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  1. Behind the News

    Has Killer Right Hand. Will Interview.

    September 11, 2006 03:23 PM

    Since the advent of blogging, hardly a nanosecond passes these days without one reporter or another being savagely attacked by someone. Another day, another beat-down on the Web. Yawn. Actual physical assaults on reporters stationed here in... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    All You Need to Know About Splogs

    September 6, 2006 05:13 PM

    When reporters are asked to file perfunctory stories explaining the rapid expansion of the blogosphere, they often slip into a gee whiz state of mind more a propos to contemplating all those stars in the night sky. How many are... Continue reading

  3. The Audit

    Who Needs Business Reporters When You Have Spammers?

    August 30, 2006 04:52 PM

    On a typical day here at the Audit, we spend our time scouring television, print, radio, and the Internet in our ongoing quest to better understand how people get their business news. But as it turns out, we may have... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Mystery Beast Slain in Maine, Resurrected for Media Sideshow

    August 25, 2006 02:25 PM

    (An occasional look at the most popular, most blogged, and most emailed stories on the Web.) A few weeks ago, Mark LaFlamme stood by the side of a road in Turner, Maine and inspected a furry piece... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Bloggers Defend Career Women

    August 24, 2006 11:52 AM

    On Tuesday, Forbes' Web site published a piece by Michael Noer, arguing that according to a number of sociological studies men are better off marrying women who don't have careers. The headline: "Don't Marry Career Women." ... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    David Ignatius Ponders al-Jazeera. Bloggers React

    August 23, 2006 12:21 PM

    This morning in the Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius takes an in depth look at the current state of the al-Jazeera news network. "What do people in the Middle East think five years after the Sept.... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Spike Lee Documents Hurricane Katrina, Bloggers Cry

    August 22, 2006 12:10 PM

    Last night HBO aired the first two parts of Spike Lee's new documentary chronicling Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans. Afterward, blogger after blogger put aside the usual snark and pounded out posts through tear-filled eyes. ... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    No Media Frenzy for Fox’s Kidnapped Journalists?

    August 21, 2006 01:22 PM

    It's been a week now since kidnappers seized Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig off the streets of Gaza City. And, in recent days, many bloggers have started to wonder why there hasn't been more media attention... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    No Downy-Soft Treatment for Ridge, This American Morning

    August 18, 2006 06:20 PM

    Typically nothing gets our head shaking first thing in the morning quite like the soft pitter-patter of the early broadcast news. So we were pleasantly surprised this morning when CNN rang in the new day by clanging one of its... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Post’s Farhi Scores Clean Tackle - on a Teammate

    August 16, 2006 11:50 AM

    For most players, the best part of preseason football games is the opportunity to stop hitting your teammates and, for the first time since the start of training camp, take a crack at somebody in an opposing uniform. ... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Falsely Accused, the Washington Times Falsely Accuses Another

    August 14, 2006 10:25 AM

    Two people falsely accused of the same crime might be expected to share a certain empathy for one another. But two newspapers? Not so much. Witness the Washington Times' gratuitous swipe on Friday at the New York... Continue reading

  12. The Audit

    Media Stutters While Pipelines Creak

    August 9, 2006 03:24 PM

    It wasn't long ago that American journalists were busy chronicling the record windfalls of big oil companies and American columnists were opining themselves dizzy over the question of what should be done with all those trillions of dollars. Conspicuously absent... Continue reading

  13. The Audit

    All the Bloomberg News that’s Fit to Print

    August 8, 2006 02:58 PM

    Most news writers hoping for a promotion strive to keep their editors happy. But at Bloomberg News ambitious go-getters would be well advised to forget the editors across the hall and focus instead on pleasing the editors across the city... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Is It Life Imitating Art — Or Is It Journalism?

    August 2, 2006 02:40 PM

    Few subjects in life bring out the trend-mongering instinct in a reporter like misbehaving teenagers. Show us a teenager doing something profoundly dumb, and we'll show you some breathy, excitable journalist ready to translate the youthful stupidity into a national... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Rove Snipes at Press, Bloggers Take Bait

    July 31, 2006 12:24 PM

    Over the weekend, in front of a graduating class of political science students at George Washington University, presidential advisor Karl Rove couldn't resist taking a swipe at the American media. "Some decry the professional role of politics,... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    Reporter Tosses Cold Water on Hot Technology

    July 27, 2006 03:22 PM

    The media's habit of slathering uncritical hype on whatever gizmo or widget is currently deemed worthy of "breakthrough technology" status never ceases to annoy. By the time these breakthroughs are proven to be thoroughly useless, the writers have inevitably moved... Continue reading

  17. The Audit

    Repeat After Media: Housing Market is Stable

    July 26, 2006 10:26 AM

    The rockier life gets, the more we pay homage to the ideal of stability in its many manifestations. Stable jobs. Stable earnings. Stable friendships. Stable markets. Stable quarterbacks. And Tuesday morning, when we read the latest housing... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Can Good Do Well By Doing Good?

    July 21, 2006 04:55 PM

    Ben Goldhirsh is the 26-year-old founder and owner of Good magazine, a Los Angeles-based publication which will debut in September and will, according to its Web site, strive to... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Ban the Bomb - Oops, Make that Ban the Blog

    July 20, 2006 12:06 PM

    Last week, in the wake of the Mumbai train bombings, the government of India momentarily clamped down on more than a dozen Web sites apparently deemed dangerous to the country -- and, in the process, inadvertently cut off access to... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Amazing Survey Shows Blogging Is … a Hobby

    July 19, 2006 11:49 AM

    Today, in the world of blogging news, Reuters reports on the findings of a recent study of American bloggers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The headline: "Storytelling, not journalism, spurs most U.S. blogs." (Silly... Continue reading

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