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  1. Politics

    Zbigniew Brzezinski Gets Pelted and Praised

    April 24, 2006 12:20 PM

    We've always wanted to get the words "Zbigniew Brzezinski" into a headline, and, thanks to the Los Angeles Times, the time is now. Yesterday, the Times published an op-ed by Brzezinski, a former national security advisor to... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Pulitzers Draw a Line in the Sand

    April 17, 2006 03:58 PM

    The 2006 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this afternoon, with a few old standbys cleaning up in several categories. Kicking things off is the Public Service award, which was shared by the Biloxi, Mississippi Sun Herald and the New Orleans Times-Picayune... Continue reading

  3. The Audit

    Tighter Money Blocks Oxygen Flow at USA Today

    April 14, 2006 03:29 PM

    Thursday, 10-year Treasury notes crept above 5 percent for the first time in several years -- a development which had many news organizations scrambling to explain the wide-ranging implications for consumers and borrowers, from potentially higher credit card rates to... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    Pssst: Want a Copy of BusinessWeek?

    April 12, 2006 03:24 PM

    In recent years, BusinessWeek, like many of its rivals, has slogged through a tough environment for business magazines in the wake of the meltdown. This past December, for instance, executives of the McGraw-Hill-owned magazine shuttered its print editions in... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    Why CEOs Get Paid the Big Bucks

    April 11, 2006 09:30 AM

    Not long ago, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary John Snow took a stab at explaining the recent astronomical rise in CEO compensation. Snow, a former well-compensated CEO himself, credited soaring executive salaries and benefits... Continue reading

  6. The Water Cooler

    Steve Hymon on the Los Angeles River, the Mayor and a Pair of Goldfish

    April 7, 2006 05:40 PM

    Little Ed and Little Antonio Steve Hymon is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since 2003, he has reported on various beats for the paper including the... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    News That Can Use You

    April 6, 2006 01:40 PM

    Today the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit group based in Wisconsin, released the findings of its 10-month-long investigation into the addiction that local broadcast stations have to video news releases (VNRs), those industry-produced press releases dressed up... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Times Redesigns Web Site, Bloggers Credit Selves

    April 5, 2006 01:00 PM

    On Sunday night, the New York Times launched a redesign of its Web site, including wider pages, additional multimedia and video features, and expanded lists of the most emailed and most blogged articles. "Our goal when we set... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    American Magazines Caught in Immigration Sweep

    April 4, 2006 01:45 PM

    The current issue of Time magazine features a special report on immigration that leaps off the newsstand with an illustration of the Statue of Liberty flashing a bit of universal, unfriendly sign language -- specifically, the old talk to... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Bloggers Send “Mixed Messages” Over Green Email

    April 3, 2006 02:28 PM

    On Friday, ABC announced that it was suspending John Green, the executive producer of the weekend edition of Good Morning America, for one month without pay. His transgression? In a pair of private emails -- later leaked to the press... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    “I’ve Got Your Back - As Long As No One Sees Me With You”

    March 31, 2006 04:33 PM

    Anonymous sources are a slippery bunch. In some cases, it can take days, months, even years to judge the validity of their claims. Other times, all it takes is a few seconds. So it was today,... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    On 44th Street, the Debt Piles Up - and So Do the Reporters

    March 30, 2006 05:42 PM

    Reporting on the national debt is a daunting task. Deadly, slumber-inducing phrases lurk at every turn. Long-term interest rates. Entitlement reform. Fluctuations in the national savings rate. Yaaaaaaaawn. In recent months, however, reporters have stumbled onto... Continue reading

  13. The Audit

    The Pit, the Pendulum and Michael Eisner

    March 29, 2006 03:47 PM

    The American media generally falls into two camps: content providers, and business managers who come up with godforsaken terms like "content providers." Last night, Michael Eisner, former head of Disney and ABC, officially switched teams, making his content-providing... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Surprise! Caffeine + Alcohol = Drunk

    March 28, 2006 02:30 PM

    It's not every day that a news organization gets to report on a study so controversial that it threatens to tear asunder the prevailing scientific paradigm of the age. Yesterday, however, MSNBC published a Reuters article... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Pixie Dust, Promises and Bizarre Side Effects

    March 21, 2006 05:02 PM

    Yesterday, producers at CNN broke a wacky story about a Manhattan resident who paints pictures in his sleep. "For several weeks we have been bringing you incredible stories from people who say Ambien, the nation's most widely... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Snow Tries to Snow WSJ, Gets Blowback

    March 20, 2006 04:06 PM

    These days, it would appear that most Americans aren't feeling too chipper about the state of the U.S. economy. "Majorities of Americans rate economic conditions at the moment as 'only fair' or 'poor,' say economic conditions in the U.S. are... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Bush Flops as Press Critic

    March 15, 2006 10:49 AM

    On Monday, during a speech at George Washington University, President Bush spoke at length about the U.S. strategy to combat what the military refers to as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) -- aka roadside bombs -- in Iraq. Along the way,... Continue reading

  18. The Audit

    The Real Nano-Tech Story

    March 13, 2006 04:18 PM

    The subject of nanotechnology exists at a special crossroads--that hollowed place where journalism dances with science fiction and, inevitably, spins off thousands of dizzying predictions for the future. "This new science is the next step that will... Continue reading

  19. The Audit

    Sure, It’s All About the Emotions

    March 13, 2006 01:34 PM

    Sometimes the most perplexing questions about the American economy come from the least likely of sources. Several years ago, for instance, a theatrical comedian named Kristin Garrison posed a real stumper. "If our entire economy relies on consumer confidence," asked... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Pondering More News Outlets, Fewer Reporters, and the Plight of Jill Carroll

    March 13, 2006 12:56 PM

    The Project for Excellence in Journalism recently released the State of the News Media 2006. This year's study noted, among other trends, that while the number of news outlets in this country has been rapidly expanding, the amount of... Continue reading

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