Saturday, July 26, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:17 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Liz Cox Barrett | Email the Author

ABC’s Debate “Restrictions” Will Change…What?

ABC, the sponsor of tonight's Democratic presidential debate, is circulating usage guidelines stating that ( per the New York Times)... More

Breaking: “Drudge Rules The World!”

What, no siren? No banner headline on Drudge linking to the New York Observer story today about "fake news" in... More

In Sync

Yesterday I wrote about how McCain seemed to go way out of his way in a speech Monday to flatter... More

Secret’s Out!

Obligatory quote from Stephen Colbert's interview with Michelle Obama last night. Wherein Colbert let the (campaign press) cat out of... More

Whadda Ya Mean, Elite?

The final sentence in today's New York Times "Political Memo" telling the "back story" of BitterGate, that campaign controversy that... More

When Online Stories “Evolve”

When and how should news organizations alert readers that changes have been made to a story after it has been... More

Blasts in Baqubah, Ramadi

Dozens of Iraqis were killed in multiple bombings across Iraq earlier today, including a car bomb that claimed at least... More

Scolds and Salutes For TV Suits

"Show me Night Rider drunk on the floor and I won't care about a lack of health care for my... More

Flattery Will Get You…

Reading the transcript of Sen. McCain's speech at the AP annual meeting yesterday, I was struck by how much time... More

Better Bitter Bit

TV news folks have had five days now -- the duration thus far of BitterGate-- to hone their headlines in... More

No Coverage, Not “So Startling?”

"[President Bush] was aware that his top aides met in the White House basement to micromanage the application of waterboarding... More

Us Versus Us

Writers vs. editors! (Michael Kinsley describes that "Battle For the Ages). Print reporters vs. TV reporters! (Charles Gasparino on how... More

Not to Nitpick, But…

A List, for people who like that sort of thing: TV Week's annual ranking of the "10 Most Powerful People... More

MSNBC’s BitterGate Update

Keeping cable viewers current on the latest exchange in the Campaign Gaffe of the Week is hard work. From the... More

Should The Press Report…

Via Michael Calderone, in the wake of recent Spitzer (and Paterson) news, Crain's New York Business polled New York voters... More

“W(h)ither the Cable Blowhard?”

The most memorable moment in Mark Leibovich's New York Times magazine cover piece on Chris Matthews -- in which we... More

You Read Us! You Really Read Us!

Know how Us Weekly sometimes runs pictures of famous people - and they’re candid photos, of course - studying the... More

If You Don’t Cut That Hair…

Wondering what it takes to break into CNN? It may be a hair thing. U.S. News reports that former CNN... More

WaPo, NYT Liveblogging “Petraeuspalooza”

Both The Washington Post (military beat reporter and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Tom Ricks) and... More

Voting Clinton? But Mooooom!

Mom. C'mon, Mom. Please? Vote for Obama. Okay? Mom? You're voting for Obama, right? Why do you hate hope? Mooooom!... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.