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Being good isn’t enough

The sports media needed Manti Te’o to have a compelling back story

Just how much confirmation does a reporter require before going with a story? Can any source be trusted? If something... More

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Tough guys

The press is complicit in the NFL’s ‘warrior mentality’

Last Sunday the Washington Redskins lost more than a playoff game. Their star rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. “RG3,”... More

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Must-reads of 2012: sports

Lebron, Paterno, and fabricating race times

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Patrick Hruby did an... More

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The most hated blogger in America

The secret to Chris Chase — and possibly USA Today’s — success

USA Today senior sports blog editor Chris Chase's posts, covering the lighter side of sports culture, are typical fare; aggregated... More

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Giving the Jovan Belcher story its due

On the NFL pre-game shows, Bob Costas distinguished himself by using the KC tragedy to talk about gun control; James Brown did not

I long ago vowed not to watch the NFL pregame shows that are foisted on football fans for hours on... More

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ESPN’s unreality-based coverage

Karl Rove’s got nothing on the boys from Bristol

One of the main takeaways from last week’s election was that conservatives were living in a bubble of delusion, convinced... More

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Cancer made Lance Armstrong hard to hate

It also made it easy for sports writers to ignore those pesky doping allegations

The final ace was pulled from Lance Armstrong’s house of cards Monday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) stripped Armstrong... More

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Hey coach, lighten up!

Steve Spurrier and his coaching cohorts get pissy with the press

Steve Spurrier, the wisecrackin’ ol’ ballcoach at the University of South Carolina, has the Gamecocks in rarefied air. After... More

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The future of NFL Films looks bleak

With Steve Sabol’s untimely death, there’s no one to protect what he built from the cheapskates at NFL Network

Steve Sabol died on Tuesday from brain cancer at age 69. The president of, and artistic sensibility behind, NFL Films... More

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Take one for the team

Football season is upon us, and so are its tried and true clichés

There is so much to love about football’s 24/7 ubiquity on television, but there is one (and only one) downside:... More

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Local television and the Dodgers-Red Sox trade

Are the Dodgers loading up on stars in advance of a new local TV deal?

The words “local television” conjure images of infomercials, Seinfeld reruns, and lame repartee on cheesy newscasts, infomercials. But local television... More

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Drugs and the Olympics

What if reporters imbedded with athletes during training?

The first week of the Olympics is traditionally given over to complaints about NBC’s coverage, as we discussed last week.... More

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ESPN’s Tim Tebow lovefest

Shut out of the Olympics, the ‘Worldwide Leader In Sports’ puts NFL front and center

US sports coverage last week was split neatly into two distinct, Jungian halves, represented by those sportscasting sweethearts, married couple... More

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Sacred cows

The Penn State story offers a glimpse of the problems with league- and team-owned broadcast operations

Full-Court Press is a periodic column about the coverage of sports. On July 12, a report prepared by former FBI... More

Kaiser Heads to Hillman Foundation

Here’s a complete archive of his CJR columns

Charles Kaiser's Full Court Press column has moved to the Web site of the Sidney Hillman Foundation. This is a... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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