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  1. Behind the News

    The Restaurant Review, Baghdad-Style

    September 19, 2006 11:30 AM

    Critics of the reporting coming out of Iraq have long shown themselves unafraid of shouting from the highest rooftops when they see a story relating "bad" news. But not every story filed from Baghdad is full of blood and carnage.... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    New City, New Boss, a Sharper Atlantic

    September 15, 2006 04:45 PM

    In his very first communication to his staff, back in March of this year, James Bennet, the new editor of the Atlantic Monthly had to break the news that the famed, award-winning editor-writer duo of Cullen Murphy and William... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Fluff is on the March

    September 13, 2006 01:44 PM

    This week's issue of the New Yorker has a compelling (and very long) profile of ex-President Bill Clinton, written by the magazine's editor, David Remnick. In the piece, Clinton is asked -- of course -- what it would mean for... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    Chicago Bids Adieu to Dept. Stores, Uncritical Coverage Ensues

    September 11, 2006 05:10 PM

    Chicago's nostalgic sentimentalists mustered one last, energetic protest on Saturday, but they failed to halt the inevitable. The city's famed commercial center, State Street, changed for good that afternoon, as the legendary Marshall Field's department store -- founded in 1852,... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    New One-Stop Stat Explains Everything

    September 7, 2006 03:45 PM

    Sometime in the next few weeks, the 300 millionth American will come kicking and screaming into this world. BusinessWeek, like an anxious midwife, yanks the babe out early, giving him a good, cross-eyed ogle and strains to divine the meaning... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Rumsfeld Launches PR Campaign. Bloggers Not Appeased.

    August 30, 2006 02:12 PM

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld trotted out the big guns yesterday, so to speak. Though he's taken turns at being both an apologist as well as an ideologue when it comes to the administration's policies, he spoke Monday night to thousands... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    After the Circus

    August 29, 2006 05:17 PM

    Another one of those good old media shamings has begun. Since the news came out yesterday that John M. Karr, who confessed to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, was being released from a Denver prison for lack of evidence,... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    NBC Crashes and Burns in Emmy Sketch

    August 28, 2006 01:43 PM

    A plane crashes on Sunday morning in Kentucky, killing 49, and the blogopshere erupts in anger at Conan O'Brien and the insensitivity of NBC. What's the connection? See, on the same day as the fatal accident, the Emmys, hosted by... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Economist Predicts a Dim Future for Newspapers

    August 25, 2006 03:30 PM

    The Economist this week adds a nail to the proverbial coffin containing your daily newspaper -- now shot, stabbed, and drowned a thousand times over. In a cover story entitled, "Who Killed the Newspaper?" the magazine goes... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    This is Not an Umbrella

    August 24, 2006 11:16 AM

    We spend a lot of time lambasting journalists for using clich├ęd phrases -- the "recent surge of violence" and "the perfect storm" -- but they are not the only ones guilty of relying too heavily on the tired and... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Trying to Draw Conclusions About a Fluid Situation

    August 18, 2006 10:51 AM

    Nailing a story in a headline is always hardest when a situation is in flux -- and nothing better describes what has been happening in south Lebanon these past few days than "flux." Israel is withdrawing, but not... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Wallace Flashes Style Over Substance

    August 15, 2006 04:00 PM

    How do you interview a dictator? How do you pin down someone unused to being challenged, a leader familiar only with the sound of his own rhetoric echoing off the palace walls? We saw Mike Wallace try Sunday... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Reuters Takes a Hit in the War on the MSM

    August 8, 2006 11:24 AM

    The right side of the blogosphere scored a few points yesterday when it drew on about a hundred sets of strong eyes, combined with a collective and abiding mistrust of anything produced by the so-called MSM, to unmask a poorly... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    Another China Story, and We’re Still No Smarter

    August 7, 2006 12:25 PM

    Predicting the economic future of China, in all its vastness and complexity, is about as easy as swimming to it. But since there are few stories more important, it seems a matter of some urgency, if not life and death,... Continue reading

  15. The Audit

    Larry Kudlow Goes Stark Raving Mad

    August 2, 2006 10:11 AM

    CNBC host Larry Kudlow, writing in the National Review, has some advice for those of us trying to make heads or tails of the conflict in the Middle East: Turn off your TV, hide your newspaper, don't even think... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    Inside the Tabloid Wars

    July 28, 2006 05:01 PM

    Bravo's new series Tabloid Wars has shocked journalists and editors with how accurate a picture it paints of life inside a daily newspaper, in this case the New York Daily News. (The second episode of Tabloid Wars will air... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Iraq, Civil War and the Partitioning Question

    July 27, 2006 02:10 PM

    To shift the focus further east for a few minutes, we turn today to that other Middle East conflict, Iraq, and a question whose answer one might think was already pretty clear: Has the country's conflict devolved into a fractious,... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Weighing In on Rosen’s Audacious Proposal

    July 26, 2006 03:09 PM

    In a long post yesterday -- yes, even longer than usual -- Jay Rosen at Pressthink introduced an idea he's clearly been contemplating for a long time: an online venture called NewAssignment.Net that would go around the mainstream media's... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Deconstructing Wikipedia, and a Different Take on Hezbollah and Israel

    July 25, 2006 02:09 PM

    This week's New Yorker looks at the wiki-state of Wikipedia, the online participatory encyclopedia that recently hit its millionth entry. A project that started out as an example of unfettered democracy, it turns out, has become a near-bureaucracy of rules... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    On the Left, the Sound of Silence

    July 24, 2006 02:29 PM

    An article in last week's issue of the Forward, the prominent New York Jewish paper, made the point that "major players in the liberal blogosphere were keeping, by their own admission, decidedly quiet" on the question of Israel's actions... Continue reading

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