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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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