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Monthly Archive

June 2010

Audit Notes: Dell Hell, Colleges and Credit Cards, Revolving Door

The New York Times knocks out a well-reported story on how computer-maker Dell shot itself in the foot by screwing... More

McClatchy Is Hard to Read on Goldman

Speaking of Goldman Sachs investigations, McClatchy adds another installment to its Goldman series, reporting that the bank now admits that... More

Celluloid Heroes

A champion jazz critic turns to the silver screen

Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema | By Gary Giddins | W.W. Norton & Company | 416 pages, $18.95... More

NYT Digs Further Into the AIG Backdoor Bailout

Regulatory capture doesn’t begin to describe what went on here

Just when you thought the AIG/Goldman Sachs backdoor bailout scandal couldn't smell any fishier, The New York Times wades through... More

Dr. Parker: Obama Suffers From RTDD

Kathleen Parker, Eliot Spitzer's co-host for CNN's much-anticipated Not Crossfire show, has a Washington Post column out today with the... More

How to Cover the Recession

A new Pew study provides good clues

The unemployment crisis has dragged on and on, but reporting about its real-life effects just hasn’t kept up. Hopefully the... More

A Tip of the Hat to The Oregonian

For finding health reform’s forgotten people

We often thought nobody was paying attention when, during the health reform debate, we urged the press to investigate the... More

Twitter + Diplomacy = Danger: Stray Voltage!

Two State Department staff members leading a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria have learned that social media and... More

Audit Notes: Board Pay, the Hubris of Big Business, Taibbi vs. Logan

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an excellent investigation into board pay at public companies in Wisconsin. While compensation for chief executive... More

The Rap On From Kagan

The Washington Post, having already brought us the definitive rap on Elena Kagan, today brings us a rap by Elena... More

Video: The Journalism of Opinion

Video from Columbia’s recent conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history

On April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized... More

Summer Reading List

What book would you recommend to a journalist this summer?

The solstice has come and gone, and the Fourth of July is around the corner. We’re well into the season... More

Finding the Right Expert

How reporters should use a controversial new study categorizing scientists’ stances on global warming

A controversial new study that categorizes climate scientists as either “convinced” or “unconvinced” by the basic tenets of manmade global... More

Style-ish

Yahoo shows why the Web really is different

Yahoo! There’s a new style guide! By Yahoo! Available now on the Web and to be available in print very... More

Depressing Days

Time to look at the effects of Washington’s false unemployment/deficit choice

With Washington still unable to get its act together on a new round of stimulus spending, warnings about the consequences... More

Ineligible to work at the Washington Post?

Oh no! Politico reports that a California television station recorded audio of reporters snarkily dissecting Sarah Palin's recent speech at... More

Right To Know in India

The New York Times has an interesting summary today of the way that India's groundbreaking Right to Information law has... More

BizWeek: BP Has Us Over a Barrel

We've been on the watch for BP's PR line, and it's been popping up at an alarming rate in the... More

The Trouble With Experts

The Web allows us to question authority in new ways

Actress Jenny McCarthy’s favorite line is, “My son is my science.” She’s an autism activist who insists that vaccines caused... More

Audit Notes: WSJ iPad, Bled Dry, Grease Up the Revolving Doors!

The Wall Street Journal's iPad revenues are less than it led us to believe. Business Insider prints an internal memo... More

More on Boycotting BP from the LAT

The Los Angeles Times gets in on the boycotting-BP-just-hurts-small-businesspeople meme. It's better than some of the other stories we've seen... More

The Secret to Rolling Stone’s Success

NYT explores how magazine prospers off the news cycle

That David Carr column flagged by Ryan Chittum this morning wasn’t the only item about Rolling Stone in today’s New... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Austerian Origins, G-20 Loses Its Grip, Gaping Income Gap

“Austerians” has started popping up all over, and Barry Ritholtz does a nice job of tracking the origin of the... More

Aftergood goes after WikiLeaks

Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, one of the nation’s foremost experts on classified documents and secrecy policy,... More

Press Freedoms Lag in Singapore

Modernity means more than progressive banking and shining cities

SINGAPORE—Walk the streets of Singapore and you may think you’re in the world’s most modern country. But Singaporeans you’re pacing... More

Welfare, Entitlements, and Sharron Angle

What sayeth she now?

It’s fair to say that Sharron Angle is controversial. She’s the former Nevada state legislator who is running against Harry... More

Lara Logan’s Misplaced Question

CBS reporter Lara Logan took to CNN’s Reliable Sources this weekend to criticize Michael Hastings and the article he wrote... More

Excrutiating (Also, Haunting)

Damon Winter's photograph on the front page of yesterday's New York Times. The scene captured-- soldier tearfully embraces family before... More

Look at Us!

Lessons from the response to the David Weigel flap

It’s been three days since David Weigel, the reporter and blogger best known for his coverage of the conservative movement,... More

Rolling Stone and the MSM Copyright Thieves

It's good to see David Carr take Politico and Time to task for their egregious violations of copyright (not to... More

Audit Notes: Reform Report Card, Bhopal vs. BP, “Power Problem”

Barry Ritholtz's very helpful report card on financial reform. Up top, he gives the bill a big fat "F" on... More

Covering the “Historic” Financial Reform Bill

You're going to read a lot about how the financial-reform bill agreed to by Congress this morning is "historic" and... More

The Coffee Lobby

Eric Lichtblau has a story in today’s New York Times noting that hundreds of meetings between White House officials and... More

The Narrative That Wouldn’t Die

Oil spill dragging down Obama, NBC insists—despite evidence to the contrary

Last week, Campaign Desk flagged a New York Times item that reported a surprising finding: for all the criticism about... More

A Conversation with Andrew Alexander

The Washington Post ombudsman on the paper’s corrections process

Sooner or later, any news ombudsman or public editor will end up addressing the issues of accuracy, errors, and corrections.... More

No Call is a Bad Call

Yes, it's the National Enquirer. But still, the tabloid's justification for deciding not to call Al Gore before running a... More

The Docs and the Press

What a little help from their friends will do

Well, what do you know? Congress may finally be giving the doctors what they want—sort of. As Campaign Desk has... More

Audit Notes: Paper It Over, Katrina Whistleblowers, Google Ad Fun,

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel flat-out says "Congress is planting the seeds of the next big bank bailout." He's... More

Marshall Island “Regulators”—What Could Go Wrong?

Tribune explores how Transocean flagged Deepwater Horizon in the tiny Pacific nation

Let's circle back around to last week's excellent Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune report on the Deepwater Horizon. Did... More

Palin camp claims records suit “sexist … demeaning”

Thomas Van Flein, Sarah Palin’s personal lawyer, has taken to the former governor’s Facebook page to announce a victory in... More

Congress Gives Defense Spending a Look

Will the press do the same?

The Hill is good to notice a small but potentially significant change in lawmakers’ attitudes toward Pentagon spending: a “growing... More

Politico Belatedly Provides a Welcome Explanation

Why news organizations should talk it out

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen took to his PressThink blog to spin forward... More

Dana Milbank, Ideologue

The WaPo columnist’s latest reflects the press bias for action

In his recent blog post on “the actual ideology of the American press,” NYU professor Jay Rosen identified Dana Milbank—the... More

Why Were South Carolina Voters So Uninformed?

S.C. media sit out the Democratic primary

When unemployed veteran Alvin Greene won the Democratic nomination for United States Senate in South Carolina with 59 percent of... More

Weil on How the Government Shields Fraudsters

Did you know you can't sue somebody if they help cheat you out of money via securities fraud? I didn't.... More

In Haiti, “When Is This All Going to End?”

The New York Times has a wrenching piece today about sexual violence against women in Haiti, a piece in which... More

Audit Notes: SEC Chills, Tallahassee Paywall, Goldman TLC

Felix Salmon takes on the SEC's backdoor subpoena of two Dow Jones journalists' communications: ... it nullifies a huge amount... More

Bringing Energy Home

Can local reporting help break the cycle of inaction?

The vast majority of Americans want a “fundamental overhaul” of the country’s energy policies, according to the latest nationwide New... More

Spencer Ackerman to Join Wired’s Danger Room

Interesting news in the journo world today—Spencer Ackerman, the prolific national security reporter and blogger for The Washington Independent, is... More

CNBC’s Quick Pushes for Prosecutions in Fortune

The combo of CNBC and Fortune, while not quite a WSJ editorial board/Forbes sandwich, doesn't exactly make you think McClure's.... More

A Politico Graf Goes Missing

Yesterday in one of Politico’s write-ups of the furor that ensued as it became known that damaging quotes from General... More

Reporting on Orszag Departure is Skin Deep

Peter Orszag’s decision to step down as the White House budget director didn’t get much press attention. The comings and... More

BREAKING: Hastings Enjoys Pornography, is Good Writer

This morning’s Politico Playbook brings this unusually prudish paragraph: FAILURE TO GOOGLE: A quick search would have showed McChrystal that... More

At 8pm, CNN Goes “Tangy” and “Spicy”

CNN has just announced the team that will take over Campbell Brown's 8pm slot: Eliot Spitzer, the former Democratic governor... More

“We Can Almost Pre-write the Headlines” (Almost?)

For those who can't predict what the Washington press corps will write and say on cable if Gen. McChrystal still... More

Sparring, Spinning in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post hosted (and broadcast on its Web site) a debate between Democratic Senatorial candidates Jeff... More

Audit Notes: Rolling Stone Robbed, STOLI, Forbes.com SEO

Our Greg Marx wrote about how Politico and Time, bizarrely, posted Rolling Stone's blockbuster scoop on General McCrystal and staff's... More

“BP Journalists” and Their Greatest Propaganda Hits

Tone-deaf PR from the oil spiller

The Wall Street Journal's Benoit Faucon got a hold of BP's in-house magazine Planet BP, and has some fun with... More

The Day’s Big Story, Hours before It Was Published

Why Rolling Stone’s bombshell couldn’t be found, even as it was making news

Eric Bates had an unusual start to his day Tuesday. Bates is the executive editor of Rolling Stone, and his... More

Advice for Arthur Brisbane

What can the Times’s new public editor learn from the last three?

First there was Daniel Okrent. Then there were Byron Calame and Clark Hoyt. And now The New York Times has... More

Beneath the Controversy, Lots of Good Reporting in Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Story

The reaction to Rolling Stone’s profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been fast and furious. But while we wonder what’s... More

McChrystal’s Real Error

Politico’s Gordon Lubold has a quote from an administration official saying that Stanley McChrystal, the subject of a famous-before-published Rolling... More

Would A Beat Reporter Have Written This McChrystal Piece?

Andrew Sullivan flags the following, found at the end of a McChrystal-related Politico piece today: McChrystal, an expert on counterterrorism... More

McChrystal’s “Outside Set of Eyes” Resigns

The Washington Post has a brief report on the resignation of Duncan Boothby, Gen. Stanley McChrystal's civilian press aide who... More

The SEC Is After Two Dow Jones Journalists’ Emails

Gary Weiss asks a heckuva good question: "What in heaven’s name is the SEC thinking? Is it completely out to... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar, ICP Unmasked, Communities vs. Corporations

The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend that the SEC is ratcheting up its investigation of Magnetar, the hedge fund... More

“Rock-Jawed Titans of Industry Don’t Really Like Free Markets”

As Kevin Drum says, they prefer monopolies like the ones Visa and MasterCard enjoy

Kevin Drum, in dismissing Matt Ygeslias's qualms about over-regulating the credit and debit card industry, touches on an excellent point... More

CNN Ditches the AP

It’s official: CNN will no longer use content from The Associated Press in its news coverage, Michael Calderone reports for... More

Dangling by a Thread

Misplaced modifiers can confuse and amuse

“After beating Jankovic in 60 minutes in the semifinals, Stosur’s parents and two brothers flew in from Australia to watch... More

WSJ: BP Fund Between a “Shake Down” and a “Capitulation”

Every once in a while (which is far too often, needless to say) the distinct stench of Rupert Murdoch wafts... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Just who are the “lesser people” he had in mind?

Alan Simpson is quickly taking on the persona of the Energizer bunny—his mouth just doesn’t stop. We know about seniors... More

Consider Helen Thomas

Was advanced age the critical factor in the career-ending Helen Thomas incident? Because the Which-Retirement-Resistant-Journalist-Media-Figure-Will-Helen-Thomas-Next Watch is on. At TVNewser,... More

Polar Opposites

The press vs. poli-sci on the rise of partisanship in Congress

My article in our latest print issue on political science and the political press noted that the two camps offer... More

Audit Notes: Energy Economy, Fraud Fight, Worst Banking Crisis

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein posts a fascinating graphic from the showing where our energy comes from and how it... More

Audit D.C. Notes: A Deal Unravels, Vuvuzela Valentine, Senate Sport

Politico has some great reporting on the Democrats’ backroom maneuvering to pass the Disclose Act, which would increase disclosure requirements... More

And That’s Not the Way It Is

W. Joseph Campbell busts some persistent media myths

Journalism is a profession built on storytelling, so it’s no surprise that its history is filled with some remarkable tales.... More

The Economist Off the Deep End on BP and “Vladimir Obama”

The Economist has a pathetic leader this week criticizing Obama for hammering BP and raising the ridiculous idea that his... More

Shining Light on the Debt Commission

I’m not usually a big fan of ambush journalism. But I’m making an exception for Alex Lawson of Social Security... More

WikiLeaks Alleges Collusion

Wired’s happy to set the timeline straight

On June 6, Wired.com published a piece reporting that a U.S. soldier named Bradley Manning, who purportedly claimed to be... More

A Laurel to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For keeping the spotlight on the doctors’ shenanigans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Fauber deserves kudos for his dogged reporting on some unsavory practices in the medical profession.... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Charges, BP Testimony, FT.com Ad Revenue

The Washington Post calls the charges against Lee Farkas "to date the biggest criminal case related to the crisis that... More

WaPo Flags Obama Inaction on Wall Street Crime

It doesn't inspire confidence in the Washington Post that it fails to mention the blockbuster SEC fraud charges against Goldman... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ouija Boards, Older 99ers, Making Lemonade

The Washington Post picks a good moment to profile Scott Rasmussen, the pollster who’s hitting the big-time, even if the... More

The Man Who Imagined Tablets and E-Readers

An interview with Roger Fidler of the RJI Digital Publishing Alliance

In 1981, Roger Fidler wrote a visionary essay on the emergence of mobile reading devices like the Apple iPad and... More

House of Games

A spirited defense of the “digital dollhouse”

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter | By Tom Bissell | Pantheon | 240 pages, $22.95 Tom Bissell may be... More

Beleaguered Pensioners

It’s a good thing that BP investors are taking it on the chin

Atrios says: I really can't believe how fast the "you can't hurt BP! If you do, you're just hurting poor... More

BP, Government Still Thwarting Press Access

Despite promises to facilitate oil spill coverage, limited transparency persists in the Gulf

Despite repeated promises to improve transparency, BP, the United States government, and their contractors are still inhibiting the media’s ability... More

(Other People’s) Pundits Drowned Out Obama’s Oil Speech

At Newsweek.com, Jeremy McCarter describes "How Cable TV Pundits Stepped on Obama's Oil Speech." Writes McCarter: Critics describe the Beltway... More

Florida, Lately: Big Bucks and “Baggage”

And Heidi Fleiss

A roundup of recent campaign news from and about Florida: Can you win a primary when the following three facts... More

WSJ Comes Up Short on BP Boycott Effects

The Wall Street Journal dodders onto the boycott-BP story, writing that not visiting BP service stations won't hurt BP much... More

Are All Americans Living Longer?

CNBC didn’t ask the right questions

A few days ago, CNBC’s Squawk Box turned its show over to a gab-fest between two VIPs in the Social... More

2010 Knight News Challenge Winners Announced

Some clever ideas in the Sisyphean struggle to Save Journalism

The latest Knight News Challenge has been closed and the winners are in, just announced earlier today. First, the bad... More

All Talk and No Oil Cap Makes Barack A Dull Boy

A roundup of press coverage of and reaction to Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill

Eight weeks into the biggest oil spill disaster in American history and beset by criticism of the federal reaction to... More

The FT Makes a Mess of Its Goldman Subprime Story

The perils of limiting stories to 500 words are well illustrated here

This Financial Times story is frustrating. On the one hand, the paper is great to zero in on Goldman Sachs's... More

WaPo on Not Really Walking Away

The Washington Post is good to notice a shift among lenders, who have become more aggressive about going after borrowers... More

Quote of the Morning…

... not from a News Importance standpoint or anything, just, well... here are a few words on New York City's... More

“We Will Make BP Pay”

"We will make BP Pay" are among the words from President Obama's Oval Office address last night that seemed to... More

Audit Notes: Volcker Pans Geithner, BP Bust, Single-Scoop Recession

Obama administration advisor Paul Volcker says the Obama administration's resolution authority won't work to unwind too big to fail banks... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Ethics in The Hill, Lobbyists Not on the Hill, New Sheriff in Town, Part IV

The Hill did good work breaking the news that a House ethics office “is demanding fundraising information from lobbyists on... More

Combatting Oil Spill Fatigue “Jejune Ennui”

The WaPo's Tom Shales today gives the Style-ish take on the oil spill, as seen on TV. Shales argues that... More

Setting Standards

The NYT frowns on ‘tweet’, for now. So which words would you edit out of—or into—press accounts?

The New York Times sparked a bit of a blogospheric kerfuffle last week when its standards editor, Phil Corbett, issued... More

Lazarus Gets the Interchange Issue Right

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times takes a nice, nuanced look at interchange fees, which is the cut the... More

Congress Confirms WSJ’s Story on BP’s Corner-Cutting

The evidence keeps stacking up that BP cut all kinds of corners to save time and money at the expense... More

Calling BS on Official Boilerplate

Adam Liptak has a story in today’s New York Times about William Macumber, an Arizona man who’s been in prison... More

Audit Notes: Wall Street’s Predators, Tate on Apple, Dow “10,000”

Speaking of the poverty business, journalist Gary Rivlin has a good piece at The Huffington Post listing all the Wall... More

How Vast Mineral Resources Could Be Bad for Afghanistan

NYT discusses perils of resource curse; AP doesn’t

So, the big story of the day—that New York Times front-pager on the discovery of “nearly $1 trillion in untapped... More

Of Death Panels and Rationing

Don Berwick’s messy confirmation

For awhile it looked like Don Berwick was the perfect candidate to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... More

Afghan Minerals Story “Aroused Considerable Suspicion from Times Readers”…

... notes Bassey Etim at The New York Times's The Lede blog today (of James Risen's A1 Times piece today,... More

On Your Mark

Trademarks that no one treats as such

When you have a cold, you use a lot of kleenex. When you cut yourself, you put on a band-aid.... More

WSJ: Lever Up Your Portfolio!

All the “to be sures” in the world aren’t enough to save this one

The Wall Street Journal ought to know better than to write a big article about why "There Has Never Been... More

Another Null Result: Obama’s Numbers Stable in Wake of Spill

John Harwood’s Monday contributions to The New York Times’s “Caucus” blog provide a reliably level-headed take on the political news... More

Prez Should Stop “[C]omplaining on TV about TV”

The Nation's Ari Melber has, according to his headline, "The Solution to Obama's BP Press Problem." Writes Melber: Obama is... More

WaPo, NYT, Anonymous Sources

"[B]y casually agreeing to conceal the identities of those who provide non-critical information, The [Washington] Post erodes its credibility and... More

Audit Notes: Mortgage Fraud, Deflation Threat, Starkman Win

The Financial Times reports that the FBI is preparing to drop the hammer on the mortgage fraudsters: The FBI is... More

Apple’s Controlling Instincts Censor Ulysses All Over Again

Apple continues to run amok censoring iPad/iPhone apps, now forcing changes to a graphic novel version of James Joyce's Ulysses.... More

Deficit Still Not Dominant

Some cold water on a Gallup poll that’s making the rounds

My colleague Holly Yeager made a pretty good case the other day that the press is exaggerating the level of... More

Mixed Effort From Bloomberg on a Hedge Fund Tycoon’s Taxes

Bloomberg is good to examine how hedge-fund kingpin Eddie Lampert, No. 316 on Forbes richest in the world list, may... More

Like Oil, Few Answers Rise to Surface

Replies to some of our readers’ “seeping questions” about the Gulf spill

Editor’s Note: In a recent News Meeting question, CJR asked readers what they wanted to know about the ongoing oil... More

Report the Error

Scott Rosenberg’s quest for a universal corrections button

Many of the corrections that appear in the press are notable thanks to the significance or amusing nature of the... More

Audit Notes: TBTF, Billionaire’s Free Pass(ing), Poverty Profiteers in Paris

The Journal's David Wessel looks at the divide over what to do about too big to fail. Even mainstream economists... More

CJR Wins Two Mirror Awards

Congratulations to CJR's Dean Starkman and former staff writer Megan Garber for their victories at today's Mirror Awards ceremony. The... More

Party-Switchers Losing Elections: Not Hard to Explain

A piece in Politico today proffers a few explanations for Blanche Lincoln’s moderately surprising win in Arkansas’s Democratic Senate primary.... More

More On Super-Soakering With Sources

In response to questions from Twitter followers, Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS News Radio, has been tweeting about... More

Goldman Seizes Some of the Spotlight Back from BP

Goldman Sachs must have been enjoying its month-long respite from Most Despised Capitalist status. That crown rests quite easily on... More

Sebelius Watch, Part III

Schizophrenia over Medicare Advantage plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

Carly Fiorina Hands Sean Hannity a New Tagline

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina, California's brand new Republican Senatorial candidate, had herself an open mic situation while waiting to begin an... More

The End of Men in Politics? Um, No

Some perspective on the “Ladies’ Night” meme

As if to unite Ryan’s irritation with sensational headlines at The Atlantic with Liz’s observation that “Ladies’ Night” seems to... More

Audit Notes: A WSJ Winner, BPA in Canned Goods, AIG

Wouldn't it be ironic if Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson watered down the Journal's print Pulitzer-winning prowess but got the... More

An NYT Win on a Countrywide Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission slapped a $108 million fine on Countrywide/Bank of America earlier this week. Tough investigative business journalism... More

Too Many Cooks

Celebrity chefs enjoy their media moment

There they are again, this time on the front of the Washington Post Style section. It’s the celebrity chefs, and... More

Deficit Dominant

In its story on the Obama administration’s apparent inability to take strong steps to spur the economy and create jobs,... More

Washington Wins! (And Loses, Too!)

The limits of the “anti-Washington” frame for interpreting the elections

Continuing with the theme of insta-narratives from Tuesday’s elections, a co-worker passes on Ron Fournier’s analysis piece for The Associated... More

Going underwater with the AP

Via Joe Strupp (once of Editor & Publisher, now with Media Matters) here's a clip of AP reporter Rich Matthews... More

Pick a Narrative, any Narrative…

So, the results from Super Duper Tuesday are in. What insta-narratives are our leading press outlets constructing? Let’s take a... More

NYT’s DealBook, Stenographer to Private Equity

The private-equity industry is issuing a "dire warning" about the consequences of raising its taxes, the NYT's DealBook reports. In... More

Primaries & The Gang

And the feelin's right/Oh, yes it's... ABC News CBS News's Bob Schieffer: "The biggest election day of the year heading... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Fool’s Gold, TBTF Primer

I think this Bloomberg story is important. But I'm not exactly sure, because it's almost unreadable. Here's one reason it... More

Unfriendly Fire

Wired’s scoop sets WikiLeaks a-Twitter

When, late Sunday night, Wired reported that Bradley Manning, a young Army intelligence staffer, had been arrested and charged with... More

More Lessons from Political Science

How understanding the horse race can keep us from obsessing over it

I’m late in flagging it, but Slate’s Chris Beam, riffing of my magazine article on what political journalists can learn... More

FP On How Media Misread Tehran

Foreign Policy has an interesting package of stories reflecting on the media coverage of last year's elections in Iran, including... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Disappearing Watchdog, Dinner—and Dollars—with a Staffer, Tax Help Needed

Our comrades-in-criticism at the American Journalism Review are out with an important piece about the alarming decline of watchdog reporting... More

Beach Blanket Bingo

Veep’s party revives age-old ethical debate

One of the classic ethical questions in journalism—how much distance should a reporter keep from his sources and subjects?—is back... More

ProPublica and WaPo on the Rotten Culture at BP

ProPublica and the Washington Post team up for an investigation today on BP's history of flaunting environmental safety regulations. Particularly... More

The Small Business Angle, Part II

The Boston Globe discovers the fine print

One of the best stories I’ve seen in the post-health reform media era comes from the Boston Globe. Health reporter... More

Audit Notes: Links, Readability, Distractions, Wired

Jason Fry weighs in on the Nicholas Carr links-as-distractions discussion, with a thoughtful post breaking down the issue. Fry says... More

Politico Sees Public Unions Under Fire

But adds to the problem it describes

Politico picks a good moment to write about the way public employee unions have landed in the crosshairs, as politicians... More

WaPo denies allegation it sat on WikiLeaks video

Whoever had been posting to the WikiLeaks Twitter account over the last 12 hours has had some very unkind words... More

The Small Business Angle

A gutsy health reform piece from Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio’s health reporter, did a good job recently on a story that more and more in... More

Sure, He’s an Arrogant Opportunist, but Once You Get to Know Him…

A little while back, in the course of marveling at the entertaining endorsements emanating from the Arkansas press corps, I... More

The Siphoning Solution

More on “kinky math” and mechanical Band-Aids for the oil spill

On Monday afternoon, BP reported that it was capturing about 11,000 barrels per day of the oil that has been... More

A Risky Time for Rep. Rangel?

Times, Politico differ on whether longtime pol is in peril

There's a pair of dueling articles out today about the political fortunes of Charlie Rangel, one in Politico and the... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

HHS Gets Tough With Execs. What About the SEC?

The Department of Health and Human Services is getting aggressive at rooting out fraud in Big Pharma, Fortune reports. From... More

Proof

Is ‘proved’ the same as ‘proven’?

A basic tenet of the court system, going back to British common law, is that a suspect is “innocent until... More

Arrest in WikiLeaks killing video probe

Wired posted quite a scoop last night: Specialist Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old Army soldier deployed to Iraq, has been arrested... More

“When Jesus Rode a Gay Dinosaur That Had Breast Cancer…”

... to See a Historically Famous American President." David Carr's (slightly?) exaggerated stab at a typical newsweekly "single topic" cover... More

Audit Notes: Around and a Roundup, Fed Capture, Newsday Cashflow

The Journal has a good, creepy story on how the chemical companies are planning to take advantage of blowback from... More

Ending “Lame” Data

Aneesh Chopra gives an update on the Open Government Directive

This morning, Aneesh Chopra, who as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer was charged with the development of the Obama... More

USAT vs. the Job-Training Myth

USA Today does good work on the unemployment beat, looking at the promise of job training—and the disappointment that often... More

WSJ Finds Some Traders Getting a Sneak Peek at Prices

The Wall Street Journal has a new angle on high-frequency trading today, reporting that some trading firms pay exchanges for... More

The Myth of Tiananmen

And the price of a passive press

Mathews is an education reporter for The Washington Post. He was the paper's first Beijing bureau chief and returned in... More

Toxic Twins

When words are similar in spelling but very different in meaning

Utter the phrase “toxic twins” and most people immediately think of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. (Just ask... More

A Conversation with KQED’s Sarah Varney

How do you keep a story fresh?

Now that the great health care reform effort is over—or just beginning, depending on your point of view—the media face... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Who’s Unemployed, What’s Obama Saying, Where’s Washingtonpost.com’s Congress News?

The long-term unemployment scene just keeps getting worse, and The Wall Street Journal is good to highlight the problem: The... More

Mechanical Band-Aids

Press wrestles with techno-optimism while BP seeks to stop oil spill

Thank God or whomever. The nuclear option has never been, and never will be, on the table amongst other options... More

Ellsberg and Assange

America’s most famous leaker meets a WikiLeaks founder

It was a meeting across generations and technology. Daniel Ellsberg, who made his name nearly forty years ago by providing... More

Audit Notes: Fan/Fred Still?, Zuck Shucked, Labor-Standards Arbitrage

Some people are still hauling out the false argument that Fannie and Freddie caused the housing bubble and thus, the... More

Context M.I.A.

M.I.A. may not get her story straight—but neither does Lynn Hirschberg

This week’s New York Times Magazine left lots of readers thinking that controversial recording artist M.I.A. doesn’t always know what... More

The Blogs Blast Buffett

The news reporting this morning on Warren Buffett's testimony doesn't exactly move me. But the blogs sure are fun. Edmund... More

Audit Notes: Gasparino, Claman, and Buffett; McClatchy; Labor Demonization

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News rakes Warren Buffett over the coals today for his hypocrisy on Moody's. This is... More

FT Gives a New Starbucks the Section-Front Treatment

It's not like there's a dearth of stories in financial journalism these days. So what is the Financial Times doing... More

WaPo Crunches Leadership PAC Numbers

The Washington Post shines a light on an increasingly important fixture in Washington’s money and politics scene, the leadership PAC.... More

Seeping Questions

What do you want to know about the Gulf oil spill?

Six weeks after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has... More

NYT Sourcing: An “Internet Link” “Alleges…”

How's this for sourcing (flagged by a tipster) in the New York Times's A1 story today, "Turkish Funds Helped Group... More

With Graduation Series, NPR’s Anecdotes Tell Only Part of the Story

NPR is marking graduation season with a series on recent grads and “the frustrations and fears they face as they... More

Another Take on the Times’s Memphis Piece

And the Social Security connection

The New York Times’s excellent piece Sunday—already praised by our Holly Yeager—ended with an unsettling conclusion: Blacks in Memphis are... More

WSJ iPad Numbers Are Looking Good

Rupert Murdoch says The Wall Street Journal has 10,000 subscribers paying for the paper on the two-month-old iPad. That's an... More

Fineman on Gores: “Finally”

The "surprise" of it all. That has been the overwhelming theme in the (unsurprising) flurry of awkward, speculative commentary from... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Wells Notice, BP’s Wells Permits, Dogpile

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters reports that Goldman Sachs told Calpers, the California public-pension giant, in March that it wasn't under... More

How Big Is Big?

When numbers are meaningless

It’s that time of year again. Wildfires are starting to spread, well, like wildfires. And meaningless measurements of the size... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WaPo on the Debt Dilemma, CAP Previews the FinReg Conference, Rachman on Happy Warriors, Etc.

The Washington Post does well today with a nice plain-English look at a contemporary conundrum: The U.S. government debt is... More

Sequestered in Memphis

The NYT does strong reporting on blacks’ vanishing gains

The New York Times continues its excellent series on The New Poor with a look at Memphis, and the socioeconomic... More

Nick Carr and How Links Hurt Reading

Yes, embedded links are distracting

Nicholas Carr has a fascinating book excerpt in this month's Wired looking at what the Internet does to how we... More

Turner on CNN: More Green Journalism; “Less Yellow Journalism”

CNN is 30 years old today! The on-air celebration has been, so far, low key. There was birthday cake at... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

What Congress Giveth, It Also Taketh Away

Farewell, COBRA extensions?

Much of the health news coverage of late has tracked the topics that administration officials, notably HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,... More

Embrace the Wonk

A new opportunity for reporters and political scientists

On January 8, Marc Ambinder, the widely-read political reporter and blogger for The Atlantic, found a copy of Game Change,... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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