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Sunday Watch 7-20-08

In which Meet the Press meets Al Gore and, through him, the real world

Imagine! Almost an entire installment of Meet the Press devoted to an interview with a private citizen who is not... More

Sunday Watch 7-13-08

McCain still walking on the Tigris and Euphrates

Last week, I tasked George Stephanopoulos to ask McCain a serious question about his acumen in the matter of Iraq,... More

Sunday Watch 7-6-08

What’s it all about?

Todd Gitlin watches Sunday morning talk shows so that you don't have to, and, every Monday morning, offers his take... More

Russert Watch 6-15-08

The rest is silence

Tim Russert, dead at fifty-eight, was more than just a showman. He had gifts galore for friendship and gusto, and... More

Russert Watch: 6-8-08

In which the round table chews on the news and misses the beef

Tim Russert’s round table of square minds marked the end of Hillary Clinton’s campaign with a summary parsefest, but the... More

Russert Watch 6-1-08

In which Tim baits hooks, McClellan wriggles, and big fish swim away

It shouldn’t be news that the Bush White House is a nest of intellectual bankruptcy—and if Meet the Press and... More

Russert Watch 5-25-08

In which Tim’s round table considers gender and race

Tim Russert led his round table with Hillary Clinton’s much-excoriated and certainly maladroit mention of the RFK assassination, a gaffe... More

Russert Watch: Sunday 5-18-08

In which Tim stays on the surface about “appeasement”

Tim Russert, as is his wont, went to politics before policy with Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. He began... More

Russert Watch 5-11-08

In which Hillary surrogates get got

What’s a Sunday morning show to do when it specializes in political prophecy and the expectation is a foregone conclusion?... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 5-4-08

In which we propose a new name for Meet the Press

Some viewers are probably disappointed that Tim Russert devoted only the first fifteen minutes or so of Meet the Press... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 4-27-08

In which Tim and team play inside baseball

This week, Tim Russert, the national handicapper-in-chief, brought Howard Dean onto Meet the Press and tried to coax him to... More

A Rumble Over Russert

Who gets to critique his journalism?

Dan Kennedy objects to my writing a "Russert Watch" column for CJR online on the ground that I support Barack... More

Russert Watch: Sunday, 4-20-08

In which Tim goes the Charlie Gibson route on Obama

Editor's note: Todd Gitlin's "Russert Watch" will run each Monday on CJR.org. Having agreed just the other day to write... More

Eight Questions Reporters Should Ask John McCain

On the surge and beyond

The following is the fifth post in my Questions Reporters Should Ask series. My goal for the series is to... More

Eight Questions Reporters Should Ask Clinton

And not a single one about race!

The following is the fourth post in my Questions Reporters Should Ask series. My goal for the series is to... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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