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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

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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