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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

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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