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The Magazine

November/December 2006

Articles

Feature

The Continuing Story

How Iraq is different from, and the same as, other wars

Richard Engel NBC News I’ve been in Iraq for a while. I’ve been there longer than any of the... More

Feature

In the Beginning

The early days of the Iraq war gave journalists freedom to report, but also hints of something darker

Dexter Filkins The New York Times If you look at the whole arc of this thing, it used to be... More

Feature

Turning Points

Everyone has a story about when things began to go bad

Dexter Filkins The New York Times I remember the whole period from October, November, December 2003, everybody — all the... More

Feature

The Death of Supply Column 21

A lesson from the Vietnam War on the press, the military, and authority.

The Associated Press bureau that operated out of Saigon starting in mid-1965 was a great one — a place of... More

Feature

Omens and Incidents

Negotiating cultural fault lines in Iraq

Borzou Daragahi Los Angeles Times I know how religious the people in Iraq are, how traditional they are with... More

Feature

The Reign of the CPA

An effort to spin the war occasionally veered into the absurd

Patrick Cockburn The Independent (London) At a certain point, in 2003, I remember the exact moment the British had moved... More

Feature

Liberties and Ambiguities

As Iraq began to unravel

Chris Hondros Getty Images Once the fighting stopped, it seemed like the country was getting more pacified. By mid-April or... More

Feature

Reporting in Iraq

The mundane and the profound

Nir Rosen Freelance writer I met a young Iraqi guy [in April 2003], college student, secular Shia guy, very street-smart,... More

Feature

The Embeds

What is gained, and what is lost

Dan Murphy The Christian Science Monitor Embedding is a fancy word for letting journalists go see what the military... More

Feature

Enemies and Civilians

How big stories could hide in plain sight

Anthony Shadid The Washington Post It was before Saddam’s capture. I think it was November 2003. I remember I was... More

Feature

The Good News

The clamor for ‘positive’ stories didn’t fit the reality of Iraq

Anthony Shadid The Washington Post When I hear this term “good news” [that the press allegedly fails to report], I... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Palo Alto Daily News, for blindly toeing the local line. “Everybody,” as was noted on Slate’s... More

Editorial

Assignment Iraq

A note from the editors

In the middle of 2003, not long after President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln in May to tell... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

The Desegregation Drama

The white news media came late to the scene. But when they finally did arrive, the battle was joined.

The Race Beat The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank... More

Essay

Fear of Yoga

Today, everybody, including the press, loves the Hindu practice of health and spirituality. But it took a couple of centuries to get there.

Yoga is the Survivor of the culture wars: unbloodied, unmuddied, unbothered by the media’s slings and arrows, its leotard still... More

The Research Report

Inside Jokes

A new take on news and late-night comedy, and a parsing of journalistic courage

AAfter White House-bound Bill Clinton donned shades and played the sax on The Arsenio Hall Show in June 1992, 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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