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  1. Behind the News

    Megan Stack On War Reporting in Lebanon

    August 4, 2006 04:00 PM

    Megan K. Stack has covered the war in Lebanon for the Los Angeles Times for the past several weeks, describing the conflict's costs for Lebanese civilians in compelling and even poetic ways. Stack, 30, joined the Times in 2001,... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Pondering Shutdown of White House Press Briefing Room

    August 3, 2006 12:30 PM

    With a number of special guest stars (five former press secretaries), surprise appearances (President Bush, Laura Bush, and Sam Donaldson) and much playful banter, the White House's 20th-century relic of a press briefing room took its final curtain call Wednesday,... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Carter Pleas for Peace, Bloggers Step Up Attack

    August 2, 2006 01:20 PM

    With the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon now three weeks old, former President Jimmy Carter stepped into the breach yesterday with a plea to "Stop the Band-Aid Treatment" -- and bloggers received his Washington Post op-ed with characteristic restraint and... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    The Press Briefing Room, Iraq and Citizen Journalism

    August 1, 2006 01:45 PM

    Looking for another reason to be glad you're not covering the Bush White House? Newsweek's Periscope provides one this week in a punchy item on the imminent, "long-overdue rehab of the press briefing room and workspace" at 1600 Pennsylvania... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    ABC Uncovers Climate Science for Sale

    July 28, 2006 03:42 PM

    Yesterday ABC News broke the story of how a Colorado electric cooperative, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, "openly admitted that it has paid $100,000 to a university academic who prides himself on being a global warming skeptic." ... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    CNNMoney Copies Copy About Copycats

    July 26, 2006 02:41 PM

    We've previously noted's tendency to act as a rewrite wire service -- rehashing New York Times or Wall Street Journal stories as it strives to meet the unceasing demands of the continuous news beast. But a... Continue reading

  7. The Audit

    The Sad Tale of One Steelworker’s Plight

    July 24, 2006 05:35 PM

    Every once in a while we come across a story that stands out from the pack, a narrative that eloquently encapsulates a place we have never been. Associated Press writer Vicki Smith's piece on the turn of... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    WHDH Unwittingly Feeds Daily Show’s Maw

    July 21, 2006 02:47 PM

    The tragic first death related to Boston's Big Dig project and the ensuing fallout have gripped the city ever since concrete ceiling panels fell in an I-90 tunnel last week, crushing 38-year-old mother Milena Del Valle. Silent to... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Reporting on Lebanon’s Dispossessed

    July 19, 2006 04:21 PM

    With the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah now in its eighth day, the refugee situation in Lebanon continues to worsen. Yesterday, the United Nations estimated that 500,000 Lebanese have now been forced to flee their homes. Today, the... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Carl Monday On Relentless Reporting, a Murder Confession and His Real Name

    July 4, 2006 08:30 AM

    Carl Monday (courtesy WKYC) Carl Monday, an investigative reporter with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, received wide attention recently for a story on sexual misbehavior in area libraries. Earlier in May,... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Bloggers Scorn Dobson, CNN

    June 29, 2006 02:29 PM

    Cable news anchor Lou Dobbs can generally be relied upon to provide a strongly worded, passionately argued, oft-inflammatory commentary each Wednesday on But while Dobbs relatively calmly diagnosed how "we all bear responsibility for failing... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Requiem for a Heavyweight

    June 28, 2006 02:36 PM

    Knight Ridder is no more. For too many months now, we have witnessed the slow-motion implosion of that once-mighty newspaper chain, and yesterday at 4 p.m. it evaporated in its entirety with the stroke of a pen. ... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    It’s Summertime and the Readin’ Is Easy

    June 27, 2006 03:04 PM

    It's summertime, which for the nation's big newsweeklies means special issues devoted to random topics. In a double issue, Newsweek doles out its "Giving Back Awards": "15 Winners Who Use Fame, Fortune, Heart and Soul to Help... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Kos: Yesterday’s Hero, Today’s Goat

    June 26, 2006 01:37 PM

    The current issue of Newsweek features a provocative takedown of Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, also known as Kos, the titan of the blogging left who has come under heavy fire lately from his fellow bloggers for "Kosola" and from the... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Press Sheds Light on Another Secret Program

    June 23, 2006 04:30 PM

    Last night, the nation's newspapers reported the existence of a secret program run by the CIA and the Treasury Department, designed to track suspected terrorist financing through unprecedented access to a vast database of international financial records. Under... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    A Penny ‘Saved’ Is Media Credibility Burned

    June 23, 2006 01:40 PM

    Kevin Federline, husband of Britney Spears and newly anointed expert on monetary affairs, recently rolled into Times Square in a red truck covered with copper coins, emerging from the vehicle wearing an Abe Lincoln mask. "We're bringing power back to... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    CNN Makes Waves Where There Are None

    June 20, 2006 03:50 PM

    Sometimes we are amazed what the news media will do to manufacture "controversy," an overused word that purportedly will ensnare readers and viewers. For a case in point, one needed but turn to late this morning and... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Chipping Away at the Story of Guantanamo

    June 19, 2006 04:10 PM

    With the apparent suicides of three detainees followed by the Pentagon's clampdown on reporting at Guantanamo Bay last week, the United States' war-on-terror detention facility in Cuba is again in the spotlight. In its lead... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    AP Tells A Story Needed to Be Told

    June 16, 2006 03:02 PM

    Picking up a trail seemingly gone cold, the Associated Press broke a story that needed to be told today, authoritatively reporting -- using "[o]nce-secret documents" -- that "a disaster supply management company went unpunished for Sept. 11 thefts after... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    “Could You Repeat That One More Time?”

    June 15, 2006 04:21 PM

    Near the end of this morning's New York Times article about the escalating "boardroom feud" at Tribune Co. we spied a familiar quote from one Charles K. Bobrinskoy, vice chairman of Ariel Capital Management, a Chicago-based firm which owns... Continue reading

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