And a narrow focus on Bernanke’s words means that the reports mostly miss an opportunity to paint a larger picture—of why his words are so politically important right now (again, bank stress tests come to mind) and of whether they mean much beyond encouraging investor confidence and providing a sort of rhetorical relief for a weary public. Here’s a word game to play: What comes after “upbeat” and “optimistic”?
09:29 AM - May 6, 2009
Ben the Optimist
Papers focus on the sunny side of Fed chairman’s economic-growth statement
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
The problem with viral videos
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.