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  1. Magazine Report


    February 22, 2005 01:38 PM

    Hendrik Hertzberg gives us an autopsy of Gannongate in this week's New Yorker. It's mostly a recap of the Bush administration's side deals with members of the press, starting with Armstrong Williams and culminating with Jeff/Jim Gannon/Guckert (a.k.a. JGJG).... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Let’s See - Is it $7, or Is It $90?

    February 18, 2005 01:13 PM

    Two weeks ago, right around the State of the Union address, CJR Daily questioned the Bush administration's estimate of the likely cost of implementing the president's plan to partially privatize Social Security. In anticipation of the SOTU address, a... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    A Complaint that Doesn’t Register

    February 16, 2005 01:31 PM

    Yesterday both we and Media Matters had the same idea for a post about the press' continued confusion over registered and eligible voters in both the recent Iraqi election and past U.S. elections. But after a few Google searches, we... Continue reading

  4. The Water Cooler

    Emily Wax on Reporting From the Killing Ground

    February 11, 2005 03:44 PM

    Emily Wax (courtesy of the Washington Post) Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Emily Wax covers the conflict in the Sudan for the Washington Post. Wax is originally from... Continue reading

  5. Blog Report

    Celebrity-Related Program Activities

    February 10, 2005 11:54 AM

    Josh Marshall thinks the latest Gallup polling numbers on Social Security don't bode well for President Bush. He writes, "Down the line the numbers are not good for the president or the supporters of phasing out Social Security.... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    Jeff Who? And When, What and Where?

    February 9, 2005 12:24 PM

    Talon News' Jeff Gannon (not his real name), who made a splash during last week's presidential news conference by lobbing a softball at the president, abruptly resigned from his reporting duties overnight after allegations that he's associated with websites... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Time to Spring for a TiVo for Joe Klein

    February 8, 2005 01:59 PM

    The saying goes that while the final version of history is written by the victors, the first draft is written by journalists. So far there are no winners in the Social Security battle being waged on Capitol Hill, so we'll... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Confessore, Job Hopper; Bush, Flip Flopper; Hoyt, Chicken Farmer

    February 7, 2005 12:19 PM

    Stanley Kurtz apparently missed the memo on former Washington Monthly editor Nicholas Confessore's move to the New York Times. Thus Kurtz's "jaw dropped" when his eyes caught sight of Confessore's byline in yesterday's Week in Review section. And... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Propping Up a Straw Man

    February 4, 2005 04:28 PM

    There are very few things in politics more attractive than a straw man. You can blame problems on them, cast them as obstructionists, or paint them as dangerous forces to be faced down and vanquished. And, since the straw man... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Auditing Bush’s Social Security Pitch

    February 3, 2005 01:27 PM

    As expected, last night President Bush talked at great length about his plans to overhaul Social Security, all the while skirting over the difficult questions of potential costs and cuts. Earlier yesterday a "senior administration official" provided a background... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    A Social Security Crib Sheet for Tonight

    February 2, 2005 04:44 PM

    President Bush takes center stage tonight to deliver the State of the Union address, and the word on the street is that he will finally spell out some details of his plan to change the Social Security system. The Bush... Continue reading

  12. Magazine Report

    Picking at the Bones of CBS, Hillary and Journalism Itself

    February 1, 2005 01:37 PM

    No week can get started on the right track without a new expos´┐Ż on the CBS scandal. This week New York magazine has the honors. David Blum starts in with a lengthy piece ripping apart the independent investigation that... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Hume Guns for Moran, Misses Target

    January 28, 2005 04:13 PM

    Last night on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," Brit Hume led off his "Political Grapevine" segment with a shot at ABC's Terry Moran. In a bit of an intramural squabble, Hume was taking aim at the question that Moran had... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Social Security Semantics, Continued

    January 27, 2005 01:55 PM

    Earlier this week CJR Daily wrote about the war of words that has broken out over the terminology reporters are using to describe the investment accounts central to President Bush's plans for a Social Security overhaul. So far the... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Politics and the English Language, Part Two

    January 25, 2005 05:27 PM

    Yesterday, Associated Press reporter David Espo filed an article covering the spat that has broken out between the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and certain Republicans over an AARP poll that found Americans unreceptive to a Social Security... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Meta Progress on Darfur

    January 24, 2005 03:47 PM

    Last time CJR Daily checked in on the ongoing genocide in Sudan we tackled a Reuters article for underreporting the loss of life. As we noted in that post, the press often reports that "tens of thousands" or "70,000"... Continue reading

  17. The Water Cooler

    Mark Memmott on Exit Polls, Social Security and Grumpy, Tired Reporters

    January 21, 2005 04:27 PM

    Mark Memmott USA Today's Mark Memmott took on the media beat in early 2004, focusing on the press's coverage of the election campaign. Since joining USA Today... Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Left, Right Sharpen Invective on Inaugural Day

    January 20, 2005 12:02 PM

    Pandagon's Ezra Klein responds to the new CBS/New York Times poll that delivered some less-than-stellar numbers for the president. A majority of Americans indicated that they disapprove of his handling of foreign policy, the economy, and Iraq, but... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    CBS, the Chicago Cubs and the Ethics of Reporting

    January 19, 2005 11:41 AM

    Captain Ed doesn't think CBS chief Les Moonves has any idea what he's doing after his announcement that CBS might replace Dan Rather with a multi-anchor team reporting from various cities. Ed writes, "Why would having four or... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    ‘Stretch’ Is On the Mound, and All’s Well at Home Plate

    January 18, 2005 01:49 PM

    Leading up to his second inaugural this week, President Bush has embarked on an aggressive public relations campaign, granting interviews to media outlets ranging from the Washington Times to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Yesterday David Gregory, NBC's chief... Continue reading

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