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October 2009

Compromise Reached on Senate Shield Law

Q&A with Newspaper Association of America’s Paul Boyle

Today the prime Senate sponsors of the Free Flow of Information Act—or, as it’s commonly known, the shield bill—announced that... More

More on the Karzai Connection

Skeptics ask: What’s the big deal?

When I compiled my round-up of responses to the New York Times’s story on the CIA-Ahmed Wali Karzai connections, I... More

Friday Links: Pearlstein’s Fairy Tale, WSJ’s Results, Galleon

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column in the Washington Post today explaining the problem with Wall Street compensation policies for... More

CJR Flashback: Jim Brady Q&A

At Slate, Jack Shafer simultaneously boosts his curmudgeonly critic credentials and pays a compliment to the new leader of Allbritton... More

On a Diet on the Second Front

Here's a good example of the Murdoch-era Wall Street Journal short-arming a potentially interesting story. The paper reports on B1... More

Halloween Hype?

A health story about germ-fighting pumpkins

As trick-or-treaters ready themselves for the annual ritual that is Halloween, health and headline writers around the world have found... More

GlobalPost: Generating Revenue

Back in January, on the occasion of its launch, we wrote about GlobalPost, the Boston-based international news startup--and about the... More

More On Super Freaks and Troubling Temps

As I noted in a Wednesday column, a number of reporters have recently had to revisit the most fundamental question... More

Shield Bill Deal Reached?

The Associated Press is reporting that Senator Chuck Schumer, a prime sponsor of the Free Flow of Information Act (commonly... More

The Daily Show: ‘What the Fox?’

Yay! Jon Stewart takes on the hyperbolic media treatment of World War III The White House War Against Fox News.... More

White House Pool Party: TPM’s Invited!

Talking Points Memo, pioneer in online news, takes yet another step on the pebble-paved path toward TraditionalMediaesqueWashingtonCoverage. Politico's Michael Calderone... More

“Dr. No” Gets a Pass

NYT lets Coburn’s bogus diagnosis slide

The front page of today’s New York Times features a profile of Tom Coburn, the proudly obstructionist Republican senator from... More

The Times Misses the Mark

A health care lobbyist puff piece that goes nowhere

What could The New York Times have been thinking when it fronted a piece the other day serving up some... More

Learning from Our Mistakes

Journalists must embrace their errors in order to avoid them in the future

They were guaranteed to fail. Participants in a psychological study were asked trivia questions and told to offer their best... More

A Bureau Where They Reported Stories to Death

The hue, cry and gnashing of teeth over News Corp.'s takeover of The Wall Street Journal's parent a couple of... More

Ninety-Nine Red Balloons

Um. Wow. Below, the Project for Excellence in Journalism's New Media Index for the week of October 19-23--the week, nb,... More

An Excellent NYT Column on Financialization

Every writer knows the feeling of reading something you wish you'd written yourself. That's what I got with Floyd Norris's... More

Journ-eleb? Celeb-ralist?

If it's not bad enough that our celebrity-obsessed culture means the ascendancy of the US Weekly's of the world at... More

Guess Who?

Wash Times highlights limits of Obama visitor disclosure policy

Yesterday, The Washington Times reported some none-too-flattering revelations suggesting a pay-to-play scheme inside the Obama White House. According to documents... More

Newspapers Get the Slate Treatment

Yes, the industry is doing that badly

Slate got extra contrary last night, talking up the newspaper biz in a piece headlined "Newspapers aren't doing as badly... More

FCC Taps Waldman to Study “State of the Media”

Beliefnet founder to make policy recommendations to ensure “a vibrant media landscape”

Steven Waldman, veteran journalist and co-founder of Beliefnet, has been tapped by the FCC to lead an agency-wide initiative designed... More

Following AIG and Goldman: the Friedman case

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are doing a good job of ignoring the unhelpful business press convention of not... More

The Colour of Galleon’s Money

Here's one of those strange stories that could be one that blows a story wide open or one that blows... More

“He’s doing what on Facebook?”

Meet Jonathan Woodlief, the fellow who is: coordinating nearly a million and a half online protesters; leading one of the... More

A Maybe-Not-So-Important Question

A Politico story that was briefly leading the site this evening addresses one of the not-so-pressing political issues of the... More

Wednesday Links: Cable Bluster, Night School, Footnotes First

What was CNN doing having sports journalist Stephen A. Smith on to debate Times business wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin on... More

Hard Truths on Social Security from Leonhardt

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has a smart column this morning on the administration's skewed spending priorities. By spelling... More

Correction Fluid

Lessons from the Scalia misquote heard ‘round the Web

It seemed too strange to be true—and, in the end, it was. A story posted to The Huffington Post yesterday... More

WSJ’s Clean Galleon Get

There's nothing quite like a clean scoop of a delicate nature on a major story of global interest. But that's... More

The Washington Monthly: 40 Years Old and on Solid Ground

This week the Washington Monthly, the venerable journal of politics and ideas, turns forty. To celebrate, they’ve put out a... More

The Karzai Family’s Defense

Gerald Posner of The Daily Beast has the companion piece to The New York Times’s story about the CIA’s relationship... More

The Karzai Connection

Commentators react to the NYT’s big scoop

Today’s New York Times leads with an extraordinary article reporting that Ahmed Wali Karzai—the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai,... More

The Trouble with Temperature

Press still trying to set the record straight on cool weather

Articles about climate change legislation quickly piled up on Tuesday morning as the Senate began debating a proposal to cap... More

“Not Here This Year”

Despite numerous setbacks, National Conference of Editorial Writers goes on

The sixty-third annual convention of editorial writers could hardly have met at a worse time. Only a few days earlier,... More

Market Penetration, New Orleans Style

Poynter has a story today about one bright spot on the recent dismal Audit Bureau of Circulations report: The Times-Picayune.... More

Rhetoric and Reality on Pay

The Wall Street Journal has a nice analysis on pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's plan to restrict compensation at seven corporate-welfare... More

A Big Day in Afghanistan News

If you’re at all interested in the war in Afghanistan, today’s New York Times is chock-full of must-reads. In addition... More

When Papers Duel, Readers Win

With news yesterday that the Chicago Sun-Times has been rescued by a group of local businessmen, keeping Chicago a two-newspaper... More

Tuesday Links: Circulation, Mouthpieces, Galleon

One of the critical questions for what remains of the newspaper industry's near-to-medium-term future is how much of the recent... More

Seattle Times Reviews WaMu, Hometown Predator

An excellent postmortem details a corrupted culture

Hats off to The Seattle Times for an excellent two-part series investigating the demise of Washington Mutual, onetime hometown hero... More

Lieberman Opts Out

My, how times do change. In a blatant ploy for attention declaration of his disapproval of the health care reform... More

Dr. Coca-Cola on Call

The king of Coke teams up with the family docs

One thing you have to say about the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is that it is... More

Quote Machines

Help us name the “experts” most often quoted in the press

If you spend enough time following the news, you may begin to feel like you’ve made some unexpected friends. Like... More

Man About Town

Meet Kery Murakami, founder of the Seattle PostGlobe

Kery Murakami, reluctant news entrepreneur, is the founder of the Seattle PostGlobe, a nonprofit Web startup that provides reported news... More

Another Totemic Story in the WSJ

I was sent up there to cover the Hot Rod & Custom Car show by the New York Herald Tribune,... More

Post Profiles First Official to Resign over Afghan War

If you’ve been online today you’ve probably already seen the link, but Karen DeYoung’s Washington Post profile of Matthew Hoh,... More

What is this?

Take a look at this paragraph. It comes in the middle of today's otherwise very by-the-books Washington Post report from... More

Bloomberg on AIG as Banks’ Backdoor Bailout

Bloomberg has an important story today on the bailout of the banks through AIG. Estimating that an essentially bankrupt company... More

Meet the New Bosses

With news that the bankruptcy-protected Chicago Sun-Times has been sold to a group of local businessmen for $26.5 million, keeping... More

Clash of the Media Titans

Ding ding! That bell you hear is the end of Round One between billionaire media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Italian... More

Black Hawk Up

David Ignatius’s Helicopter Journalism

What a delight it must be to be a columnist for a major American newspaper. When traveling to distant, war-torn... More

Tweet 101

News reporting has the inverted pyramid, the anecdotal lede, Strunk & White and the AP Stylebook. Now Twitter has a... More

Monday Links: Circ Collapse, Main Street, Patriots

At the Nieman Journalism Lab, Martin Langeveld digs into the catastrophic newspaper numbers. Every six month increment for (weekday) newspaper... More

Slate Editor: We Need “Durable Journalism”

Quality versus quantity. The perennial tension, in journalism as in all things, applies not merely to news outlets' content, but... More

Twittering the Talk: Jen Preston, NYT Social Media Editor

For the next hour or so, Jen Preston--social media editor of The New York Times--will be speaking at Columbia's J-School.... More

What Do Voters Crave?

There’s a lot to like in Matt Bai’s well-written New York Times Magazine story about Jon Corzine and the New... More

Who is Marty Eisenstadt?

As the junkies may remember, in the days just after the defeat of the McCain-Palin ticket a man named Martin... More

NYT Goes A1 on TBTF

Too big to fail makes the front page of The New York Times this morning, which reports that Congress, specifically... More

CNN Is Last in Prime Time (And It’s All Anderson Cooper’s Fault!)

Let the hand-wringing begin: CNN--the cable news network oft cited, rightly or wrongly, for playing news pretty much 'straight down... More

Invisible Influence

Is Sarah Palin really as powerful as the media says?

Sarah Palin is unavoidable. Not content to take over our dreams, the former governor of Alaska has conquered the best-seller... More

“There Are Breasty Turkeys, There Are Flat-Chested Turkeys…”

Talk about fowl being fair. In today's New York Times, Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin gives us the behind-the-scenes... More

Letters to a Young Opinionist

"As Thomas Jefferson once famously said, 'So-called global warming is just a giant wad of liberal crap.'" So writes Gene... More

Truth Emerges about the Public Option

Who really will be allowed to join?

Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, George and his guests suddenly realized that the public option, whatever shape it... More

Plethora Galore

When does ‘many’ become ‘too many’?

The English language has many words for “many”: “abundance,” “multitude,” “profusion,” “a lot,” and so forth. With such a “myriad”... More

The Latest News from Massachusetts

Obama comes to talk about energy, not health care

It is surprising, as The Washington Post noted Friday, that President Obama paid a political visit to help Massachusetts Gov.... More

Only One to Charge Online, Only One to Gain Paying Customers

Congratulations to The Wall Street Journal, which now reclaims the title, held by USA Today for years, of the nation's... More

WSJ: New Banking Sheriff in Town, Again

The Journal this morning offers a classic beat-sweetener, a profile of a tough new banking regulator appointed to clean up... More

How To Be a Pol-ebrity

Today Politico examines what it takes to succeed in politics these days and offers a guide to gaining political recognition.... More

About Those Chamber of Commerce “Members”

Our Greg Marx does a good job looking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce member-count dispute, which has laid bare... More

CNN.com Gets a Redesign

Their content itself is vastly--vastly--different. But, online, it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between cable TV outlets...and their... More

Friday Links: Foreboding, Cell-less, anti-Moores

The FT's Gillian Tett feels a "sense of foreboding" about the current "rally fueled by cheap money," otherwise known as... More

Much Ado About Not Much on Pay

Wall Street pay has been all over the news the last couple of days, leading the Journal and the Times... More

“Fix the Climate, or the Kid Gets It”

MoJo’s Copenhagen issue shoots for the big picture

A Friday morning headline in Politico noted that it’s “crunch time” for the climate bill currently underway in the Senate.... More

Cornerbacks and WSJ Editorial Writers

Moreover, some of the Senators seem worried that repealing Glass-Steagall might open up markets to terrible and maybe unforeseen risks.... More

Chamber of Confusion

Journalists disagree on Chamber of Commerce numbers

On Oct. 8, The Wall Street Journal published an article about a feud between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and... More

Because It Is Friday

Meet Michael Jones, the guy who has the name of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tattooed across his forehead. The... More

The BNP on the BBC

Last night the BBC hosted Question Time, the broadcaster’s flagship political debate program, with representatives from Great Britain’s largest political... More

Kind of Like George Washington Joining MoveOn.org…

That great sonic boom you might have heard yesterday evening? It wasn't a space shuttle re-entering the earth's atmosphere, or... More

The Two Talibans

Times piece draws an important distinction between Pakistani and Afghan groups

Today’s New York Times features an intriguing bit of explanatory reporting—an article by Scott Shane about the Taliban. Or, rather,... More

Speed Demons

Press-conference pranksters reopen the “speed vs. accuracy” debate

The scene that unfolded in the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. earlier this... More

Cosmo…Not?

More from the annals of unironic-but-on-the-other-hand-immensely-ironic Media Outlet Self-Parody: This is, to be clear, the actual cover of the actual... More

Video: Jim O’Shea Discusses the Chicago News Cooperative

After yesterday's announcement of the Chicago News Cooperative--and of the new network's deal to share content with The New York... More

Making Honest Choices at Fortune

The granddaddy of business magazines says it's cutting the number of issues per year to 18 from 25, in anticipation... More

The High Bubble Era in Retrospect

"A growing family with a lot of debt. A young couple with no down payment. A business owner whose income... More

Strange Days We’re Living In

David Brooks has been generally charitable toward Barack Obama, but still, it’s a bit of a surprise to see the... More

“Who’s Hotter? (PHOTOS)”

Guess which news outlet produced the following headline: "Marge Simpson's Playboy Vs. Other Playboy Cover Models: Who's Hotter? (PHOTOS)"? Yes.... More

Thursday Links: BW’s History, Lipman?, Job Scramble

Mediaite has a swell feature on BusinessWeek covers through the decades, from the days when it was called The Business... More

What Rohde Didn’t Say

With, as Megan noted, the publication of the final pieces of David Rohde’s first person retelling of his seven-month captivity... More

Ladies and Gentlemen…the White House Press Corps

Last week, I wrote about Karaoke in the Capitol, the Spectacular Spectacular which promised to be--in addition to 'glad-handing power... More

Goodwill Hunting at BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek has an interesting piece on the accounting funny business companies employ to smooth out their earnings or to patch... More

Another Green Jobs Initiative, Nipped in the Bud?

Talk about a high response rate. Westword editor Patricia Calhoun describes the onslaught--of resumes and media attention--that followed after the... More

Scozzafava Justly Called Out

Earlier this week, Dede Scozzafava, a Republican state representative facing off with a Democrat and a third party Conservative candidate... More

Say Hello to…The Chicago News Cooperative

While there's much disagreement about the future of news--what it should look like, whom it should cater to, how it... More

“If I want to learn about the indignities suffered by radical Muslims, I know where to look.”

David Rohde: reporter, former captive...and Taliban sympathizer? In a section in her New York Post column entitled "Read it in... More

Max Boot’s Unusual Argument about Afghanistan

Matthew Yglesias beat me to the point, but Max Boot’s op-ed in today’s New York Times makes a really curious... More

Who Will Be at the Table, Part XVII

The docs are back for their piece of the pie

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

Circulation Surpasses Ad Revenue at NYT

Back in July, The Audit noted that a big shift had happened in the news business. Circulation revenue was growing... More

Howard Kurtz, Missing in Action

Fox vs. the White House: Where’s Howie?

Howard Kurtz scored a coup on his CNN show “Reliable Sources” two Sundays ago when White House communications director Anita... More

End of the Rhode

The final installment of New York Times reporter David Rohde's gripping story of his captivity with the Taliban--in which he... More

Wednesday Links: “Read and Weep,” Break Up, WSJ Excuses

Uh oh, Bank of America. Some pretty damning emails leaked out of Congress yesterday about what BofA executives knew about... More

WaPo on Hard Times in Bank City USA

The Washington Post has a very good story on the fall of Charlotte's once-mighty banking industry and the impact on... More

“Tell the Sandwich Artists: This One’s on WaPo

Hear ye, hear ye, Prospective Pundits Throughout the Land! Today is the last day to apply to take part in... More

‘Political Reporters are Momentum Junkies’

At Slate, Timothy Noah wonders why The Washington Post gave prominent play to a fairly modest boost in polling support... More

Speak Up! No, Shut Up!

Faulty presidential strategy as an evergreen story

For a political reporter with column inches to fill, the White House’s rhetorical stance toward Congress is a fail-safe subject.... More

CJR Encore Panel

As part of its pilot Encore fellowship program, CJR is currently hosting a panel of esteemed journalists who have successfully... More

Twitter, Facebook Get Paid. What About the Press?

So Microsoft's Bing search engine is going to pay Twitter and Facebook to have their users' posts show up in... More

‘Sunk to the Level of a New Yorker Article’

The New Yorker: love its high-mindedness or loathe its pretensions, the very name carries, in journalistic circles, a sense of... More

Sorkin’s Major Scoops on the Goldman/Paulson Nexus

Felix Salmon has been digging some choice nuggets out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's huge new book "Too Big to Fail."... More

NYT Takes on Obama’s Volcker Exile

Why won't the Obama administration listen to its most credible economic adviser? That's the question—and it's an essential one— asked... More

Unlikely Sources of Public Policy Decisions

After South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham co-authored an NYT op-ed with John Kerry expressing support for climate change legislation, there... More

Tuesday Links: Insiders, Preemption, iPhone Mags

The Journal floods the zone on the big hedge-fund insider-trading story. It goes page one with a report noting a... More

Live-Blogging the Corporate Press Release

Live-blogging is a relatively new responsibility in the journalist's job description—which now includes regular blogging, picture-taking, Web video, Twitter, live... More

Limbaugh Suggests NYT’s Revkin Should “Kill Himself”

There’s commentary and then there’s hateful insanity, and nobody is blurring the line between the two better than Rush Limbaugh.... More

No Access? No Problem!

What’s so bad about not having access to the White House?

The Obama administration’s high-profile shunning of Fox News seems, at least in the short run, to have been a publicity... More

In Which Glenn Beck Exploits…Himself

The vast majority of Glenn Beck's journalistic oeuvre can be classified under the heading of "Glenn Beck Exploits _____." And... More

“I want to pay for my online use of the New York Times…I have my credit card ready.”

Could it be that people...want to pay for news on the Web? An intriguing, if highly unscientific, survey of reactions... More

Incurred on the Street: Windfall Tax on Bankers?

I've been wondering when the taxation solution would pop up in the financial press regarding the record bonuses Wall Street... More

The Reconstruction of American Journalism

What do you think of the report?

There’s no shortage of takes on the news industry’s ills, and on the possible strategies that could preserve and sustain... More

Gladwell: “Journalism Has to Get Smarter”

So Malcolm Gladwell--that maven, connector, and salesman rolled into one--has some thoughts about journalism. One of the more broad-ranging is... More

An On-the-Record Supporter of Obama’s Decision-Making

Elisabeth Bumiller has an article in today’s New York Times relaying frustration from “active duty and retired senior officers” that... More

Notebooks Aside…

Science writers grapple with digital media at annual meeting

When American science writers donned their cowboy boots to travel to the University of Texas in Austin for their annual... More

The Post Gets Perky on Bailout-Bank Pay

The Washington Post spotlights this morning a somewhat-overlooked (this year, anyway) compensation aspect of our corporate-welfare kingpins: perks. These are... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part VIII

Unintended consequences for patients

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

Monday Links: Foreclosure Homeless, NYT Cuts, Fed Up?

The New York Times profiles a one-time homeless-shelter operator who now lives in one. It says the number of... More

House and Garden: The Next Generation

Behold, the era of consolidation. Andrew Hearst, contributing editor at Vanity Fair (and former editorial assistant at CJR) envisions a... More

The New Compact for Workers: No Compact at All

The Wall Street Journal has a good page-one look at big-picture changes in the workforce—ones that have been going on... More

Assurance Policy

The lives of ‘insure,’ ‘ensure,’ and ‘assure’

In Washington, legislators are trying to “assure” their constituents that they are working to “ensure” that any new health-care bill... More

NYT to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

How’s this for a grim coincidence: on the day that Michael Schudson and Len Downie Jr. lay out their vision... More

Columbia Suspends Environmental Journalism Program

Falling employment, rising education costs to blame

For the first time since it was created fourteen years ago, Columbia University’s highly regarded dual-degree graduate program in environmental... More

The Reconstruction of American Journalism

A report by Leonard Downie, Jr., and Michael Schudson

For reactions to this report, click here. American journalism is at a transformational moment, in which the era of dominant... More

First Read: Follow the Breadcrumbs

What if it’s not just the business model of journalism that is broken?

Laurels to Len Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson for a comprehensive review of developments in the journalistic ecosystem. Darts for... More

First Read: The Mutualized Future is Bright

But we will need some help—from government and others—to get there

Recently, I was confronted with a legal obstacle that—possibly for the first time since we were founded in 1821—prevented The... More

First Read: Journalism Minus its Old Public

Even if funds can be found, journalism’s reach is narrowing

Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson provide a superb survey of the initiatives in progress to sustain independent reporting, and... More

First Read: Report Ignores Web’s Nimble Nature

Why not a Journalism Geek Squad? Or Report For America?

When it comes to news, the Web doesn’t work the way Michael Schudson and Len Downie suggest in their report.... More

NYT Reporter: ‘Nobody Complained to Me’ About Post Story

In a letter to former Washington Post marketing executive Charles Pelton whose disclosure kicked off a new round of “Salongate”... More

Schudson Talks Back

A response to CJR’s responders about “The Reconstruction of American Journalism”

Thanks to CJR and particularly to respondents Martin Langeveld, Alan Rusbridger, Jan Schaffer, and Paul Starr for their thoughtful comments... More

Executive Summary: “The Reconstruction of American Journalism”

News reporting that holds accountable those with power and influence has been a vital part of American democratic life—especially in... More

“The Reconstruction of American Journalism”: About This Report

“The Reconstruction of American Journalism” is an extraordinary report on the present and future of our profession, written by Leonard... More

Podcast: Leonard Downie and Michael Schudson

Last week, before the release of their new report, The Reconstruction of American Journalism, Leonard Downie and Michael Schudson joined... More

WSJ: Plastic Fees Under the Microscope

The Wall Street Journal keeps the spotlight on banking industry rent-seeking, looking at the increased pressure it finds itself under... More

McClatchy Advances the Ball on Moody’s

Many people feel the rating agencies haven't gotten enough attention, given their linchpin role in the crisis. I tend to... More

Stranger than Fiction

You know that scene in Independence Day, in which the president and his motley crew of alien-invasion survivors are taken... More

‘Salon’ Saga Continues at the Post

If you’ve been enjoying a weekend-induced news hiatus, you’ve missed some strange developments in the Washington Post “salon” story. Here’s... More

Friday Links: EPA Enforcers, Chamber, Foreclosures Soar

The New York Times's investigative series on polluted water continued to get results. The EPA says it will overhaul its... More

Greenspan Joins the Too-Big-to-Fail Fight

Alan Greenspan has had his legacy forever tarnished by the financial crisis, the conditions for which it's almost unanimously agreed... More

Balloon Boy Takes Flight

Some magazine covers that will soon be among us

So the bizarre, twist-and-turn-laden balloon "flight" of six-year-old Falcon Heene yesterday Captivated The Nation…by which we mean, of course, that... More

The Real Trouble with Cable

Cable news, everybody’s favorite purveyor of mindlessly mediocre journalism, has been roundly beaten about the head for yesterday’s balloon-a-palooza festivities.... More

Checking In on The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast launched just about a year ago, at a historical moment when news opportunities were extraordinarily rich and... More

Good Goldman Question From Zero Hedge

Seems reasonable to me: "What Is The Rationale Behind The SEC's Hiring A 29 Year Old Goldmanite As Its COO?"... More

Q & A: Los Angeles Times Reporter Borzou Daragahi

The paper’s Beirut bureau chief talks about the situation in Iran

When political unrest erupted in Iran earlier this year in the wake of a disputed presidential election, Borzou Daragahi had... More

Sanjay Gupta on Cheating Death

We’ve poked a bit of fun at CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in the past. See this Blair Witch like visit to... More

LA Times on the Upside of the Falling Dollar

I like this Los Angeles Times story this morning reporting why the falling dollar might be good for the country—something... More

Meet the Tilburg Checkers

Dutch journalism students help keep local media in check

If all goes as planned, sometime today a journalism student in Tilburg, Netherlands will walk into the offices of de... More

Reporting the CFPA Legislation

The New York Times leads its coverage of the financial-reform legislation with the news that the House Financial Services Committee... More

WSJ, Times at Odds on Citi Earnings

I'm sure this is much more a function of the unholy mess that is Citigroup's income statement—many a journalistic braincell... More

HuffPo Beats WaPo

The Huffington Post has made a practice of poaching writers from The Washington Post. Now, Team Arianna is adding insult... More

The AP: Intimations of Politico

The news cooperative declares its new focus on news that gets used

Every other year, The Associated Press holds a summit to analyze pressing issues facing the company—culminating in an executive strategy... More

Thursday Links: Dow 7,714, Student Loan Bailout, Lobbyists

David Weidner has a good take on Dow 10,000 (Part XXVI), emphasizing it represents a "lost decade of stock investing."... More

Postcard from Chitrakoot

In a remote part of India, female reporters crusade for rural journalism

On a scorching afternoon in Chitrakoot, a woman named Tabassum walks into a small, sticky government hospital and sits poised... More

All Obama, All the Time

The chatter about the potential political consequences of our president’s “overexposure” is mostly pointless, but still—the media’s appetite for Obama-related... More

Nieman, Galbraith on the Power Problem

Nieman Watchdog asks "Where's the reporting on the fraud that led to the crash?" Funny, The Audit, and especially Audit... More

Financial Press Perennially Surprised by “Placement Agents”

The financial pages this morning are filled with the disclosure by Calpers that money-management firms seeking business from the big... More

WaPo’s Facebook Fixation

When I saw this story about twenty-somethings who (gasp!) don’t use Facebook featured on The Washington Post Web site this... More

A Media Matters Falsehood

Media Matters, which has been working with immigration reform group America’s Voice on a “Drop Dobbs” campaign, sent out a... More

“Did the Boy Fall out Along the Way, or Is This Part of Some Hoax?”

The fate of Falcon Heene, the six-year-old boy believed to have been trapped in a homemade hot-air balloon launched from... More

Helen Thomas: “Because I’m So Sassy.”

On the occasion of the release of her latest book, legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas sits down for an... More

Gawker Media, Potential-for-Discursive-Dysentery Edition

I'm actually pretty excited about the Gawker-led experiment with Open Forums that I wrote about earlier today: it will be... More

Just the Facts—But From Whom?

NYT outsources fact-checking responsibility

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of Michele Bachmann, the conservative congresswoman from Minnesota whom Sean Hannity has called,... More

WaPo Profile: Dunn Good

It fails to answer, in any concrete way, the biggest question: why, oh why, did she come out so harshly... More

A Ham Handed Pairing

Slate’s media critic Jack Shafer has put together a nice collection of contemporary New York magazine covers that, he writes,... More

Understanding Citi Losses in its Predatory Roots

Learn more in a 2003 alt media piece than in all business media put together

I see that Citigroup, amid boom times for other mega banks, got slammed again in its third-quarter earnings, primarily because... More

Most of the Press Misses Fed Overdraft News

The Wall Street Journal and USA Today have one of the biggest news stories of the day: The Federal Reserve... More

McClatchy v. WaPo

Two stories on Afghan intel disputes, two diametrically opposed conclusions

Earlier this week, McClatchy’s D.C. bureau published a story relaying the concerns of “more than 15 senior and mid-level U.S.... More

Joe Lieberman, What Have You Wrought?

The groan-worthy headline on a story by Patrick O'Connor and Chris Frates in Politico today: "No Snowementum: Centrist Democrats still... More

Gawker Media, Potential-for-Anarchy Edition

So Gawker, this morning, launched a deceptively simple new feature on its homepage: a text box near its logo, populated... More

All the News That’s Fit to Digg

The Front Page of a Newspaper and Digg: two paradigms--editorial selection, selection-by-the-crowd--of Getting News to Readers. But...ever wondered what would... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part VI

The view from Union Station, Washington D.C.

Everyone, it seems is trying to take the pulse of the electorate--Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

Wednesday Links: Crooked Heart, No Smell, Paying for News

Joe Nocera, fresh off slamming banks on Saturday, makes fools of them today on their line that they didn't cause... More

Lede of the Day

This one, courtesy of the good people at The Onion: NEW YORK—According to a report published this week in American... More

Why the Financial System Collapsed, “In One Simple Sentence”

The genius that is Calvin Trillin continues. Hot on the heels of his Polanski Poetry, Trillin turns in a New... More

Geithner’s Aides and Wall Street Pay

A Bloomberg story adds perspective to a WSJ report on record banker bonuses

I want to applaud some solid enterprise work at Bloomberg and the Journal and see if we can play one... More

Intellectually Bankrupt, Firms Try to Squash Dissent

Crain's New York's Aaron Elstein has a good story about financially troubled corporations suing research firms that issue negative reports.... More

Steele: “The Internet has been around a while, now,” and Other Musings

The new Republican National Committee Web site launched yesterday with fanfare, frequent crashes, and baffling word choice. RNC Chairman Michael... More

Calling All “Interactive Tools”…

So the American Society of Magazine Editors--the organization behind the National Magazine Awards--is expanding the NMA prize categories to include,... More

Not the ‘Obama’s Overexposed’ Story Again…

My memory of the media world isn’t long enough to know whether respected print organizations were publishing “analyses” like this... More

Heffernan: The McLuhan of the Interwebs?

So Virginia Heffernan, "The Medium" columnist for The New York Times Magazine, is currently shopping a book about...the Internet. Yes.... More

BusinessWeek to Grow—Really!

All but left for dead two months ago, the weekly will expand its pages

Fortune and Forbes better look out. BusinessWeek, just a couple of months ago given decent odds to disappear from the... More

Iraq’s Missing Iraqis

A good book’s great flaw

David Finkel’s book The Good Soldiers, about the experiences of a US Army battalion during the surge in Iraq, is... More

An (Oil) Peak Too High

Energy crisis too big, too complex for media to handle on its own, experts say

DENVER—Protestors in giant chicken suits lingered outside the 2009 International Peak Oil Conference here on Monday. Their personas were meant... More

“Celebrities would just be fools/ To play by little people’s rules.”

The verse of Calvin Trillin takes on a bitingly ironic cast when the Deadline Poet waxes poetic about...Roman Polanski: For... More

Which Is It, NYT?

Times piece on pay cuts contradicts earlier story

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different... More

WSJ on Eminent Domain in Brooklyn

It's almost never a bad idea to do an eminent-domain story, especially the Kelo-type ones that pit the government in... More

Two Takes on a ‘Tent City’ in Tampa

During my year in journalism school, I took an elective class in land use law—zoning, planning, variances, that sort of... More

More on The Guardian: The Twitter Effect

I wrote earlier today about the lifting of the injunction preventing The Guardian from reporting on the question that British... More

Tuesday Links: Scrubbed Dirty, Game Theory, Taxes

Charles Duhigg's investigation of the state of the nation's water continues today with an excellent piece on page one of... More

BizWeek Emblematic of the Fall of Print

From $1 billion to less than $5 million in nine years

The big business-media news this week will be BusinessWeek's sale to Bloomberg for $2 million to $5 million plus the... More

Chicken Done Right

How do you make a story about the economics of boneless chicken wings--"an improbable poultry part [that] is showing up... More

Guardian Gag Lifted

Today brings the lifting of the much-reviled injunction banning The Guardian from reporting on British parliamentary proceedings--specifically, we now know,... More

NYT’s Sorkin Is Confused on Goldman Bonuses

Clueless paragraph of the day: But we can’t have it both ways, either. At one moment, many in the nation... More

Stimulate This!

Slate’s Gross debunks stimulus nonsense

Like Daniel Gross, I get the impression that people, including many journalists, just can't get their heads around the stimulus.... More

Snowe Falling on Cedars

So, it is official: Olympia Snowe, Republican senator from the state of Maine and, of late, The Most Sucked-Up-To Woman... More

Fox and Enemies

Is the Obama administration right about Fox News?

The Obama administration hasn’t made much of a secret of its displeasure with Fox News. In June, the president said... More

CNN: “They Have 20 to 35 to 70 Percent More Facts”

Remember when CNN fact-checked SNL? Remember all those other times CNN didn't bother with fact-checking? Last night, Jon Stewart poked... More

Lede of the Day

The lede of this AP report--found in The Washington Post--seems, somehow, an all-too-apt sign of our times, does it not?... More

The Insurers’ Grand Strategy

More well-timed studies to influence the pols and the polls

I have no pipeline to the insurance industry gods, but for more than a year now, I have watched their... More

WaPo on High-Cost Banking

The Post,which has done good work previously on the high cost of poverty, weighs in with a look at efforts... More

Hackers From Minsk

Wired takes an interesting look at computer security breaches at Wal-Mart from a few years ago. It's a good probe,... More

Yoani Sánchez Denied Permission to Leave Cuba to Receive Cabot Prize

This summer, when Columbia's Journalism School announced this year's winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize--the oldest award in international... More

WSJ Looks at More Crawley Things in the Market

At a time of great suspicion of all things Wall Street, stories start to emerge of sneaky tricks that insiders... More

How ‘Subprime’ Crushed ‘Predatory’

And what it says about language, the business press, and how we think about the economic crisis

What is the root cause of the financial crisis? “Lousy loans,” says Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight... More

Hire That Commenter as a Copy-Editor!

While The Washington Post’s Saturday editorial is far from the most tendentious thing written on the already-tired topic of Barack... More

Fox Holes

In which the White House confuses an ‘aggressive’ press strategy with a petty one

You campaign in poetry, the saying goes; you govern in prose. Here is some poetry, courtesy of Barack Obama, on... More

Monday Links: Reuters Investigates, Debt Iceberg, USAT

Chris Roush reports that Reuters is hiring some investigative reporters, a welcome development in a time of reduced journalistic ambitions.... More

Strong Reporting on DNA Waivers from the Post

Like Jonathan Adler, I was unaware of a policy that requires some federal defendants to waive their rights to DNA... More

WaPo: Why BofA Lags on Mortgage Redos

The Washington Post asks why Bank of America is so far behind everyone else on its mortgage-modification program. It's only... More

Times Discovers S&L-asaurus Working For Citi

I don't want to let the day pass without a nod to a bit of accountability reporting by Gretchen Morgenson... More

Glee in DeeCee

If you've been thinking, of late, that, at this decisive moment in the unfolding of our national narrative, the thing... More

Google Wave, or Combinatorial Game Theory?

So you may have heard of Google Wave, the pioneering personal communication and collaboration tool that is going to Revolutionize... More

Walk It Off

A negative baseball term becomes positive

The World Series is fast approaching, and many of the teams in the playoffs are hoping for at least one... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XVI

Fighting a soda tax

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

NPR Builds a Brain Trust

Thought leaders convene for a digital “Think In”

An unusual gathering took place in San Francisco on Friday: NPR corralled about sixty Bay Area technology thought leaders—innovators, entrepreneurs,... More

SEJ Accused of Protecting Gore

Filmmaker’s criticism is self-serving and wrong, however

An independent filmmaker accused the Society of Environmental Journalists of “protecting” Al Gore on Friday after the filmmaker’s mic was... More

When the Right Voice Goes Wrong

Douthat’s latest Times column: a close reading

What to make of Ross Douthat’s latest New York Times column? The piece (which answers the world’s plaintive pleas for... More

There’s the Special-Interest Lobbying We Were Waiting For

A David Herszenhorn “Prescriptions” piece in today’s New York Times (which, oddly, I can’t find online) has some interesting things... More

Maremont and the Journal Hammer Option Schemes

Anytime The Wall Street Journal's news pages can make the editorial side spit up their eggs benedict, well, that has... More

WSJ Misses the Mark on Consumer Credit

It's hard to understand how a major financial news outlet, at this late hour, can discuss the "democratization" of consumer... More

WSJ and Reuters on High-Frequency Trading

The press continues to try to shine a light on high-frequency trading. This morning, The Wall Street Journal reports on... More

Journalism, Liberalism, Elitism

I’m not going to jump directly into the fray of responses to my former professor Tom Edsall’s CJR piece about... More

SunHerald’s Lee, Times-Pic’s Mowbray: Still on it

One of the true pleasures of reporting on the insurance industry's response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina was meeting, and... More

Moulin Rogue

Time's resident humorist, Joel Stein, responds to the soon-to-be-released Sarah Palin autobiography with a tome of his own--Rogue Journalist: An... More

Seriously Smart Column by the NYT’s Norris

I can't let the day pass without a nod to Floyd Norris's very thoughtful column on the unintended—make that, intended,... More

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Nobel

Conservative disbelief, liberal dismay

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award a rather, er, premature Peace Prize to Barack Obama has been greeted with skepticism... More

Dark Side of the Moon

So, some big news today: Our president won the Nobel Peace Prize. Also, relatedly, it is Bo Obama's birthday. Also,... More

WellPoint versus the State of Maine

Forget Olympia Snowe, there’s other news in the north country

For weeks, the only health reform news from Maine has swirled around Sen. Olympia Snowe. Would the state’s senior senator... More

Man on the Street: The Match Game

Gotta love the man-on-the-street story: the classic connector of readers to the thoughts and feelings of their fellow citizens. Not... More

The New Great American Pastime

It’s fact checking

Fact checking, along with its kissing cousin “calling bullshit,” is becoming one of the great American pastimes of the Internet... More

Headline of the Day

This one comes courtesy of the good folks at Fark, who repurposed a just-the-facts-ma'am CNN headline announcing President Obama's Nobel... More

A Nation Turns Its Eyes to… Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page

It seemed peculiar the other day when Politico’s Ben Smith devoted a post on his widely-read blog to Sarah Palin’s... More

Shaky Writing Hurts Good Bloomberg D.C. Reporting

The headline on this Bloomberg story says Derivatives Lobby Links With New Democrats to Blunt Obama Plan. That's true as... More

Celebrating the Paper Boy and By Extension - The Local Paper

Tomorrow is officially Newspaper Carrier Day, according to the Newspaper Association Managers, and the Suburban Newspaper Association is offering a... More

Bloomberg Good on Stock Research

Bloomberg has a solid look this morning at stock-research and the conflicts that still pervade the Wall Street research business... More

Thursday Links: Landlord Ben, Geithner, Elizabeth Warren

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters looks at the thicket the Federal Reserve finds itself in because of its assumption of all... More

WSJ on De-Leveraging and the Economy

The Journal on page one today says we're experiencing a "Drought of Credit." I'm not sure it shows that, but... More

Non-Story of The Day

In today's non-story of the day, Politico CLICK sports the blaring headline, "Roman Polanski supporters gave $34K to Barack Obama,... More

Notes from A.Q. Khan

The Pakistani press is in a fascinating uproar about the Kerry-Lugar aid bill, which the Pakistani military contends violates Pakistan’s... More

Headline of the Day

This one comes courtesy of the meme-makers over at Politico: "SECOND LADY ENJOYS WINE, FRIES" Oh, indeed. The Ethos of... More

The Devil in the Details, Part I

The tug-of-war over penalties for not buying coverage

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

How to Exempt Torture From FOIA

Say what you will about the wisdom of Joe Lieberman’s attempts to get Congress to pass a special law that... More

WaPo Boosts 401(k)s for No Good Reason

A main beef I have with personal finance reporting—beyond its constant purveying of banalities ("diversify!";"buy and hold!")—is that it generally... More

AP: Geithner’s Wall Street Speed Dial

The Associated Press rakes a little muck onto Tim Geithner's shoe this morning courtesy of his own phone records. Who... More

“Marines,” Plain and Simple

Today, the big, three-column, above-the-fold statement photo on the front page of every edition of the New York Times makes... More

The Devil in the Details Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “The Devil in the Details” articles

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “The Devil in the Details” series, in descending order. 04/12/10:... More

Journalism Should Own Its Liberalism

And then manage it, challenge it, and account for it

The floodtide of e-mails and letters to New York Times ombudsman Clark Hoyt after his September 27 column on the... More

Audit Interview: The FT’s Lionel Barber

“We got a piece of the puzzle [but] we don’t tend to go grassroots up. There’s an important lesson for all of us.”

Among the discomfiting changes sweeping through the financial news business in the U.S. has been the rising influence of what... More

Wednesday Links: Weedkiller, Bloomberg Heds, and WSJ Analysis

Charles Duhigg's fruitful investigative summer appears to be getting results. He reports today in The New York Times that the... More

Do or Die for the Shield Law?

Shortly after 9:30 am tomorrow, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will take their seats in room 226 of the... More

Detroit News on the Downside of the 401(k)

With all the turmoil in the stock market over the last couple of years—well, make that the last twelve years... More

Building a Shrine to Tim Russert, Literally

Remember how your mother always warned you to wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident? Apparently, if you're... More

Czar Talk

Is there any substance to the criticism of Obama’s “czars”?

Criticism of some political journalism as “stenography” is sometimes misplaced—part of reporting really is writing down the things that people... More

More Thoughts on McCaughey

For those interested in the Betsy McCaughey saga, Andrew Sullivan has a blog post up today, titled “McCaughey and Me,”... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part VII

Unintended consequences for small business

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

Miami Herald Gets a Deserved Pat on the Back

Congrats to Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, and Rob Barry of The Miami Herarld for winning first place in the the... More

Target Practice

The pros and cons of blasting Betsy McCaughey

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey has been much in the news the last few days, and she’s been... More

The Journal Inside the Hilton Grand Jury

The Journal has some very good reporting today on a scandal in the normally-staid chain-hotel business (part of which I... More

The Most Misreported Country

And the winner is…

Which country is most routinely miscovered in the U.S. press? There are clearly many candidates, but for me one stands... More

Opening Minds

Can the media persuade audiences to embrace a fresh outlook?

Viewers of The Colbert Report do not all see the same show. Liberals see host Stephen Colbert as a liberal... More

First Person Singular

An African master recedes behind his own myth

In a letter to Chinua Achebe, John Updike once admired the swift and surprising ruin of the hero at the... More

Raising Keynes

A new book paints the iconic economist as the ultimate realist

How difficult it is to be right. John Maynard Keynes is “an entertaining economist whose bright but shallow dissertations on... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on the Irish Revolution and animal rights crusaders

The News From Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and The Irish Revolution By Maurice Walsh I.B. Tauris 258 pages, £20 At the... More

A Luddite’s Virtual Book Tour

Get on Facebook, make a video, e-blast everyone you know

Just before my latest book, Home Girl, came out in June 2008, the Random House promotion team invited me in... More

Great Expectations

An Investigative News Network is born. Now what?

Call it the Pocantico Declaration. Back on July 1, the leaders of twenty muckraking nonprofit news organizations concluded a three-day... More

Somalia’s Dark Days

Ahmed Omar Hashi was no stranger to death threats. As a senior producer for Mogadishu’s popular Shabelle Radio, Hashi routinely... More

All Together Now (II)

When the San Diego Union-Tribune went on sale in July 2008, veteran investigative reporter Lorie Hearn worried about the future... More

All Together Now (I)

Not long ago, Kevin Murphy was simply the president of the Berks County Community Foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, a city... More

Tuesday Links: Bloomberg v. Fed, Hypothermia, The Economist

Bloomberg News continues its battle to let a little sunshine in on what the Federal Reserve is doing to bail... More

Another Brick in the Paywall: Economist Edition

A week from today, The Economist will begin experimenting with a new paywall system. The magazine's current wall--which provides non-subscribers... More

Washington, D.C., Reality TV Edition

In today's politics and pop culture file, former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay is expected to announce this evening that... More

Nonsense at Newsweek on Overdrafts

Columnist pulls the ol’ personal-responsibility card

Steve Tuttle of Newsweek has one of the worst columns I've seen in a good long time, arguing "Why Banks... More

How to Get on the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts’s Enemies List

From Wired: When 22-year-old programmer Aaron Swartz decided last fall to help an open-government activist amass a public and free... More

Fact-checking Saturday Night Live

At Politico, Michael Calderone has some fun at the expense of CNN, which took the time to fact-check this week’s... More

Pantry Raid, in Pictures

The kitchen is closed. Gawker has, via a tipster, a description of Gourmet's offices after yesterday's closure announcement: By 1pm... More

WaPo’s Twitter Policy, in Action

Over at Firedoglake, Marcy Wheeler rounds up a fairly eviscerating collection of Howie Kurtz's tweets from the past six days--as... More

Synthetic Biology Still Not a Story

Americans know little about the emerging field, poll finds

According to a recent poll, Americans know very little about synthetic biology, which seeks to genetically engineer new forms of... More

Diamonds in the Rough

Can large journalistic salaries be justified in the current business climate?

The end of September brought two startling revelations that hefty salaries still exist in journalism despite the industry’s steep financial... More

A Vote for ‘Muddling Through’

It’s a few days old at this point, but readers interested in the Afghanistan policy debate will want to check... More

Bribe This

Despite years of failure, pundits still want to bribe Pashtuns

There is a dark irony to the faintly racist idea that Afghans are unprincipled mercenaries available to the highest bidders,... More

NYT and Frontline Tag-Team Prepaid Debit Cards

The New York Times and PBS's Frontline have a terrific story this morning on prepaid debit cards, yet another way... More

President, Know Thyself

WaPo’s Cohen on the Afghan war as a presidential self-actualization tool

There are lots of ways of thinking about foreign policy: not just political labels of recent vintage like “neoconservatism” and... More

A Weighty Subject

Alex Jones and the iron core of news

Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government,... More

WSJ Is Good on Medical Transparency

How's that expression go?—"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The Journal's Thomas M. Burton this morning shows Louis Brandeis's adage is... More

Rocket Man

An epic tale of men, missiles, and bureaucratic maneuvering

Humanity is now some sixty years into the nuclear age and has, somehow, yet to extinguish itself. How that somehow... More

Monday Links: Pew, Murdoch, and Treasury Lies

Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism found, unsurprisingly, that media coverage of financial issues and business was overwhelmingly focused on... More

Best Political Protest Ever

Teabag Party-ers, 9/12'ers, angry town hall crowds, Cindy Sheehan, Code Pink, G-20 crazies, Greenpeace, protesters everywhere, may I please introduce:... More

Making a Profit While Bankrupting the Store

Here's a riddle. How are mattress factories and newspaper companies alike? This piece on the front page of today's New... More

More on Coverage of the Great Recession

CJR’s Ali Fenwick this afternoon flagged the new Pew study on coverage of the economic crisis, which noted that newspapers... More

Levi Johnston Does It With Protection

Sarah Palin's daughter's baby daddy is in a commercial for . . . pistachios? More

More on Measuring Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon criticizes the Gretchen Morgenson piece on Dean Baker and Too Big to Fail, writing that the dollars talked... More

FTC Votes to End “Blogger Payola”

In light of recent scandals involving bloggers, advertisers, and the merging of the two in the ethically precarious practice known... More

Leaving Afghanistan Is Not on the Table

Spencer Ackerman makes a good catch on the “Good Morning America” interview with Peter Galbraith I linked to earlier: I... More

The Times’s Ten-Step Program

Looking for the least-bad outcome in Afghanistan

The New York Times’s roundtable op-ed on Afghanistan yesterday doesn’t break any new ground, and it won’t carry the same... More

How To Spend It

Print subscribers to the Financial Times have long enjoyed an advantage over more casual Web readers, and that is access... More

The HuffPo Writes a Book Retort

Don't call The Huffington Post (sorry) spineless. Today brings the launch of HuffPost Books, the outlet's section devoted to, yes,... More

NYT is Excellent on Private-Equity

If you've been wondering what ever happened to high-flying private-equity, whose ever-bigger and ever-more-debt-laden deals dominated financial-press headlines in 2006... More

Covering the Great Recession

A new study of financial crisis coverage, released today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, shows... More

Reichl: “Pretty Perfect,” “Happy” to “Stunned, Sad”

Below are the most recent tweets from Ruth Reichl, prolific Twitterer and editor-for-now of Gourmet--a series which reads, in light... More

The Life and Times of the Chandlers

Tonight comes the premiere of Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times--a chronicle of the city, its paper, and the... More

More Media Time for Afghanistan

The public debate over the situation in Afghanistan, which had already been fairly robust, may get a little wilder after... More

Doctored Language

When medical jargon hurts

A sheriff said a suspect in the killing of a family may have some injuries, including “include cuts, lacerations, ... More

Press Freedom, Russia and Shish Kebab

The latest dust up over press freedom in Russia started over the name of a shish kebab restaurant. From sometime... More

Demonstrations at CEO Mansions? Ho Hum

Can the media cover a movement that plays nice?

No one packed heat, no one screamed at a member of Congress, no one called anybody a Nazi, no fistfights... More

Fact-Checking…SNL

It wouldn't be Monday if the morning shows weren't abuzz with whatever political satire was produced on Saturday Night Live... More

While the Tube Star Gently Weeps

Glenn Beck is known for many things, but the media star's most iconic characteristic is probably the melodramatic weeping he... More

Measuring the Effect of Obama’s Health Care Speech

At his blog, Brendan Nyhan takes a look at whether Obama’s big health care speech of a month ago shifted... More

Measuring the Ongoing Cost of Too Big to Fail

I haven't seen anyone try to estimate the implicit subsidy taxpayers provide megabanks because of Too Big to Fail policies.... More

A Good Food-Safety Investigation from the Times

Credit is due the Times and veteran investigative reporter Michael Moss for a painstaking and stomach-turning account yesterday of the... More

Friday Links: Wolff, Shirky, Veterans for Socialism

Michael Wolff, whose Newser depends on free news for its existence, rips Rupert Murdoch in Vanity Fair for planning to... More

Hiltzik With a Reality Check on Tort Reform

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times has a helpful column cutting through some of the noise in the health-care... More

Reporter at Sea-Sick

File this under newspaper promotional contests that make us feel sick to our stomach. USA Today is teaming up with... More

Picking Apart the Polls

Is opinion really shifting on abortion?

If you’re an avid news reader, there’s a good chance that sometime in the last day or so you’ve come... More

Grantham Prize Seminar To Honor Air Pollution Series

Anybody in or around Washington, D.C. on Monday should check out the fourth annual Grantham Prize Seminar on the State... More

“Chicago Is Out? Chicago Is Out?”

Yowza. Watch as CNN's Tony Harris, Dispassionate Information Purveyor, gets the news that Chicago has not only not won the... More

Code Talking

A new way to float corrections down the river of news

I’m a man of modest dreams. I’d like to see the Montreal Canadiens win another Stanley Cup as soon as... More

Of Buts and Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News top editor Matt Winkler raised eyebrows around the newswire/data provider the other week with his op-ed in The... More

Headline of the Day

Without further comment: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Yo-Yo Ma" More

Baucus Watch, Part XVI

What we should have known all along

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

WaPo to Partner with Bloomberg for Global News Service

Hot on the heels of news that CBS News and GlobalPost will be pairing up to cover the world beyond... More

A Change That’s Hard to Believe In

Obama calls backsies on shield law

There’s a reason why people don’t trust politicians’ promises: from time to time, they go back on them. That’s exactly... More

Norris Asks Why Cash Subsidizes Plastic

Floyd Norris raises a very good point in his column today on merchant credit-card fees: Why do we have a... More

“I wouldn’t have known right away that it was your fifth drink…”

So said Slate editor Jacob Weisberg upon encountering a several sheets-to-the-wind DoubleX staff in the midst of their experiment to... More

‘Regional Experts’ Not Just Missing from Media

Elsewhere on the CJR site today, Michael Massing concludes his take-down of the latest Iran-related coverage with a call for... More

A Whole New Ballgame

What are the pros and cons of the “self-reporter” approach?

Last week, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team hired Los Angeles Daily News sports reporter Rich Hammond away from his... More

Good Show by the Journal Today

Dean Starkman tipped his hat to a Wall Street Journal story this morning on Detroit, part of a string of... More

A win against Cheney secrecy

Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington has notched another win in its battle to preserve and expand the reach... More

The Whole World in His Hands

Overstating the president’s power, again

As any middle-school social studies student knows, the American system of government consists of three branches: the executive branch, which... More

Buy a Kindle, Get the Times for Free

A Friend of The Audit passed us an email he got from The New York Times offering a package deal... More

Throw the Rascals In!

Joe Flaherty’s classic account of Mailer and Breslin on the hustings

In this season of a perfectly dull mayoral election, and in this year that is the fortieth anniversary not only... More

Obama Administration Opposing Shield Law

Disappointing news today from the New York Times’s Charlie Savage: The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation... More

Urban-Affairs Reporting in the WSJ

The Journal deserves a nod for a good inside-the-paper story on Detroit public schools' using free food, celebrity visits and... More

Weil: Bank Balance Sheets Still an Unknown

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil raises some good questions about what we really know about the banking industry's health this morning, looking... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Six things to consider about the new Los Angeles Register

“If the Register were a football team, Coach Kushner’s strategy would clearly be to flood the zone”

How Americans die

Great data viz from Bloomberg View

The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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