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  1. Blog Report

    Bloggers Focus on France Aflame

    November 7, 2005 01:12 PM

    What began as civil unrest in the northern suburbs of Paris a week and a half ago is now spreading in a "shock wave" of rioting across France. During the eleventh night of violence, gangs of young men burned 1,408... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    We Were Promised There Would Be No Math

    November 3, 2005 05:49 PM

    It's been a big week for pandemic flu news junkies. On Tuesday, President Bush gave a major speech at the National Institutes of Health, declaring he would ask Congress for $7.1 billion to prepare the country for a possible global... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Concentrating on Pyrotechnics, Not Results

    November 2, 2005 04:16 PM

    The Democrats' startling move to put the Senate into a rare closed session yesterday provided great drama and partisan scuffling -- and reporters eagerly jumped for the bait. In his Washington Post column today, Dana Milbank writes, "It was... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    No Raise for the Herald

    November 1, 2005 02:33 PM

    It is often said that journalism is the first draft of history. Yesterday, the Boston Herald managed to goof on the second draft. In a story about renewed labor tension at Harvard, the Herald reported in its lede, "Just... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Connecticut - It’s a Strange and Wondrous Place

    October 31, 2005 11:51 AM

    In its stories filed from the American hinterlands beyond New York or Washington, the New York Times can take on a certain high-minded voice. Often, in dispatches on either the weighty or evocative, the Times will bring us news of... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    AP’s Overexposure

    October 28, 2005 04:19 PM

    Janet Jackson can't catch a break. Last week brought a wave of stories after a former brother-in-law accused her of having a "secret" child 18 years ago, which she has steadfastly denied. Now comes a cheap shot from the Associated... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Trying to Turn a Pumpkin Into a Carriage

    October 27, 2005 02:08 PM

    If you thought it'd be cool to get a big old traditional pumpkin for your kid to carve this Halloween, the AP wants you to think again. Yesterday, the wire service brought us word that the boring orange gourds proffered... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    So It Begins: Outsourcing the Newsroom

    October 24, 2005 05:02 PM

    In the face of continued economic pressures, the San Jose Mercury News announced Friday that it is shutting down two weekly niche publications and selling a third. Its Spanish-language Nuevo Mundo and a set of five neighborhood sections called... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Some People Are Racist

    October 21, 2005 02:53 PM

    The lead story of ABC News' "Primetime" last night was an expose of what it calls "the Olsen twins of the white supremacist movement," 13-year-old entertainers Lamb and Lynx Gaede of Bakersfield, Calif. Unlike the faces... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    The Bird Flu Walkback Begins

    October 20, 2005 12:27 PM

    On Tuesday, the Toronto Star led off a front-page story, headlined "Flu pandemic 'catastrophe' for Canada," with these words: A bird flu pandemic could paralyze Canada's manufacturing sector for more than a year and cost the country hundreds... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    A Tale of Living Life Below the Line

    October 18, 2005 05:49 PM

    Being a media critic is a sweet gig. But it's deceptively easy, while traversing the byways of countless news sites and blogs, to get caught up in the media bubble of the big story of the day or week and... Continue reading

  12. The Water Cooler

    Anders Gyllenhaal On A Big Redesign, ‘Lost’ Readers, and Finding New Ones

    October 14, 2005 06:07 PM

    Anders Gyllenhaal Anders Gyllenhaal is the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which unveiled a major redesign of its newspaper and Web site... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Preposterous Speculation or Conventional Wisdom?

    October 13, 2005 03:20 PM

    The Judith Miller saga moved one step closer to some sort of resolution yesterday when federal district judge Thomas Hogan lifted a contempt order against the New York Times reporter after she testified one final time in the CIA leak... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Blogs Report on Post Report on Blogs

    October 12, 2005 01:56 PM

    The Washington Post tackles blogdom today with a front-page story examining the widespread use of the medium "to chronicle intensely personal experiences, venting confessions in front of millions of strangers who can write back." The Post reports that "Nearly... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    Miers: The Piling On Continues

    October 11, 2005 03:08 PM

    As the Miers brouhaha continues to swirl around the nation's capital, all things Harriet have exploded onto the pages of the major magazines this week. Miers, Miers everywhere -- but who will give us a drop to drink? Ms. Miers... Continue reading

  16. Blog Report

    QuagMiers Break Out Everywhere

    October 10, 2005 02:51 PM

    It's a dreary Monday -- a perfect time in the blogosphere to pick up where last week's debate left off and further dissect the GOP divide brought on by Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court. The 'sphere is relatively... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Again, Underreporting from Africa

    October 7, 2005 05:41 PM

    Six sub-Saharan Africans died yesterday while trying to enter Spanish territory on the northern border of Morocco -- the latest of a half-dozen human avalanches of desperate men to rush high, razor-wire fences along the border in the last week.... Continue reading

  18. The Audit

    How to Set Off a Frenzy With Three Words

    October 6, 2005 05:42 PM

    A corporation sent out an email out yesterday, a cryptic invitation to an October 12 press conference which contained only the words "One more thing ..." printed over a background photo of theater curtains.And with that, the technology... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Keeping the Focus Where It Should Be

    October 5, 2005 05:49 PM

    President Bush yesterday raised the possibility that the U.S. military should be used to quarantine parts of the country if a dreaded outbreak of bird flu occurs. "The policy questions for a president in dealing with an avian flu outbreak... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    We Knew That

    October 4, 2005 05:39 PM

    We came across a story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel today, headlined "Katrina may have been a Category 3 hurricane, not 4, when it struck New Orleans": Hurricane Katrina might have battered New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as... Continue reading

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