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  1. The Audit

    Reporting on Both Hands - The One That Giveth, and The One That Taketh Away

    May 13, 2005 03:10 PM

    Nearly a month ago the House of Representatives voted to extend indefinitely the repeal of the estate tax. At the time, CJR Daily reported on the "carryover basis" (or repeal of "step-up in basis") provision that would introduce new... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Weakness Through Strength

    May 12, 2005 02:22 PM

    Way back in January, in the first weeks of the Social Security debate, the Bush administration tried to force its rhetoric down the press' throat. Most notable was its attempt to get reporters to refer to its proposed private... Continue reading

  3. Magazine Report

    Iraq Attacks

    May 10, 2005 02:55 PM

    The recent surge of insurgent attacks in Iraq seems to have hit a nerve in the world of the newsweeklies. Time's Aparisim Ghosh brings us "A Day in the Life Of a Baghdad ER." Dr. Jalal Taha Emad is... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    AP: All “He Said/She Said” All the Time

    May 3, 2005 05:01 PM

    It's Tuesday, and that must mean it's time for some "he said/she said" journalism from the Associated Press. President Bush took his Social Security road show to a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, and the AP was on hand to... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Day Four of the Story That Wasn’t

    May 3, 2005 03:29 PM

    Yesterday, CJR Daily recounted CNN's sad performance over the weekend as "the network morphed into the 24/7 Jennifer Wilbanks channel." Wilbanks -- aka the "runaway bride" -- skipped town before her wedding, told police she had been kidnapped, and... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Oops! Those Pesky Details Again …

    May 2, 2005 04:56 PM

    Make your way to the White House fact sheet released after the president's press conference last Thursday night, and you'll read that "This Reform Would Solve Approximately 70 Percent Of The Funding Problems Facing Social Security." Looking over today's... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Sizing up This Morning’s Social Security Coverage

    April 29, 2005 03:21 PM

    Last night President Bush took an hour out of "Must See TV" to talk about his proposals on energy policy and Social Security, as well as to field some questions from the White House press corps. The White House billed... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Three Strikes and You’re Fox

    April 28, 2005 05:13 PM

    Click for larger image On April 23, at the end of Fox News Channel's "Bulls & Bears," host Brenda Buttner provided this lead-in... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    PR in the Arts

    April 27, 2005 03:15 PM

    The business editors at all-news channel New York One have a mere one minute and forty-five seconds every morning to fill out their "Fortune Business Report" segment. Today they used about two-thirds of that time for an on-air spin buster... Continue reading

  10. The Water Cooler

    Maryanne Golon on Photography as Journalism - from Iraq to Ann Coulter

    April 22, 2005 03:34 PM

    Maryanne Golon Maryanne Golon is the picture editor at Time magazine. She joined Time in 1983, left briefly for US News & World Report in... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    The Jeffords Punditry

    April 21, 2005 10:56 AM

    Yesterday independent Sen. James Jeffords announced he would not be seeking another term as representative of the people of Vermont. Mick Stockinger at Uncorrelated blog doesn't understand why "[a]ll sorts of people are saying nice things now about Jeffords."... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    New Pope? New Opportunity to Bash Liberal Media!

    April 20, 2005 01:12 PM

    Here's today's quiz: The selection of the traditionalist Cardinal Ratzinger as the new pope elicited what? a) praise b) dismay c) all sorts of gleeful remarks about how the Church had defied the agenda of the liberal... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Note to Time: You Can’t Win for Losing

    April 18, 2005 04:09 PM

    Controversy, controversy, controversy! Ann Coulter is on the cover of this week's Time magazine, which the HighVizPr blog is calling the "ultimate HighViz PR!" The ever-raving Vern Beachy goes outside the box, commenting that "[t]his will... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Don’t Take It to the Bank

    April 15, 2005 03:49 PM

    Add the Atlanta Journal Constitution to the list of papers unable to nail down the basic facts about the president's proposal to partially privatize Social Security. Yesterday, the Bush administration tapped U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral to head out to... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Taxing the Third Estate

    April 14, 2005 05:27 PM

    Yesterday, the House of Representatives once again voted to extend indefinitely the repeal of the estate tax (which is currently set to disappear in 2010, only to return the next year). An Associated Press report went out noting... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    That’s Mr. Jimbo to You!

    April 13, 2005 01:57 PM

    Two Sundays ago, in its 2005 baseball preview section, the New York Times took a look to Chicago's forgotten team, the White Sox. Long cast in the shadows of the more popular Cubs, the team has suffered a losing... Continue reading

  17. Magazine Report

    Why You Should See More Hersh

    April 12, 2005 12:05 PM

    What do John Kerry and Osama bin Laden have in common? Think. Think harder. Condolences, but neither made Time's new list of the 100 most influential people after appearing on it last year. That's not to say that the... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Three Presidents and a Funeral

    April 8, 2005 02:50 PM

    Apparently, at least some members of the press corps covering the pope's funeral are as bored as we are with the endless non-story. Perhaps most frustrating for the media, the pope's death left them short of one of their drugs... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Raiders of the Lost Poll

    April 8, 2005 09:48 AM

    Toward the end of March, Gallup, along with its polling partners CNN and USA Today, set out for the first time since the presidential election to measure the public's attitude about same-sex marriage. The poll (unsurprisingly to those who have... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    CNN Breaks Streak, Whiffs Twice in a Row

    March 30, 2005 01:16 PM

    Following last week's release of the Social Security Trustees report, immediate coverage, in particular an AP article, erroneously hyped the acceleration, by one year, of two doomsday numbers involving the finances of Social Security. The projected year in... Continue reading

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