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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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