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November 2009

Monday Links; Pittman Roundup, Carr Elegy for NYC Media

Paul Conley, who worked for the late Mark Pittman at Bloomberg, memorializes Pittman as a "a bigger-than-life, over-the-top, lovable stereotype... More

The Story Obama Should Really Be Worried About

I’ve had John Harris’s piece in today’s Politico—“7 stories Obama doesn’t want told”—sitting on my desk much of the day,... More

AOL’s Assembly Line

Journalism is finally widgetized

AOL’s new high-tech method of mass-producing news and other online content raises some interesting questions. The new approach, which will... More

You Don’t Want To Know How This Sausage Is Made

The Washington Post has launched "Story Lab" a how-the-sausage-is-made glimpse behind the news and the first sausage they're making is... More

“For those who have paid for the privilege of being a journalist with their own blood”

The New Yorker's George Packer has a clear-eyed report from a recent fundraising dinner hosted by the Committee to Protect... More

A Dose of Reality for State Dinner Gate Crashers

Could America finally, maybe, please, be growing sick of reality television antics? The Balloon Boy-hoaxing Heene family of Colorado put... More

The Pittman Way

A financial reporter who combined data and attitude

Q: Tell me how your cops background plays into what you’re doing now. A: You end up with a big... More

Meacham’s Piece: Not So Buzzworthy

Jumping off Megan’s critical comments on Jon Meacham’s piece in the latest Newsweek, here’s another thought: let’s say we don’t... More

Newsweek: Cheney of Fools

Meacham, linkbait, and the real insult of Run Dick Run

Let’s give Jon Meacham the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume that the editorial in the current issue of Newsweek—that... More

A Clean Start at the NewsHour

It seems that no news organization, no matter how long they’ve been using their tried and true formula, is immune... More

Questionable News Judgment of the Day

Why does The Wall Street Journal put a fourth-day news story about a golfer's minor car accident on page-two today?... More

Before the Beginning

Doing away with some pre-fixes

One of English’s favorite prefixes is “pre,” three little letters that mean “before.” It helps modify words like “nuptial,” “conception,”... More

The Man in the Middle

What Jeremy Devor’s story tells us about health reform

Meet Jeremy Devor, a technician with an associate degree in engineering, who lives in Salem, Illinois, a town of about... More

“A Fresh, Ferocious Wave”

It's a rare thing for "discussion about the future of news" and "literary journalism" to co-exist in a single piece.... More

The Washington Post’s Priorities, Dinner-Crasher Edition

Pop quiz! How many Washington Post reporters contributed to this weekend's 1,800-word profile of State Dinner crashers and alleged Heenian... More

Mark Pittman, Bloomberg’s Bulldog, Dies at 52

We were stunned to learn a couple of days ago of top Bloomberg investigative reporter Mark Pittman's death. As I... More

Wednesday Links: Interchange, Make Believe, Overstock Junket

The New York Times continues its series on plastic, looking at how capping interchange fees on credit cards has played... More

The Press Underplays the Bad-Banks News

The major business press underplays news from the FDIC that its troubled-banks list soared to more than 550 in the... More

The Big Money: Shoppers Beware

Heidi N. Moore makes some fine points in a piece over at The Big Money that riffs off Best Buy... More

Rudy FAIL

Read along as The New York Observer’s Steve Kornacki applies a little egg to the Daily News’s face over... More

WSJ Goes Easy on Private Equity in Oz

Why does The Wall Street Journal think tax enforcement is "hostility"? That's what a news report on the front of... More

Is This the Best You Can Do, NBC?

Network news hits a new level

Whenever I’m home at 6:30, I try to watch the evening news. Not out of any genuine desire—I rarely learn... More

Missing Persons Redux

Insuring those at the very bottom

Last Monday night, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer devoted air time to an exchange between two former secretaries of Health... More

Tuesday Links: Sorkin, De-Indexing, the Google Problem

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism shreds Andrew Ross Sorkin's column on Congress finally stiffening its spine today. The headline betrays... More

WaPo to Close NY, LA, Chicago Bureaus

Erik Wemple and Michael Calderone report that as of the end of this year, The Washington Post will close its... More

Q&A: Bob Dietz

CPJ’s Asia program coordinator on the killings in the Philippines

A brutal episode in the Philippines has put violence against journalists in headlines across the world. According to press reports,... More

FT’s Wolf: Windfall Tax Wall Street

It's been somewhat baffling how little taxation has been discussed in the press as a possible answer to the problems... More

BAILOUT, STIMULUS — Your Essential Guide

In a specially commissioned study, The Audit offers a first-stop, comprehensive guide to the big federal spending programs. Read it. Love it. Use it daily.

We’re past the one-year marks of the financial crisis and the $700 billion bailout; next up, in February: the stimulus... More

A Too-Narrow Lens

Zach Carter hits on something interesting about shareholder democracy in The Nation this week (disclosure-longer-than-this-post: I wrote a piece for... More

The Palin-for-President Fixation

WaPo op-ed fails to convince

We’ve probably devoted too many pixels already to arguing that the national political media is paying more attention to Sarah... More

Newsom stays on the record

I have a lot of respect for local television reporters who can go in and conduct a really tight and... More

Sudokubomber Caught

In case you’ve missed it, The Philadelphia Inquirer has been in the middle of a scandal for the last three... More

Giving Thanks

Journalistically speaking, what are you thankful for?

It's been a rough year for traditional journalism, all things considered. Financial infirmity has led to widespread layoffs, buyouts, and... More

The Devil in the Details, Part III

Is this really insurance reform?

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

Murdoch, Microsoft, and Google

Getting paid for indexing news wouldn’t amount to much

So Rupert Murdoch is indeed trying to squeeze the search engines for some cash, something we figured a couple of... More

BusinessWeek on Wall Street’s Nerve

BusinessWeek's cover story this week on how Wall Street's shenanigans are threatening already-reeling local governments is a must-read. The lede... More

Not For All the News in China, Part Two

The second part of CJR’s interview with Howard French

Howard French is the former Shanghai bureau chief for The New York Times. This is the second part of a... More

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln…

Recent profiles of Blanche Lincoln say little about her policy priorities

What does Blanche Lincoln want, and why does she want it? The question is, at the moment, more consequential than... More

Your Move

Chess terminology, imprecisely played

To practice politics, one must know something about strategy. Like a poker player, a politician needs to know when to... More

NYT’s Carr Finds Something New to Say about Oprah

The New York Times's David Carr has a very smart column this morning analyzing Oprah Winfrey's massive, sustained business success.... More

Ron Wyden Speaks Out

Straight talk on affordability from Oregon’s senior senator

On Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden got the Senate health care duo, Max Baucus and Harry Reid, to agree that... More

Friday Links: Smart Money, Rodney King, Dilution

Remember that $500 million program for small businesses Goldman Sachs announced along with its apology earlier this week? It was... More

Bloomberg Finds the Fed on Bubble Watch

Bloomberg gets a nice scoop that the Federal Reserve is apparently worried about the new bubble it's inflating. Federal Reserve... More

Comments of the Week

November 16-20, 2009

Every Friday, we excerpt some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we receive each week. Think we’ve... More

Greg Craig and Transparency

Time’s Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf have a months long tick-tock chronicling the steps and missteps of soon-to-be-former White House... More

Well, It May Deserve an Award in Something

Memo to Sean Hannity, who is calling for James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Andrew Breitbart to get a “journalism award”... More

Sorry, Wrong Number

It’s not OK for journalists to be bad at math

Every year, Scott Maier, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, asks his students to raise their... More

Not For All the News in China, Part I

Former NYT Shanghai bureau chief Howard French on the coverage of Obama’s trip to Asia

The past week’s flurry of stories and opinion pieces chronicling President Barack Obama’s fortunes in the Far East made much... More

Heroes and Villains and Literary Geniuses

Literary critic and CJR's Ideas + Reviews editor, James Marcus, sat down last night for a discussion with author David... More

Let’s Get this Party Organized

Strong Politico story takes a close look at the Tea Party movement

In Politico today, Ken Vogel has a very interesting and worthwhile article about the emerging internal conflicts—both philosophical and personal—within... More

Saving Corwin’s Creatures

MSNBC wades into new territory with environmental documentary 100 Heartbeats

While filming his new documentary, 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin cut off the horn of a black rhino to protect it... More

WSJ Editorial Scrutinizes Geithner on AIG Counterparties

I wrote twice on Tuesday about the bizarre Tim Geithner quote that "the financial condition of the counterparties was not... More

Now a Little Bit Less Excluded

Today’s New York Times features a front-page news analysis by Kevin Sack about the controversy sparked by the new cancer... More

What’s a News Brief Worth?

The Journal Inquirer, of Manchester, Conn., which over the summer forced its larger rival, the Hartford Courant, to admit to... More

Everybody’s On Edge

Atlantic, Economist arrive at strikingly similar cover designs

I think half the news sites I read have lately been running a highly irritating ad for The Economist, which... More

Thursday Links: Custard Ken, (More) Media Layoffs, Chainsaw Guy

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one leder on Ken Griffin's giant hedge fund firm Citadel, which is... More

Popular Diplomacy

The press pretends to be surprised that Obama’s charm didn’t work wonders in Asia

As media narratives go, this whole “Barack Obama is a popular individual and a gifted speaker with a compelling personal... More

Thoughts on the Gelman/Silver Op-Ed

As anyone who’s read my writing can probably tell, I think political journalism should pay more attention to what political... More

Prospect’s Take on Too Big to Fail

The British magazine Prospect has one of the better explainers on too big to fail I've yet seen. It's a... More

The Luxury Store Has No Clothes

Today's "quirky" front-page story in the New York Times - there's always one - is a Styles section type piece,... More

Sully-ing the Brand

If you felt, yesterday evening, a faint feeling of emptiness...a vague notion of despair...a more-pronounced-than-usual sense of ennui: it was... More

The Breast Brouhaha, Continued

To piggyback on Greg's note about today's Gail Collins op-ed on the mammogram controversy...I have to say, I found it... More

Kudos to Times on Chamber Membership

The lead story in today’s special “Business of Green” section in The New York Times is about the controversy over... More

Collins Outlines the Columnist’s Credo

Gail Collins owns up to a writer's truth today: I have never believed that everything happens for a reason. But... More

A Good Bloomberg Profile of Elizabeth Warren

Bloomberg this morning posts a really good profile of Elizabeth Warren, who, despite much of the press's dismissal of her... More

Senate Judiciary Considers Shield Bill, Live!

Click the play button below to see my live tweets as the Senate considers the Free Flow of Information Act.... More

Wednesday Links: Philly’s Mod Policy, Fraud Force, WoW

The New York Times looks at Philadelphia's way of dealing with the foreclosure crisis: Forcing homeowners and lenders face to... More

Laurel to the Missoulian

For telling the human story of health reform

Last Sunday, the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana did what Campaign Desk has been urging papers to do--it showed how its... More

Tyrangiel Takes Over at BusinessWeek

Bloomberg surprised just about everybody by picking Josh Tyrangiel of Time to helm the newly acquired (and newly gutted—it's sacking... More

Trains, Planes, and Carbon Offsets

Times keeps a needed eye on green premiums

This week, The New York Times published two much-needed articles questioning the value of programs that let consumers pay a... More

Going Mobile: An Interview with Rob Durst

Thinking about print products as interfaces to online information

Rob Durst is a Boston-based business and technology consultant who believes that newspapers can remain viable—if they move quickly and... More

Win the Shirt Off Madoff’s Back!

Add that headline to the list of best/worst newspaper contests to go down in history. The New York Post is... More

WSJ Zeroes in on Goldman Collateral

The Wall Street Journal fleshes out the Goldman Sachs backdoor bailout part of the Special Inspector General of the TARP's... More

Tuesday Links: Lowballing OSHA, Lowenstein, SIGTARP

The New York Times reports that employers systematically under-report workplace injuries, citing a new GAO report. It says OSHA will... More

The Debt Privilege

We all know too much debt is at the root of the economic crisis. And we've seen lots of step-back... More

Brooks vs. Brooks on ‘Fiscal Puritanism’

David Brooks, in his column today, writes: “The standard thing these days is for Americans to scold each other for... More

CJR on The Radio

This morning, I was a guest on The Exchange, a New Hampshire Public Radio talk show. Up for discussion was... More

Newsweek, API, and Ethics

What guidelines should govern advertiser-sponsored events?

Last week, news reports revealed that, since 2007, Newsweek has sold advertising packages to the American Petroleum Industry--the oil and... More

Straying from the Facts

AP’s fact check of Palin reaches too far

Over the weekend, there was a bit of a dust-up between the Associated Press, Sarah Palin, and their respective supporters... More

Misplaying the SIGTARP Report

Did the Federal Reserve have any leverage in its negotiations with AIG counterparties, the ones it paid one hundred cents... More

Disappearing Act

The East Valley Tribune counts down its final days

A couple of weeks ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ryan Gabrielson learned that his former employer, the East Valley Tribune... More

The Blade’s Last Cut

Via @jackshafer, I came across this moving, photo-heavy blog post from the Washington City Paper recording the sudden and unexpected... More

Criticism of Gladwell Reaches Tipping Point

Criticism of Malcolm Gladwell, the bestselling New Yorker writer, seems to be reaching – yes! – a tipping point. The... More

Maverick Rogue Fence Building Oil Drillers for 2012!

With Lou Dobbs and Sarah Palin both making the rounds in a post-take-this-job-and-shove-it media blitz (Dobbs left his gig as... More

The Backdoor-Bailout Report Coverage

Here's a win for the press, namely The New York Times and Bloomberg. The government, or one of its internal... More

Glass Half Full?

Two new books with clashing takes on American optimism

Given the generally grim mood of the American public these days, it might seem like an odd time for Barbara... More

What Money Can’t Buy

Times story offers a unique picture of lobbyists at work

Robert Pear’s excellent story in Sunday’s New York Times, about how lobbyists framed the health care debate in Congress, probably... More

Monday Links: New Bubble; Raters; Government Support

Steven Pearlstein says the Federal Reserve still hasn't learned its lesson about credit bubbles. Pearlstein adds to the growing chorus... More

Foundering Flounders

When a fish is not a failure

Whenever the government announces the failure of another bank, a news outlet somewhere reports that the bank has “floundered.” Well... More

Bloomberg: Bankers Doubling Down in Vegas

Bloomberg has an interesting real estate story showing how banks are getting entangled in the wreckage of their loans. Deutsche... More

Future of News Summit

Another day, another future-of-news conference. Today's is sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, and is taking place now. Right now. Learn... More

Journalism’s Valhalla?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has invited Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie to follow-up on one of the recommendations their... More

Missing Persons

How will reform affect ordinary folks?

Come on now. We’ve heard enough about the political horserace of health reform—way too much of Nancy, Max, and Olympia.... More

New Palin Polling Data from the Post

Apropos of my Friday piece on Sarah Palin, a new Washington Post poll finds her drawing somewhat stronger support among... More

Meacham’s Minds

Today's otherwise wholly unremarkable New York Times write-up on Newsweek's editorial and financial health does contain the seeds of an... More

Strike a Pose—Rogue (Rogue, Rogue…)

Sarah Palin’s Newsweek cover isn’t sexist. It’s actually kind of empowering.

Move over, third-wave feminism. Second-wave Palinism is upon us. Yep: Sarah Barracuda is back. (Or, to be more accurate: she’s... More

Eco Chamber

Der Spiegel has conducted an interview with Umberto Eco, the novelist, critic, semiotician, philosopher, and all-around Thinker of Things. They... More

Survey: Half of U.S. Would Pay (a Pittance) for Online News

The New York Times reports on a new survey that says half of Americans would pay for news online if... More

Fact-checking Bra-Burning, and Related Thoughts

Kudos to Jessica Valenti for setting interviewer Deborah Solomon straight on a point of fact in a Q&A in this... More

Comments of the Week

November 9-13, 2009

Starting today and every Friday, we will be excerpting some of the most insightful, articulate, interesting, and entertaining comments we... More

Friday Links: Conspiracy Check, Weak TBTF Defenses, The Road

Gary Weiss at The Big Money takes a good look at five conspiracy theories about Wall Street and ranks their... More

The Mail

Reviewing recent issues of Written By, the Washington City Paper, and Liberty

People send us their newspapers and magazines. Sometimes, we review them. Written By, October/November 2009 Reading Written By, a bimonthly... More

Plimer, “Balance as Bias” Back in Climate Coverage

That old nuisance, “balance as bias,” cropped up in the press again on Thursday in an article in the Telegraph... More

Missing the Big Pfizer Kelo Story

The NYT is first out of the gate nationally four days after the news broke.*

(UPDATE: Ted Mann of The Day points out that he wrote a news story before the Times on the Kelo... More

Another Deficit

A short note, coming off of Greg’s earlier post on some federal deficit confusion over at Politico. To summarize, the... More

Do Doctors Always Tell the Truth?

No, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kudos to the Journal Sentinel and reporter John Fauber for digging up the difference between fact and fiction when it... More

Sarah Palin: Just Not That Popular

Continetti’s unpersuasive pitch for a Palin comeback

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page takes a break from running Sarah Palin-authored op-eds today and instead runs a piece... More

It’s all about perspective…

...and Sarah Palin has, inevitably, a unique take on her impossible-to-overhype-the-importance-of campaign interview with CBS's Katie Couric, as summarized by... More

Yale Conference: “Journalism & the New Media Ecology”

Taking place at Yale today and tomorrow is a conference: "Journalism & the New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the... More

Government Programs Don’t Always Increase the Deficit

The federal budget deficit, it seems, is back on the White House’s agenda. David Brooks, in his column today, asserted... More

A Perfect Bit of Uncountered PR Nonsense on Overdrafts

The Federal Reserve is effectively banning the "overdraft protection" racket on debt cards by forcing banks to make customers opt-in... More

The Office vs. The Paywall

Last night on The Office, the gang heard a rumor that Dunder Mifflin was going bankrupt and upon investigation, came... More

The “T Word”

A conversation with Dave Miller of the Killeen Daily Herald

After Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s deadly rampage that killed thirteen people and wounded another thirty at Fort Hood in Texas... More

A Microformat with Major Implications

A vision of automated correction notifications and more

Imagine this: you visit one of your favorite news sites and the homepage displays a notification that an article you... More

Thursday Links: 10,000 Applications, Glass Steagall Day, TARP

The Washington Post reports on the jobless "recovery," a term it's still too early to use for the economy given... More

ProPublica on the Fort Hood “Run-and-Gun”

ProPublica's Stephen Engelberg takes a refreshingly thorough look at the coverage of Nadal Malik Hasan--"a classic run-and-gun investigative story in... More

Steve Dahl Thinks You Aren’t Qualified to Comment on the News (and That He’s a Cockroach)

Steve Dahl, Chicago area radio personality and special contributor to the Chicago Tribune online, took to the Web to comment... More

Modern Media Insults: More Freudian than Jungian

When it comes to juvenile, intra-media fighting, CJR and its research associates have determined--after extensive data-mining, number-crunching, and textual analysis--that... More

The Fate of Former P-I Employees

Ruth Teichroeb, who worked as an investigative reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1997 until its demise in March, is... More

Darts and Laurels

The East Valley Tribune uncovers abuse of a school tuition program

Editor’s Note: After this “Laurel” went to press, the East Valley Tribune announced that it will cease publication online and... More

Lou Dobbs and Cesar Chavez, Back in the Day

In the wake of Lou Dobbs’s abrupt resignation from CNN, there’s been plenty of speculation about what he’ll do next:... More

Bomb Squad

The explosive rise (and final fizzle) of Ramparts

A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America | By Peter Richardson |... More

Larry King and the Beauty Queen

So Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California, guested on Larry King Live last night. And the results were...horribly, weirdly, painfully... More

Sad Stats from Seattle

Ruth Teichroeb, former Post-Intelligencer writer and current blogger, catches up with her colleagues to see where they are now--7 months... More

NYT Examines the Impact of the Crisis on Kids

A few weeks ago I praised a Sesame Street special, of all things, for putting a human face on the... More

Lou Dobbs: Requiem for a Dream

So Lou Dobbs has been sent to a nice farm upstate, where he will be free to run and jump... More

WSJ Tinkers With a Perfectly Good Story

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting front-page story on tinkerers this morning, but the paper undermines it with a... More

A Shield for Bloggers?

Just who is a journalist today?

It’s been a long, winding journey for the shield law. But the bill, which would provide journalists with some protection... More

Wednesday Links: Wages, Pre-rolling in It, State Capitalism, Po’ Boys

Breakingviews would like you to know, in its coldly calculating way, that Americans earn too much relative to the rest... More

Hats Off to Larry

Larry King Live takes a dramatic, emotional look at the execution of the D.C. sniper

Thank you, Larry King, for delivering—to borrow a phrase—a fair and balanced program Tuesday night on the execution of the... More

Response, Arab and American, to the NYT’s Blackwater Story

Among the questions prompted by the New York Times’s latest national-security scoop—this one alleging that executives at the private security... More

AMNH Hosts 33rd Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival

Science news aficionados that are passing through New York City this week should check out the thirty-third Margaret Mead Film... More

Organizing Armey

Good Times Mag piece notes importance of institutions

I’m late to the party in discussing Michael Sokolove’s profile of Dick Armey in last week’s New York Times Magazine,... More

Culture Clash

Here's a illustrative moment, retold by "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It" author Ken Auletta to... More

Univ. of Montana Launches Environmental Journalism Program

School cites expansive value of training, diverse job possibilities

At least somebody gets it. The University of Montana in Missoula announced on Monday that it is accepting applications for... More

A Snapshot of a Journalist at Work on Bear Stearns

With Bear Stearns' Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin in the news, Janet Tavakoli passes along an excerpt from her new... More

A Note on the Paper’s Ongoing Redesign

“Our new redesign will (enhance our newsstand appeal; revitalize our brand; give Dear Abby the front-page presence she deserves)”

To: All Hands From: The Executive Editor Re: The Redesign The continuing controversy over (the size of the weather map;... More

Vote For Us!

We invite you, dear reader, to nominate CJR in the "Best Site for Journalists" category of Mashable's 3rd Annual Open... More

Some Misses on the Bear Stearns Acquittals

The only Wall Street executives to be charged in the crisis walked away from a Brooklyn courthouse free men after... More

Leprechauns! Unicorns! Senior Editors!

Of all the Mysterious Things in the world--the Bermuda Triangle, the Great Sphinx, crop circles, Anderson Cooper--perhaps none is more... More

Trib Sports Columnist Rick Morrissey Eats Own Words

Move over, eating crow. The Chicago Tribune's Rick Morrissey has eaten his own words. Literally. Watch the sports columnist take... More

Infant Mortality, Abortion, and WellPoint’s Tonik Policy

It’s dot-connection time for the media

First, there was last week’s news that the U.S. ranks thirtieth in the world when it comes to infant mortality.... More

WSJ Scoops on AIG

The WSJ scores a nice scoop this morning with word that the relatively new head of AIG wants to quit... More

Tuesday Links: One-Source FT, Soaring APRs, Severance

The Financial Times runs one of those no-context, let's-quote-one-source-with-obvious-bias stories it likes to do, this one on global food corporations... More

Citizen Journalism: The Smackdown

I wrote yesterday about "After Fort Hood, another example of how 'citizen journalists' can't handle the truth," a Tech Crunch... More

Trash Compactor

The NYT’s “Pacific garbage patch” story: a Spot.us “deliverable” that doesn’t quite deliver

Today’s New York Times features an article about a patch of garbage, estimated to be two times the area of... More

When is News Fit to Print?

A Texas paper runs with secondhand info on the Fort Hood shooter

Update, 11/11, 1:09 p.m.: Kamran Pasha has posted a reply in the comments section below. One of the cardinal rules... More

The Link Economy

What are the ethical issues involved in paying for traffic?

In a recent entry at his Web site, soundbitten.com, the journalist Greg Beato writes about what he calls the “bizarre... More

Loyal Readers and Junk Traffic

The bottom 75 percent of newspaper Web visitors provide just 14 percent of page views

(See the first part of this post) What the Journal does have that nobody else does is more than a... More

AAAS Announces 2009 Kavli Science Journalism Awards

Recipients of the 2009 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards were announced this morning. “A radio broadcast on probability told through... More

What’s Murdoch Up to with Google and WSJ.com?

Google traffic is worth far less than $15 per user per month

Everybody's all inflamed about Rupert Murdoch bumbling through part of an interview on News Corp.'s Internet strategy in which he... More

A Helping Hand

The case for (smart) government support of journalism

When in September President Obama said he would be “happy to look” at congressional proposals designed to help the beleaguered... More

Monday Links: Bad Stats, TBTF, “Less with Less”

The New York Times reports that "A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government’s picture of the... More

Citizen Journalism vs. “Tragi-porn”

In defense—kind of—of Paul Carr’s attempted takedown of citizen journalism

There’s a fine line, apparently, between citizen journalism and “tragi-porn.” If you believe TechCruch’s Paul Carr, the two might as... More

Study: Only 0.027 Percent of Iranians Use Twitter

Remember Iran's "Twitter Revolution"? Seems it may have gone the way of Moldova's. Per Valleywag's Ravi Somaiya--per, in turn, a... More

LAT a Bit Wide of the Mark on Health Care

The Los Angeles Times's David Lazarus beats back an accusation of using a red herring—and then goes on to push... More

MinnPost Turns Two

A brief conversation with Joel Kramer

Those agonizing over the future of local news may take heart at the success of MinnPost.com, the online news site... More

Playing Tricks

The expression ‘tricked out’ isn’t new

A review of the new “Lego Rock Band” video game mentioned one cool feature: “You can also trick out your... More

Sen. Orrin Hatch Kills on Imus, Will Be Here All Week

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, had some real zingers while talking about the recently passed House health care bill... More

MoDo Jetés the Shark

So there's not too much going on in the world right now. The Fort Hood shootings. The House health care... More

Nieman Lab Trains Gaze on NGOs

Nieman Lab has launched a series of essays examining the relationship between journalism and...non-governmental organizations. "NGOs and the News: Exploring... More

The Future of Journalism: The Contest!

So The Nation--whose John Nichols, along with journalism professor Robert McChesney, is writing a book on the future of news--is... More

Good WSJ Story on the Wall Street-Subprime Nexus

The Wall Street Journal has a good scoop on a story showing the connection of Wall Street to the shadier... More

The Doctors and the Disabled

Have the doctors won on fee cuts?

The American Medical Association was positively gleeful after the House bill passed, quickly issuing a statement on its Web site... More

The Disabled and the Doctors

People with disabilities will still have to wait for Medicare

As members of Congress ticked off for the home crowds the general achievements of their narrowly passed bill Saturday, and... More

SNL Takes on Fox News

"In the tank." "'Jack' and 'squat.'" One of Saturday Night Live's trademarks is its ability to take political and cultural... More

Friday Links: A Contrite Banker, Pay to Play, Gutting SOX

Bloomberg finds a contrite banker, John Reed the former CEO of Citigroup who merged it with Sandy Weill's Travelers in... More

Unscientific America Meets Denialism

Mooney and Specter debate causes and cures

Michael Specter and Chris Mooney agree that the United States is full of people who just don’t get science, and... More

The Dangers of Disaster Reporting

A job that’s fraught with professional and emotional pitfalls

By now, members of the national press have descended on Fort Hood, Texas to tell the story of the worst... More

Another Reason Not to Rush to Judgment

Here’s another reason to be wary about jumping to conclusions about the shooting at Fort Hood: Bill Sparkman. Sparkman is... More

Jumping to Confusion

We can’t know what Fort Hood means until we know what happened

It’s been just over twenty-four hours since Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood—more... More

Beltway™ — Eat Fresh!

Earlier today, a gaggle of journos engaged in something that's become a right of passage for Fourth Estaters of the... More

Dow Jones on the Paper-It-Over Economy

Dow Jones Newswires breaks an excellent story on Wells Fargo's efforts to delay its day of reckoning on billions and... More

Jon Stewart + Glenn Beck = Comedic Joy

In which Jon Stewart takes on Glenn Beck: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cThe 11/3... More

The State of Democratic Discourse, Part 952

In response to a Kicker post I wrote yesterday evening—which warned against making assumptions about the as-yet-unknown motivations of the... More

Truth or Consequences

“We need more journalists who will bleed over their mistakes”

Henry Allen should not have punched Washington Post colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face in the newsroom last week. That’s... More

Fort Hood: A First Test for Twitter Lists

In the aftermath of violence, lists suggest the benefits of collaboration

Journalism and curation—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine where the one ends and the other begins. The chicken/egg relationship between... More

WSJ Spotlight Helps Get Results on Antitrust

The Wall Street Journal follows up this morning on its report on CVS Caremark's business practices six months ago. The... More

Trivial Pursuit at ProPublica

There is a journalistic school of thought emerging, I fear, that holds that because you went to the trouble of... More

Thursday Links: Goldie’s Gall, Chait Check, FSA

The Wall Street Journal reported a couple of days ago that Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) is trying to buy... More

Nidal Malik Hasan

What’s in a name? Very, very little—particularly when it comes to divining the motivations of the perpetrator of a violent... More

Reservations about Resveratrol

There is in the science press a kind of gene-of-the-month club for disease cures in which scientists discover that promoting... More

Philadelphia Will Do

As insignificant magazine charticles go, New York magazine’s Approval Matrix is fine by me. Each week the editors cobble together... More

The Price of Medical Services

Is the conversation finally starting?

By now, most of the health care cognoscenti realize that we have not had a robust discussion of medical costs.... More

Regulation: Cool, At Last

We appreciate the bizpress’s newfound attention to Washington political fights over regulatory and economic policy, and we’re not afraid to... More

Bloomberg Examines the Bank Lobby’s Armor

Bloomberg spotlights the Consumer Financial Protection Act and uses it as a jumping-off point for a smart story on the... More

The Election’s Meaning Has Never Been Clearer

Today’s New York Times: “Democrats to Use Election to Push Agenda in Congress” Today’s Politico: “Election result: Red-state Dems worried,... More

TPM Launches “NewsStream”

More from the 'The River of News Is Upon Us' department: Talking Points Memo has rolled out "TPM NewsStream," an... More

Schmidt on Hyperpersonalization, Google’s Responsibility to the News Industry, Bloggers’ Moms

Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a press conference in Cambridge, MA yesterday, and Nieman Lab's Zach Seward was on-hand to... More

Wednesday Links: Ad Comps, Recovery Engine, Coming Crash

The Wall Street Journal's Nat Worden makes the obvious point—one missed by some, including, apparently, lots of investors—that any potential... More

McSweeney’s Newspaper Issue: 380 Pages of Postmodern Pizazz

Behold, the San Francisco Panorama--aka McSweeney's issue #33, aka the eleven-year-old literary magazine's packaging of its content as a Bay... More

The Awl Has ‘Special Correspondent for Slate’s Counterintuitiveness’

His name is Cord Jefferson. His column is called, wittily, "et alS." None of that is a joke. More

“The Answer Will Be a Social One, Worked out Tacitly over Time”

One of the luxuries of the Web is seeing an idea you've written about emended and expanded by another writer.... More

Waiting on the Shield Law

The Society of Professional Journalists has just put out a press release announcing their backing (with some reservations) of the... More

Tea Leaves, Tarot Cards, and Ballots

One more round on divining what the off-year elections mean

The coalition of media outlets pushing back against over-interpretation of the national significance of off-year elections lost a key ally... More

When Newsweek Met Oil Lobby

Talking Points Memo rakes the media's muck yet again. This time, Marshall's marshals over at TPMuckraker investigate an "Executive Forum,"... More

McClatchy: Goldman Laid Down with Dogs

Dean Starkman has been applauding McClatchy's series on Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) for a couple of days now. Add... More

Picture Perfect

A DVD reissue of Scandal Sheet is good news indeed

I don’t know any newspaper people who don’t like a good newspaper movie. I'm not sure why this is so--do... More

“The Citizen News Network, the Postmodern Panopticon…”

Colby Cosh, the Menckenesque commentator, blogger, and columnist for Canada's National Post, has a nice--and Meckenesque--piece on the subject of... More

Bloomberg: Moneychangers in the Temples

Bloomberg notices that three prominent bankers in recent weeks have taken to UK churches to make the case that they're... More

A Lost Taste of Tito

Yesterday the Daily Beast posted drafts of victory/concession night speeches Sarah Palin had intended to deliver one year ago—had she... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IX

What does the public say?

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

Tweets Hispanoparlantes

Back in October, Twitter announced a translation project, soliciting the help of users to expand Twitter by making the site... More

Contra Iran

Looking back at media coverage of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, thirty years later

Thirty years ago today, Iranian students invaded the United States embassy in Tehran and captured seventy-one American diplomats, keeping fifty-three... More

NYT’s New Developer: She’s a Lady

So the guys responsible for such crowd-pleasing, cutting-edge New York Times Web features as The Guantanamo Docket, Health Care Conversations,... More

The WSJ’s 3% Solution

A Journal story this morning reports that a White House claim that the stimulus bill saved or created 640,000 jobs... More

“Will Work in Copenhagen”

SEJ launches freelancers’ board for climate meeting

The United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen this December will undoubtedly be an international media circus of the highest... More

Off-Year Election Night: the Most Magical Evening in All the Year

Off-year election day--otherwise known as The Day in Which the American Public, Led by Its Media, Engages in Political Hyperbole... More

Pushback on Polls’ Portents

Some outlets question broader meaning of today’s elections

With the off-year Election Day now upon us, press outlets as diverse as Fox News and The New York Times... More

No, Bill Clinton Doesn’t Wish He’d Been Assassinated

Here is a quote provided by Bill Clinton, discussing the vagaries of Life After Being President during a press conference... More

A Bushel and a Beck

For news organizations, where’s the line between reporting the news and deciding what’s news?

Appearing on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show a couple weeks ago, NPR ombud Alicia Shepard engaged in a practice... More

Times Maintains Consumer Credit Drumbeat

The Times has done a really nice job exploring dubious practices in the credit-card industry, not to mention efforts to... More

Foxy Headines in the New Journal

The Murdoch Street Journal has been a slow-motion overhaul, and it takes a minute sometimes to realize that things you... More

Twitter: Rea-list/Idea-list

Twitter lists are upon us. How will they affect the platform’s culture?

Twitter is listless no longer. Following in the footsteps of Facebook, the increasingly popular platform has given its users the... More

As Goldman Turns

For my money, McClatchy’s Goldman series remains the best show these days on business-press Broadway. It’s sort of the “Masterpiece... More

A Step Too Far?

The Los Angeles Times provoked gasps last April when it took the once-controversial idea of front page advertising one misstep... More

More Thoughts on Off-Year Elections

A few further thoughts re: my Campaign Desk post on how the media strains for meaning in off-year elections: First,... More

US Banker on Bank Rescues: “all so hit or miss.”

Speaking of tick-tocks, and I recently was, American Banker's US Banker magazine just published a credible entry on the bank-rescue... More

Press to Cliché: We Just Can’t Quit You

Media acknowledges narrative’s limits; advances it anyway

On Tuesday, November 3, voters around the country will go to the polls to elect officials in a variety of... More

“The Huffington Post Is Truly a Creature of Its Medium”

The Economist's Democracy in America blog chats up Dan Froomkin about White House coverage, the perils of attempted objectivity, and... More

Early Bird Special

On turning the clocks back

Unless you live in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, most of Arizona, or off the grid with sundials, you turned your clocks... More

Shoe Leather (New Balance 587 Running Shoes Edition)

In our New Media Landscape, populated as it is by species struggling for survival, the most endangered species of all... More

New Press Angle: Obama Had It Right, After All

A little less than two weeks ago, I wrote a post noting the press’s love for stories about how the... More

Carr Has a Point about Business News In the Dumps

David Carr looks at the business press and sees a connection between staffing cuts at business news outlets and the... More

The Devil in the Details, Part II

Who can afford health insurance after reform?

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

McClatchy Tightens Ties Between Goldman and Predatory Lenders

McClatchy is running a big series on Goldman Sachs that does what other business news organizations have so far failed... More

Survivor: Regulatory Outback

Meet Yul Kwon, new deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Kwon is immensely qualified... More

The Few. The Proud. The Pundits.

For those who have, like us, been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the finalists in the Contest... More

Keller: NYT “within Weeks of a Decision” about Paywalls

In his Public Editor column today, Clark Hoyt reports on the surprising-but-also-unsurprising--and either way media-moment-symbolizing--staff reductions that The New York... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

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

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

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

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

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

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

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