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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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