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  1. Politics

    Telling the Full Story

    January 25, 2005 02:33 PM

    Today in the New York Times, Maria Newman reports on the case of Terri Schiavo, who has been kept alive by a feeding tube since 1990, when she suffered significant brain damage after her heart temporarily stopped beating. In... Continue reading

  2. Blog Report

    Gloom, Doom and Despair Wrack Cyberscribes

    January 24, 2005 02:25 PM

    According to some very fuzzy science, it's the most depressing day of the year, and the blogs aren't doing much to cheer us up. Paul Glastris takes note of a Los Angeles Times report that all of the... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    And What Country Is This?

    January 20, 2005 04:56 PM

    If you're a connoisseur of awkward news reporting, stop what you're doing, turn on the television, and take a peek at the coverage of the presidential inauguration. Every four years, the networks seem unable to decide if they should treat... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Inadvertently Hilarious Headline of the Week

    January 20, 2005 10:23 AM

    From "Poll: Nation split on Bush as uniter or divider" Based on that, we're going with divider ... --B.M. Continue reading

  5. Politics

    It’s the Little Things That Count

    January 19, 2005 02:45 PM

    AP Wideworld/J. Scott Applewhite(Click for larger version) Last Wednesday, President Bush gave a speech at a high school in Falls Church, Virginia, promoting... Continue reading

  6. Magazine Report

    What’s So Great About Grownups, Anyway?

    January 18, 2005 11:07 AM

    Look out, Tweens. You may have thought you had the newsweekly demographic trend story market cornered, but the time of the Twixter has arrived. A Twixter, Time informs us, is a twentysomething who won't settle down, or get a... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    It’s a Pig, Anyway You Look at It

    January 14, 2005 04:10 PM

    Sometimes a story is so good, so rich in context and so revealing in detail, that it virtually leaps off the page as something special. Other times, only by leaving out context, burying important information, and emphasizing misleading details can... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    A.D.D. @ CNN

    January 13, 2005 01:05 PM

    An alert reader spotted Suzanne Malveaux engaging in a little revisionist history on Tuesday's edition of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on CNN. In a report on Michael Chertoff, President Bush's new choice to head homeland security, Malveaux said the following:... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Reports of This Death Are Premature

    January 12, 2005 04:17 PM

    According to peripatetic pundit Howard Fineman, the mainstream media is dying. Why? Well, because of George W. Bush, for one. Because of the multiplication of non-mainstream news outlets, for another. And because of "its own fraying journalistic standards," for... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Hidden Critics, Too

    January 11, 2005 04:28 PM

    In a piece in the Los Angeles Times today, James Rainey writes that "some critics said Monday that [Dan Rather] should be dropped as a reporter on '60 Minutes Wednesday.'" He then quotes exactly zero critics saying as much.... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Times Does Its Us Weekly Imitation

    January 10, 2005 01:46 PM

    Today in the New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller gives new White House communications director Nicolle Devenish the kind of scrutiny one might expect from Us Weekly in a hard-hitting expose of Hillary Duff. (As an aside, we can... Continue reading

  12. The Water Cooler

    Kathryn Jean Lopez on Upper West Side Liberals, the Best and Worst Reporters in the Country, and Being Locked in a Room with Jon Bon Jovi

    January 7, 2005 02:32 PM

    Kathryn Jean Lopez is the editor of National Review Online. She previously worked at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative Washington, D.C. think tank. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Women's Quarterly, New York... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Dark Days, Bright Corners

    January 6, 2005 02:17 PM

    As Tim Grieve points out on Salon's War Room blog, it's been a depressing week for Democrats. Shirley Chisholm and Bob Matsui died, new Republican lawmakers were sworn in, Albert Gonzales began the confirmation process to become our new... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Lies, Damned Lies and Transcripts

    January 5, 2005 02:49 PM

    Eugene Volokh and James Taranto believe they've caught Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in a lie. Reid, you may recall, attacked Justice Clarence Thomas on "Meet the Press" a few weeks ago, calling him an "embarrassment to the... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    … and It’s Still a Bad Idea

    January 4, 2005 04:15 PM

    On November 21, 2003, I wrote the "Today's Papers" column for Slate. The column is a "summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers," and the big news of the day was that two truck bombs had exploded in... Continue reading

  16. Blog Report

    Cracked Earth, Crackpots and Dinosaurs

    January 3, 2005 01:02 PM

    Welcome to a new year here at CJR Daily. We're now just about midway through the Aughts. Or the Ohs. Or the Double-Ohs, if you like. Or the, um, "Naughty Aughties." Whatever. We're just happy hangovers only last... Continue reading

  17. The Water Cooler

    Jim Steele on “Embarrassing” Health Care Coverage, Timid Editors, and Small Steps

    December 31, 2004 12:54 PM

    Jim Steele Jim Steele is the co-author, with Donald Barlett, of Critical Condition: How Health Care in America Became Big Business -- and Bad Medicine. Barlett... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Journalist: Transcriber or Illuminator?

    December 27, 2004 02:48 PM

    Today, in a story about the new "Pentagon Channel," the Washington Times lets it readers know exactly what it believes to be the role of the national media. Here's the lede of the Times' piece: The Pentagon has created... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Nailing Down the Nature of Festivus

    December 23, 2004 05:14 PM

    From an Associated Press story about religious displays that have been erected on public property in Bartow, Florida, including one in honor of the "Seinfeld"-featured holiday celebration Festivus: The display, a reference to the fake holiday featured on an... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Could You Perhaps Quote A Couple?

    December 23, 2004 03:42 PM

    Check out the lede of this David Morgan-penned Reuters piece, entitled "Bush Plans a Media Blitz on Social Security": President Bush will spearhead an election-style public relations campaign early next year to try to convince Americans that Social Security... Continue reading

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