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  1. Behind the News

    Geoffrey York On Earth’s Most Polluted City

    February 12, 2007 12:33 PM

    Earlier this month the Globe and Mail published Geoffrey York's report detailing the disastrous effects of the coal industry on Linfen, a city of 4.3 million that is "the toxic centre of China's coal-producing heartland." Not too long... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    CNBC’s Big Story

    February 9, 2007 02:15 PM

    At 10:41 a.m. yesterday Lear Corp., an auto parts maker out of Southfield, Michigan, halted trading of its shares with "news pending." A Lear spokesman, the Detroit News reported Thursday, "declined to state the nature of the pending news,... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    New York Woulda Been Nice

    February 7, 2007 10:35 AM

    I frequently rail against speculative journalism that goes nowhere. Tuesday, the Detroit News provided an example of the flip side of that: analyzing what could have once come to pass, years after the fact. "Chelios drawn to... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    At USA Today, One Makes a Trend

    February 5, 2007 01:30 PM

    It's hard to say what journalism loves more, a comeback story or a hot trend. Following the announcement last week that Michael Dell would return to the helm of his namesake computer company, USA Today responded with a piece that... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    A Newspaper Industry Casualty You May Have Missed

    February 1, 2007 12:30 PM

    Out in the desolate southwestern corner of New Mexico, along I-10 halfway between El Paso and Tucson, a small newspaper in a small desert town died today. The Lordsburg Liberal, the oldest weekly in New Mexico and the... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Fox 5 and 24, Together Again

    January 30, 2007 04:55 PM

    Last night Fox aired another exciting episode of 24, the Kiefer Sutherland hit now in its sixth season. In the action-packed hour, a Muslim American employee of CTU was subjected to racial profiling, an informant was beaten to a pulp... Continue reading

  7. The Audit

    If They Print (Or Air) It, Is It News?

    January 12, 2007 01:10 PM

    "Analysts and investors on Wednesday speculated on which suppliers might benefit from Apple Inc.'s launch of its new iPhone device," an Associated Press story began this week. Does that lede say anything? We may be a bit... Continue reading

  8. The Audit

    CNN Overcome With ‘Gadgetation’

    January 10, 2007 11:13 AM

    "Gadget Geeks Unite! Consumer Electronics Show Opens," a friendly ABC News headline informs us. Yes, the huge annual trade show in Las Vegas is underway -- a four-day event which Reuters explains "draws 140,000 enthusiasts and retailers and... Continue reading

  9. The Audit

    As Macworld Approaches, Reporters Rev Up

    January 5, 2007 03:14 PM

    "The world according to Steve: Speculation swirls about Apple event," a Contra Costa Times headline tells us today, meaning the latest round of buzz, rumor, and speculation surrounding wondrous, soon-to-be-unveiled product(s) from Steve Jobs & Co. is upon us.... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Chi Trib Readers Seem to Believe

    January 5, 2007 01:45 PM

    On Monday, the Chicago Tribune rang in the new year with a highly intriguing front-page piece by transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch which reported, well, this: "A flying saucer-like object hovered low over O'Hare International Airport for several minutes before... Continue reading

  11. The Audit

    ‘Shrinky-Dink’ WSJ Debuts, Bloggers Muse

    January 2, 2007 03:29 PM

    The new Wall Street Journal debuted today with a "slimmer size" -- its page width reduced by 20 percent -- accompanied, said E&P, by "more dramatic changes in what sounds like a nod to USA Today: shorter stories, bullet... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    How Long Is a Tenth of a Second?

    December 22, 2006 05:05 PM

    By all accounts, the Knicks provided their fans with a stunning victory at Madison Square Garden the other night, as "Jamal Crawford delivered a precise lob to the right hand of David Lee, and the improbable tap-in with one-tenth of... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Poverty Pendulum Swings, Press Yawns

    December 21, 2006 03:03 PM

    More Americans now live in poverty in suburbs than in cities, a somewhat surprising shift that the Brookings Institution says "signals the latest stage in the long-run decentralization of people and jobs in the United States." In a... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    No Need to Worry: FP Has Swept Bird Flu Under Rug

    December 20, 2006 10:50 AM

    On Monday, Foreign Policy magazine unveiled its list of "The Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2006," a sampling of "the news that remained under the radar" this year. Number 9 caught my eye: "What's Worse Than... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Times-Pic Reporter Finds Lessons For New Orleans in Japan

    December 15, 2006 04:35 PM

    Gordon Russell's two-part series comparing disaster management and recovery in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan with that in New Orleans ran in the Times-Picayune last week. Russell, 37, covers city hall for the T-P, where he has been a... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    As Clich├ęs Go, Airline Merger Already a Success

    December 13, 2006 05:26 PM

    As the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times first reported last night, United Airlines and Continental Airlines have begun talking about a possible merger. But while the industry and airline passengers debate whether consolidation will prove... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    GMA Does Its Part to Keep the Nation Scared

    December 12, 2006 04:29 PM

    Yesterday, on Good Morning America, ABC took a look at the dangers posed by exotic pets. Instead of asking for a puppy for Christmas, Chris Cuomo explained, "more and more people are asking for things like iguanas and monkeys --... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    NY Post Officially No Longer a Newspaper

    December 8, 2006 05:36 PM

    In case you missed it, the New York Post ran one of the more absurd front pages in recent memory on Thursday, outfitting Iraq Study Group co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton in chimp suits beneath the loud headline... Continue reading

  19. The Audit

    McDonald’s Expands in China, Sun-Times Does Its Part

    December 6, 2006 12:40 PM

    The dateline instantly grabbed my eye: "BEIJING." So did the lede: "Much of McDonald's Corp.'s success in China -- 42 consecutive months of revenue growth -- is based on its four-year-old five-point strategy focused on product, people, place, price and... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Prison Population Sets Record, Few Notice

    December 5, 2006 09:27 AM

    The statistic is sobering: "A record 7 million people, or one in every 32 American adults, were behind bars, on probation or on parole by the end of last year," the Associated Press reported last week. Two... Continue reading

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