May 28, 2004

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Friday, May 28, 2004


The New York Times says "I'm sorry!"

Note of Regret

On Wednesday the New York Times ran an editor’s note taking stock of the paper’s coverage of the run-up to the war in Iraq. The note referred to an unquestioning reliance on Iraqi defectors such as Ahmed Chalabi, as principal sources, often without verification or follow-up. Of the six articles ...


The News The Whole News and Nothing But the News

The Times note underscores the argument over whether the coverage of Iraq has been too upbeat and needs correction, as conceded in the Times, or so excessively biased that it actually hurts the war effort, as charged by conservatives and some in the military. This week media critic and educator ...


Stars and Stripes

Last summer, the military paper Stars and Stripes conducted a survey of troop morale. Half of the soldiers surveyed said morale in their units was low, and they did not plan to re-enlist. Forty percent described their training as insufficient, and almost as many said their missions were not clearly ...


If I Had Hammer

Last November reporter Scott Armstrong told On the Media that the coverage of the run up to war had been overcautious because of Congressional passivity. Congress, he said is supposed to act as a kind of anvil, providing the pegs for stories in which journalists could hammer out the truth. ...


FOIA Oh-Boya!

The Freedom of Information Act, known as FOIA, can be a lean mean fighting machine in the battle against excessive government secrecy. The FOIA request is not a difficult tool to wield – it takes just a little know-how and a lot of patience. Russ Kick knows the drill. Independently, ...


The Plame Game (again)

Two more journalists have been subpoenaed in the federal investigation into the tip that led columnist Robert Novak to out CIA operative Valerie Plame. NBC’s Tim Russert and Time Magazine’s Matthew Cooper say they never received the tip, but they will fight the subpoenas anyway because journalists, if they want ...


Examining Ourselves

Brooke parses two surveys so that you don’t have to. One from the Pew Center for People and the Press, and one from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The findings, and her conclusions shed some light on where journalists stand in a deeply divided America. Brooke parses two surveys ...


Man on the Street

There’s a certain kind of story that calls for a few words from “the man on the street.” Greg Packer has been that man for over a decade. Counting individual articles in the Nexis database since 1994, Packer has been quoted or photographed at least 16 times on separate occasions ...


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