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Piecing Together the India Business Story

During President George Bush’s visit to India last week, media stories focused on an important bilateral nuclear agreement and ignored an important bilateral trade agreement.

As President George Bush wound up his visit to the subcontinent last week, media stories focused almost exclusively on a... More

Gushing Over China, and Exploring the Reality

Business reporters have long feared and bowed before the awesome economic potential of the Chinese market, producing coverage both breathless and simplistic.

Business reporters, and the media in general, have long feared and bowed before the awesome economic potential of the Chinese... More

How a Wrong Number Became a Fact

Journalists from just about every major news organization are confusing one of the key facts surrounding the story of a foreign company taking over American ports.

The American press has done a fine job stoking concerns over the fact that a company from the United Arab... More

Cheney Warmed Over, Bloody Baghdad and Beinert on TV News Coverage

U.S. News looks at the bloody realities of life in Baghdad and New York reports on yet another reporter who might be headed for jail.

Both Time and Newsweek lead this week with the Cheney shooting incident, but thanks to the vagaries of the newsweekly... More

Reporters Smell Fresh Narrative, Pounce

How “Veterans Run for Congress as Democrats” became the go-to narrative for the political press.

As we've noted before, political reporters in election years, desperate to make sense of events that are not yet ordered,... More

Fukuyama Declares the Death of Something Else

Bloggers respond to Francis Fukuyama’s declaration that neoconservatism, whatever it might once have been, is dead.

Francis "End of History" Fukuyama had a piece in the New York Times Magazine yesterday entitled "After Neoconservatism," which began... More

The Buck Stops Here - and There, and There, Too

What’s the difference between “birdshot” and “buckshot”? A live victim of a hunting accident, instead of a dead one. Yet a number of journalists don’t seem to have figured that out.

Sometimes, it's the small stuff that matters most. In reading the coverage of Vice President Dick Cheney's having accidentally shot... More

Accuracy in Media: Not So Accurate

Cliff Kincaid thinks CJR Daily unfairly labeled Doug Bandow a “conservative pundit.” Problem is, conservative pundits think Bandow’s a conservative pundit, too.

We enjoy reading the latest dispatches from our friends over at Accuracy in Media, a conservative media watchdog organization. And... More

Bloggers Detect Right - or Is It Left? - Wing Bias in Olympic Coverage

The Olympics are here, and with that tradition comes another, more tedious, one: journalists squeezing “controversial” storylines out of humdrum events.

The Olympics are here, and with that tradition comes another, more tedious, one: journalists squeezing "controversial" storylines out of humdrum... More

It’s an Ugly Story, and There Are No Heroes

The outcry in the Muslim world over editorial cartoons has exposed deep rifts between cultures. But that doesn’t mean that no one is wrong.

The American press has been wringing its hands all week over the violent controversy surrounding the publication, in September, of... More

Eason Jordan Shoots From the Hip, Again - and Misses, Again

The former CNN exec wrote Monday that two organizations that track media deaths in Iraq are undercounting those fatalities. He’s wrong.

It's sadly appropriate that the war in Iraq -- that ongoing bloodbath whose very reality so often proves maddeningly elusive... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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”

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