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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

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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