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Critical Eye

Flight Path

Have Western journalists given Islamofascism a free ride?

The Flight of the Intellectuals | By Paul Berman | Melville House | 220 pages, $22.95 Paul Berman spends much... More

Mind Games

Can neuroscience explain the crisis in news?

What Is Happening to News: The Information Explosion and the Crisis in Journalism | By Jack Fuller | University of... More

Head Case

The artful eccentricity of St. Clair McKelway

Reporting at Wit’s End: Tales from The New Yorker | By St. Clair McKelway | Bloomsbury | 619 pages, $18... More

Texas Tornado

A one-woman show resurrects the late Molly Ivins

One-person shows are tricky things, demanding for both actor and audience. The playwright’s almost insurmountable challenge is to create a... More

Hooking the Big Ones

Matt Labash’s meetings with remarkable men

Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys | By Matt Labash... More

Remote Control

How Joseph Pulitzer built a media powerhouse—in absentia

Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power | James McGrath Morris | Harper | 559 pages, $29.99 What is... More

Character Studies

A new anthology from David Maraniss highlights the human factor

Into the Story: A Writer’s Journey Through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss | By David Maraniss | Simon & Schuster... More

Free At Last?

An impassioned pitch for press freedoms in the new century

Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century | By Lee C. Bollinger | Oxford University Press,... More

Rebel with a Cause

Molly Ivins in high definition

Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life | By Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith | PublicAffairs | 360 pages, $26.95 On... More

Show and Tell

An enlightening history of the Danish cartoon controversy—minus the cartoons

The Cartoons that Shook the World | By Jytte Klausen | Yale University Press, 240 pages, $35 Many Americans will... More

Heroes and Villains and Literary Geniuses

Literary critic and CJR's Ideas + Reviews editor, James Marcus, sat down last night for a discussion with author David... More

Bomb Squad

The explosive rise (and final fizzle) of Ramparts

A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America | By Peter Richardson |... More

Picture Perfect

A DVD reissue of Scandal Sheet is good news indeed

I don’t know any newspaper people who don’t like a good newspaper movie. I'm not sure why this is so--do... More

Throw the Rascals In!

Joe Flaherty’s classic account of Mailer and Breslin on the hustings

In this season of a perfectly dull mayoral election, and in this year that is the fortieth anniversary not only... More

California Dreaming

An era of “strange quietude” in the Golden State

Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance | By Kevin Starr | Oxford University Press | 576 pages, $34.95... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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