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  1. Politics

    Taxing Logic

    June 23, 2005 02:04 PM

    It's gone largely unnoticed by the national media that key Senate players are progressing toward a compromise on the estate tax that would limit the tax to only the very wealthiest Americans, and, along the way, greatly reduce federal revenues... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Sixteen Hours in the Life of Cable News

    June 22, 2005 02:08 PM

    In the college cult classic "PCU," Droz, the wise fifth-year senior played by Jeremy Piven, is showing a visiting high school senior, Tom, around his fraternity when they stumble upon a stoned, unshaven student named Pigman who appears to have... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Presenting Fact as Hearsay

    June 21, 2005 12:34 PM

    Back in 1994, President Bush's controversial appointee to the United Nations, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, stated at the Global Structures Convocation that "there is no such thing as the United Nations." He continued, "If the U.N. secretary building... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Slim Pickings on the Missing White Woman Beat

    June 20, 2005 04:37 PM

    Slow news days sometimes lead editors to grasp for a story that ... just ... isn't ... there. We're speculating, but it seems likely that's what happened at USA Today over the weekend, when some editor assigned a reporter to... Continue reading

  5. The Water Cooler

    Rebecca MacKinnon, Pretend Tourist No More

    June 17, 2005 05:21 PM

    Rebecca MacKinnon Rebecca MacKinnon is a research fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. For more than ten years she reported for CNN... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    Downing Street Memo Sneaks Into Michael Jackson Coverage Marathon; Earthquake Picks Wrong Spot

    June 15, 2005 01:19 PM

    There's no shortage of blog commentary on Jacko. Frankly, we'd like to pretend like the whole thing never happened -- just black it out, like a long night out with John Daniels, wake up the next morning, kick back... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report


    June 13, 2005 12:53 PM

    In the escalating scramble of newspapers adapting to the rise of the Internet and blogs, the Los Angeles Times yesterday announced its plans for "wikitorials" -- an online feature that allows readers to "revise" recent editorials to their liking... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    The Not-So-Swift Records for Truth

    June 8, 2005 04:49 PM

    At the end of last August, CJR Daily first offered a verdict on the Kerry-in-Vietnam kerfuffle kept alive by the ironically named Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The culprit (not surprisingly): the press. The crime: a bias toward... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    CNN Stuns U.S. With Actual News

    June 6, 2005 06:23 PM

    Last week, during CNN's 25th anniversary celebration, CJR Daily took the network to task for shortchanging international news. As we noted then, whereas in 1994 CNN dedicated two hours of its weekday schedule to international news, the CNN of... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    CNN: Amnesia at Age 25

    June 3, 2005 04:45 PM

    CNN turned 25 this month, and over the past week it has been throwing itself a party. Part of the celebration included a list of the top 25 defining moments of the cable network's life, from the Challenger explosion... Continue reading

  11. Magazine Report

    Sawyer, Couric and Fried Twinkies in the Morning

    May 31, 2005 01:02 PM

    The recent spike in Katie Couric bashing continues apace, with Meryl Gordon's laudatory take on Couric competitor "Good Morning America"'s Diane Sawyer in New York magazine. We're guessing it's been a long time since the public relations... Continue reading

  12. The Audit

    Swallowing the Corporate Pitch — Hook, Line and Sinker

    May 27, 2005 01:07 PM

    Yesterday two Texas congressmen introduced a bill to repeal the Wright Amendment. In 1979, to promote the then-new Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Congress passed restrictions on flights from Love Field, Dallas' older airport. Currently, airlines can only fly from... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Fox News Follows CNN Down Rabbit Hole

    May 26, 2005 04:30 PM

    Ever wonder why cable news is so bad? Look no further than today's edition of "Dayside" with Linda Vester on Fox News. To discuss the recent stem cell legislation, "Dayside" invited on Paige and Stewart Falk, parents of baby Noel... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Right Down the Middle, and Big as a Pumpkin

    May 25, 2005 12:25 PM

    It's only Wednesday, but we're ready to call it a game and give Sean Hannity our "Biggest Softball of the Week" award for his performance last night on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes." Hannity's guest, James Dobson, president of Focus... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Getting It Right on Stem Cell Legislation

    May 24, 2005 04:55 PM

    Today the House of Representatives will vote on two bills to increase funding for stem cell research. Check out just about any news report on the proposed legislation and this is what you�ll learn: In 2001, President Bush signed into... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    In Rochester, Soundbites Signifying Nothing

    May 23, 2005 05:35 PM

    Fresh from a commencement celebration in Michigan, President Bush brings his Social Security road show to Rochester, New York on Tuesday. Fortunately for the President, the TV news in Rochester is acting like it spent the weekend like many... Continue reading

  17. The Water Cooler

    Aboubakr Jamai on Fighting Moroccan Government Censorship and How Al Jazeera Fosters a Culture of Debate

    May 20, 2005 06:49 PM

    Aboubakr Jamai Aboubakr Jamai is publisher of two weekly newspapers in Morocco: the French Le Journal Hebdomadaire and the Arabic Assahifa al-Ousbouiya. In 2003 he Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Terry Moran Consternates Bloggers Far and Wide

    May 19, 2005 02:27 PM

    Yesterday's blog report ended with a dismissive note about the infinite and infinitely tedious world of talk radio. Yet, like moths drawn to the fatal flame, we find ourselves turning that way again as ABC's Terry Moran joined conservative... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    Brit on the Loose Captivates Bloggers

    May 18, 2005 12:43 PM

    In case you missed it -- CJR Daily caught it live on Fox News -- British Parliament member George Galloway yesterday provided some rather heated testimony to a Senate committee, fervently denying charges that he illicitly profited from the UN... Continue reading

  20. Blog Report

    New Whipping Boy = Old Whipping Boy

    May 16, 2005 01:19 PM

    The big media story of the day is the Newsweek/Koran debacle. And, of course, every blogger has his/her/their take on the issue. We'll be addressing that elsewhere, but for now we turn to another media story. That story is a... Continue reading

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