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  1. The Audit

    Business 2.0 Sees Money in Extra-Terrestrials

    March 8, 2006 12:47 PM

    During the early days of the Internet, business reporters wandered the earth, pom-poms in hand, cheering for seemingly every investment idea on the planet. Oh, how the times have changed. Take, for example, the current issue of... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Tara Parker-Pope on Avoiding the Press Release

    March 3, 2006 06:00 PM

    Since January 2000, Tara Parker-Pope has written a health column for the Wall Street Journal. In the past, she has covered consumer products for the Journal and done political and government reporting for the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman.... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    NYU Blog Ranks Newspaper Blogs

    March 2, 2006 12:17 PM

    These days, it seems that best-blog lists are almost as ubiquitous as bloggers themselves. Recently, however, PressThink's Jay Rosen and his students at New York University managed to find a fresh angle on the subject -- ranking the best blogs... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Bush Praises Bloggery, Bloggers Lap It Up

    March 1, 2006 02:27 PM

    Yesterday, Matt Drudge posted excerpts from the newly published book Strategery by Bill Sammon, in which President Bush meditates on the state of the American media. "President Bush, for the first time, is hailing the rise of... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Meltdowns in Iraq, Texas and Cambridge

    February 28, 2006 02:45 PM

    According to an article in the current issue of Time, "Civil wars, as a general rule, don't announce themselves when they arrive." That job -- declaring a civil war -- would seem, conventional wisdom suggests, to belong... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Blog Swarm Responds to Kristol’s War Critique

    February 27, 2006 01:30 PM

    Yesterday, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, criticized the Pentagon's handling of the war in Iraq and laid out a two-part plan for victory. How would you defeat the terrorists?, asked host... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    One More Sportswriter Mentions Wheaties, We’re Outta Here

    February 24, 2006 05:50 PM

    When competing in the Olympics, winning gold is nice. But to judge by the recent Olympic coverage, winning cardboard is even better -- particularly that small rectangular patch of the stuff that appears on the front of Wheaties boxes. ... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    That’s the Sound of CJR Daily Cringing

    February 22, 2006 05:42 PM

    In the hierarchy of the world's most cringe-inducing sounds, right up there with the blaring of a car alarm in the dead of night and the screeching of alley cats in a scrap is the dreaded sound of actual grown-up... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    CNN Floods the Zone - With Toilet Bowl Water

    February 21, 2006 03:09 PM

    Last Friday was a huge day in American journalism for stories about the dangers of melting ice. On Friday morning, the journal Science kicked things off by publishing a study which found that the glaciers of southern Greenland are... Continue reading

  10. The Audit

    Times Scores with Profile of Dirty Tricks Company

    February 16, 2006 04:14 PM

    How do you get your first job in the field of state-sponsored propaganda? You can't cut your teeth at a fake college newspaper. There are no graduate school programs that teach the craft of planting slanted stories, and no fake-writer-in-residence... Continue reading

  11. The Audit

    Reporter Fed Pill Story, Swallows Whole

    February 15, 2006 12:50 PM

    Newsday reported yesterday on the results of a recent government study investigating the link between hormone replacement therapy and heart disease in middle-aged women. Like most other news organizations focusing on the report, Newsday highlighted the study's... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    One Man’s Leak Is Another Man’s Water Fountain

    February 13, 2006 06:06 PM

    On Friday, Porter Goss, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that leaks of classified information to the media are threatening to undermine the ongoing attempts to combat terrorism. Apparently... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    A Heaping Serving of Baked Kolata, Hold the Caveats

    February 9, 2006 03:58 PM

    Yesterday the New York Times led the front page with a splashy display of a story by Gina Kolata on a recently completed federal study that looked at the long-term impacts of a low-fat diet for postmenopausal women. "The... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    Super Bowl Journalism Not So XL’ent

    February 3, 2006 04:29 PM

    Reading business reporters' coverage of Super Bowl XL is kind of like watching a game of peewee football: there aren't many offensive formations and, time after time, the coaches call the same predictable play. On three -- preview of zany... Continue reading

  15. The Audit

    Reporter Groupies Service Rockstar of Finance

    February 2, 2006 03:16 PM

    Raiding corporations is fun. And it's not as hard as it sounds -- especially when you can get a passel of reporters to lend a hand. Just ask Carl Icahn. For the past six months, Icahn... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    Fortune Pumps Oil Fears, Rich Sources Get Richer

    January 31, 2006 05:36 PM

    When speculating about improbable, abstract disasters, journalists like nothing more than kicking things off with a pointed, bone-chilling question. What would happen if a hurricane hit New York? How can you protect yourself against the world's deadliest virus? Will Y2K... Continue reading

  17. The Audit

    Time Turns Ford to Fluff, But the Story’s Pretty Good

    January 28, 2006 01:58 PM

    It's a tough time for American automakers. Ditto for American newsweeklies. But this week, when a reporter from Time, fresh off a round of layoffs at its parent company, sat down with an executive at the Ford Motor Co., fresh... Continue reading

  18. The Audit

    News Corp. Has a Problem, Fox News Keeps Mum

    January 26, 2006 04:48 PM

    On Tuesday, executives at CBS and Warner Bros. announced plans to fold their respective struggling television networks, UPN and WB, and, from the pieces, create a single mega teen-friendly network to be called CW. "The news of the... Continue reading

  19. The Audit

    Financial Journo Watches Stock Ticker - and Needs a Tissue

    January 24, 2006 04:02 PM

    Scanning through the recent financial news, we were happy to learn that at least one American car company had enjoyed a good day in the marketplace. An article posted Monday on the MarketWatch Web site summed up the cheery... Continue reading

  20. The Water Cooler

    George Solomon on ESPN, Redskins Fans and Petitions

    January 20, 2006 05:16 PM

    George Solomon writes a weekly column for the sports page of the Washington Post, where he served as the assistant managing editor for sports from 1975 until 2003. This past summer he... Continue reading

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