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Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Lesley Stahl, Barney Frank, Ruth Marcus, and others

Sinner: When Lesley Stahl profiled House Financial Services chairman Barney Frank for 60 Minutes earlier this month, she seemed shocked... More

Above the Fold: Times Tongue Tied on Torture

Cheney’s waterboarding admission gets no play from NYT

There are times when news judgment is so bad that it seems to come close to criminal negligence. That is... More

Above the Fold: Bailout Buyer’s Remorse

The endless ironies of the Republican opposition to saving Detroit

"On the executive compensation thing, it went to the core of their being. It was like asking the chief rabbi... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on BlagoGate, the NYT, NBC, and others

Here is everything U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at his news conference Tuesday about any possible involvement Barack Obama might... More

Above the Fold: Stand by Me

A musical journey ten years in the making

If you're feeling overwhelmed by never ending suicide bombings in Iraq, escalating conflict in Afghanistan, hand-to-hand (if unarmed) conflict over... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Maslin, Stewart, NBC, and others

Winner: Janet Maslin for her spot-on review of The Man Who Owns The News, in which she dissects Michael Wolff's... More

Above the Fold: Sins of Omission

NYT strategically chops Sen. Feinstein’s statement on torture

Yesterday, FCP focused on a New York Times story about Barack Obama's search for a new CIA director. Top candidate... More

Above the Fold: Slanting the Torture Story

Everything you won’t learn about torture in The New York Times

There is a fierce battle going on over what kind of a CIA director Barack Obama should appoint, when he... More

Above the Fold: Complex Analysis

Kaiser on NBC News and the military-industrial complex

Is there any limit to the shamelessness of NBC News? That is one of several questions sparked by David Barstow's... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Michelle Cottle, Hendrik Hertzberg, Jim Sleeper, and others

Sinner: Michelle Cottle, for wasting the first 2,515 words of a 3,253-word piece about Barney Frank in The New Republic... More

Above the Fold: Down the Rabbit Hole

John Cassidy, Joe Nocera, and others trace our economic ruination

With this morning's papers bringing news of the government's newest commitment of tens of billions of dollars to prop up... More

Political Intelligence

A review of Newsweek’s campaign mini-book

Newsweek's seventh behind-the-scenes look at a presidential campaign has lots of small scoops and several rather odd judgments. This 47,000-word... More

Above the Fold: Ross, Kiriakou, and Waterboarding

Charles Kaiser takes on ABC’s torture coverage

This article originally appeared on December 17, 2007, at radaronline.com. It is reposted here with the permission of the rightsholder,... More

Tortured Logic, “Dueling Speeches” Edition

Media overplay, under-analyze yesterday’s torture arguments

“Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens fell silent. In other words we went off course.”–President Barack Obama “I want... More

“Good Deeds, and Good Works”

In memoriam: Eden Ross Lipson

Eden Ross Lipson, an author-editor-activist-journalist who had a huge, mostly-unseen impact on American literature and American life, died early yesterday... More

Winners and Sinners

Kaiser on Ifill, Bumiller, Sulzberger, and more

Winners: New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt and President Barack Obama for a splendidly substantive interview in The New... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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