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LeT’s Not Jump the Gun

Guessing is great, but the pundits’ certainty is worrisome

Last week’s attacks in Mumbai were, in a word, horrific. As happens after every crisis, the pundits and analysts swarm... More

The Unbearable Lightness of Kabul

Lots of bombs go off in Afghanistan, but the media only seem to report the ones that hit internationals

Late last week, a car bomb exploded near the American embassy in Kabul, killing at least four civilians. The bombing... More

Phantom Militias

Don’t believe everything you read about Pakistan’s tribal conflicts

Verifiable stories out of northwestern Pakistan are difficult to come by: the entire region exists in what Rosanne Klass once... More

Take Me to the Other Side

Reporting from inside the Taliban is an old story

Nir Rosen’s blockbuster article in Rolling Stone on his “embed” with the Taliban in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan is... More

Why We Fight

All the talk of abandoning Afghanistan to its fate ignores history

Many in the press have begun to declare the war in Afghanistan either unwinnable (off the words of one outspoken... More

All Poppies Must Die

There’s more to counternarcotics than just killing plants

Did you know the one thing missing from Southern Afghanistan was an increased focus on eradicating poppies? After a whopping... More

Did We Just Invade Pakistan?

The history of the Afghan-Pakistan border has lessons for today

Over the last few years, the war along the Afghan-Pakistan border has progressed from scattered bombing incidents to almost daily... More

The Battle of Ashgabat

Reporters jump on false “Islamic militants” angle

Just before midnight of Friday September 12th, the police in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, began an all-night shootout with... More

The Birth (and Death) of a Meme

Embedded reporters don’t always get the full story

Sometime last fall, a new story began making its way out of Afghanistan: the country’s roads are being paved, and... More

Citizen Propagandists

Cutting through the noise on Russia-Georgia is harder than you think

Ethan Zuckerman, the co-founder of the citizens’ media project Global Voices, notes an interesting angle to the Russo-Georgian Conflict: Part... More

Coming Clean About Casualties

The U.S. military in Afghanistan needs to acknowledge what it doesn’t know

One of the challenges the U.S.-led coalition faces in the war in Afghanistan is controlling the narrative surrounding its actions.... More

Getting Russia v. Georgia Right

What we don’t know can hurt us

The first few days of any conflict exist in the darkest version of what soldiers call “the fog of war.”... More

Echo Chamber

How blogging failed the war in Georgia

Elite bloggers often portray their analytical and news-gathering skills as equal or (more often) superior to those of professional journalists.... More

Tracking a Meme

Reality vs. spin in the war in Afghanistan

If you opened the New York Times yesterday, you probably saw Carlotta Gall’s big story on the military offensive in... More

What Really Happened in Takhar?

Who you trust for news on Afghanistan depends on your politics

There was an air strike this week in Takhar, a province wedged between Badakhshan and Baghlan in northeastern Afghanistan. The... More

The Assange Leaks

What’s new about the WikiLeaks data?

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has compared his organization’s latest leak of almost 92,000 U.S. military documents relating to... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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