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  1. The Audit

    New York Times Covers Chrysler Corporation - With Praise and Love

    January 11, 2006 04:57 PM

    Granted, it sounded pretty cool. The new Jeep Wrangler, on display for the first time at the Detroit auto show, suddenly drives off the stage, through the convention center, and smashes through a plate-glass window. It speeds down the street... Continue reading

  2. The Audit

    Sometimes There’s a Fine Line Between Malfeasance and Myth

    January 10, 2006 12:59 PM

    When news emerged last April of Wal-Mart's covert program to subvert an effort aimed at unionizing its employees, it seemed to confirm everything that had always appeared sinister and soul-crushing about the mega-company's modus operandi. Or, as Harley Shaiken, a... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Surprise - Palestinians Revile Sharon

    January 6, 2006 05:25 PM

    The upper right-hand photo on the New York Times' Web site this morning was of a man in a bazaar reading a newspaper with the caption, "Little Pity in the Arab World: The basic sentiment at the prospect of Ariel... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    “If Your Mother Says She Loves You, Check It Out”

    January 5, 2006 03:42 PM

    If there's one positive development in this post-Jayson Blair/MemoGate media world, it's the realization that the faster a news outlet admits fault, the better. That this lesson had been absorbed was on full display today, as a number of papers... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    How the Press Got the Sago Story Wrong

    January 4, 2006 01:59 PM

    Maybe the reporters on the ground in West Virginia were just plain tired. Or maybe they themselves were swept up in the euphoria and wanted to believe. Otherwise, it's hard to explain how the erroneous news of the survival and... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    One Old House Tells a Sad, but Good, Story

    January 2, 2006 05:11 PM

    The frequent use of anecdotes to illustrate larger trends can sometimes make journalists' stories seem formulaic. But when this tried and tested method works, it really works. Case in point is a story by Louis Uchitelle in... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    The Times and the Post Go Silent On Us

    December 27, 2005 02:17 PM

    Howard Kurtz let us know yesterday in the Washington Post that Bill Keller and Arthur Sulzberger were not the only ones to get the Oval Office shakedown over a story the Bush administration wanted canned. Apparently, Leonard Downie... Continue reading

  8. The Water Cooler

    Ilena Silverman on Editing “The Lives They Lived”

    December 23, 2005 05:01 PM

    Ilena Silverman has been an editor at the New York Times Magazine for the past five years and is editing the upcoming “Lives They Lived” issue, an annual end-of-the-year feature for over a decade that looks at individuals who died... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    The Wiretap Debate Takes Familiar Shape

    December 22, 2005 01:29 PM

    The clamor over domestic wiretapping grows by the day, with a few Democrats now openly talking about impeachment (or what Dan Froomkin demurely calls the "I-word") and many, though not all, Republicans becoming increasingly defensive about the need for... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    The Pajama-Clad Opine Upon the Frozen Hordes

    December 21, 2005 02:06 PM

    There's maybe only one group of people living in the New York metropolitan area that has not been terribly affected by the transit strike, now in its second day: Bloggers, of course. The legion of the pajama-clad just, well, stayed... Continue reading

  11. Magazine Report

    Congo, Corruption, Republicans, and Bono

    December 20, 2005 06:21 PM

    This week the Economist takes us to a war-torn part of the world filled with feuding militias and an abysmal infrastructure, a country that recently emerged from decades of dictatorship and now faces its first real test of democracy.... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Bush Hypnotizes Blogs into Nuance

    December 19, 2005 02:21 PM

    Maybe it was the mesmerizing hand movements, but President Bush's Oval Office address last night elicited less partisan zeal in the blogosphere than usual. It seems that the speech, parts of which were far more moderate in tone than the... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    The New York Times: It Reads Your Mind So You Don’t Have To

    December 15, 2005 02:31 PM

    Here at CJR Daily we can always count on the New York Times' Thursday Styles section to provide us with low-hanging fruit. Like, say, the New York Post or Fox News, it's so easy to make fun of... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    The Times, the Post and the Monitor Give a Backdrop For the Iraq Election

    December 14, 2005 04:14 PM

    No one doubts the extreme importance of Iraq's first parliamentary election tomorrow. And from most accounts today -- which suggest that Sunnis are going to participate in the process in record numbers, something they did not do in the... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Deconstructing Press Performance on the White Phosphorus Story

    December 13, 2005 02:08 PM

    Propaganda is not a name we would lightly use to describe a documentary that purports to break news. But the half-hour program on Italian state television (RAI) claiming that U.S. troops in Iraq had used white phosphorus against civilians in... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    The Business Media Misses a Big Story in Washington

    December 2, 2005 05:00 PM

    At a Senate hearing on indecent programming earlier this week, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin shocked the cable industry by suggesting that consumers (and especially worried parents) would be much better served if they could buy cable channels individually or in... Continue reading

  17. The Audit

    The Media Fall for Some Savvy Marketing

    November 29, 2005 06:03 PM

    Could you feel the buzz, the tingling in your fingers as you clicked on your mouse and punched in your credit card number? What, you didn't know? Yesterday was Cyber Monday! It was almost impossible to ignore the... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Gaza’s Greenhouses Get the Times All Steamy

    November 28, 2005 06:03 PM

    Back in September, when Ariel Sharon disengaged Israel from the Gaza Strip, a lot of people were optimistic that the move would help revitalize the Palestinian economy. Once the Israelis were gone, it was thought, the international community (particularly Europe)... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    A Joke With an Explosive Punchline?

    November 23, 2005 12:17 PM

    Al Jazeera's newsroom in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2005. (AP Wideworld) It's no secret that the Bush administration despises Al Jazeera, the popular Arabic television network. But would the U.S. government physically attack a foreign... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Rolling Stone Looks At a PR Kingpin

    November 21, 2005 05:49 PM

    It's about time you got to know John Rendon. And thanks to a profile in Rolling Stone, of all places (we can't remember the last time they broke news like this), we can all become better acquainted with "the... Continue reading

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