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  1. The Audit

    Botching the Pesky but Basic Details on a Big Story

    March 24, 2006 12:33 PM

    In a startling attempt to save their own hides, General Motors and Delphi announced this week that they will offer buyouts and early retirement packages to more than 125,000 workers, with GM set to pay between $35,000 and $140,000 to... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    Baseball No Longer the Simple Pastime of Yesteryear

    March 22, 2006 01:59 PM

    The inaugural World Baseball Classic came to an exciting close Monday night before 42,000-plus fans in San Diego, as Japan finally pulled away from a persistent Cuban team with four runs in the top of the ninth to seal a... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    AP Story Serves as Political Rorschach Blot

    March 20, 2006 05:11 PM

    Today may be the first day of spring, but the interminable snowball fight among partisan bloggers in the 'sphere shows little sign of thawing. With the three-year anniversary of the war in Iraq upon us, Donald Rumsfeld's guest... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Newspapers: Dying All the Way to the Bank

    March 9, 2006 02:37 PM

    Mainstream media print journalists tend to be a pessimistic bunch, especially when it comes to newspaper companies and, say, their future. But with Knight Ridder's likely sale imminent, bloggers are taking care of the doom and gloom quite nicely by... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Bonds’ Hall of Fame Prospects Torn to Shreds, Ungrateful Sports Bloggers Yawn

    March 8, 2006 01:55 PM

    The hammer came down on Barry Bonds yesterday, as Sports Illustrated published a damning excerpt from an upcoming book by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters which lays out in exhaustive detail the doping program -- including steroids and human growth... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    The Three Newsweeklies Head Off in Three Different Directions

    March 7, 2006 02:15 PM

    A mere five and a half weeks after Oprah Winfrey scolded James Frey on national television, U.S. News & World Report takes the opportunity offered by that news peg to examine a weighty, wordy industry that (like newspapers) is struggling... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Story Based on Leaks Stirs Up Debate About Leakers and Leakees

    March 6, 2006 02:00 PM

    Far and away the most talked-about news on Technorati at the moment is a front-page Sunday story from the Washington Post, "White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks." "The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information,... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Antarctica Gets a Bit Smaller

    March 3, 2006 05:30 PM

    Yesterday two scientists at the University of Colorado announced their finding that Antarctica's massive ice sheets are shrinking by 36 cubic miles a year, the first evidence that the continent's ice mass is shrinking significantly. While it is... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    How Does a Lady Get Any Sleep Around Here?

    March 2, 2006 05:33 PM

    By all accounts, yesterday afternoon's special session at the Supreme Court was tough to get through. As the court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Tom DeLay's 2003 Texas redistricting plan, one justice in particular had a difficult time... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    In a Party Mood, USA Today Gets It All Wrong

    March 1, 2006 12:24 PM

    Yesterday, as New Orleans celebrated the climax of its first Mardi Gras since Katrina, USA Today ran a cheery front-page story headlined "In New Orleans, 4 out of 5 want to stay there." Based on the <a... Continue reading

  11. The Audit

    Guessing What Apple Has Up Its Sleeve

    February 28, 2006 12:35 PM

    A certain popular computer company based in Cupertino, Calif. is set to reveal "some fun new products" today -- reason enough for some business journalists to unthinkingly publish regurgitated rumors and speculation. Last October, we described... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    NPR, Reuters and CNN Highlight An Astonishing Story Ignored By Others

    February 24, 2006 04:16 PM

    Sometimes a story comes over the wires that is so astonishing, so hard to conceive, that it stops us cold. Such was the case yesterday afternoon when we spotted a Reuters report headlined "Thousands escape rape, murder... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Summers Resigns, and the Big Guns (and Little) Are All Over It

    February 22, 2006 05:01 PM

    Something incredible happened at Harvard yesterday: the university's president was forced out of office decades before his time. That happens less than once in a lifetime, so we eagerly turned to the papers today to see what they... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    To BusinessWeek, Up Is Down, and Down Is Up

    February 17, 2006 04:45 PM

    As if we needed any more convincing, BusinessWeek provided yet more evidence yesterday that the media's obsession with short-term stock prices does not make any sense. In its self-consciously pithy roundup, "The Business Week," the magazine congratulated... Continue reading

  15. The Audit

    It Takes Two to Tell Boston Airport Story

    February 17, 2006 04:05 PM

    With big-city American newspapers at a critical juncture, two-newspaper towns increasingly seem to be an anachronism. Denver's two competing papers have been bleeding readers at an extraordinary rate. In Cincinnati, the Post, like many afternoon papers before it, seems... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    ABC Gives a Free Handout to “Wolves”

    February 16, 2006 12:16 PM

    Reporting on the success of a commercial product is always a tricky enterprise. When considering the news value of a hot consumer product or a movie hit, journalists ought to tread carefully in order to report the phenomenon without stepping... Continue reading

  17. The Audit

    Barron’s Bashes Google, Just for Kicks

    February 15, 2006 10:36 AM

    The financial press has plenty of faults, but it also wields incredible power. A single negative story can cost a corporation billions, and a journalist's armchair analysis can cause wild swings in a company's stock. Increasingly, reporters who cover the... Continue reading

  18. The Audit

    There’s Money in Fear, But Don’t Tell CNN

    February 10, 2006 06:45 PM

    A couple weeks ago we critiqued a rather outlandish Fortune article that asked readers, "Ready for $262/barrel oil?" We were not ready at all, and took some comfort from the discovery that Nelson Schwartz's piece (carried by mother... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Ginger Thompson on Haiti’s Chaos and Courage, and Calling Gang Members

    February 10, 2006 05:30 PM

    Ginger Thompson, the New York Times' Mexico City bureau chief, has been reporting from Haiti on that country's presidential election this week. In a string of stories, she has described... Continue reading

  20. Blog Report

    Mass Alarm Over Mass Data Sweep of Blogs and Email

    February 9, 2006 12:59 PM

    The Christian Science Monitor broke a big story on its front page today, reporting that the "U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and... Continue reading

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