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America's First Real Estate Presidency
December 7, 2016. The White House has been home to lawyers, generals, professors and career politicians, but never a real estate sharpie like Donald Trump.

Who’s Afraid of a Little Russian Propaganda?
December 3, 2016.
Propaganda has a way of making the soberest and most responsible elements in our culture go all wiggy.

Trump’s Short-Term Carrier Win
November 30, 2016. The history of presidential jawboning suggests the victory lap won’t last.

The New Rules for Covering Trump
November 28, 2016. Donald Trump leveled Twitter yesterday with a 100-megaton stink bomb, asserting …

The Cure for Fake News Is Worse Than the Disease
November 22, 2016. The magic show audience—like fake-news consumers—willingly suspends disbelief to be entertained or titillated. They are a …

Abolish the Office of the First Lady
November 22, 2016. Melania Trump has done the nation a great service by deciding to maintain Trump …

Stop Being Trump's Twitter Fool
November 19, 2016. By this time you'd expect that people would have figured out when Donald Trump is …

The Return of 'Inner Circle' Frenzy
November 16, 2016. Shafer's First Law of Journalistic states …

Don't Fret About Fake Political News
November 16, 2016. A full panic has descended upon the established media over the incidence and prevalence of “fake news” …

Will America Now Have a Pravda?
November 14, 2016. ... now in a seat of White House power, Donald Trump will have a weapon no president has ever wielded.

Trump Was Not a Media Fail
November 9, 2016. Trump Was Not a Media Fail. The press succeeded in exposing Trump for what he was. Voters just decided they didn't care.

2016 election: 16 stories that changed the race
November 6, 2016. The harried scribes of this most frenetic of elections went after the 2016 …

How Trump Took Over the Media By Fighting It
November 5, 2016. He made himself the biggest news story since 9/11, and almost neutered the press in the process.

Sympathy for Donna Brazile
November 03, 2016. Interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile has taken a public ...

CNN Dumped Donna Brazile. It Should Keep Going.
October 31, 2016. It Should Keep Going. The problem isn't one corrupt act. It's the whole ecosystem of paid partisan yakkers.

WikiLeaks and the Oily Washington Press

October 18, 2016. WikiLeaks and the Oily Washington Press. A bunch of reporters got caught up in the Podesta flypaper. How bad is it, really?

What If the Newspaper Industry Made a Colossal Mistake?
October 17, 2016. What if almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong? What if, in the mad dash two …

Is the Press Treating Trump Worse Than It Did Bill Clinton?
October 14, 2016. Donald Trump bellowed yesterday that he is the victim of “the single greatest pile-on in ...

The Clintonites Should Stop Freaking Out About WikiLeaks.
October 11, 2016. The Clinton campaign h as a three-fold plan to interrupt press coverage of the gusher of ...

Why Did NBC News Sit on the Trump Tape for So Long?
October 10, 2016. NBC doesn't look good here, and no amount of finessing will make them look any prettier.

The Least Surprising 'Surprise' of the Campaign
October 08, 2016. For anyone watching, it's been there the whole time. The 24/7 pan ic on cable news ...

Mike Pence and the Year of Disinformation
October 05, 2016. Anytime a network microphone is live, disinformation can pour into the nation's living …

The Myth of Disproportionate Media Coverage
September 28, 2016. For argument's sake, let's accept that the collective coverage of Clinton has been disproportionately negative and should be ...

In Defense of 'He Said/She Said' Journalism
September 23, 2016. The “he said/she said” method of reporting—in which journal ists observe the ...

Was the Terror Coverage More Explosive Than the Bombs?
September 19, 2016. In a rational world, we would interpret the inept crimes of accused pipe bomber …

Cash for Dirt on Trump: Is That So Wrong?
Cash for Dirt on Trump: Is That So Wrong? The strange, sliding ethics of pay-for-play reporting. September 15, 2016.

The Case Against Journalistic Balance
September 13, 2016. The Case Against Journalistic Balance. When campaigns complain about “fairness,” beware. Here's what they're really after.

Why Print News Still Rules
September 10, 2016. I've been an online journalist for 20 years—and still, you'll have to pry my newspaper from my cold dying hands.

No, the Campaign Shouldn't Stop for 9/11
August 31, 2016. The sacralization of Sept. 11 proceeds apace this year. With the 15th anniversary of the …

Why We're Right to Speculate About Trump and Cli nton's Health ...
August 30, 2016. Compared to the youthful Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are walking ...

Death of an Insurrectionist
August 29, 2016. If muckraker, journalistic impresario and scoundrel Warren Hinckle, who died last week ...

Has Fox News Hit Its Ceiling?
August 24, 2016. Now that the monster Roger Ailes has been slain and the palace that he built, Fox News ...

Hillary Clinton's Press Conference Phobia
July 10, 2016. What's more vexing, the media's insistence that Hillary Clinton hold a press ...

The Trump Show
July 2, 2016. ... all the spectacle, the Republican convention will do even less of whatever it is conventions are supposed to do.

Brexit Vote: Uh-Oh. Here Come the Brexperts.
June 27, 2016. Reporters: Don't know much about Brexit? Don't let that stop you .…

So, Corey Lewandowski's a TV Pundit Now. Don't Act So Shocked ...
June 23, 2016. The commentariat had a critical fit today …

Since When Does Loretta Lynch Get to Censor What I Read?
June 20, 2016. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thinks we’re such fragile butterflie s she tried to shield us from the full-throated political declarations of Orlando killer Omar Mateen.

Why Sanders Won't Surrender
June 08, 2016. Having lost the California primary by 13 points and fallen …

Donald Trump's Phony War on the Press
June 06, 2016. Before Donald Trump gets a chance to call another press conference li ke last week's—in ...

Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It's Time for the Press to Treat Him Like ...
June 01, 2016. Yesterday during a nationally televised news conference, the Republican presidential …

How Donald Trump Destroyed the Interview
May 27, 2016. The interview is the Niagara that fills the news ocean. A quick check of the front page of the …

Peter Thiel Does the Impossible!
May 25, 2016. Multibillionaire Peter Thiel's desire for revenge has led him to do a wild but entirely legal …

Will 'Megyn vs. Donald' Measure Up?
May 16, 2016. But when it comes to where this interview lands in the TV pantheon, o ne key element is out of Kelly's control: the mindset of her …

Donald Trump 2016: Did We Create Trump?
May/ June 2016. Satisfying as the blame-the-media formula might be, it gives too much credit to the media and too little credit to Donald Trump.

Who's Afraid of Facebook? Not Me.
May 12, 2016. Facebook's stupendous, colossal and mammoth growth has put a fright into the entire ...

How Obama Manipulates the News
May 06, 2016. For a timely refresher on how political spin works in Washington you can do no better than ...

Why Ted Cruz Loves to Be Hated
April 28, 2016. Last night, former Speaker of the House John Boehner …

The Meaningless Veepstakes
April 26, 2016. The Meaningless Veepstakes. Why this season of speculation is the big gest waste of time in the election cycle.

What Prince Tells Us About Mega-Obituaries
April 22, 2016. They're not really about the deceased.

BuzzFeed Watermelon Video: There Have Always Bee n 'Cat Videos ...
April 18, 2016. The shockwave from the watermelon that BuzzFeed playfully detonated online last week …

Paul Ryan, David Petraeus and the 'White Knight' Problem
April 13, 2016. ... David Petraeus and the 'White Knight' Problem. Why we love to talk about would-be saviors who can't win the presidency.

President Obama Hypocritical Journalism Lecture
March 29, 2016. At an awards ceremony, Obama praises journalists. Back in the White House, he blocks honest press queries with all his power.

Ted Cruz Scandal Rumors: How Much Should We Care About His ...
March 25, 2016. You May not be interested in the alleged affairs of the presidential candidates, but the ..

Donald Trump 2016: The Fighter-Jock Doctrine That Explains Why ...
March 23, 2016. The Fighter-Jock Doctrine That Explains Why Trump Is Winning. It's called the OODA loop, and it keeps him ahead of everyone.

I'm Not Writing About Donald Trump (I Swear)
March 21, 2016. For this column, I'm not going to write about Donald Trump. I'm not going to write about …

The Times vs. Sandersistas
March 17, 2015. Was it making sinister changes to a Bernie story? No. But it's time for the paper to show its work.

How Trump Hypnotizes the Media
March 9, 2016. Trump hasn't media-proofed himself, but he has made himself imperviou s tothe sort of criticism that usually slays lesser …

1924: The Wildest Convention in U.S. History
March 07, 2016. Like a mighty bulldozer that has thrown a track, the Donald Trump campaign for president …

Did the Media Create Trump?
March 02, 2016. Just a month after Donald Trump announced his run for president, people were already …

Why You Can't Go Negative Against Trump
February 29, 2016. Why You Can't Go Negative Against Trump. He's not just a counterpuncher—he's surprisingly positive.

Trump and Sanders: The Political Parasites of 20 16
February 24, 2016. Think of the Republican Party as a host organism that has only now discovered the …

Donald Trump 2016: The Donald Trump Forwarded Email Presidential ...
February 22, 2016. Every family has at least one: That aunt, or brother-in-law, or second cousin who …

Trump's Exceptionalism Explained
February 19, 2016. Donald Trump doesn't cross the line. He erases it. Time and again Mr. Mouth Almighty …

Why We Should Thank Mitch McConnell
February 16, 2016. By immediately turning Scalia's replacement into a political catfight, he's exposed the myth of the above-it-all Supreme Court.

How Hillary Stopped Being Invincible
February 12, 2016. Not long ago there was no way she could lose. Now the press is sharpening its knives for a new narrative.

Michael Bloomberg 2016: Why the Media is Desperate for Him to Run ...
February 09, 2016. The Michael Bloomberg for president trial balloon has arrived just in time to elevate …

Hillary Clinton 2016: Time for Chelsea Clinton's Easy Ride to End ...
February 5, 2016. Why is the press treating a wealthy, 35-year-old political operative like she's still a White House kid?

The Pundits Are About to Be Wrong
February 1, 2016. The Pundits Are About to Be Wrong. It's guaranteed. A brief guide to how experts are going to explain away the Iowa results.

Donald Trump 2016: The Black Swan Candidate
January 28, 2016. When he announced his candidacy for the residency in June, nobody in the press …

What Is the 'Establishment' Now?
January 26, 2016. What Is the 'Establishment' Now? In modern politics, running against this shadowy group is the quickest way to join it. January ...

Donald Trump, the Tabloid Candidate
January 23, 2016. If Donald Trump were a newspaper, what sort of newspaper would he be?

Trump the Bully Hits a Wall
January 15, 2016. As every verbal bully can tell you, simply slathering your advers ary with insult is never …

David Bowie Death: Death Be Not Loud
January 13, 2016. Death Be Not Loud. What David Bowie, Christopher Hitchens and Jim my Carter tell us about the odd art of dying in public.

Journalists: Stop Complaining About Sean Penn
January 11, 2016. Awakened from its holiday hibernation, the journalistic orthodoxy massed yesterday to …

Trump's 'Strange New Respect' Moment
January 8, 2016. Strange new respect has traditionally been dispensed to right-wingers as a doggie treat for having veered left. When politicians ...

If Sheldon Adelson Really Wants to Control the Press, He's 100 Years ...
January 05, 2016. Last month, billionaire casino magnate/Republican campaign-funder …

The Limits of Fact-Checking
December 24, 2015. The Limits of Fact-Checking. Calling Trump (and others) out for their lies doesn't seem to make a difference. What's going on?

Donald Trump 2016: Why the Press Can't (and Shouldn't) Quit Trump ...
December 14, 2015. Ever since Donald Trump appeared on Campaign 2016's horizon, journalists have …

Why Is the Washington Post So Obsessed With Its Move?
December 11, 2015. It’s easier to write an obituary for a building than a profession.

Donald Trump 2016: How He United America
December 9, 2015. The most vulgar, embarrassing campaign of the century is teaching us that underneath it all, we're actually a decent people.

San Bernardino: What's Inside the Shooters' Home? The Dark Side of ...
December 04, 2015. A herd of video-camera toting and microphone-wielding journalists thundered ...

How George Wallace Predicted Donald Trump
December 02, 2015. If you were meeting Donald Trump for the first time, how long would it take you to …

2016 Elections: Let the Big Lies Begin
November 24, 2015. Everybody knows that politicians lie and exaggerate. All you have to do is turn on …

Welcome to the Freak Show, Gawker. You'll Fit Right In.
November 20, 2015. The media news of the week was the sudden reorientation of the news and gossip …

Myth of the Terrorist Mastermind
November 16, 2015. The Myth of the Terrorist Mastermind. Why do we need to keep telling ourselves the plotters are special?

Gop Debate: What NBC's 'The Voice' Can Teach Us About Republican ...
November 11, 2015. I speak for the entire nation when I say that the Republican presidential debates have reached the point of diminishing returns.

Ben Carson 2016: Carson, Biden, Reagan and the Art of the Tall Tale ...
November 09, 2015. Memory is a liar, as our friends and families keep …

Jeb Being 'Jeb'
November 06, 2015. A Bush tries rebooting with the folksy-honesty script.

Stop Whining, GOP Debaters
November 3, 2015. Candidates should stop squealing about the rules:
Republicans wrote them.

Republican Debate: Does Donald Trump Know the Minimum Wage ...
October 27, 2015. The TV interrogations of the 2016 presidential candidates—which are more group press …

The Hole in Hillary's Flip-Flop Excuse
October 14, 2015. Hillary Clinton has a propensity to change her mind on big ...

What I Learned Watching All of Hillary's 2008 Debates
October 13, 2015. Tuesday night should be a cakewalk for Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders vs. the Lamestream Media

October 11, 2015. The 2016 candidate's criticism of the press is central to the way the socialist sees the world.

Public Right Not To Trust the Media
September 30, 2015. But that doesn't mean the media's not doing its job well.

Hillary Clinton's Distractions
September 27, 2015. Last week, Hillary Clinton broke her silence on the ...

Where the Scott Walker Hype Machine Went Wrong
September 22, 2015. With analytical coolness, the press descended upon …

Trump 2016: Trump's No Media Creation
September 21, 2015. Is the press guilty of inflating Donald Trump's political ...

Trump 2016: The Gaffe That Wasn't
September 15, 2015.Trump's Fatal Gaffe Ain't Coming. Just Ask Joe Biden.

Being a Clinton Apologist is a Hard Life
September 09, 2015. From the outside at least, being a friend of the Clintons looks like a demeaning …

Rick Perry's Campaign Death Spiral/ p>
September 04, 2015. Just how dead is Rick Perry's presidential campaign? His fingers and toes have ...

Trump Meets His Match in Jorge Ramos
August 26, 2015. Donald Trump, a politician, and Jorge Ramos, …

Three Cheers for Citizens United!
August 25, 2015. It probably pleases Bernie Sanders each morning to wake up and realize the trajectory of …

The Biden Dither
August 24, 2015. Vice President Joseph Biden has bestowed upon the press corps an early Christmas ...

Hillary's Drip-Drip-Drip Email Scandal
August 19, 2015. “Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys,” Hillary Clinto n told reporters yesterday ...

You Can't Shame Donald Trump
August 18, 2015. His brand is built on not having any to begin with.

The Truth Behind the Biden and Gore Bubbles
August 18, 2015. The Truth Behind the Biden and Gore Bubbles. They're the candidates t he media loves to cover the most.
Donald Trump Talks Like a Third-Grader
August 13, 2015. Donald Trump isn't a simpleton, he just talks like one. If you were to market Donald ...

Donald Trump, American Demagogue
Augut 10, 2015. Demagogues like Donald Trump exhaust the patience of the political press corps ...

The Presidency's for Closers Only
August 07, 2015. Like the frantic real estate salesmen who animate …

Fox News Doesn't Control the GOP
August 03, 2015. The conservative media has hog-tied the Republican Party and taken it hostage, …

Donald Trump: Honesty Is for Chumps
July 29, 2015. Donald Trump may have hired a staff and commenced the building of a political …

Nick Denton Wins Again
July 27, 2015. Only Nick Denton could seize a media calamity like the one …

2015's Hottest Start-ups: Donald Trump and His Friends
July 17, 2015. 2015's Hottest Start-ups: Donald Trump and His Friends. How the free-for-all primary field is starting to look like Silicon Valley.

In Praise of Negative Campaigning
July 15, 2015. The 2016 race is about to t urn rough—very rough. Now that almost …

Hillary Clinton's Front Porch Campaign
July 09, 2015. Hillary Clinton wasn't being evasive in her Tuesday afternoon intervi ew with CNN's Brianna

The Candidates Who Can't
July 07, 2015. Which presidential candidates have a low to nonexistent …

Hillary Wins Again
July 01, 2015. It'll take more than these emails to knock Clinton out.

Chris Christie's Ego Runs for President

June 29, 2015. When he makes his announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School …<

Obama, Christie, and Their Hecklers
June 25, 2015. On Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama directly engaged a heckler who …

Sarah Palin is the REO Speedwagon of Politics
June 24, 2015. Sarah Palin in a few short years has gone from a telegenic and slightly charismatic …

Obama and the N Word
June 23, 2015. Far from waddling around like a powerless lame duck, a president like Barack Obama ...

Brian Williams Proves 'Too Big to Fire'

June 18, 2015. Brian Williams Proves 'Too Big to Fire'. In keeping the anchor, the network shows its true contempt for MSNBC.

Welcome to the Donald Trump show
June 16, 2015. His anger's all an act—as is his presidential campaign.

Rupert Murdoch's Empire May Yet Crack Apart
June 11, 2015. Today’s news stories about Rupert Murdoch’s “plans” for succe ssion at his media conglomerate won’t be taken very seriously …

How Not to Become Brian Williams
June 11, 2015. We give thanks for Brian Williams' fall—not because we have anything against the ...

Donald Trump and the Clown Show
June 08, 2015. Will Donald Trump at long last make good on his persistent threat to run for president?

Hillary's Popularity Rollercoaster/ p>
June 4, 2015. Sure, she's up and down—but we can't learn anything about 2016 yet.

The Rise and Fall of the Obama-Media Romance
June 1, 2015. Departing Face the Nationh host Bob Schieffer saved the best for last: In an interview aired yesterday

What Liberals Still Don't Understand About Fox News
May 24, 2015. And it came to pass that the earth turned and another campaign season spun into view and the liberal commentariat rose ...

Your Normal Rules Don't Apply to Hillary Clinton
May 20, 2015. She's treating the media as if she were already president.

The Stephanopoulos Mess
May 14, 2015. The ABC anchor proves to be his own worst enemy.

Jeb and Hillary's Iraq Quagmire
May 14, 2015. Refighting lost wars has become a cornerstone of American electoral politics. To the …

Sy Hersh, Lost in a Wilderness of Mirrors
May 12, 2015. The Hersh piece can't be refuted because there's not enough solid material to refute.

Hillary Clinton Can't Control the News
May 7, 2015. But the good news for her is that negative media coverage shows how strong she is.

Let’s Winnow the Minnows of 2016
May 4, 2015. As Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson join the presidential race, the campaign press corps has its work cut out for it.

Brian Wilson Knows He's Dead
April 30, 2015. He’s simply negotiating the terms of his burial.

CNN Feasts on Baltimore Riot Coverage
April 28, 2015. But cable shouldn't ignore the conditions that spark riots.

The Clintons, Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft
April 24, 2015. The press has always looked askance at Bill Clinton's never-ending, globetrotting, …

Unsolicited Advice for Hillary Clinton
May/June 2015. A media critic's guide to winning the press over in 14 easy steps.

Hillary Clinton Can't Run for President

April 21, 2015. Thousands have run for president, but only one candidate has ever unrun for the office: …

The Pulitzer Prize Scam
April 20, 2015. Perhaps the only thing worse than awarding a Pulitzer is withholding one. That happens periodically, and happened in last

Why Hillary Clinton is the Apple Watch of 2016
April 13, 2015. If you start to think of a presidential campaign kickoff as an Apple product launch, well, the ...

The Real Problem with Judith Miller
April10, 2015. ... that the New York Times reporter got Iraq wrong—the trouble with her new memoir is she still won't admit she actually did.

The President Isn't a King—Stop Treating Him Like One
April 09, 2015. NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie peeved presidential candidate Rand Paul in a brief.

Rolling Stone and the Media's Glass House
April 7, 2015. Journalism lessons are so basic—and so easily forgotten.

Fox News, Paper Tiger
April 2, 2015. Fox News, Paper Tiger. The network is better at employing presidential candidates than electing them.

Facebook's New Frenemies
March 26, 2015. Publishers warily eye the giant network.

The Case for Covering Biden
March 19, 2015. He's closer to being president than Hillary is.

The Clintons' Tricky Way With Words
March 11, 2015. The press scrutinizes every utterance from the House of Clinton, parsing the couple's …

Excited for Jeb and Hillary? Just Wait for Chels ea vs. George P.
March 9, 2015. Americans always love dynasties and sequels.

Team Clinton Will Beat the Press—Again
March 6, 2015

Who's Ready for 20 Months of #Emailghazi?
March 4, 2015. Hillary Clinton's email scandal isn't going away. It's just too delicious—for the press and the GOP.

Scott Walker Got Gotcha-ed
February 24, 2015. The anthropology of the “gotcha” question.

Unsolicited Advice for Lester Holt/ p>
February 20, 2015. Are congratulations in order here? Maybe not …

David Carr (1956-2015)
February 13, 2015. Remembering a friend, a journalist and a journalist’s friend.

Jon Stewart's Proud Tradition
Febrary 11, 2015. Leading network news anchor Brian Williams has been placed on double-public ...

All the President's Explainers
February 9, 2015. Interviews with the president are always useless. Vox's was no different.

Brian Williams' Slow Jam
February 6, 2015. The NBC anchor's desire to mix entertainment and news has finally bitten back.

Why Did Brian Williams Lie?
February 05, 2015. NBC News anchor Brian Williams deserves the public pillory he's currently enduring ...

Obama's Budgetary Strip Tease
February 02, 2015. At the risk of alienating all of my fine newsroom colleagues, not to mention every ...

Bloomberg Reorganizes the Godmothership
January 28, 2015. Michael Bloomberg may be the closest thing today’s journalists have to a fairy godmother.

Unsolicited Advice for Gabriel Snyder
January 26, 2015. Upon taking over as editor of the newly vacated New Republic.

Why the State of the Union Address Isn't Completely Useless
January 20, 2015. Think of the State of the Union address not as the preemptor of your favorite Tuesday ...

In Defense of David Petraeus
January 13, 2015. In Defense of David Petraeus. So he might have slipped a few secrets to his biographer/lover. Who am I to judge?

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Print vs. Online
The ways in which old-fashioned newspapers still trump online newspapers.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
An Assignment for the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page
About that phone-hacking scandal ...
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Wolf Blitzer, Null Set
The CNN anchor remains the standard reference unit of dullness.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Murdoch's Metastasizing Migraine
New phone-hacking-scandal evidence surfaces.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

Bloggers, Not Parasites
An academic finds local public-affairs bloggers who pull their weight, thank you very much.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

Tina Brown, Cover Girl
Michele Bachmann is the target, but it's Newsweek's editor who gets wounded.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011

Murdoch's Enemies
The wrong and the right reasons for hating the media mogul.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Who Framed the Murdochs?
Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch pretend they're the victims of unscrupulous employees.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Release the Lachlan!
And the Elisabeth! How Murdoch will get out of this jam.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 15, 2011

The Huffington Post Challenge
The legacy media continue to ignore the lesson the aggregation giant is teaching.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Murdoch To Buy the Daily Prophet
The dark lord of media has his eyes on a magical property.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 11, 2011

Rupert Murdoch, Paper Tiger
The phone-hacking scandal undoes the media mogul.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 8, 2011

Murdoch Pulls the Ultimate "Reverse Ferret"
The real meaning of the News of the World closure.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rupert Murdoch, Film Noir Villain
And Nick Davies as the hard-boiled hero in The Big Phone Hacker.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rupert Murdoch Meets His Ahab
Nick Davies and the Guardian spear the media mogul.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beck Off
Rupert Murdoch and Fox News mark the depths to which even they will no longer descend.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 1, 2011

Hyperloco, Part 2
More about Patch and the other hyperlocal news sites.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why I find AOL's Patch sites so off-putting.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Al Gore, Press Critic
A washed-up politician finds a new venue for his ideas.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 27, 2011

Why Newspapers Have Gone to Hell
No, the answer cannot be found in the reductionist explanation by experienced newsman James O'Shea.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 27, 2011

How Anonymous Sources Are Like Whitey Bulger
You can never be sure they're telling you the truth.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 24, 2011

Who Is Jose Antonio Vargas?
A prominent journalist comes out as an illegal immigrant, raising additional questions about his real identity.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Dope on Synthetic Pot
Bloomberg BusinessWeek files a dandy drug-capitalism story.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 17, 2011

Who I Follow on Twitter and Why
And who I don't follow on Twitter and why.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 16, 2011

Outrageous! Unethical! Sometimes Criminal!
Can anyone--or anything--stop the British tabloids from misbehaving?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How To Be a Lesbian Blogger
Tom MacMaster and Bill Graber show the way.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The $15,000 Interview
So what if NBC News and other outlets pay their sources? There are journalistic problems with unpaid sources, too.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 13, 2011

"I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes," Part 2
More F.U. gestures directed at bosses by journalists who were fired or resigned.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Anthony Weiner's Semantic Satiation
The sexting doesn't bother me. The copious apologies on top of the pile of lies do.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 6, 2011

"I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes"
What Mark Schlueb and other fired or resigned journalists wrote to their bosses on the way out.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 6, 2011

Too Much Weiner in Your Media Diet?
Or not enough?
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 3, 2011

Jill Abramson: Built Truck Tough
An excellent, if unsurprising, choice for executive editor of the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 2, 2011

Who's Afraid of Roger Ailes?
Rolling Stone and New York magazine publish dueling takes on Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bloomberg, Phew!
The Bloomberg enterprise makes a weak-kneed entrance into the editorial-page and op-ed derby.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bogus Trend of the Week: Worst Allergy Season Ever!
Almost every spring, the press returns with the same wheezing, sneezing, hackneyed story.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Facebook Smeared Google? C'mon!
Making too big a deal out of a public-relations firm's stupidity.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 13, 2011

Twitter in a Wringer
What is it about Twitter that gets people into trouble?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Osama Putz Videos
The White House is happy to spike the football on its own terms.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 9, 2011

Release the Dead Laden Photos
Suppressing them infantilizes the nation and gives the White House unwarranted news control.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 2, 2011

Michael Kinsley's First Bloomberg View Column
What it should say.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speak No Evil
Times Public Editor Arthur S. Brisbane's stupid ideas on how to cover the press.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 25, 2011

A Nation of Winklevosses
The unpaid writers' lawsuit against the Huffington Post is bunk.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tech Brigands
The swashbuckling bastards are everywhere, destroying the old order!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Katie Couric and the Post-Anchor Era
Why the evening news and the anchors no longer matter.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 4, 2011

Bill Moyers, the Brett Favre of PBS
Having already quit the weekly show racket twice because it was "time," he's coming back!
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 1, 2011

FOIA Furor Unfurls!
The political uses of FOIA in Wisconsin and Michigan are not as outre as some argue.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 30, 2011

There's No Such Thing as a Bad FOIA Request
The Wisconsin GOP's quest to obtain a professor's emails isn't "McCarthyesque."
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 25, 2011

Numbers Are Hard To Come By, Part 2
More about what journalists write when they encounter known unknowns.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Times' Free-Rider Problem Is Not a Problem
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. to the contrary, it's good for the NYTimes.com that readers will game its pay wall.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Who's Afraid of the T-Mobile and AT&T Deal?
Not me.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 21, 2011

Don't Piss on the New York Times Paywall
At least not yet.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 17, 2011

Why the Washington Post Plagiarism Matters
Because it injures readers.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 17, 2011

The New Sporting News
Don't fear the media grabs by team owners like the Redskins' Dan Snyder or leagues like the Big Ten.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In Defense of Gilbert "Aflac Duck" Gottfried
Purveyors of dark, bleak humor deserve our thanks, not our condemnation, in times like these.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The NPR Body Count
Will the last body dragged out the radio network's front door please turn off the lights?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 10, 2011

In Defense of Ron Schiller
Let's not get too wigged out about the NPR executive's stupidity.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Day Rupert Murdoch Turned 80
Chronicle of a birthday foretold.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's Not Hot? Newsweek.
Editor Tina Brown lays an egg in her redesign.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 7, 2011

Beat Sweetener: West Wing Edition
The New York Times slathers sweet sauce all over the White House's new stuffed animals.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 4, 2011

Credit Score
What's with the New York Times Magazine adding editor credits to the end of features?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 3, 2011

Back Scratching, Washington Style
The saga of Rep. Darrell Issa's now-fired spokesman illustrates how the Washington reporter-source relationship works.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Frank Rich Switch
Unless they're paying beaucoup bucks, his transfer to New York makes no sense to me.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Politico's Editor Overreacts
John F. Harris, go soak your head.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 1, 2011

SEO Speedwagon
The rapid rise and sale of Arianna Huffington's Post.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Murdoch's DailyShow
Rupert Murdoch has the money to make his tablet publication, The Daily,succeed. Does he have the patience?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

Jared Loughner's World of Illusion ... and Ours
The accused Tucson killer isn't the only one who has a love affair with alternative realities.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

What the Press Reports When It Has Little To Report
Assessing the Day 4 newspaper coverage of the Giffords shootings.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

Jared Loughner, Ready for His Photo Op
The bald head. The calculated zombie grin. The living avatar of evil.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

In Defense of Inflamed Rhetoric
The awesome stupidity of the calls to tamp down political speech in the wake of the Giffords shooting.
PRESS BOX | Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011

The Giffords Shooting
Rolling thoughts about the press, the Web, and political assassination.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011

The Unsweetened William M. Daley
The press neither flatters nor captures Obama's new chief of staff.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Deadly Images
A Q&A with Barbie Zelizer, author of About To Die: How News Images Move the Public.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

The 1,000 Faces of Julian Assange
Vanity Fair portrays the WikiLeaks founder as a shrewd negotiator and master shape-shifter.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

Floyd Abrams Whizzes on WikiLeaks
The First Amendment litigator disparages Julian Assange's secret-busting enterprise.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet
A counterfactual history of cyberspace.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

Whose Internet Is It, Anyway?
The FCC's new "net neutrality" rules only muddle the picture.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

Michael Bloomberg, American God
He speaks. You listen.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Stupid Drug Story of the Week
The nutmeg scare.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Nixon's Jewish Problem
Speaking from the grave, Richard Nixon talks trash about members of the tribe once again.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

A Times Assortment of Bogus Trend Stories
The New York Times discovers bogus trends in home bartending, ID theft, park rangers, and rebelling moms.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

In Defense of Fox News
If using the phrase government option is spinning the news, so is using public option.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Want Web Privacy? Pay for It.
Don't expect the government or the software giants to stop the Web snoops from tracking you.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

Julian Assange's Great Luck
Why his arrest and jailing in the United Kingdom is good news for him.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

Journalists on Drugs
A free pamphlet about illicit pharmaceuticals that every reporter should download.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

Breaking Up With Hotmail
Why I'm ending my longest online relationship.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

Why I Love WikiLeaks
For restoring distrust in our most important institutions.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton, and the Smoking Gun
The leaked cables make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to continue as secretary of state.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Bloomberg Government as D.C.'s Daily Racing Form
In the casino that is Washington, every investor and businessman needs a tip sheet.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Ted Koppel, Bad Reporter
ABC News veteran Ted Koppel ladles out self-serving news nostalgia in the Washington Post.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Unsolicited Advice for Tina Brown
On becoming editor-in-chief of Newsweek.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

The Invasion of the Cookie Monsters
Whom to blame for the loss of our Internet privacy.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Why Barack Obama Hates the Press
If you were him, you would, too.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

A way out of the objectivity-in-cable-news morass.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

Bogus Trend Week--The Readers Take Over
We end the week with a tie.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

Numbers Are Hard To Come By
What journalists write when they encounter a known unknown.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

Candidates Trapped in the Panopticon!
Updating Mao, political power now grows out of the barrel of a video camera.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

How Not To Watch the Election Returns on TV
If you must, tune in only at the top of the hour.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

A Stinky Bogus Trend Story
The New York Times Styles section strikes again.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Nick Denton's Smutty Mind--and Yours
Gawker's nonstory about Christine O'Donnell reveals the public's role in making a "sex scandal."
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

If Politics Isn't a Joking Matter, Why Do So Many Pols Crack Wise?
An oblique defense of Stewart-Colbert rallies on the Mall.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Kill NPR To Save It
The best way to end Republican meddling.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

Death to the Generic News Story!
If I've read that headline a hundred zillion times before, it can't possibly be news.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

Why Time Needs Newsweek
The codependency of America's two surviving newsweeklies.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010

Political Silence Is Golden
Sometimes it's good news when candidates won't speak to the press.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Why the U.K. Media Deserve Rupert Murdoch
Somebody has to teach them how to compete.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Extreme Ethical Hygiene at the New York Times
Times opinion columnist Joe Nocera isn't always entitled to his opinion.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Retiring the Side
Why are sportswriters so eager to tell aging stars they've "stayed too long" in the game?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Beat Sweetener: The Pete Rouse Edition
The Washington Post and New York Times pour sugar all over Pete Rouse.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

Biker Chicks
The New York Times wheels out a bogus-trend story about fashionable women on bicycles.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Advertisements for Themselves
Take a gander at the pathetic ad campaigns magazines and newspapers are running to promote their industries.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

The Op-Ed Page's Back Pages
A press scholar explains how the New York Times op-ed page got started.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 27, 2010

Weekend Update
The Wall Street Journal remakes its Saturday edition.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010

Bogus Drug Coverage of the Week
The press joins the Drug Enforcement Administration's public-relations campaign.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Len Downie Calls Arianna Huffington a Parasite
The old media and the new media swap punches over the value of aggregation.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Rupert in Orbit
U.K. regulators should let Murdoch buy the rest of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

The Journalist as Spy
He bribed, he blackmailed, he extorted, he lied. Was Jack Anderson a reporter or a spook?
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 20, 2010

Bogus Trend of the Day: NYC Criminals Wear Yankee Caps!
The New York Times discovers a spurious connection between New York Yankees garb and crime.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010

Murdoch's Watergate
The U.K. phone-hacking scandal will undo the media mogul.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

In Praise of Marty Peretz
No, that's not a misprint! Do not adjust your browser!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

Digital Native Calms the Anxious Masses
Nick Bilton's new book puts Google, GPS, Twitter, Facebook, and your iPhone in proper perspective.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 13, 2010

Nobody Owns 9/11
And the World Trade Center site is not hallowed ground.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

The Fallen Status of Books
Hard times for hardcovers.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010

Back-to-School Pharm Party
Time magazine, the Washington Post, and others resurrect this ancient urban myth.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

TV or Not TV?
Newsweek makes the publisher's case for not sending print journalists onto TV news shows.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Team Murdoch on Ethics
Rupert Murdoch's News of the World lectures the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010

Flat-Chested Pride?
The New York Times' "Thursday Styles" section discovers A-cup vanity.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

Taking the News Hostage
The editorial lessons taught by the now-dead gunman who stormed the Discovery Channel today.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

The L.A. Times Flunks L.A. Schoolteachers
The newspaper takes on the two L.A. sacred cows--teachers and unions--and lives to print again!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010

Who Said It First?
Journalism is the "first rough draft of history."
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 30, 2010

The Proto-Internet of 1704
The small ways in which Colonial newspapers anticipated the Web.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

The Times Gets Lost in the National Parks
The bogusity of the New York Times' story about how technology leads more park visitors into trouble.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Greetings, 18 Percenters!
Let's meet the knucklehead Americans who think Barack Obama is a Muslim.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

Sympathy for Rupert Murdoch
In defense of his company's $1 million contribution to the Republican Governors Association.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Bogus Trend Stories of the Week
Child pornography, sextortion, and Chinese hymenoplasties.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

Paved and Confused
What Krugman, Maddow, and the press corps don't understand about gravel roads.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 16, 2010

The Tabloidy Goodness of TBD.com
Praising the fledgling flight of the much-discussed new Web site.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010

Unsolicited Advice for Sidney Harman
Upon purchasing Newsweek from the Washington Post Co.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010

Bogus Trend Stories of the Week
Pieces about cuckolding, cemetery real estate, plagiarism, and infanticide.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010

The Art of Printing Secrets
What the New York Times could teach Julian Assange about national security.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010

The Twitter Verdict on Newsweek
All the mean and funny stuff people are tweeting about the magazine's sale.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

Bogus Trend Stories--Dog Days of Summer Edition
Meds-impaired drivers, doggie snubs, and the return of the bomb shelter.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 29, 2010

How To Give (and Take) a Leak
Unsolicited advice for Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blow Up the White House Briefing Room
It's the best way to resolve who should get Helen Thomas' front-row-center seat.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pour Me a Fresca
I need your help finding a long-form story to report for Slate.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Midsummer's Stew of Bogus Trends
Robo tripping, digital drugs, temporary dropouts, and subway hogs.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 19, 2010

By the Numbers
A terrific new book of essays encourages us all to be skeptical about statistics.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Man Who Wasn't There
The New York Times publishes a weightless profile of Denis McDonough.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 12, 2010

Speak Your Mind. Lose Your Job.
Why Octavia Nasr and Dave Weigel shouldn't have lost their jobs.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 8, 2010

The New York Times'Bogus Trend Factory
Now the newspaper is prattling on about the "circle lenses" rage.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Unsolicited Advice for Future Subjects of Magazine Profiles
What Gen. McChrystal should have known about Rolling Stone's reporter going in.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Time and Life Acid Trip
How Henry R. Luce and Clare Boothe Luce helped turn America on to LSD.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 21, 2010

When the Hed Doesn't Fit the Story
A Wall Street Journal hedline makes a big promise its story about Obama's speech doesn't deliver on.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bogus Trend Stories of the Week
The Washington Post on tradesmen who've gone to college; the New York Times on teenage jackassery.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Focus Groupies
Peter Beinart and Frank Luntz blame old Jews for the fading Zionism among young Jews.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Screw You, Mr. President
Helen Thomas used to ask questions in press briefings. Now she makes speeches.
RECYCLED | Monday, June 7, 2010

Bogus Trend Smorgasbord
Sack tapping, vodka eyeballing, and "little girl" parties.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 3, 2010

Murdoch's Disastrous Triumph
How Rupert Murdoch won the Wall Street Journal and lost billions in the process.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Two Cheers for the Sulzberger Dynasty
Why the nepotistic promotion of Times reporter A.G. Sulzberger is a good thing.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 28, 2010

Joe McGinniss Gets Old-School With Sarah Palin
In defense of a journalist's stalking of a politician.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stupid Drug Story of the Week
The Associated Press on the arrival of "deadly, ultra-pure heroin."
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Master of Debunk
W. Joseph Campbell corrects the record on 10 important misreported stories.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 21, 2010

Bogus Trend Story of the Week
The New York Times discovers pot use in restaurant kitchens, links it to cuisine creativity.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blumenthal's Draft-Ducking Dance
He wasn't the only one to cheat the draft. But he might have been among the best.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bogus Trend Story of the Week
Reuters claims that Pakistani-Americans are masquerading as Indians.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I Wish Elena Kagan Were an Uncloseted Lesbian
Not that I have the wildest clue about her sexual orientation. Honest!
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 10, 2010

Newsweek Has Fallen Down and Can't Get Up
The institutional forces behind the demise of a magazine.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bogus Trend Story of the Week
The New York Times on Americans renouncing their citizenship.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 30, 2010

Why Not Pay Sources?
My objections are practical, not ethical.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 29, 2010

Attention Must Be Paid to Rupert Murdoch!
Why he's launching a "Greater New York" section of the Wall Street Journal.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 26, 2010

Linsky and Lammer Love Long-Form
Two writers curate a Web site devoted to feature-length journalism.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 23, 2010

The Apple Secrecy Machine
Does it really make people want to buy stuff?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple Wants To Own You
Welcome to our velvet prison, say the boys and girls from Cupertino.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kitty Kelley, Sore Winner
Ignore her claim that the media are blackballing her Oprah book.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 12, 2010

Waxman Vs. Wolff, Round 2
The Wrap sends Newser a very silly letter.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lost, Season 6
Season 6: Desmond, Master of Time and Space
TV CLUB | Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Is Michael Wolff a Parasite?
Sharon "the Wrap" Waxman vs. Michael "Newser" Wolff.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 5, 2010

When Journalists Repackage Themselves as Politicians
Explaining the reporter's urge to run for office.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 2, 2010

The Scooplet That Melted
Politico, the Atlantic,and the iffy memo they rushed to publish.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lost, Season 6
Season 6: I Once Was Lost, But Now Am Found
TV CLUB | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Schooling Ross Douthat in Conspiracy Theory
What the New York Times columnist misses about fringe thinkers.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 22, 2010

The Worst "Pharm Party" Story Ever
The San Francisco Chronicle takes the honor.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What's Wrong With the Post Op-Ed Page?
No, it's not the number of conservative columnists.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Make My RSS Feed Full, Goddamnit!
Or please, Mr. Denton, will you undo the damage you've done to Gawker Media?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bogus Trend Story of the Week: Playwrights Working for TV
The Wall Street Journal discovers a zillion playwrights writing for television!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sympathy for Tony Kornheiser
He may be a rotten bastard, but his ESPN bosses are idiots for suspending him.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

The Plagiarist's Dirty Dozen Excuses
Take off your shoes and socks and count them all.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

The Posner Plagiarism Perplex
What to make of Gerald Posner's blog statement.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

Old Media District Eclipsed by New Bypass
Transportation reporter Howard Kurtz muffs the story.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

More Posner Plagiarism
Veteran reporter Gerald Posner is a repeat offender.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

Plagiarism at the Daily Beast
Veteran journalist Gerald Posner concedes that he lifted from the Miami Herald.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

The Retarded Controversy
Lay off Rahm Emanuel already!
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

Bogus Trend Stories of the Month
The New York Times corners the market.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

Suicide or Murder at Guantanamo?
The shortcomings of a Harper's magazine "expose."
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

Lost, Season 6
Season 6 preview: Enough With the Time Travel!
TV CLUB | Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010

Still More Pharm-Party Phoolishness
The meme lives!
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

The Wall
The New York Times Co.'s plan to build a content wall answers the wrong question.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

Game Change Changes Nothing
Go ahead and ignore all the indignation about Heilemann and Halperin's journalistic methods.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

Beat Sweetener: The Rajiv Shah Edition
The Washington Post drools all over the new USAID chief.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Google Pulls a Conan on China
Treat us right, the search engine shouts to its audience, or we'll yank the plug on Google.cn.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Looking for Corruption in All the Wrong Places
The failings of the New York Times ethics cops.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

The Romance and Reality of Foreign Reporting
A Q&A With John Maxwell Hamilton, author of Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009

The Tablet Hype
They can't possibly save magazines and newspapers.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Stupid Drug Story of the Week
The Washington Post on heroin and pills.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

In which the New York Times expresses astonishment at members of the tribe living in out-of-the-way places.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 7, 2009

Par for the Course
Why we can't get enough of the stories about Tiger Woods and the Salahis.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

The Most Powerful Veeps Ever
The Times Magazine delivers a journalistic cliche in its Joe Biden feature.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009

Read Between the Lies
What's behind Rupert Murdoch's trash-talking of Google?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

Unsolicited Advice for Jim Brady
Upon starting a local news site in D.C. for the owner of Politico.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

This Obama-Fox War Ain't Nothin'
For a genuine presidential war on the press, see the one FDR waged in the 1930s.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 26, 2009

Snookered by Victims
Cynical reporters and their soft spot.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

Maurice Sendak's Thin Skin
Why is he still so bent about a few negative words psychologist Bruno Bettelheim wrote in 1969?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

New YorkEchoes George Lois
Famed Esquire cover designer continues to inspire modern magazines.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

The Newseum's Tim Russert Shrine
Come, all ye faithful, and worship the fallen newsman.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009

The FTC's Mad Power Grab
The commission's preposterous new endorsement guidelines.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

How Conde Nast Is Like General Motors
The magazine empire as car wreck.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 5, 2009

Nonprofit Journalism Comes at a Cost
The downside of nonprofit news organizations like MinnPost, Voice of San Diego, and the Washington Independent.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

William Safire (1929-2009)
Flack, political operative, speechwriter, novelist, columnist, and hack.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 28, 2009

The David Bradley Prom
He teams with the Aspen Institute and the Newseum for the year's most tedious event.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009

Two Cheers for Andrew Breitbart
Sometimes it takes an outsider to show the press corps the way.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009

Saving Newspapers From Their Saviors
President Obama! Stiff-arm that "save the newspapers" legislation!
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

Murder Draped in Ivy
Why the press can't get enough of Harvard or Yale murders.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Katharine Weymouth Steps in It Again
A Washington Post piece gets spiked after its publisher expresses a preference for happier stories.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

The 9/11 Anniversary Racket
Blind your eyes and plug your ears!
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Unsolicited Advice for Diane Sawyer
Why she should reject the ABC World News anchor slot.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009

Bogus Trend Story of the Week--Recession Causes Home Barbering
The Wall Street Journal's tonsorial blarney.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

Ink Hole
Alex S. Jones thinks failing journalism makes failing democracy. So why won't he prove it?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009

Robert D. Novak (1931-2009)
Darkness claims the prince of darkness.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009

Bogus Trend Stories, Summer Edition
Chubby is hip; laptoppers evicted from coffee shops; DIY burial.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine?
The Washington Post executive editor grovels before the paper's critics in the Mad Bitch controversy.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

Another Round of Mad Bitch, Please
In defense of the offensive episode of "Mouthpiece Theater."
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

The Newspaper-Web War
Ever get the feeling this battle was fought before?
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

Bogus Trend Story of the Week: "Girls' Sports Pack Economic Punch"
The New York Times whiffs.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 29, 2009

McGovern-Cronkite in 1972?
Poking holes in Frank Mankiewicz's account.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, July 25, 2009

Why I Didn't Trust Walter Cronkite
Reason No. 1: He was not worthy.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Does the Book Industry Want To Get Napstered?
If the publishers force Amazon to raise prices on e-books, that's what will happen.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Murdoch's News of the World Steps in It
The press mogul's U.K. tabloid goes on a crime spree.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 9, 2009

Investigative Infotainment
More about NBC News' screwy to-catch-a-war-criminal series.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The David Bradley Effect
The corrupting effect of his off-the-record salons.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Tiny Taste of Mediaite
The fledgling media Web site leaves an acrid aftertaste.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 6, 2009

Monetizing the Washington Dinner Party
The Washington Post's boneheaded--and aborted--plan to lobby for lobbyists.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 2, 2009

"Let Me Tell You About the Time I Interviewed Michael Jackson"
Why reporters won't shut up about their encounters with the dead pop star.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Keeping the Fizz in the Journalism Biz
Thanks to technology, we may be entering a golden age.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Doubting Twitter
Let's not get carried away about its role in Iran's demonstrations.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 17, 2009

As the Globe Turns
What the Sulzbergers should do in Boston--but won't, obviously.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Manufacturing the News, Nixon Style
The 37th president's plan to stall impeachment with a flurry of press releases.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 8, 2009

The Unbearable Closeness of Kalb and Kissinger
Why did Marvin Kalb ask Henry Kissinger's help in finding a new publisher for his Kissinger book?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 4, 2009

Larry King's Imperfect Memory
How can you tell when the CNN host is telling the truth?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 21, 2009

Maureen Dowd's Next Step
Having confessed to lifting copy, the New York Times' columnist almost sets things right.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 18, 2009

Bogus Trend of the Week: Raising Backyard Chickens
The press lays dozens and dozens of eggs.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 14, 2009

Life After Newspapers
Learning from the 1962-63 New York newspaper strike.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 11, 2009

Bilderberg Preview
It's that time of year.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Perfectly Obvious Cokie
Behold how little substance NPR's Cokie Roberts can pack into four minutes of airtime.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 1, 2009

Newspaper Death Foretold by Warren Buffett!!!
In 1992, the oracle of Omaha predicted the decline of newspapers, magazines, and TV.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 27, 2009

Mach-3 Hype From the Wall Street Journal
What's that cyber-breach story doing at the top of Page One?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 23, 2009

Infrastructure Madness
Don't believe everything you read about the failing bridges and antiquated waterworks.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So You Won a Pulitzer
Who cares?
RECYCLED | Monday, April 20, 2009

Hello, Steve Brill, Get Me Rewrite
Thinking about his doomed plan to build a pay wall around newspapers.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 17, 2009

Don't Get All Huffy About the Huffington Post
The sort of borrowing it does is in the American journalistic tradition.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Great Newspaper Crackup of 1918
And what to learn from it.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 13, 2009

The Water-War Myth
Spike those stories about water disputes leading to armed combat.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 2, 2009

The April Fools' Day Defense Kit
This year, don't be taken for a sucker by the media.
RECYCLED | Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Are Times Publishers Born Stupid?
Let's check the historical record.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bring Back Yellow Journalism
At its best, it was terrific. At its worst, it wasn't that bad.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 30, 2009

Democracy's Cheat Sheet?
It's time to kill the idea that newspapers are essential for democracy.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 27, 2009

The Pharm-Party Meme
It refuses to die.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 23, 2009

Debunking PCP's "Comeback"
The Washington Post fails to make the case.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hello and Goodbye to the P-I
Thoughts upon the venerable Seattle daily becoming a Web-only operation.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 16, 2009

Bill Moyers' Memory
Why you can't trust it.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jeffrey Gettleman's World of War
In praise of the New York Times' man in East Africa.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bogus Trend Story of the Week
Washington Post: "Climate Fears Are Driving 'Ecomigration' Across Globe."
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

More on Moyers
Plus, J. Edgar Hoover on how to spot a homosexual.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

The Intolerable Smugness of Bill Moyers
He just can't help himself.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 23, 2009

Not All Information Wants To Be Free
Inventing and refining the rich content that wants to be sold.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Carlos Slim Watch
Scrutinizing the Mexican mogul who now owns a big chunk of the New York Times Co.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 13, 2009

How To Speak Obama
Zadie Smith's two cents on how 44 mesmerizes.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

To Catch a War Criminal?
Why is NBC being so cagey about its new series?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

What Would Ann Landers Advise?
Ann's daughter, advice columnist Margo Howard, gets ugly with advice columnist Amy Dickinson.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

Who Should Replace William Kristol at the Times?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

Alms for the Press?
The case against foundation ownership of the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009

Background Briefing Watch
The "unmasking" of White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 26, 2009

Selling Virtue
Pandering ad campaigns from Chevron, Starbucks, Liberty Mutual, and Barack Obama.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

Chris Matthews' Inaugural Jib-Jabbery
The MSNBC motormouth talks a lot, says nothing.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Obama's New Press Strategy
Soon to be the "one president at a time," he starts schmoozing the press.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

Building an iTunes for Newspapers
Answering David Carr's excellent challenge.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

How Newspapers Tried to Invent the Web
But failed.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

(Another) Bogus Trend of the Week: a Plague of Shoplifters!
The New York Times and Washington Post get snowed by the retail industry.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

Bogus Trend of the Week: Booming Evangelical Attendance
A Gallup editor punctures a religion bubble at the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

The Digital Slay-Ride
What's killing newspapers is the same thing that killed the slide rule.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

Sympathy for Blago
Granted, he's a sleaze, but how solid is the government's case?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008

Unsolicited Advice for David Gregory
Upon taking the wheel at Meet the Press.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

The Fog of Breaking News
Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Reunderstanding Rupert Murdoch
Michael Wolff's new biography accepts the mogul on his own sordid terms.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 1, 2008

Rupert Murdoch and the Reverse Ferret
Explaining the mogul's flattering treatment of Barack Obama in the New York Post.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Crazy About Guns
The press spooks its readers about increased gun purchases.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

Don't Count Drudge Out
His demise is overreported once again.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

Rahm Emanuel, Press Tamer
What to expect as Clinton's enforcer becomes Obama's chief of staff.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008

Wolf Blitzer Is "Watching Very Closely"
A crash course in Blitzer-ese.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008

The Coming Obama-Press War
It's inevitable.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

The Liberal Media and How To Stop It
You can't. But these days, how much does it matter?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

Countdown to the Obama Rapture
Watch as the press corps battles its performance anxiety!
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Stolen Elections--as American as Apple Pie
Dissecting John McCain's hyperbole about voter fraud.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

A McCain Victory Survival Kit
A just-in-case guide for reporters just in case Obama collapses.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008

Good News From the Coming Depression
Journalists are already finding it!
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Bogus Trend of the Week: Dudes With Cats
The New York Times' Sunday Styles sectiondetects a new craze.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

This "Town Hall" Debate Is Neither
It's more a dance recital than an honest head-to-head between the candidates.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

Don't Blame Gwen Ifill If the Veep Debate Sucks
What a stupid format.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

When Wall Street Bet on Elections
"Roosevelt New York Odds Drop to 7 to 5" and other headlines from a century ago.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

McCain Bites the Press
Just because the press loves Obama doesn't mean it hates McCain.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Bill O'Reilly's "Shut Up" Revisionism
According to the talk show host, he rarely uses the phrase.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Fannie Mae and the Vast Bipartisan Conspiracy
A list of villains in boldface.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

Palin vs. Gibson, Round 2
The reporter goes limp and forfeits to the candidate.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Palin vs. Gibson, Round 1
The ABC News anchor flummoxes the GOP amateur.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

10 Questions for Sarah Palin
What ABC News anchor Charles Gibson should ask the candidate.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

How Palin Will Beat the Press
She'll run as the new Spiro Agnew.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

Hurricane Palin
McCain creates a disaster story for the news-starved press.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008

How To Watch the Campaign on TV
Imagine that you're viewing it through the eyes of Fox News honcho Roger Ailes.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 29, 2008

Why Convention Coverage Can't Be Olympian
There's nothing NBC can teach the convention planners.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
The unusually creepy kind.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

Timely Ledes From This Summer's New Yorkers
They're all dated for your reading safety.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008

Veep Creep
The long, drawn-out faux drama of picking a running mate.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008

Conventional Nonsense
Making the case for a press boycott of the national political conventions.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

What's Really Killing Newspapers
They're no longer the best providers of social currency.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

The Untouchable
Why nothing the press throws at Obama sticks.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What Does Rupert Murdoch Want?
Former Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger hasn't a clue.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 25, 2008

Why the Press Is Ignoring the Edwards "Love Child" Story
A double standard is at work.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Midsummer Harvest of Bogus Trend Stories
Drivel from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tracking the Anonymice
See how they run in the Post, the Timeses, and the Journal.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The New Yorker Draws Fire
Barry Blitt's cover illustration of the Obamas wigs out the chattering classes.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 14, 2008

Advice for Marcus Brauchli
Of the unsolicited variety as he ascends to the executive editorship of the Washington Post.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 7, 2008

What's Killing America's Drug Users?
It all depends on how you look at the data.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 3, 2008

Novak, Russert, and the Washington Protection Racket
Novak and his partner in logrolling, Tim Russert.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 20, 2008

The Canonization of Saint Russert
The media overdo the death of a journalist.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 16, 2008

Is the Journal Getting ... Better?
Despite Murdoch (or maybe because of Murdoch), it's on a tear.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 13, 2008

David Sedaris and Exaggeration
A new book raises the same old questions.
RECYCLED | Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Bilderberg "Blackout"
The press corps' noncoverage of that weekend conference in Chantilly, Va.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 9, 2008

Fox News 1.0
Revisiting TVN, Roger Ailes' first stab at running a TV news operation.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hillary Didn't Lose. Barack Won.
An idiosyncratic reading of today's presidential campaign post-mortems.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bill Clinton, Press Critic
His critique of the Vanity Fair piece about him starts strong and then collapses.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 2, 2008

Michael Crichton, Vindicated
His 1993 prediction of mass-media extinction now looks on target.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bloggy Tuesday
A McCain-New York Times Feud?; Fishy Friday; JFK on speed; what the hell is "affordable housing"?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Frank Rich Bitch
Will the Times'ethics cops please leave him be?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Worst Show on a Cable News Network
It's still The Journal Editorial Report.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 12, 2008

The Russert to Judgment
So now the TV pundits tell us an Obama nomination is certain.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 8, 2008

Salvia Divinorum Hysteria
The press helps fuel the next "drug menace."
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Spring Books in Brief
What Slate's reading this spring.
, | Stephen Burt
Let Murdoch Be Murdoch
Abolish the powerless Wall Street Journal Special Committee.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Times Travel Section Plays Hide the Salami
As Austin Powers would say, "Very shagadelic!"
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rupert Murdoch's Favorite Lie
As long as he insists on telling it, I'll keep calling it out.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 24, 2008

Don Corleone Murdoch?
In which Newsweek alleges that Norm Pearlstine and John Huey kissed the godfather's ring.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Source Hygiene
If reporters practiced better "source hygiene," maybe they'd face fewer subpoenas.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 17, 2008

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Shield Law, Part 2
The First Amendment belongs to citizens, not the corporate press.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Shield Law, Part 1
The Free Flow of Information Act would be a nightmare for journalists.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 16, 2008

To Do: Skip Newseum Opening
Why you should boycott journalism's monument to itself.
RECYCLED | Thursday, April 10, 2008

What? You've Not Been Honored by the Webbys?
If there is a less exclusive award on the planet, I've yet to hear of it.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Two Cheers for Newsroom Buyouts
The good news about the bad news coming out of newsrooms.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 7, 2008

Links That Stink
Grumbling about the misuse of hyperlinks on news sites.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rupert Murdoch Is Not the Antichrist
Proof revealed at Georgetown University.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Times' New Welcome Mat
The paper's design director defends its expanded summary pages.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The States Are Falling, the States Are Falling!
The press corps plays Chicken Little.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 31, 2008

The April Fools' Day Defense Kit
This year, don't be taken for a sucker by the media.
RECYCLED | Monday, March 31, 2008

Biggie Mistake
How Chuck Philips and the L.A. Times could have dodged the Tupac hoaxer.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 27, 2008

The '60s Version of a Pharm Party
"Fruit salad parties." You think I'm kidding. I'm not.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Down on the Pharm, Again
Debunking "pharm parties" for the third time.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bloggy Monday
Murdoch gets beat; a Portfolio blog item mysteriously vanishes; and do TV minutes matter?
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 24, 2008

Productivity Madness
What's that crazy stat about the NCAA Tournament and distracted workers?
RECYCLED | Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Fibbing Point
Separating bunk from fact in Malcolm Gladwell's performance at a New York storytelling forum.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From Assembly Line to Network at the Post
The Washington Post's plan to drag the editing process into the 21st century.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 14, 2008

Did the Press Service Spitzer?
That's what Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly A. Strassel would have you believe.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 13, 2008

Plagiarism and Apology
The New York Times lifts from City Hall.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Eight Reasons Plagiarism Sucks
It harms readers, in its heart beats a lie, it corrupts, and five more.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 7, 2008

More Plagiarism, Same Times Reporter
Alexei Barrionuevo helps himself to Bloomberg News copy without attribution.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Watching McClatchy (First in a Series)
As a leading indicator of the newspaper biz's health, what does the chain's bad news portend for the rest of the industry?
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 3, 2008

Murdoch Minion Spikes Review of Murdoch Book
"Anticipatory compliance" at the Far Eastern Economic Review.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008

The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald
A Page One story lifts two lines about an illicit drug.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

McCain's Smoking Blonde
In defense of the New York Times' takedown.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008

Don't Call It Plagiarism
Obama's sound bite, considered.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

How Obama Does That Thing He Does
A professor of rhetoric cracks the candidate's code.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

The Political Re-Education of Rupert Murdoch
A new book by the mogul's former right-hand man in China tells nearly all.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008

Down With the Newseum!
We don't need a gilded home for 6,214 journalism artifacts.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Wall to Wall to Wal-Mart Political Coverage
In this press-saturated campaign, no voter is underserved.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008

The Corrections
Craig Silverman catalogs the media's errors--and his own.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 1, 2008

A Test for the Murdoch Street Journal
How will it cover a new book alleging Rupert Murdoch's kowtowing to the Chinese?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

"Fishermen Beat Rare Dolphin to Death"
And other tabloid headlines from CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and Foxnews.com.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

The Times' Fishy Story
Nevermind that scaremongering story about mercury-tainted sushi.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 25, 2008

Simple Simon
What the auteur of The Wire doesn't (and does) understand about the newspaper business.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008

Stupidest Drug Story of the Week
The New York Times raves about meth-laced ecstasy.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008

"The Best Political Team on Television"?
On election night, CNN runs its preposterous slogan into the ground.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Tipsy on Bipartisanship
Obama, Bloomberg, and the press get drunk on compromise, cooperation, and civility.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008

Reading the Murdoch Street Journal
Where is the rotten old bastard taking his latest acquisition?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

Who's Afraid of Bill Kristol?
Nora Ephron, Josh Marshall, Jane Smiley, David Corn, Erica Jong, Katha Pollitt, and nearly every liberal with a blogging account.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008

The Whiskey Rebellion
In praise of booze in the newsroom.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

Too Young To Write for Page One?
A journalism school professor's lame complaint.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007

Taking Stock
Every picture tells a story, sometimes the wrong one.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 7, 2007

The Times Hears a WHO
An accidentally broken embargo causes the World Health Organization to engage in sanction overkill.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007

The Lessons of TNR's Baghdad Diarist
The good news about the bad news the magazine is finally accepting.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007

Smartest Drug Story of the Year
Rolling Stone on the war on drugs.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 30, 2007

Stupidest Drug Story of the Week
The New York Times frets about a potential European methedemic.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007

Why Newspapers Love the Striking Screenwriters
For the same reason journalists love themselves.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007

Roger Cohen Is Entitled to His Opinion
But there's no excuse for his lazy writing.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 9, 2007

Prime Time for Subprime
Who is doing the best reporting on this scary story?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007

Fall Books
Our take on this season's books.
, | Timothy Noah
In Defense of Rupert Murdoch
A brief word in support of the genocidal tyrant.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 26, 2007

The New Clinton Propaganda Machine
Watch it rev up.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007

The Subpoena Weenie
An overreaching Arizona prosecutor jails a pair of newsmen.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 19, 2007

The Churchillian Side of Chris Matthews
To be revealed on Oct. 25 at an awards ceremony.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007

What Do Herbert and Marion Sandler Want?
Investigating the funders of ProPublica, the new investigative journalism outfit.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 15, 2007

Rupert Murdoch, Closet Liberal
Fox News President Roger Ailes outs his boss as a Republican-hater.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 8, 2007

Fark Founder Flattens Fourth Estate
Beats the press with his new book; they take scant notice.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

Bush's Free-Speech Radical
Comparatively speaking, it's Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 1, 2007

Dick and J. Edgar Diss Kay Graham
Eavesdropping on a Nixon-Hoover telephone call.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007

The Sex-Slavery Epidemic That Wasn't
Revisiting the numbers behind the New York Times Magazine's sex-slave story.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 24, 2007

Lie Detectors
FactCheck.org, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Washington Post smoke out the political BS.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007

Dueling Trend Stories
The Wall Street Journal vs. the New York Times on the value of an MBA.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 17, 2007

Why the WSJ Exodus Is Good for Murdoch
Three additional Wall Street Journal journalists quit.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 26, 2007

Condoleezza Rice's Image Makeover
Glenn Kessler's new book captures madam secretary putting stagecraft into her statecraft.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007

Blaming the Times for Your Bad Reputation, Part 2
In which Jon Garfunkel alters Allen Kraus' Google footprint.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007

The New York Times "Escapes" section demonstrates its lack of imagination.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007

Hail to the Return of Motherland-Protecting Propaganda!
The Russians and their unintentionally hilarious Washington Post ad supplement.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007

Blaming the Times for Your Bad Reputation
The newspaper's public editor gets all verklempt over a nonissue.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 27, 2007

Already Chewed News
What my beloved newspaper has been reduced to serving.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

TV's Aryan Sisterhood
They know only one hair color: blonder!
RECYCLED | Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007

Next Head of State in Topless Bar
... Drinking with New York Post Editor Col Allan, but the Post doesn't think it's a story.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 20, 2007

Murdoch Journal Watch--New York Post Edition
Never mind the Journal's editorial independence. Pray for the New York Post's.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 17, 2007

Reign of Error
The average newspaper corrects very few of its factual errors, says professor.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007

Poor, Poor, Pitiful Rupert Murdoch
Plus: Bob Novak's spelling problem.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 13, 2007

The Gas Over Linda Greenhouse
Does a reporter have a duty to appear on C-SPAN?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 10, 2007

Boob Job
The Nixon gang's obsession with Katharine Graham's breasts, continued.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007

The Murdoch Journal Watch
Having bagged his trophy, how long will it take Rupert to bugger it?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Return of Michael Finkel
The work of the disgraced Times Magazine writer appears on the cover of National Geographic.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 27, 2007

Shut Your Loophole
Add loophole to the list of words that should be banned from journalism.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Presence of Malice
Billy Wilder tours journalism's pus-filled heart in the long-lost Ace in the Hole.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Honest Graft of Lady Bird Johnson
How she and Lyndon came by their millions.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 16, 2007

Homer Simpson Has What the Bancrofts Want
Editorial independence.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 13, 2007

Composing Murdoch's Disclosure
It's almost as long as the Manhattan telephone book.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Green Is the New Yellow
On the excesses of "green" journalism.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 6, 2007

The Newspaper of the Future
If we're lucky, it will look something like the newspaper of the past.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 3, 2007

iPhone Suck-Up Watch
The press turns coquettish about the "Jesus phone."
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 29, 2007

The Shorter New York Times
All the news that fits in a smaller space.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Murdoch: The Filth and the Fury
How low he'll stoop.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 22, 2007

Apple Suck-Up Watch
It's not just a new kind of cell phone, it's a cultural watershed!
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bogus Trend Story of the Day
The Sunday New York Times discovers online sales losing "steam."
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 18, 2007

Tony Blair, Press Critic
Look who is calling the media cynical.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 13, 2007

If the Peach Stole the Journal Cream
What if the Financial Times raided Murdoch's Wall Street Journal newsroom?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 5, 2007

More Murdoch Malefaction
The Bancrofts can't possibly trust this guy with the Wall Street Journal.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 1, 2007

Fred Thompson Plays the Big Media
... which play along.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 31, 2007

Can Murdoch Pass the Stink Test?
Assessing the mogul against the standards of the Dow Jones code of conduct.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Blame Britney First
Al Gore and Tom Friedman think we're paying attention to the wrong things.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Newsweek's Cheesy Drug Story
It's not terrible--it's just lame.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Meet Mrs. Murdoch
Who had a critical profile of Rupert's wife, Wendi Deng, spiked?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 10, 2007

Eight More Reasons To Distrust Murdoch
The man has a terrible track record, you know.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The MurdochStreet Journal
Not for me, thanks.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 7, 2007

Stupidest Drug Story of the Week
Is Reuters drinking bong water?
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 27, 2007

The FCC Wants To Kill Your TV
In the name of saving your children.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 26, 2007

David Halberstam (1934-2007)
Portrait of the prize-winning reporter as an engorged ego.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In Praise of Insensitive Reporters
We'd hate them even more if they didn't overcover the VT story.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Does the Press Pick Presidents?
What coverage says about a candidate's prospects.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 16, 2007

David Sedaris and His Defenders
I guess it all comes down to what your definition of "exaggeration" is.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Media Deal From Zell
Behind the real estate mogul's crappy offer for Tribune.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 9, 2007

Ted Koppel Predicts!
Only a reporter this intimate with the story could get it so wrong.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 5, 2007

In Defense of the Anna Nicole Feeding Frenzy
And other pulp journalism run amok.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Stockman "Woodshed" Myth
How a calculated lie became a man's most personal truth.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 2, 2007

The April Fools' Day Defense Kit
This year, don't be taken for a sucker by the media.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Next Times Public Editor
Help the New York Times pick Barney Calame's replacement.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 29, 2007

Lies and Memories
When stories read a little too good.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Editors Writing Badly--the Sandy Rowe Edition
The Oregonian inspires the first in a new series.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Stupid Drug Story of the Week
The New York Times mixes its intoxicants and gets stupid.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Case for Patrick Fitzgerald
The Libby prosecutor didn't savage the First Amendment.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How the Rich Sleep
New York Times dispatches from the bed wars.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 12, 2007

Eichenwald's Weird Checkbook Journalism
The Editors' Note, the reporter, and the reporter's testimony.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 8, 2007

Delmar Pickett Jr. Stands by His Spit Story
The Vietnam vet maintains he was gobbed at 35 years ago.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Pickett's Charge
In a 1971 CBS News clip, Vietnam vet Delmar Pickett Jr. describes an airport spit incident.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Our Ann Coulter Problem
Why the press can't ignore her.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 5, 2007

Slate's Fact-Checking Department
There's this reader who lives in Palo Alto ...
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 1, 2007

Earning Every Inch at the Washington Post
A new memo from the top editors explains how.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007

False Profits
When bad financial news for newspapers is good news for journalism.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 23, 2007

The BALCO Mess
Or travels in the gray areas of the confidential source arrangement.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

Steven Rattner's Newspaper Ballet
The investment tycoon dances around the future of the newspaper biz.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007

A War on the Press?
I don't think so.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007

About That Methedemic
A new government survey finds meth use down. So, where's the coverage?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007

Bartiromo Innuendo
What exactly is the Wall Street Journal trying to say?
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 29, 2007

The Lies of Ryszard Kapuscinski
Or, if you prefer, the "magical realism" of the now-departed master.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007

The Devil's Lexicon
Unspeak exposes the language twisters.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 22, 2007

What the "Media Reformers" Get Right
Well, 50 percent right.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007

The L.A. Times Raiders
Who will the journalistic competition poach while the Tribune Co. fiddles?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 5, 2007

The Stupidest Drug Stories of the Week
International reefer madness!!!!
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007

Decent Exposure
The press buries Gerald R. Ford in meaningless platitudes.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007

What Was Alberto R. Gonzales Thinking?
And what did Judge David Tatel write?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 22, 2006

Time and Again
Richard Stengel's magazine makeover reeks of deja vu.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 18, 2006

Steal This Idea
Every news beat needs something like the KSJ Tracker.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

What Did Ian McEwan Do?
Nothing wrong, say the big-shot novelists.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 8, 2006

How To Speak Republican ...
... or Democratic.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006

The Wall Street Journal Gets Small
Making sense of the publisher's preview of the redesigned paper.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 4, 2006

Chronicle of the Newspaper Death Foretold
The newspaper industry knew it was doomed 30 years ago.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006

Hatfill v. Hatfill
The bio-warfare scientist and his dueling lawsuits.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006

The New York Post Perv Patrol
Nobody beats Murdoch's paper on this sordid beat.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 20, 2006

Bus Plunge Mop-up
The readers conduct their post-mortem.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006

The Rise and Fall of the "Bus Plunge" Story
What killed this former New York Times staple?
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 13, 2006

Bully in Search of a Pulpit
Making sense of Eli Broad's ambition to own the Los Angeles Times.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

Baquet to O'Shea
Tribune installs its guy at the Los Angeles Times. What's next?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006

Democracy for Dummies
How Oprah and other infotainment programs encourage the mentally tardy to vote.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006

Love Me, I'm a Journalist
A profession's romance with itself.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006

If You Don't Buy This Newspaper ...
We'll shoot your democracy.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 23, 2006

The Bloomberg Lesson
How a fledgling news organization got big while others shrank.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006

Dehyping Identity Theft
The New York Times finally sees reason.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006

My Favorite Magazine
Stop Smiling.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006

The Men Who Would Own the L.A. Times
Geffen. Burkle. Broad. Who'd be the worst owner?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006

The Times Thinks Outside the Browser
Finally, a readable online newspaper.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006

Nicotine Madness
The stupid drug story of the week.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 1, 2006

The Great Press War of 1897
The New York Times' Adolph Ochs won. Or did he?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006

His Girl Friday
What Time magazine's new publication date means.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 21, 2006

No JonBenet Apologies Necessary
The press needn't regret its coverage of the case.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006

Marty Peretz's Word Power
Ultramontane. Chiliastic. Irredentist. Revanchism. And more!
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 4, 2006

So, You Bought the New York Observer
Unsolicited advice for new owner Jared Kushner.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006

How To Find a Meth Dealer
The states establish search engines for your shopping convenience.
PRESS BOX | Monday, July 31, 2006

How the New York Times Makes Local Papers Dumber
That's only a slight exaggeration.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 27, 2006

Who Are All These Bloggers?
And what do they want?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Nick Denton, Publicity Cat
How the Gawker Media guy reaps so much media attention.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bush or Keller?
Who do you trust?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, July 6, 2006

Digg Me or Bury Me
Using (or is that exploiting?) a people-powered news aggregator to attract hits.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 30, 2006

Projectile Voting
Do election-night predictions reduce voter turnout?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper
Newspapers are dying, but the news is thriving.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, June 24, 2006

The New Vanity Press Moguls
Welcome, Philip Anschutz! Bruce Wasserstein! Roger Hertog!
SLATE'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY | Thursday, June 22, 2006

TV's Aryan Sisterhood
They know only one hair color: blonder!
SLATE'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY | Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Meth Test for the Press
How will it respond to a nonhysterical new study?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Yes to Nocera
What I like about the New York Times business columnist.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 12, 2006

Wen Ho Ho Ho Lee Gets Last Laugh
Gauging the fallout from the legal settlement.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The Master of Disaster
David Von Drehle vs. the catastrophe cliches.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Disaster by Numbers
If the earthquake doesn't kill you, the cliches will.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 1, 2006

The Times Hypes ID Theft
Even the Associated Press knows better.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Doggy Style
Eric Boehlert's book Lapdogs beats the press.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Bill and Hillary Code
What's the New York Times trying to tell us?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Annenberg's Ticket Out of Hell
Dead almost four years, he's still rehabilitating his image.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 22, 2006

Howell Raines, Press Critic
A very fishy memoir.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 18, 2006

Auto-Editorial Stimulation
The magazine-anniversary problem.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 16, 2006

More Meth-Mouth Misinformation
It's everywhere, it's everywhere!
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 12, 2006

A.M. Rosenthal (1922-2006)
Ugly genius.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Public Editor as Duffer
The dreadful Byron Calame.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 9, 2006

What's the Story, Morning Glory?
The Washington Post takes another bad drug trip.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 4, 2006

Fighting Words
Bush vs. the press vs. Bush.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Advice for Paranoid Reporters
How to report stories when the government is out to get you.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Anonymice Devour Times
Plus: Has NYTimes.com gone tabloid?
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 21, 2006

The Mouth vs. the Bully
The Olbermann-O'Reilly feud.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I'm Canceling My Times Subscription
Why you should, too.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Thanks for That Subpoena!
The legal maneuver that may--unintentionally--end up expanding reporters' rights.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 24, 2006

Productivity Madness
The press swallows $3.8 billion worth of junk economics.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 20, 2006

Judith Miller's New Excuse
The former Times reporter tells Vanity Fair the "slanderous" bloggers destroyed her.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 16, 2006

O'Connor Forecasts Dictatorship
Why didn't the American press chase the story?
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 13, 2006

Bill Keller in Chains
Commentary's case for prosecuting the Times under the Espionage Act.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 9, 2006

The New Atlantic Monthly
Unsolicited advice for James Bennet, the magazine's incoming editor.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Methamphetamine Propaganda
The government and the press are addicted.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 3, 2006

The New New Republic
A prayer for Franklin Foer, the magazine's incoming editor.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Byron Calame's Tweezers
The New York Times public editor frets and sulks over employee discounts.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 27, 2006

TV's Aryan Sisterhood
They know only one hair color: blonder!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006

NSA Scoop or Just Bad Writing?
Rereading The Cell. Also, Porter Goss is full of it.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006

Sympathy for Bill O'Reilly
Why is the Times' Nicholas Kristof picking on him?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 10, 2006

Bob Edwards' Big Goof
His Murrow biography packages Good Night, and Good Luck'sfib as fact.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006

This Ain't Nightline
Ted Koppel's embarrassing debut as a Times columnist.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 30, 2006

Not Just Another Column About Blogging
What newspaper history says about newspaper future.
PRESS BOX | Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006

Snyder Broadcasting
Fellow journalists! Do not fear the tiny owner of the Washington Redskins!
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 20, 2006

The Perpetually Perfervid Peretz
The New Republic co-owner practically begs me to reprint an old column.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 9, 2006

KurtEichenwald.com: The Back Story
How a reporter's source came to design his eponymous Web site.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 6, 2006

"Who Is Jack Abramoff?"
Don't ask the Wall Street Journal's editorial board.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006

Risen vs. Risen
Or, book standards vs. newspaper standards.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006

Sympathy for Bill Keller
Giving the New York Times executive editor the benefit of the doubt.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005

Lip-Service Journalism
If protecting sources is paramount, why don't more reporters go to jail?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005

Minutemen and Ombudsmen
Eyeballing a Time news photo; also, Al Neuharth papers the LoC.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 2, 2005

The Great Google Wipeout
Chronicle of a corporate death foretold.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 21, 2005

Bob Ain't Judy
But the similarities don't flatter Woodward.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005

Bob Woodward's Timetable
It's not a cover-up, but what the hell is it?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005

Press Secretary Sulzberger
The Times publisher does his skeeziest Scott McClellan on The Charlie Rose Show.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 11, 2005

The Royal Scam
The Washington Post bows and curtsies to Charles and Camilla.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005

Waiting for the Kristof Korrection
In which we revisit his famous May 6, 2003

, column.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005

The Novak Report
When the Plame indictments come down, the columnist will have a lot to explain.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005

The Exorcism of the New York Times
In the name of journalism, the paper must cast out the unclean spirits.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005

Paper-Thin Excuses
If a publisher moans about rising newsprint costs, slap him.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 14, 2005

The Apple Polishers
Explaining the press corps' crush on Steve Jobs and company.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005

Edward R. Movie
Good Night, and Good Luck and bad history.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005

Edward R. Movie
Good Night, and Good Luck and bad history.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005

The Lost World of Joseph Pulitzer
A century ago, newspapers were bigger, bolder, and more beautiful. What happened?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 16, 2005

How the Court Imitates the World Series
John Roberts' winning baseball analogy.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005

Rehnquist's Drug Habit
The man in full.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 9, 2005

Don't Refloat
The case against rebuilding the sunken city of New Orleans.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005

The Rebellion of the Talking Heads
Newscasters, sick of official lies and stonewalling, finally start snarling.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 2, 2005

Lost in the Flood
Why no mention of race or class in TV's Katrina coverage?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005

Crack Then. Meth Now.
What the press didn't learn from the last drug panic.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005

Dopes on Dope
A bad batch of reporting on NYC's heroin-related deaths.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005

Fair Is Square
The case for hiring biased book reviewers.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 12, 2005

The Meth-Mouth Myth
Our latest moral panic.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005

The Meth Capital of the World
Where is it?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005

Meth Madness at Newsweek
This is your magazine on drugs.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007

Judge Posner's Incorrect Verdict
He hacks on and on about the "crisis" in old media in the Times Book Review.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

Lord of the Pigs?
The New York Times violates its code to cheap-shot director Peter Jackson.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 27, 2005

Cruising Toward a Tabloid Crackup
How Tom and Katie are undermining the celebrity magazines.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tom Friedman Is Flat
He can't stop plugging his best seller.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Sex Slaves, Revisited
Looking back at the New York Times Magazine piece 16 months later.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Why Did Deep Throat Leak?
Hint: It wasn't out of a sense of patriotism.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 2, 2005

Newsweek's Source Code
Don't accuse Michael Isikoff of inventing sources.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Down the Toilet at Newsweek
Dungeon legend and the peril of anonymous sources.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 17, 2005

What Matt Cooper Shares With Yaser Hamdi
A new petition before the Supreme Court explains all.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Arianna's Echo Park
First impressions of the "Huffington Post" Web site.
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 9, 2005

Wolff in Cheap Clothing
Vanity Fair's sloppy, lazy media columnist.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 5, 2005

PBS Unplugged
President Bush gives us a new reason to wean public broadcasting from the government teat.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 3, 2005

The Romenesko Effect
How a one-man Web site is improving journalism.
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 18, 2005

Blame It on the New York Times
The Holocaust. The A-Bomb. U.S. imperialism.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, April 14, 2005

Bloggers Freer Than Reporters?
And vice versa.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 8, 2005

Talk Television
Fox News Channel and the talk-radio formula.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 5, 2005

The Billionaire Newsboy
Making sense of Philip Anschutz's Examiners.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 24, 2005

Paper Cuts
The myth of the broadsheet, and anonymice on the dangers of anonymity.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 21, 2005

Media Deconcentration
Roll over Viacom and tell Bagdikian the news.
PRESS BOX | Friday, March 18, 2005

Wolfowitz Loves Chicken Farmers
The New York Times breaks the story.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 17, 2005

CBS, What Is the Frequency?
What the network should do in the post-Rather era.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 7, 2005

Source Code
Dissecting the anonymice that infested President Bush's European tour.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 28, 2005

Hell 'n' Keller
Bloggers and critics put the New York Times executive editor through it. He gives it back.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005

If I Had a Blog
I'd write more columns like this one.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 18, 2005

The Ken Aulatte
The media reporter's words now come to you on a Starbucks cup.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005

Memo to Cooper and Miller
Fire Floyd Abrams. Hire Bruce Sanford.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005

I Would Have Fired Eason Jordan
On the difference between a mistake and brain rot.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Feb. 14, 2005

Unbundle. Rebundle.
What the new Washington Examiner tells us about the media gestalt.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005

The Propaganda President
George W. Bush does his best Kim Jong-il.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005

Together, Again
Judith Miller and Ahmad Chalabi.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 31, 2005

Blog Overkill
The danger of hyping a good thing into the ground.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005

The Accidental Employee
Now that I work for Donald Graham and the Washington Post Company ...
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005

Marjorie Williams (1958-2005)
Washington's most dangerous profiler.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 17, 2005

Investigating the Investigators
What the authors of the report on CBS News don't understand about journalism.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005

Bill Keller Replies
The editor of the New York Times gives "Press Box" a piece of his mind.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005

The Muddled Maternal Murder Series
A Washington Post investigation loses its way.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Dec. 20, 2004

After Safire
More names for the shortlist to replace William Safire.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 10, 2004

The Times ODs at the FDA
The root of all pharmaceutical evil, the paper finds, is an industry user fee.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004

Bush Arrested for War Crimes!
Will somebody teach Google News' algorithms a sense of humor?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 3, 2004

Money Talks
How closely should The New Yorker police its writers' speaking engagements?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 3, 2004

Finding Safire's Keepers
What a Krock his accusation turns out to be.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 29, 2004

Dexter Filkins' Fallujah
A New York Times reporter walks the killing ground with Marine Company B.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004

The See-Through Times
An internal memo promises to rub out anonymice and other credibility killers.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004

Vain Raines
Seth Mnookin chronicles the Timesman's tragicomic undoing.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004

Demystifying the Exit Polls
At long last, those Delphic numbers get the scrutiny they deserve.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004

Keepers--No Finders
William Safire's dubious discovery.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Nov. 1, 2004

Al-Qaqaa Hits the Fan
The New York Times scoop raises as many questions as it answers.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004

Reston Carries the Spike
Once more into the Kissinger transcripts.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004

God Bless Judith Miller
Two cheers for our courageous First Amendment martyr.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 8, 2004

Raging Bull
Smoking out candidates' smears and distortions.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004

Quick Draw
CNN's pundits make a mad dash to call Cheney vs. Edwards a tie.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

Kissing up to Kissinger
The reporters who loved Henry and what they said.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Oct. 4, 2004

Kissinger's Travels
He ducks the New York Times yet again.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Oct. 1, 2004

Broder's Blindness
The Dean is big. It's journalism that got small.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 27, 2004

Pricking Thornburgh
A part of the Thornburgh-CBS News feud the New York Times missed.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 24, 2004

How To Beat Bill O'Reilly
Kill him with kindness.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004

What Took You So Long?
Dan Rather and CBS News make their belated mea culpa.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Sept. 20, 2004

Nixon Lives!
Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald beats the press.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 17, 2004

Lewis Lapham Phones It In
Figuring out what's wrong with Harper's magazine.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004

Dennis Hastert on Dope
Two heartbeats from the presidency, an absolute nut job.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004

The Church of Liebling
The uncritical worshippers of America's best press critic.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004

Ghost Readers
Is everybody in the newspaper business inflating circulation?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004

Who Is Anonymous?
He's Michael Scheuer. But why won't the Times and the Post say so?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 13, 2004

Free Matt Cooper!
And Walter Pincus! And maybe even Bob Novak!
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004

The Media Monotony
Who's afraid of Time Warner, Viacom, Disney, Bertelsmann, and News Corp.? Not me.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004

Smiley's Letters
Novelist Jane Smiley's epistolary relationship with the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 27, 2004

All the Rumors Fit To Print
The New York Times indulges itself with Cheney gossip.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 23, 2004

Shooing Away an Anonymice
In Omaha, local reporters just say "no" to Wolfowitz's background request.
PRESS BOX | Friday, July 16, 2004

The Clinton Book Blitz
Can you really review a 957-page book in 24 hours?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Perle's Before Sy
Perle finally releases his sue-Hersh dossier. Ho-hum.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 25, 2004

Libel Suit 9/11
Michael Moore's hysterical, empty threats.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 21, 2004

The Perle-Hersh Transcript Watch
Richard Perle promised us a 90-page Sy Hersh dossier. So, where is it?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 17, 2004

Kissinger's Con
"Henry can't come to the phone right now because he's trekking the Gobi Desert."
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Ratting Out the Anonymice
Offended by anonymous sources? Turn them in. To me.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 15, 2004

I Believe the National Enquirer
Why don't you?
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 11, 2004

Previously Thought To Be True
A modest proposal for the New York Times and other media.
PRESS BOX | Friday, June 4, 2004

Mini Culpa
The New York Times finally concedes its WMD errors.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Judy's Turn To Cry
The New York Times prepares an "Editors' Note" about its prewar WMD reporting.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Honey, They Shrunk the Newspaper, Part 2
In praise of the Florida Today and Guardian electronic editions.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 21, 2004

Note to Bill Keller
Colin Powell admits he was misled about WMD. Why can't the Times?
PRESS BOX | Monday, May 17, 2004

Defending Graydon Carter
How grievous are his ethical transgressions?
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 14, 2004

Honey, They Shrunk the Newspaper
Reading the electronic versions of the New York Times and Washington Post.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 5, 2004

The Right To Be Wrong
And the elephant in the New York Times newsroom.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Leak of the Week--Richard Armitage?
Who's wearing a bag on his head in today's New York Times?
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 19, 2004

Dealing With Defective Defectors
60 Minutes shows Vanity Fair and the New York Times how it's done.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 13, 2004

So You Won a Pulitzer
Who cares?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 6, 2004

The Autobiography of Howell Raines
Guess who's the hero.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Blair Bliar
In which the confessed liar and plagiarist protests my review of his book.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The Heaving Pukes Who Write Gawker and Wonkette
Nothing like an abusive headline to grab your interest, eh?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, March 11, 2004

The New Vanity Press Moguls
Welcome, Philip Anschutz! Bruce Wasserstein! Roger Hertog!
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 27, 2004

Richard Perle Libel Watch, 14 Days to Expiration
In Week 50 of the watch, Perle sows the legal battlefield for more lawsuits!
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004

Richard Perle Libel Watch, 20 Days to Expiration
In Week 49 of the libel watch, the Hollinger investigation shines its light on Perle.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004

Who You Calling "Arab"?
Considering today's New York Times story about Arabs. I mean, Muslims. No, brownish people from the Middle East. Or possibly South Asia.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004

Perle Libel Watch, Week 48
Only 27 venue-shopping days until Richard Perle's libel threat turns into a pumpkin.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Feb. 13, 2004

Miller Time (Again)
The New York Times owes readers an explanation for Judith Miller's faulty WMD reporting.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004

Sex Slaves of West 43rd Street
The New York Times Magazine gets carried away in its investigation.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Jan. 26, 2004

Globe, Too Hot; Times, Too Cold
Roll Call gets the stolen Democrat files scandal just right.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Jan. 23, 2004

Gas Attack
The AtlanticMonthly serves something more noxious than Bush's State of the Union.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 45
Just 54 days left before the statute of limitations runs out on suing Seymour Hersh.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004

The Same River Twice
The New York Times gives credit where credit is due.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003

Robert L. Bartley (1937-2003)
Both sides now.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Dec. 12, 2003

Blood Money?
The Los Angeles Times' flawed masterpiece about corruption at NIH.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003

The Passive Washington Post
Why can't daily newspapers defend themselves?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003

Doing the Celebrity Rag
Evolutionary psychology explains the appeal of the Star, Us Weekly, and People.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003

Case Open
Why is the press avoiding the Weekly Standard's intelligence scoop?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 34
The neocon plays great offense. How's his defense?
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 14, 2003

Press Box Eats a Flock of Crow
Seymour M. Hersh was right about WMD in Iraq. I was wrong.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003

Advice for Stephen Glass
Readers weigh in with their redemption suggestions.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003

Half a Glass
The incomplete contrition of serial liar Stephen Glass.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Nov. 7, 2003

Back Channel to Nowhere?
Making sense of the alleged Iraqi peace initiative.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003

Exit-Poll Hypocrites
The networks speak out of both sides of their mouths.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003

The Rat of Baghdad
Who tattled on New York Times reporter John F. Burns to the Iraqi ministry of information?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003

All the News That's Fit To Preach
Matt Miller's horrible 2 percent idea.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Sept. 19, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 24
Sympathy for the foreign-policy macher.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2003

Bill O'Reilly Wants You To Shut Up
Also, Al Franken, Tom Daschle, Jimmy Carter, Rosie O'Donnell, gay people who talk about their sexual orientation, atheist Scouts, peaceniks, both parties ...
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003

A Plague of Bogus Trendspotting ...
... in USA Today, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Wall Street Journal.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003

Newsweek's Bogus Trendspotting
Is there really an increase in teen prostitution?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003

Straight From the Spleen
The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes gives the entertainment-information industrial complex hell.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 8, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 20
Only 32 more weeks before the statute of limitations runs out.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003

The Washington PostLite
Briefer than USA Today,and it can't get no cheaper.
PRESS BOX | Monday, Aug. 4, 2003

How To Beat Tim Russert
Get inside his head and shake vigorously.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Embargo Nazis
Hillary Clinton's and J.K. Rowling's publishers are all wet about copyright.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 26, 2003

The Fabulous Fabulists
Mencken, Liebling, and Mitchell made stuff up, too. Why do we excuse them?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, June 12, 2003

Joe Lelyveld Must Go!
He's failed to deliver calm, civility, and normalcy to the New York Times.
PRESS BOX | Monday, June 9, 2003

Dead Man Editing
Sooner or later, the beleaguered Howell Raines will take a bullet for his paper.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Reassessing Miller
U.S. intelligence on Iraq's WMD deserves a second look. So does the reporting of the New York Times' Judith Miller.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 29, 2003

Rick Bragg's "Dateline Toe-Touch"
A New York Times writer gets gets caught cutting corners.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 23, 2003

The Tao of Bear
The Paul "Bear" Bryant lessons on leadership Howell Raines failed to absorb.
PRESS BOX | Friday, May 16, 2003

Defending Howell Raines
He didn't catch Jayson Blair. You didn't either.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 13, 2003

The Jayson Blair Project
How did he bamboozle the New York Times?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, May 8, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 9
What happened to Richard Perle's big, bad, libel stick?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, May 7, 2003

The Leading Indicator That WMD Will Be Found
Seymour M. Hersh says they won't.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, May 6, 2003

SportsCenter for News Junkies
Keith Olbermann adds wit to the news on MSNBC.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Follow That Story: Deep Miller
Is the New York Times breaking the news--or flacking for the military?
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Deep Miller
Did the New York Times just change the rules of journalism?
PRESS BOX | Monday, April 21, 2003

Johnny Dead Line
Laid bare, the true risks of covering war.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Michael Kelly (1957-2003)
Husband. Father. Journalist.
PRESS BOX | Friday, April 4, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 4
He's just too busy resigning to sue this week!
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Sacking Arnett for the Wrong Reason
Having opinions shouldn't be a firing offense. Credulous behavior, on the other hand ...
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 31, 2003

Richard Perle Libel Watch, Week 3
Now he's playing defense.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Why Rumsfeld should be careful about lecturing Saddam about the Geneva Conventions.
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 24, 2003

Smart Bombed
How much coverage of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping is too much?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Follow That Story: The Nuclear Whodunit, Part 2
Who forged the documents that bamboozled the U.S.?
PRESS BOX | Monday, March 17, 2003

Screw You, Mr. President
Helen Thomas used to ask questions in press briefings. Now she makes speeches.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, March 12, 2003

The Art of Pork
Next stop, the Kennedy Center's New Jersey toll plaza!
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003

Howell Raines, Pussyfooter
Why can't the New York Times executive editor come clean about his plans for the International Herald Tribune?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003

Soft News and Hard Candy
The Wall Street Journal's "Personal Journal" is too much of a good thing.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002

The Boston Globe's Good "Ideas"
Finally, a Sunday newspaper section for people who like to read.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002

Red Scare
In Chicago, the Tribune Co.'s RedEye races Hollinger's Red Streak to the bottom.
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002

Art Dumps Don
The Times moves the Post out of their Paris flat.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002

Citizen Annenberg
So long, you rotten bastard.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002

Automated News
The new Google News site, news untouched by human hands.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002

Right-Wing Envy
Do you have it?
PRESS BOX | Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002

The Fog of Newspapering
In which the New York Times pretends ignorance over who is leaking the Iraq war plans.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002

The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon
The LaRouchie defector who's advising the defense establishment on Saudi Arabia.
PRESS BOX | Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002

Don't Believe the Monthly Hype
It's time for the Washington Monthly to update its in-house ad.
PRESS BOX | Friday, Aug. 2, 2002

Newspaper War
Why do our Iraq battle plans keep showing up in the New York Times?
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Who Is "Robert Klingler"?
On the trail of the man who duped Slate.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Who You Calling Mediasaurus?
The New York Times dodges Michael Crichton's death sentence.
PRESS BOX | Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002

The Changelings
How the Washington Post became the New York Times and the New York Times became the Washington Post.
FLAME POSIES | Saturday, July 4, 1998

Cheater's Poker
Is the Internet full of it, or just Michael Wolff?
BOOKS | Thursday, June 18, 1998

Glass Houses
Why did I--vain skeptic--fall for the too-good-to-be-true journalism of Stephen Glass?
FLAME POSIES | Friday, May 15, 1998

Any Volunteers?
Beware a government calling for acts of beneficence.
FLAME POSIES | Sunday, April 19, 1998

Up in Smoke
What happened to the tobacco deal?
BOOKS | Wednesday, April 15, 1998

More Time With My Family
Right. And the check is in the mail.
FLAME POSIES | Sunday, March 15, 1998

Starred and Feathered
Starred and Feathered
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998

Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998

Not a Matter of Whether But of When
Not a Matter of Whether But of When
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998

What Is Sex?
Jack Shafer's guide to semantic evasion for philanderers.
ARTICLES | Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998

The Lame Duck Soars
The Lame Duck Soars
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998

The Sweet Problem of Success
The Sweet Problem of Success
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998

For Viewers Like You
The incredible two-headed network.
BOOKS | Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997

Arlington National Cemetery
Dying to get in? Here's how.
CHEAT SHEET | Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997

Waiting for Reno to Deal
Waiting for Reno to Deal
PUNDIT CENTRAL | Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997

FDA Smoke Rings
Regulating us through our children.
FLAME POSIES | Sunday, May 11, 1997

Queen Katharine
From ugly duckling to hard-ass swan.
BOOKS | Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997

The New Walter Cronkite
Jim Lehrer officially inherits the mantle.
ASSESSMENT | Saturday, Oct. 19, 1996

Therapeutic Laws
Legislation designed to make you feel good, not to do anything.
FLAME POSIES | Saturday, Sept. 28, 1996

The Wound
How bashful is Dole about his wartime injury?
FLAME POSIES | Saturday, Aug. 24, 1996

Smack Happy
Who's really addicted to dope?
FLAME POSIES | Saturday, July 20, 1996

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