNN set-up" in the following recent "Great... More

Guilty Pleasure

I know it was last week's cover, but don't let my tardiness cause you to miss Steve Fishman's New York... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part IX

PhRMA and the AMA join forces with insurers

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

NPR: “Hooking Up Is Becoming a Trend…”

..."among young people who have entered the workaday world." So reports NPR's Brenda Wilson today, at length (nearly nine minutes).... More

Poniewozik Ponders: “Who Pays For Journalism?”

From Time's TV critic, James Poniewozik (I, for one, appreciate when he shifts gears from the late night talk show... More

From Boy’s Lips To Murdoch’s Ears

Today in Desperately Seeking The Future of News-type coverage: The Guardian chats with a 13- year-old boy in the UK... More

New Editor-in-Chief “Appointed” For Abu Dhabi’s National

Per The Financial Times: The National newspaper, which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, on Monday appointed a new... More

“Dilemma Reporters Face”

The Deputy Press Secretary for the Bush Administration, Tony Fratto, recently slammed the White House press corps for, he said,... More

Ling, Lee Convicted in Pyongyang

Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee, held in North Korea since March on vague charges, received "harsher sentences... More

When Mozilo Met Morgenson

Before we get too far from the fraud charges the Securities and Exchange Commission filed against Angelo Mozilo last week,... More

“Tanning Myself By The Gleam of Fareed Zakaria’s Teeth…”

...and more from Stephen Colbert on "Why I Took This Crummy Job" (guest-editing Newsweek.) Colbert explains his Iraq-centric cover: I... More

The Sun, Times Follow the Subprime Muck

The Baltimore Sun and New York Times recently gave some attention to under-reported social and class aspects of the mortgage... More

The Economy Today: It’s Wild Out There

Headlines from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, and elsewhere

In national news, we learn that some banks may be ready to repay the government funds that bailed them out.... More

Declined

How a reporter’s pro se FOIA battle ended with Sonia Sotomayor

Alex Wood readily admits that he can be described as a “dissatisfied litigant.” And he would have good reason to... More

Asia de…Puerto Rico

Without further comment--because, seriously, what can we add?--the latest cover of the National Review: More

Twitter: the Content Analysis!

The good folks over at the Oxford University Press, after analyzing nearly 1.5 million updates to the Cascading Commentary on... More

Transplant Registry

This Sunday, the Newark Star-Ledger will launch "Chain of Life," its three-part series tracing the experiences of six patients who... More

Postscript on Single Payer

The San Francisco Chronicle offers some respectability

For months, single-payer advocates have been marginalized by a political establishment which has already defined the boundaries of this round... More

Earth 2100 Sizzles

ABC News’s two-hour special finally out of the frying pan, into the fire

On Tuesday night, ABC News aired a two-hour special called Earth 2100, describing the potentially apocalyptic scene that could await... More

Now What?

Business journalism after the meltdown

UPDATED JUNE 17, 2:30 p.m. CJR's panel on business journalism last night was excellent, if we do say so ourselves.... More

Paradise Lost?

Up until now, there's been an element of utopianism to Twitter--a communal sensibility, a sense of egalitariansim, a conviction of... More

Savoring Success, Niche Mag Edition

Saveur, the high-end culinary glossy, continues to buck otherwise downward industry trends. The mag has just produced the largest June/July... More

Operation Iraqi Stephen

A blog post on the Web site of The Colbert Report announces the news with an exclamatory flourish: "Breaking: Stephen... More

Off the Map

Daily newspapers are constant sources of geographical errors

This week, a high school in Liverpool, England caused a stir by announcing it would no longer offer separate classes... More

Colombian Journalists Track Guerrilla War on Contravía

CJR presents an ongoing video series about the work of investigative reporters

ABOUT THE SERIES Welcome to The Investigators, an ongoing web-video series produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting highlighting incisive... More

Learning Journalism Lessons of the Past

The Times this morning continues strong recent press performance on the busted-and-bailed-out banking industry's Golem-like resilience and continued potency in... More

The Economy Today: Stimulus Naughts

News from Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and elsewhere

In national headlines, state revenues are being buffeted by the economic downturn. The information comes from a new report by... More

Let’s Get Digital, Digital (I Wanna Get Digital)

ABC News's library is, yes, going digital. More

Pay Pals

Editor and Publisher is kicking off a new daily blog feature, "Question for Debate." It's along the lines of CJR's... More

Stewart and BriWi, Together Again

Friday bonus clip! Here's Stewart et al taking on the MTV-esque reality show that was NBC News's "Inside the Obama... More

“What a Torture It Must Be for Such Pretty People to Have to See Such Ugly Things”

Jon Stewart examines the extremists'* reaction to Obama's Cairo speech: *Fox News's The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th... More

Journal Remains Citi Scoop Central

Ryan Chittum has now left the undisclosed location in the D.C. area (Langley) where he works to go on vacation.... More

Audit Handoff

Folks, I'll be on vacation until the 15th, but The Audit will go on in the meantime. Audit Manager Dean... More

Foolish Fusion

Explanatory science journalism is becoming rarer than a nuclear reaction

Coverage of the dedication ceremony for the National Ignition Facility, the world’s largest laser system, may have made it hard... More

Journal Drumbeat Continues on Wall Street Lobbying

The Journal continues to shine a bright light on the efforts by Wall Street to go back to the way... More

Talking Shop: Yvonne Wenger

The Post and Courier’s statehouse reporter talks about covering South Carolina

Nowhere in the country is the fight over the stimulus bill more heated than in South Carolina. Governor Mark Sanford’s... More

Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Succeed, Too Few to Compete

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture takes on a relative of the "too big to fail" mess: what he calls... More

The Economy Today: Who Will Lead?

Headlines from Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and elsewhere

The government has extended a massive economic safety net to Americans, USA Today reports this morning. Benefits like Social Security,... More

WSJ Continues to Hype Congressional Expenses Non-Story

I've been somewhat baffled by the Journal's repeated page-one stories on congressional expenses. So far they've turned up just about... More

More on the Journal’s Banking-Lobby Story

Andrew Leonard of Salon makes a nice catch on the Journal's bank-lobbying story this morning, one I read right by—perhaps... More

The Times Finds Countrywide (BofA) Up to Its Old Tricks

The New York Times's page one today is loaded with business stories. My favorite is Peter S. Goodman's excellent one... More

Upcoming McSweeney’s Will Be “Beautiful, Luxurious” “Newspaper Prototype”

Dave Eggers, novelist and McSweeney's editor, tells SpliceToday's John Lingan (via mass email): Pretty soon, on the McSweeney’s website, we’ll... More

More on Why Kindle Doesn’t Work for Newspapers

It's good to see Jeff Bercovici land on his feet after Portfolio's demise. At Daily Finance, he quotes News Corp.... More

President Tunes Out TV Pundits

President Obama during last night's BriWi special (h/t, TVNewser): "I don't find most of the cable chatter persuasive." (Imagine if... More

A Police Chase Not Covered Live On Cable…

... but Twittered-- with siren! -- by Drudge. Dateline, Little Valley, NY: The driver of a horse and buggy led... More

From One “Ultimate Thinking Person” to Another

Newsweek's Jon Meacham (a.k.a, "The Utimate Thinking Person") has, for the first time in the magazine's history, brought on a... More

With God On Our Side

Reza Aslan redraws the line in the sand

How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror By Reza Aslan |... More

Talking Tiananmen “Tank Man”

At Lens, the New York Times's photo blog, four photojournalists recall covering Tiananmen Square in June 1989 (h/t, NiemanLab). Fearing... More

The Journal Continues to Focus on the Banking Lobby

I've been impressed recently by the business press's—particularly The Wall Street Journal's—reporting on the aggressive lobbying by the financial industry... More

The Economy Today: Hope Floats

Headlines from Texas, Idaho, North Carolina, Hawaii, and elsewhere

As the GM bankruptcy dominated headlines, President Obama asserted that the Chrysler bankruptcy offered a good blueprint for success. But... More

Sotomayor’s “Sweet” Side

Coverage of judicial nominee’s diabetes lacks breadth

Over the past week, members of the news media have talked a lot about SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s race and... More

What Your Own Cable Channel’s For

Any guesses as to which NBC show has been referenced more often over the past 24 hours on MSNBC (if... More

More on the Fat Beat

How could is the enemy of fact

In April, I complained about Newsweek’s assertion that the recession was making us fat. The problem with the piece was... More

General Motors and a Newspaper “Classic”

The Wall Street Journal faced down a company at the peak of its power

In these days of automotive bankruptcies and newspaper closures, it may be hard to recall—even to imagine—that the auto companies,... More

Idle Wor$hip

The media’s love affair with celebrity economists and financiers

Ours is a media culture obsessed with celebrities. We care what celebrities think about politics: witness Alec Baldwin writing about... More

Value Proposition

What do you find valuable in your local news outlets?

A few weeks ago, the media economics professor Robert G. Picard argued that, in order to justify themselves and their... More

Squirrelly Fox

If you had to guess on which cable news channel this morning I learned of the story about, in the... More

More Thoughts On Saving Newspapers…

...from the former and current editors of Vanity Fair. (And, coincidentally, both accounts involve London's The Daily Telegraph!) Tina Brown,... More

What a Young Reporter Learned from the UAW

Lessons about health care and other matters

There was a poignancy to Paul Solman’s News Hour interview Thursday with Ron Gettelfinger, the president of the United Auto... More

Today In CBS News: Ustream, PU

Per the New York Times: Seeking a younger audience more accustomed to watching the news on the Internet than on... More

You Say So-TO-mae-ohr…

I post the below Daily Show clip from last night for the footage of various TV news anchors and pundits... More

WSJ: Citi Severs Huge Severance Packages

There's been a common-sense sighting on Wall Street. The Journal scoops that Citigroup is refusing to pay tens of millions... More

“The World’s Most Important Network”

Below, a compilation of news stories from 1987, when CNN moved its Atlanta headquarters from a red brick, white-columned "former... More

The Economy Today: Recession Sickness

Headlines from California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Iowa

National news is all about the GM bankruptcy filing. The New York Times offers a particularly necessary bit of consumer-minded... More

As You Like It

Avoiding “such as” problems

Journalists often have difficulty with highly focused grammatical concepts like subject-verb agreement, dangling participles, whether “none” is plural or singular,... More

Your Shoe Leather Is Safe In Riyadh

Time's White House correspondent (and onetime CJR employee), Michael Scherer, shares the official U.S. State Department "instructions" for reporters... More

Our Paradoxical Future

Expensive education may dampen Obama’s ambitions for healthcare and education

One seldom-mentioned aspect of efforts to provide all Americans with better educational opportunities, or to offer health insurance to everyone,... More

Well, Maureen Dowd’s “On Vacation…”

...so in her absence it fell to someone else at the New York Times to call President Obama out for... More

WaPo Circles Back on Cox’s SEC

I criticized the press last month for burying a blistering General Accountability Office report on the incompetence of Christopher Cox's... More

“Case Study of How the Echo Chamber of Washington Works…”

...NPR's description of Jeffrey Rosen's infamous "The Case Against Sotomayor" TNR article "blog entry" (h/t, Glenn Greenwald). Rosen won't be... More

What Obama White House “Feels Like”

A reader's question from today's chat with Ana Marie Cox and Tucker Carlson at washingtonpost.com: Q: Ana, you see this... More

Baucus Watch, Part X

Disagreements surface among the Dems

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

Innovation Recommendation: OTM on Seattle’s New Media Landscape

If you missed On The Media this weekend, don't miss its "The Inheritance of Loss" segment--in which Brooke Gladstone explores... More

The Economy Today: Chapter 11

News from Detroit, Orlando, Fort Worth, Hanford and elsewhere

National headlines today focus on the news that General Motors will declare bankruptcy. The move, the largest industrial bankruptcy in... More

It’s the Times’s Turn on the Wall Street Rear Guard

The Journal did some three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust work last week on Wall Street's retrograde lobbying efforts—particularly to keep credit-default swaps from being... More

A “Long Shot Effort” by Star Ledger “Refugees”

In today's New York Times, David Carr writes up NewJerseyNewsroom, ex-Star Ledger reporters' "effort at creating an alternative source of... More

Is CNN “Fading?”

CNN's prime time ratings are down, observes Politico's Michael Calderone. Some "staffers" are concerned. [Wh]ile being “nonpartisan” is something most... More

“The Worst Piece of Paper on the East Coast”

Ten songs about print journalism, per Paste -- because: "Once upon a time, being a newspaperman (or woman) was something... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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