Monday, December 22, 2014. Last Update: Mon 2:15 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Liz Cox Barrett | Email the Author

Brokaw Reads McCain’s Mind

On MSNBC this morning, an exchange between Pat Buchanan and Tom Brokaw: BUCHANAN: Tom, in the first debate McCain was... More

CNN: Dismount High Horse

At 11:30 last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper announced: You're looking at a picture of The Spin Room. That is one... More

Can We Get Some Quo With That Quid?

"The Place for Politics" has felt more like "The Place for Palin" of late. You can't tune in to MSNBC... More

An Alternative Debate Format

Kevin Drum wonders why Brokaw when PowerPoint will do? Why bother with a human audience or moderator at all? You... More

“Partisan Accusations” Dressed as Journalism

Megan argued on Campaign Desk recently, after Fox News's Sean Hannity first interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (an interview Megan called... More

Fantasy Brokaw

What if Brokaw broke the absurd rules of tonight’s debate?

Yesterday, I hoped that Tom Brokaw might do more with tonight's debate than Gwen Ifill did with last Thursday’s (more... More

Attention!

http://journalism.org/node/13105">Per PEJ, from Sept. 29-Oct. 5, "the financial crisis received the most attention from the media for any non-campaign... More

What “Kind of Rough” Can Look Like?

From Dana Milbank today: ...Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater [FL], arriving... More

A “Job to Do At the Table” (But, What?)

Will Tom Brokaw do better than Gwen Ifill?

As the VP debate wound down last week, Andrew Sullivan's insta-reactions included the following: There was only one loser: Gwen... More

Talk of the Brown

CNN's Campbell Brown, from a New York Times profile on Saturday: As journalists, and certainly for me over the last... More

The Economist’s “Nerd Chic”

In naming The Economist "Magazine of the Year," Ad Age paraphrases an ad agency VP saying that the publication is... More

Inside Baseball, All Right

CNN has a deep bench on debate nights -- rows of seated pundits, laptops glowing before them, telling us what... More

Good Morning America (It Was, ‘Til Now)

What's worse (low-information-, high-headache-quotient) than a morning news show segment pitting Campaign A's spokesperson against Campaign B's spokesperson (headline, "Getting... More

As Economy Sags

Our economy? It's sagging. What does that mean? What now? Well, some things are going to grow and some things... More

More Snubbery?

The makings of SnubGate II? More

He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today's Anchorage Daily News: "Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound" and, subhed:... More

Do Better. Here’s How

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, explains how election coverage might be improved. In a nutshell:... More

Mean Girls?

Washington Post political reporter Ann Kornblut talks to the National Journal about "Sexism in the Media." In part: Q: Last... More

An Earful From Ifill

I haven't heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday's post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond... More

Drudge Raises a Point

Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism. She’ll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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.