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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

Tortured Logic, “Dueling Speeches” Edition

Media overplay, under-analyze yesterday’s torture arguments

“Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens fell silent. In other words we went off course.”–President Barack Obama “I want... More

“Good Deeds, and Good Works”

In memoriam: Eden Ross Lipson

Eden Ross Lipson, an author-editor-activist-journalist who had a huge, mostly-unseen impact on American literature and American life, died early yesterday... More

Winners and Sinners

Kaiser on Ifill, Bumiller, Sulzberger, and more

Winners: New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt and President Barack Obama for a splendidly substantive interview in The New... More

Above the Fold: The Pentagon Capers

The mainstream media are silent on the Pentagon’s repudiation of its own report

This week the Pentagon took the highly unusual step of withdrawing a report issued by its inspector general one week... More

Above the Fold: Ross Report Revisited

Kaiser on Stelter, Ross, and the 2007 CIA waterboarding interview

Brian Stelter reports on page one of The New York Times today that newly disclosed torture memoranda show how an... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Shane, Maddow, Kaplan, and more

Winner: The New York Times's Scott Shane. Just four months after remarks of F.B.I. director Robert Mueller were published on... More

Above the Fold: Know-Nothings at the NYT

Times waterboarding story reports, demonstrates ignorance of history

“There is no history of ethnic conflict in Iraq.” – former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, explaining to Congress... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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