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  1. Behind the News

    Networks Struggle to “Get” Bloggers

    November 8, 2006 02:06 PM

    Somewhere along the line in recent years, television news decided that it could no longer ignore bloggers. Especially political bloggers. Especially on big election nights. But just because you've decided that you want to cover bloggers doesn't mean you've figured... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    And Now Back to the Economy

    November 7, 2006 04:44 PM

    No matter what happens in today's elections, the great tundra of American punditry will soon be teeming with debates over what went down and what it all means. Regardless of the outcome, though, problems will still be looming on the... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Why Do Journalists Bother to Report on “Internal Polls”?

    November 3, 2006 01:50 PM

    In the history of American politics has a poll ever been conducted that political reporters were unwilling to cite? The question occurred to us in recent days, as speculation continued to swirl over the potential outcomes of the upcoming elections.... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Investigative Story Joins Football Coverage in Top Ten

    October 31, 2006 03:05 PM

    (The Most Post is an occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) It's not every day that the Most Post spots a piece of high-minded investigative journalism hanging out with... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Will the Times Steer Its Car Coverage Out of the Sunday Paper?

    October 27, 2006 04:55 PM

    Last week, the New York Times announced that its third-quarter earnings per share were down slightly from the same time period last year. In a conference call with analysts, Times executives attributed the slowdown, in part, to a... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    What Makes an Article About Bed-Sharing So … Share-able?

    October 25, 2006 02:48 PM

    (The Most Post is an occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) Within the universe of most-emailed articles, there are certain, dependable genres -- stories about natural disasters, weird animals,... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Has the Chicago Tribune Heard of “Splogs”?

    October 24, 2006 03:25 PM

    Just when we thought journalists were finally getting tired of overhyping the expansion of the blogosphere, we read Steve Johnson's credulous piece today in the Chicago Tribune, entitled "I blog, therefore I am." "On the... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Roller Derby Revival at the Times

    October 18, 2006 02:01 PM

    From an article this morning in the New York Times about the roller derby revival in Ulster County: Roller derby, for better or worse, got its start in the 1930's and had peaks of popularity... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Why Did 60 Minutes Censor on the Web But Not on the Air?

    October 17, 2006 01:39 PM

    On Sunday night on 60 Minutes, CBS's Ed Bradley interviewed the three erstwhile Duke University lacrosse players accused earlier this year of raping a stripper during an off-campus party. Throughout the persuasive piece, 60 Minutes turned up a number of... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    The Former Mayor Keeps on Moving

    October 13, 2006 02:29 PM

    On a recent rainy afternoon, Ed Koch sat in his corner office at a Midtown law firm and spoke about his day thus far. He explained that earlier at lunch, several strangers had approached him to offer compliments on... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Wired’s Tired Portrait of an Overly Familiar Blogger

    October 6, 2006 10:40 AM

    What's not to like about a profile that appears in this month's issue of Wired featuring celeb-blogger Ana Marie Cox writing about celeb-blogger Markos (Kos) Moulitsas? At first glance it has all the makings of the must-read article... Continue reading

  12. The Audit

    Are Lower Taxes Really Benefiting All Americans?

    October 5, 2006 11:27 AM

    On Monday, USA Today published a story highlighting a recent study of IRS data which found that Americans at all income levels (not just people of high net worth) benefited from the Bush administration's tax cuts. "Americans of... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    There’s No Conspiracy Behind an Error at Fox News

    October 4, 2006 05:19 PM

    As various news outlets and bloggers have already pointed out, last night Fox News accidentally labeled disgraced erstwhile GOP Congressman Mark Foley as a Democrat. Sure enough, on three occasions, shots of Foley were accompanied on Fox... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    A Newfangled Journalism Technique Leaps Across the Country

    October 2, 2006 12:49 PM

    Throughout the midterm campaign season, most newspapers around the country have monitored the various races using fairly standard tools -- telephone polls, Internet surveys, man-on-the-street interviews. One daily newspaper in Maine, however, is using goldfish. Yup, goldfish.... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    T.O. Racks Up Yardage on the Most Viewed Lists

    September 28, 2006 12:03 PM

    (An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) Terrell Owens may or may not someday be the MVP of the NFL. But he is already the MVP of the American... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    Sports Illustrated Makes a Big Bet on Fantasy Sports

    September 26, 2006 10:50 AM

    For years, David Bauer, the deputy managing editor of Sports Illustrated has played fantasy baseball and fantasy basketball. Then this past summer, he became what you might call a three-sport fantasy athlete, participating in his first fantasy football draft. His... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    In Defense of Brent Musburger

    September 20, 2006 10:20 AM

    More so than in any other sport, the language of football borrows heavily from the language of war. For the most part, today's references draw from wars past: linebackers blitz, linemen toil in the trenches. But occasionally, contemporary football analysts... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    How Reliable Is the Zogby-Journal Poll?

    September 18, 2006 05:58 PM

    This past week, two polls (one from Zogby, one from Rasmussen) found that the governor's race in Texas was closer than expected. According to both polls, incumbent frontrunner Rick Perry had dropped down to less than 35 percent of the... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Americans, Too Busy to Do Errands, Read About Them Instead

    September 14, 2006 03:15 PM

    (An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) Recently it dawned on the Most Post that there are plenty of people out there who like to read about gofers. Not... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Los Angeles Times Refuses to Identify Already Identified Source

    September 13, 2006 05:13 PM

    What lengths should reporters go to in order to protect the identity of their sources? Recently, with the threat of subpoenas hanging over newsrooms from coast to coast, that question has taken on an ominous tone for many reporters. This... Continue reading

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