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The Harry Reid Show

Report the facts, not the drama, of the Roland Burris situation

As of this writing, it looks like Roland Burris, appointed to the Senate last week by embattled Illinois governor Rod... More

Heisman Educators

Gladwell fails to convert on article about teachers and NFL quaterbacks

In his latest piece in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to hiring practices: There are certain jobs... More

Linked Out

One day, one story, one million hyperlinks

Like most people my age, I get most of my news online. I begin the day by checking The New... More

Covering Obvious Conclusions

New York Times takes the bait on lackluster study about kids and the Internet

Several newspapers recently published articles about a new study of children and their Internet usage. The version in The New... More

Barack-A-Bye Babies

There’s no evidence that Obama’s victory will lead to another baby boom

From Newsweek comes information that the jubilation inspired by the victory of Barack Obama in the recent presidential election may... More

The McKinley Problem

Which candidate most resembles Teddy Roosevelt?

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth. Aside from several bully celebrations of the late president’s life and... More

The Red And The Black

Does anybody *really* think that Barack Obama is a Communist?

Barack Obama. He's black. He's got a funny name. He's rather liberal. All of these things are somewhat novel in... More

Palin and the Senate

What does she mean about the relationship with the senate? A greater role? That moment resembled her Couric interview. More

Interesting Questions

I think the questions here are very interesting. What campaign promises are you planning to break? How will your administration... More

John McCain knows how to win a war

Which war did he win? More

Tricky Rick

NYT digs more dirt on McCain campaign manager Rick Davis

After the New York Times wrote about how John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis had been paid some $30,000 a... More

Beg, Borrow, or Steal An Opinion

Time passes the buck on assessing McCain’s jab at the NYT

Everyone loves to talk about John McCain's complicated relationship with the media. CJR has previously considered The New York Times’s... More

McCain The “Modernist”

Is McCain’s campaign really “the sleaziest campaign in modern history”?

Writers are often instructed to avoid the use of vague or contentious words. Immediately following September 11, 2001, some editors... More

I LUV NYC

New York City; get used to it

I’m not sure if this latest gem from The New York Times actually deserves analysis, since the title of the... More

Beer Baroness

NYT’s Cindy McCain profile is oddly catty

It has always been unclear how to properly address the role of family money when covering a political candidate. But... More

Oh, Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?

Middle class heroin abuse is nothing new

From Pajamas Media comes the upsetting news that more teenagers than ever before are now using heroin: Why is this... More

Tom Friedman, Oversimplifier

Energy independence is easy!

On Sunday, New York Times columnist and centrist Democrat luminary Tom Friedman waxed poetic about all the wonderful energy-related things... More

The Ultimate Thursday Styles Story

Band-Aids are the new gauze

Displaying another thrilling product from the Department Of Is This Really Journalism?, The New York Times reports that Band-Aids are... More

Solzhenitsyn Remembered

Before the anthrax news, um, hit the fan, the top story everywhere was on the death last night of 89-year-old... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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