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  1. The Audit

    Not Covering All the Angles on the Xbox 360

    November 22, 2005 07:28 PM

    Media outlets across the nation have found all sorts of interesting things to say about the rollout of Microsoft's new gaming system, the Xbox 360. But amidst the flurry of coverage, a report from National Public Radio yesterday stood out.... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    The New York Times Goes Cuckoo for Google

    November 21, 2005 05:40 PM

    Yesterday, writing in the Sunday Business section of the New York Times, Roger Lowenstein criticized a newly published book called The Google Story for its starry-eyed portrayal of its subject. "The book does not so much report on Google's... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    The Phantom of the Operative

    November 18, 2005 05:55 PM

    A few weeks ago, writing in the Washington Post, Michael Kinsley took a joyful ride through the topsy-turvy, loopy-loops of the Plame leak investigation, proving along the way that there's more than one way to ride a "Scooter." Noting... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    All for Torture, and Torture for All!

    November 17, 2005 04:25 PM

    This past weekend, U.S. troops uncovered a bunker's worth of detainees in the basement of a government building outside of Baghdad. Over the past several days, various news outlets from the Christian Science Monitor to the New York... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Very Hidden

    November 16, 2005 12:39 PM

    Paging all political scientists: Get ready to amend those textbooks. Today an article in the Los Angeles Times identified, documented, and named a previously unrecognized phase of the American presidential-election cycle -- behold, the presidential pre-pre-primary. "Big... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Anagram Wars

    November 14, 2005 05:09 PM

    This past week, writing in the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg sized up the president's nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court and, in so doing, passed along a lethal anagram of the judge's name. "He... Continue reading

  7. The Water Cooler

    Behind Every Successful Jock Is a …

    November 11, 2005 06:18 PM

    Gena James PittsThis past September, Gena James Pitts launched the premier issue of Professional Sports Wives Magazine, a quarterly glossy catering to the roughly 500,000 women... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Who Is Lying About Iraq?

    November 10, 2005 01:35 PM

    Norman Podhoretz's essay in the December issue of Commentary appears under the provocative title, "Who is Lying About Iraq?" Hint: According to Podhoretz, it's not the Bush administration."Among the many distortions, misrepresentations, and outright falsifications that have... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    It’s Mary Mapes Day in the Blogosphere

    November 9, 2005 02:07 PM

    Mary Mapes, the erstwhile CBS News producer who was fired earlier this year for her role in the botched "60 Minutes II" story on President Bush's National Guard service, is back in the news this week promoting her new book,... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    And We Wish It Had Stayed Hidden

    November 3, 2005 02:32 PM

    The presidential primaries of 2008 may seem like a galaxy far, far away. But according to an article in the Christian Science Monitor today, the residents of Iowa and New Hampshire may already be facing a threat to their... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Put This One on Ice

    November 2, 2005 05:56 PM

    Nobody likes a dirty refrigerator full of rotting food -- except for that endlessly hungry caste of Americans known as feature reporters. Recently, post-Katrina reporters scavenging the wreckage of the Gulf Coast for fresh stories two months after... Continue reading

  12. Magazine Report

    Breakups and Make-ups

    November 1, 2005 01:17 PM

    According to the calculus of American magazines, if you take one botched hurricane response, multiply it by a high-profile Washington indictment, add a failed Supreme Court nomination, and divide the whole shebang by high oil prices, what do you get?... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Martha Libby?

    October 31, 2005 05:46 PM

    The Martha Stewart brand has something for seemingly every time of the year, from Thanksgiving morning, to Christmas eve to, apparently, that festive time of the year unique to Washington, D.C. -- Scandal Week. Thus, to judge by the... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    Investment Coverage That Doesn’t Add Up

    October 28, 2005 02:14 PM

    If you were going to write an article attributing a certain characteristic to roughly half the world's population -- say, a few billion people -- how much data would you gather ahead of time? For Marilyn Gardner of the Christian... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Poll Vaults Hypothetical, Slams Into Wall of Insignificance

    October 26, 2005 01:37 PM

    When it comes to reporting on American presidential elections, news organizations are currently slogging through a less than thrilling part of the cycle. Stories about the 2004 election feel stale. Stories about the 2008 campaign feel premature. Yesterday, however, the... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    Up! Down! Neither! Both!

    October 25, 2005 04:41 PM

    Is the tank of gas half empty? Or is the tank of gas half full? The answer to that question seems to depend on which news organization you happen to be asking.To wit: Recently both the Associated Press... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    The Technical Term For It Is “Big Fat Lie”

    October 24, 2005 12:49 PM

    Yesterday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas floated a pre-emptive defense of the Bush administration officials currently under investigation by special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald. "I certainly hope," said Hutchison, "that... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Very Hidden

    October 21, 2005 01:41 PM

    For all of you who think that USA Today is incapable of hard-hitting cultural reporting -- and you know who you are -- think again. Today, the Web site of the paper best known for its excellent national sports page... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    She’s Ba-aack

    October 20, 2005 05:48 PM

    It seems like just yesterday that Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz noted of the post-Hurricane Katrina news coverage, "Suddenly, there were no more absurdly hyped melodramas like those of Natalee Holloway." But apparently it takes more than a hurricane... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    And a New Contender Emerges …

    October 19, 2005 01:29 PM

    There are all sorts of reasons why sources request anonymity when talking with reporters. Some are whistleblowers afraid of retribution. Others are gossip mongers worried about looking overly-catty. Still others are exercising a grudge against a boss or a colleague.... Continue reading

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