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Sunday Watch 11-02-08

In which the guesswork pageant flutters to an end

Halloween was over but revelers were still in costume Sunday morning. Pundits-in-chief appeared confident that they had served the American... More

Sunday Watch 10-26-08

In which weariness strikes

The campaign has lasted as long as a rhinoceros stays pregnant, but at the end, for both candidates, will come... More

Sunday Watch 10-19-08

In which Colin Powell is a statesman

My dictionary offers this definition of statesman: “a senior politician who is widely respected for integrity and impartial concern for... More

Sunday Watch 10-12-08

In which false equivalency struts its fraudulent stuff

Tom Brokaw is rapidly making up for lost air time by building premises on sand. Conventional wisdom piles atop conventional... More

Sunday Watch 10-5-08

In which Tom Brokaw goes foxy

Sometimes it’s hard to know when Tom Brokaw is actually gauche or playing gauche; actually ironic or ironizing his own... More

Sunday Watch 9-28-08

In which George Stephanopoulos shies away from moments of truth

In a democratic society, what is the point of questioning a candidate or any other powerful figure? When the network... More

Sunday Watch 9-21-08

In which a whole world view collapses with little notice

“It began,” Secretary of the Treasury Czar Hank Paulson told George Stephanopoulos, “with excesses in the system, irresponsible behavior and... More

Sunday Watch 9-14-08

In which Sarahmania subsides and the unmentionable is mentioned

The possibility that Sarah Palin may well find herself one proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency has flushed out a... More

Sunday Watch 9-7-08

In which the round table coos

If Sarah Palin’s nomination kindled a certain skepticism among the talking heads last week, this week’s rousing St. Paul speech... More

Sunday Watch 8-31-08

In which skepticism revives (but not for everyone)

The week served up an embarrassment of riches for the Sunday shows. There were, of course, Denver developments: the Clintons’... More

Sunday Watch 8-24-08

In which house dwellers throw stones

George Stephanopoulos tried to get chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to say something­—anything—interesting about the Biden choice, but Axelrod was... More

Sunday Watch 8-17-08

On air kisses and free passes

Once again, ABC This Week’s roundtable tilted off-center, even without semi-regulars Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts to do the honors.... More

Sunday Watch 8-10-08

The question mark over the networks

On Meet the Press Sunday, David Gregory told his political round table: The big question…on the campaign trail is readiness... More

Sunday Watch 8-3-08

In which David Gergen collides with the Straight Talk Express and walks away from the wreck

ABC’s This Week began with the same montage that every other broadcast has featured this week: the clips of Britney... More

Sunday Watch 7-27-08

In which McCain is not greeted as a liberator

Several of McCain’s utterances in his first interview with George Stephanopoulos since April deserve, as they say, to “make news”—to... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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