Monday, July 28, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:50 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Liz Cox Barrett | Email the Author

Keystone Clips

How local PA TV played Obama’s speech

“The immediate, tawdry issue for the Obama campaign,” according to Joe Klein on Time’s Swampland blog directly after Obama’s Speech... More

The Bar for Barack

Media anticipation for a “make or break” speech

As much as anyone, the media is eagerly anticipating Sen. Barack Obama’s Speech On Race this morning. How so? Where... More

Covering a Comeuppance

Swept away by sex, psychoanalysis and schadenfreude?

Unsurprisingly, SpitzerGate filled a bit of airtime on the Sunday talking head shows. On the Chris Matthews Show, specifically, the... More

Primary Night Rally (With Blitzer)

Obama wins and so does Wolf

After winning yesterday's Democratic primary in Mississippi, Sen. Barack Obama last night appeared on television to thank his supporters. A... More

TNR’s Press Corps Class War

Plus: Courting the saucy, snazzy “MoDowd”

There are Two Americas in the Obama traveling press corps, according to The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber. And just like... More

Covering ‘Client 9’

Headlines and Heidi

Looks like the New York tabloids did not take any of CJR's humble suggestions for Spitzer-related headlines, going instead with... More

Meet the Press? Pass.

Sunday and Substance

What do you do if you're a freshman senator—first year on the job—and you very much want to be taken... More

CNN’s Old Hat Texas Coverage

Luckily, some local columnists don’t watch cable

Jeannie Kever began her Houston Chronicle column yesterday - a column applauding the "US media" for avoiding the "Texas cowboy... More

Political Punditry: Kids’ Stuff?

ABC’s Child Pundits Not Childish Enough

You know how The Daily Show sometimes gets young kids to read and reenact actual moments in cable punditry, to... More

Hold the Sauce

What McCain cooked up for the press

Sen. John McCain, the candidate who typically speaks his “straight talk” on the record, urged reporters to tuck their notebooks... More

It’s The Man Show — on MSNBC!

Stick to your knitting, ladies

Watching MSNBC this morning I was reminded of a cop-out line from one of Maureen Dowd's recent harshing-on-Hillary New York... More

Russert Bags “The Marlin”

The most Russert-centric debate to date?

Who won the debate? Who won the debate? That is, of course, the key question for so many in the... More

Stay “Classy,” Clinton

But not till after tonight’s debate, Live on MSNBC!

Jonathan Alter, the Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political pundit, thinks Hillary Clinton should pack it in ("Hillary Should Get Out... More

Elephant in the Studio

Doris Kearns Goodwin on PlagiarismGate 2008

Which of Tim Russert's expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday's Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the... More

A Sorry Situation

How do you contain a cable conflagration?

It was all too predictable, what happened after Cindy McCain on Tuesday riffed on Michelle Obama’s recent “proud of my... More

Wag the Finger

Angry Bill: From embeds’ eyes to pundits’ lips

It's been a bumpy campaign season thus far, PR-wise, for MSNBC. One potential bright spot: yesterday, MSNBC owned the story... More

An Obama “Embed” on Access, Inspiration, Oppo

And what not to ask her

Aswini Anburajan is a twenty-seven-year-old campaign reporter (a.k.a. “embed”) who has been traveling with Barack Obama’s campaign for NBC News/National... More

Who’s Afraid of 60 Minutes?

No worries for the candidates

How do you make thirteen of 60 Minutes feel like an eternity? Sic Katie Couric on Senator Hillary Clinton. What... More

There Will Be Losers

Cable talkers see to it

Yes, there were the familiar color-coded cutouts of Super Tuesday states flashing on the screen as they were called (and... More

“Chutzpah!” “Hoopla!” “Ambush!” Victory?

Reporting the Democratic results in Florida

Tuesday afternoon we wondered—as some campaign reporters were themselves wondering—how the campaign press might cover the Democratic results in Florida.... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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.