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  1. Blog Report

    Tierney Dangles Bait, Blogosphere Bites Hook

    February 8, 2006 01:59 PM

    It's a bright, sunny day here at CJR Daily World Headquarters, but the forecast is stormy in the blogosphere, where the New York Times' John Tierney is coming under eco-friendly fire for his latest provocative column, entitled "Burn, Baby, Burn."... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Iran, Presidential Power and a Hemorrhaging CIA

    February 7, 2006 03:51 PM

    All three newsweeklies bring us an examination of one aspect or another of national security this week, and, taken together, it's grim but important stuff. With the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran seeming ever closer, Newsweek dives into... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Press Misses A Dramatic Election in Central America

    February 6, 2006 05:07 PM

    A presidential election that could determine the political and economic direction of Costa Rica, traditionally the most stable of Latin American democracies, is locked in a dead heat -- yet you would be only dimly aware of that fact from... Continue reading

  4. Blog Report

    A New Spying Story Ignites Blogorrhea

    February 6, 2006 01:20 PM

    As congressional hearings on the legality of the Bush administration's eavesdropping program get under way today, a substantial debate is taking place in the blogosphere over a splashy Washington Post Sunday story that painted a much fuller picture... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    Bank Shells Out Bundle; Editors Get What They Pay For

    February 2, 2006 03:39 PM

    Wallace D. Malone Jr. had been the chief executive of SouthTrust Bank, a publicly owned company, for many years, and it was time to retire. But rather than call it quits right away, he initiated a merger with Wachovia, a... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Seven Newspapers Grapple With Bush’s Flip-Flop on Oil

    February 1, 2006 04:59 PM

    "America is addicted to oil," President Bush declared in the State of the Union last night, proposing the country develop new energy sources to reduce its consumption of Middle East oil by three-quarters by 2025. So how well did the... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    The Crimson Whips the Big Boys

    January 30, 2006 04:09 PM

    Harvard Dean of the Faculty William Kirby officially resigned over the weekend, the latest development during the tumultuous administration of President Larry Summers at one of America's most visible universities. Reported the Associated Press in a by-the-books <a... Continue reading

  8. The Water Cooler

    Alastair Macdonald on Iraqi Journalists Finally Freed

    January 27, 2006 05:33 PM

    Alastair Macdonald and Samir Noor Alastair Macdonald, Reuters' Iraq bureau chief, recently welcomed back three newly freed journalists who had been held without charge by the U.S. military for as... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    AP Spots Another U.S. Politician in Europe!

    January 27, 2006 04:47 PM

    Those pesky Associated Press correspondents who trail prominent American politicians around Europe, eager for a non-scoop on the presidential race of 2008, are up to their old tricks. To recap: In early October of last year, the AP... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    Left Heaps Scorn on Times, Right Heaps Same on Stein

    January 26, 2006 02:59 PM

    The New York Times came out with guns blazing on its editorial page today, booming that spineless senators should on principle oppose Samuel Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court -- but for a number of bloggers, the Times' call to... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Yahoo! Throws In the Towel - Or Not

    January 25, 2006 03:11 PM

    The blogosphere continues to buzz today as Web scribes ferociously debate the possibility that Yahoo!, weary of the search engine wars, has faced reality and is ceding the prized market to Google once and for all. What set... Continue reading

  12. Magazine Report

    Osama’s Return, Bush’s ‘Third Term,’ And One Long History Lesson

    January 24, 2006 03:39 PM

    He's baaaack! Osama bin Laden, that is -- and Time ("Osama: Back From the Not-So-Dead") and Newsweek ("What's Bin Laden's Game?") are eager to dish all about it. Newsweek has the better story of the two. Calling... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    The Jill Carroll Watch

    January 23, 2006 02:36 PM

    Three days after her kidnappers' stated deadline for her execution passed, all is quiet on the Jill Carroll front. While her father pleads for her life to be spared, the Associated Press reports that U.S. and Iraqi... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    ABC Probes Porn Industry, Fails to Satisfy

    January 20, 2006 05:40 PM

    In a front-page story today, the New York Times reports that the Justice Department has asked Google "to turn over records on millions of its users' search queries as part of the government's effort to uphold an online pornography... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Thudding Mallet Attacks Velvet Hammer

    January 19, 2006 05:07 PM

    Breaking news flash from the Associated Press: Laura Bush has no intention -- absolutely none -- of running for elected office. But that didn't stop the AP, which knows some good political chatter when it... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    Press Takes a Pass on CAFTA

    January 18, 2006 03:49 PM

    Last summer, as Congress debated the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. press overwhelmingly treated CAFTA as a domestic political story, focusing on the political arm-twisting by President Bush needed to squeak CAFTA through the House by two votes.... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    To Be Or Not to Be: Does It Even Matter?

    January 9, 2006 03:07 PM

    Who is JT Leroy? A critically acclaimed young fiction writer noted for his "stark portrayal of child prostitution and drug use" -- or a cruel composite hoax that played with the heartstrings of readers and duped celebrities into giving "emotional... Continue reading

  18. The Audit

    Woe, Woe Is Pfizer, Says the Journal

    January 7, 2006 03:48 PM

    In a page-one story months in the making, the Wall Street Journal reported (subscription required) Thursday that Pfizer, the world's largest drug company, faces an "uncertain future" as sales of its blockbuster drugs stagnate in the face of competition... Continue reading

  19. The Audit

    Two Thumbs Down For Coverage of the Movie Industry

    January 4, 2006 05:33 PM

    Hollywood had an awful year in 2005 -- and it's going to get worse. The studios are delivering one dud after another. And with everyone having so much fun trying to score dates on the Internet, people just don't want... Continue reading

  20. The Audit

    The Journal Provides Yet Another Senseless Survey

    January 4, 2006 10:46 AM

    The holiday season is finally over -- and just in time, as far as we're concerned. One more story about Xbox sales or yet another back-of-a-cocktail-napkin analysis of Christmas shopping trends, and we would have seriously considered taking CJR Daily's... Continue reading

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