News Judgment

“JON STEWART EVISCERATES JIM CRAMER AND CNBC” is the banner headline currently leading The Huffington Post’s homepage. Now: the interview was much-anticipated and water-cooler-friendly, yeah, and tapped into a simmering populist rage about the economy that few members of the media are able to articulate without seeming to pander to their audiences, sure…but, still: sheesh. The lead story? On the outlet that so many have dubbed The Newspaper of the Future?

To paraphrase a line I heard recently: I understand you want to make journalism entertaining…but, still, it’s not a game.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.