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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

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

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