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  1. Behind the News

    Nancy Grace Shreds the Envelope

    July 21, 2006 04:49 PM

    Just how mindlessly callous can cable news get? We were provided with a pretty good example the other day by CNN's Nancy Grace, self-proclaimed purveyor of "television's only justice-themed/interview/debate show" (whatever that means). Grace snagged an interview... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    About Those Photos of Little Girls and Artillery Shells …

    July 20, 2006 05:44 PM

    (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner;click for larger image) The sweet-faced little Israeli girls drawing with markers... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Lebanon Is More Than Just Orange Fireballs

    July 14, 2006 04:41 PM

    Television loves explosions. It doesn't get much better for broadcast news than when bombs are falling -- the shock and the awe is something that words and photos can't capture quite as well as video and audio. And Israel, true... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    The New York Times: This Summer’s Pinata

    July 12, 2006 12:43 PM

    As soon as the New York Times revealed, late last month, the existence of a government program to comb through the bank records of millions of people as a way of catching terrorists, it was it was a given that... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    A Failure to Compare and Contrast

    July 7, 2006 02:39 PM

    The White House might have hit a hypocrisy high water mark yesterday with this comment from press secretary Tony Snow about the administration's unwillingness to confront North Korea about its July 4th seven-missile surprise: "The U.S. response is we're working... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    Letter to the Editor: More Rubbish, Please

    July 3, 2006 08:30 AM

    What would make you send a letter to the New York Times? Well, basically anger -- a mighty sense of outrage that one of the most influential papers in the country has committed a grave injustice, a gross defamation, a... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    The Challenge With Anonymice Is Getting a Lot of Them

    June 30, 2006 05:05 PM

    Ron Suskind's new book, The One Percent Doctrine, has been a conversation starter for the two weeks since its publication. Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, got deep inside the workings of the CIA and Bush administration in the... Continue reading

  8. The Audit

    The Journal Reports That Good Deeds Are Bad

    June 28, 2006 04:19 PM

    Warren Buffett's groundbreaking decision this week to donate most of his wealth to charity (and specifically to his buddy Bill Gates' charity) was roundly greeted with applause and respect. It was hard to find anything really negative to say; the... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Daily Kos For Sale?

    June 22, 2006 03:40 PM

    It might not actually be the discovery of "The Blogosphere's Smoke-Filled Backroom," as Jason Zengerle writes on The Plank, but charges of some light corruption by the eminent Markos Moulitsas (or, simply, Kos) have gained a head of steam... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Exit Rather, Enter Coop and Plump Lips

    June 21, 2006 12:41 PM

    For those bloggers who seem to be in a permanent state of hand-wringing about what they see as broadcast journalism's plummeting standards, yesterday was a bonanza. Not only did Dan Rather, the last of the "voice of God" troika announce... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Time on Terror, Atlantic Monthly on One Terrorist

    June 20, 2006 03:20 PM

    We fearful, anxious masses can never get enough information on how the War on Terror is being fought. What is happening behind the scenes? Is our phone being tapped and our email intercepted -- or not? Who are the personalities... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    World Cup Captivates (Some) U.S. Bloggers

    June 19, 2006 02:03 PM

    Anyone who thinks that Americans have yet to embrace the beautiful game of soccer and are basically ignoring the World Cup should check out the blogosphere. We already know, via the New York Observer and Slate respectively, that... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Press Politicizes, Instead of Examining, Death Toll In Iraq

    June 16, 2006 04:16 PM

    The death toll for American soldiers in Iraq hit the 2,500 mark yesterday with the national press not particularly eager to make much of it. It was a sharp contrast with last October, when, as we noted <a... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Guantanamo: The Elephant in the Newsroom

    June 14, 2006 10:30 AM

    We don't think we can put it any better than the New York Times editorial page did Monday, so we won't even try: "The news that three inmates at Guantanamo Bay hanged themselves should not have surprised anyone who... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Zarqawi: Master of the Massacre, or Inept Dolt?

    June 9, 2006 04:44 PM

    Who was Musab al-Zarqawi? Evil mastermind or bumbling fool? Intelligent or doltish? Enterprising terrorist or al Queda puppet? As the bloated, bloody face of America's enemy number one in Iraq dominated the front pages of newspapers today, reporters on the... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Press Pounces to Over-Interpret California Race

    June 8, 2006 01:55 PM

    Journalists are always hungry for some politics. And you could see the saliva practically dripping off the page this morning in stories about the first congressional election of 2006 - to fill the seat of disgraced and imprisoned Rep. Randy... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    The Toronto Star Dazzles on Terrorists Story

    June 7, 2006 08:00 AM

    It's the kind of situation that can leave a newspaper reeling with embarrassment -- a major story with international implications breaks in that paper's backyard and catches editors and journalists off-guard, unprepared to describe and explain what they should know... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    One Reporter’s Layered, Nuanced Work from Darfur

    June 2, 2006 01:05 PM

    The situation in Darfur is as dire as ever. As the New York Times reported Wednesday, there has been a drying up of the aid money that has maintained refugee camps and critical medical services for over 2.5 million... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Times Fails to Get Even a Cliché Right

    May 31, 2006 01:37 PM

    There are a number of great seasonal clichés in journalism: the Christmas shopping story, the back-to-school story, the "spring is here" story. And, of course, there is the Memorial Day story, usually some kind of speculation about how crowded the... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    What the F—k Are They Driving At?

    May 26, 2006 04:12 PM

    It's not that we're particularly titillated by dirty words. And we can understand why most newspapers, for the sake of decorum, feel the need to ban them from their pages. Still, when a newsmaker uses the f-word, or any other... Continue reading

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