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  1. Behind the News

    Paper Finds Christians in Clubhouse, Clubhouse Professes Disbelief

    June 1, 2006 06:50 PM

    During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, revered feature writer Gay Talese noted that when reading a newspaper he often flips to the sports page first. "It's the only part of the paper you can believe," he explained. <br... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Court Rules in Favor of Journalism

    May 31, 2006 12:48 PM

    The blogger known as Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem may never rival Bob Woodward in recognition or prestige. But thanks to a recent court ruling, when it comes to their legal right to protect the confidentiality of their sources,... Continue reading

  3. The Audit

    Market “Jitters” Up, Down, Up: Who Cares?

    May 25, 2006 01:55 PM

    In recent years, many newspapers, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Orlando Sentinel (to name just a few) have been scaling back on their daily stock listings. While everybody is in the... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    “Good News” from Iraq Found - in Northern Virginia

    May 23, 2006 04:06 PM

    In recent times, several conservative commentators have complained about the lack of positive stories coming out of Iraq. But to judge by this morning's paper, nobody can accuse the editors of the Washington Times of not doing their darndest to... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Harper’s Ben Metcalf Throws Hissy Fit, Spits Up

    May 22, 2006 03:40 PM

    Would somebody please give Harper's literary editor Ben Metcalf a back rub? Or maybe pour him a cup of sleepy-time tea? Or buy him a gift certificate for some yoga lessons? After all, it's difficult for an... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    Round ‘Em Up! Ride ‘Em In! Raw … Talent?

    May 18, 2006 01:58 PM

    Lots of news organizations run themselves dizzy in the endless chase to define the latest zeitgeist-making trend -- that elusive something-or-other that defines the current moment, the right now. But recently the trend-watchers at CNN have taken the approach one... Continue reading

  7. The Audit

    The Atlantic Shows That Ideas Can Be News

    May 16, 2006 06:03 PM

    Last October, various media outlets reported on a leaked Wal-Mart memo, which recommended various ways for the world's largest company to cut back on its employees' health-care benefits. At the time, we criticized the all-too-often shallow coverage of the... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Michael Schiavo, Blogger, Stirs Things Up Again

    May 15, 2006 12:32 PM

    The battle over the future of Terri Schiavo may have ended months ago, but apparently the battle over Michael Schiavo's blogging future is just getting started. On Friday, the erstwhile husband of the late Terri Schiavo posted a... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    David Dusek on Golf, Editing and a National Magazine Award

    May 12, 2006 05:26 PM

    David Dusek is the Senior Managing Editor of and This week, his feature in the October 2005 issue of Golf Magazine, "The New Way to Putt," won... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Do It Now, Fix It Later!

    May 11, 2006 12:52 PM

    Recently, the New York Times has begun dipping its toes into the blogosphere by launching the occasional Times-sanctioned blog. And some of its nascent blogging efforts -- most notably David Carr's Carpetbagger blog leading up to the Oscars awards ceremony... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Blogs Respond to Cohen Responding to Blogs Responding to Cohen

    May 10, 2006 12:56 PM

    Yesterday, columnist Richard Cohen wrote a piece for the Washington Post entitled "Digital Lynch Mob," about the venomous response he has received from readers after an earlier column criticizing comedian Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House correspondents' dinner. ... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Running Out of Goss

    May 9, 2006 02:12 PM

    On Friday President Bush announced that Porter Goss would be stepping down as the director of the CIA and, yesterday, revealed that Goss would be replaced by General Michael V. Hayden. While newspapers scrambled to profile Hayden and the burgeoning... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Kos Pummels Hillary; Left & Right Pummel Kos

    May 8, 2006 01:17 PM

    Yesterday, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by ubiquitous lefty political blogger Markos "Kos" Moulitsas attacking Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her prospects for winning the presidency in 2008. According to Moulitsas, Clinton suffers from... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    The Times: Where Editors Sleep Standing Up

    May 5, 2006 02:35 PM

    On occasion when we're reading the morning newspapers, we wistfully think about how nice it would be if Jean-Francois Champollion, the so-called father of Egyptology, sat in the cubicle next to ours. After all, if Champollion was able to crack... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Of Singleton and San Francisco

    May 4, 2006 02:05 PM

    Last week, when MediaNews announced that it was purchasing three dozen Knight Ridder papers from the McClatchy Co., we briefly touched upon how the deal might affect journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to most of the papers... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    NBC’s “Exclusive” Enters Third Dimension

    May 2, 2006 03:54 PM

    If there were a protective shelter for words abused at the hands of American journalists, it would no doubt be overcrowded. But if it were a fair and just shelter a special, quiet recovery room would be reserved solely for... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    CNN Reports on Reporters Watching CNN

    April 28, 2006 02:35 PM

    According to Nielson Media Research, during prime time this year Fox News typically attracts more than twice as many viewers as CNN. But according to an article on CNN's Web site today. America's number two cable news network may... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Four Newspapers Taken Off the Wall Street Monopoly Board

    April 27, 2006 04:23 PM

    In recent months, American newspapers seem to be flipping ownership at a rate once reserved for, say, Florida condos. This, despite the fact that owning a newspaper these days would seem to offer all the potential downside of the aforementioned... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    On Citizenship, Journalism - and Campus Centerfolds!

    April 26, 2006 04:32 PM

    From the lairs of underground Satan worshippers, to the battlefields of Afghanistan, to the furthest reaches of Al Capone's vault, few American journalists have logged more miles in more bizarre settings than Geraldo Rivera. And it only makes sense that... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Faced With Lie Detectors, Anonymice Reach for the Phone

    April 25, 2006 01:20 PM

    Paging the CIA's office supplies manager: Go ahead and double next month's order for polygraph paper. Actually, triple it. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that in an effort to crack down on leaks to the... Continue reading

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