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  1. The Audit

    Chronicle Jumps on ‘Huge’ Story - From Last Month

    May 9, 2006 05:39 PM

    It's by and large a 24/7 news world now, though occasionally one still comes across certain exceptions. This morning, for instance, the New York Times ran its first story reporting on the grand jury subpoenas issued last Friday to... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Los Angeles Times Produces An Investigation That Pays Off

    May 8, 2006 12:30 PM

    Amid all the Pulitzer hubbub a few weeks back, one major newspaper in particular was noticeably absent from the list of winners. While the Washington Post hauled home four Pulitzers and the New York Times three, the Los... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Chronicle Kills Babe Ruth Prematurely, Then Hints at Time Travel

    May 4, 2006 02:45 PM

    Last month we took copy editors at the Washington Post to task for managing to add -- thanks to a miswritten blurb on -- one million people to the nation's tally of illegal immigrants with a single mouse... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    CNNMoney Delves Into Problem of Mom Salaries

    May 3, 2006 03:18 PM

    "Being mom could be a six-figure job," one of the top headlines on CNN's homepage teased this morning. We were intrigued -- had CNN figured out a solution to the age-old economic inequity of motherhood? Could post-feminist American women, torn... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Disaster Season Upon Us; Dispatch Boiling Lava Reporters Soonest!

    May 1, 2006 03:43 PM

    Reporting on disasters -- especially disasters yet to occur -- offers up endless possibilities for the mainstream media, which sometimes seem to like nothing better than considering the manifold catastrophes that might befall us. This morning, online readers... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    Aaaaaaaa!!!! CNN’s Online Gatekeepers Let One Slip Through

    April 28, 2006 04:46 PM

    Not long ago we criticized ABC News for publishing on its Web site a piece of work that was presented like a standard news story but featured "the minimal reporting and uninspired, overblown writing one might expect from a... Continue reading

  7. The Audit

    Someone is Lying. Is it Forbes or Baseball Owners?

    April 27, 2006 09:40 AM

    Forbes magazine published its annual financial rankings of America's big league ball clubs last week, drawing a strong reaction from Major League Baseball. "Baseball owners continue to slam the ball out of the park. Team values increased... Continue reading

  8. The Audit

    Inquirer Digs Into a Juicy, but Largely Ignored, Story

    April 25, 2006 02:08 PM

    It is a story that could not be more illuminating: the carefully considered, complex tale of the troubled finances of Sedona Corp., a software firm that claims it was crippled by an elaborate stock fraud orchestrated by a major backer... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Todd Heisler on Winning a Pulitzer, Photographic Serendipity, and Stepping Back

    April 21, 2006 05:25 PM

    Todd Heisler Todd Heisler of the Rocky Mountain News won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography this week for the intense and intimate moments he captured in "Final Salute," a Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    Brit Hume Fans Come Out of the Woodwork

    April 20, 2006 02:05 PM

    In an age of instant criticism, any attempt by a mainstream media writer to deal directly with the touchy subject of political bias in the news is bound to stir up strong sentiments from bloggers right and left, who tend... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    In the ‘Sphere, Pulitzer Win Not Necessarily a Good Thing

    April 19, 2006 02:39 PM

    The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, provoking lively and thought-provoking commentary from bloggers. (If only every Blog Report could draw from such a wealth of source material.) The most intense post-Pulitzer debate in blogland has centered... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    This Week, Round 3,804 Goes to Time

    April 18, 2006 03:15 PM

    Whither Donald Rumsfeld? With a half-dozen retired military generals having gone public with scathing criticisms of the secretary of defense, the man at the center of the conflict (and his future job prospects) are very much on the minds of... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Post Profiles Angry Blogger, Who Then Goes Forth and Multiplies

    April 17, 2006 11:26 AM

    The Washington Post, a conspicuous target of irate leftist bloggers lately, took it upon itself to daringly profile rising blogstar Maryscott O'Connor, a woman who describes her writing output as "One long, sustained scream." Quite naturally, David... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Women Like Sex! Jobs Are Hard Work! Menopause Is No Fun!

    April 14, 2006 06:10 PM

    Yesterday, in a groundbreaking report on CNN's American Morning, senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered some startling news: women like sex. They like love. And -- brace yourself -- they want intimacy. In his report, "Sex and... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Los Angeles Times Uncovers a Major Security Breach

    April 13, 2006 03:56 PM

    While the war in Iraq sputters and flares, and concern grows over Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions, a Los Angeles Times reporter has been busy this week unearthing a smaller but shocking security threat to the U.S. military: a market... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Wash. Times Conjurs a Silent Majority on Immigration

    April 11, 2006 04:57 PM

    Amid the swarm of stories dissecting Monday's nationwide protests by immigrants demanding legal status and citizenship, the first few paragraphs of a Washington Times piece struck us as a little off. "Democrats on Capitol Hill favoring citizenship for... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Little Guys Score a Big Scoop

    April 7, 2006 05:35 PM

    In the latest unpredictable twist to the messy Valerie Plame narrative, a certain New York broadsheet scooped its competitors yesterday morning by reporting that the CIA leak probe, which had previously cost I. Lewis Libby his job and enveloped Vice... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Post Adds a Million Immigrants With Single Mouse Click

    April 6, 2006 04:16 PM

    The terms of the nation's immigration debate are complex and confusing -- not least for copy editors at the Washington Post. Last week we noted that the country's major newspapers have been citing estimates putting the number... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Dobbs Pins Down Illegal Immigrants, Give or Take 9 Million

    March 31, 2006 05:18 PM

    CNN's Lou Dobbs has been drawing a lot of attention lately for his passionate arguments in favor of stronger immigration enforcement. In a New York Times profile on Wednesday, Dobbs told the paper, "I know whereof I speak on... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    One Good Plug Deserves Another … and Another, and Another

    March 29, 2006 08:00 AM

    It's hardly unusual for a local TV news outlet to promote one of their own network's shows. We're used to the occasional fawning interview with the lead actress of a new sitcom, or the soft feature about how a show... Continue reading

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