August, 2009

Lies: the constant of journalist-politician relations

, Aug 24, 2009

Lies and politics go hand in hand and they're the bane of political journalists' lives. But was Malcolm Turnbull's lie about Labor politicians wanting him in the ALP calculating or just delusional? asks Chris Wallace.

How the free market can save the free press

, Aug 24, 2009

In order for news organisations to survive, the US government must grant them exemption from antitrust and price-fixing laws so that they can essentially "collude for survival", argues Tim Rutten.
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And the Wankley goes to … Fashion Week coverage, belittling the big

, Aug 21, 2009

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For their championing of chubby, several media outlets have this week earned the Wankley.

Tough times for truth seekers

, Aug 20, 2009

Between Birthers and town hall hellraisers yelling about "death panels", America's media watchdogs find it hard to get their voices heard over the mountain of myths and misconceptions permeating the country's political thinking.

Why Hunter S. Thompson didn’t cover the O.J. trial

, Aug 20, 2009

As the O.J. Simpson murder trial captured headlines around the world, San Francisco Examiner editor Phil Bronstein had a brainwave: commission famed gonzo journo Hunter S. Thompson to cover the beat. But as is increasingly the case for media outlets, his ideas were bigger than his wallet.
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The game is up for old-school sports writers

, Aug 20, 2009

The days of the old-fashioned sports writer are over, says John Koblin, with general columnists on the way out and beat-specific analysts, who can Tweet and blog on one area of expertise, moving in.

Why lazy journalists love Detroit

, Aug 19, 2009

As Detroit collapses, it is being descended on by a plague of journalists, all looking to write a lazy feature and shoot some "ruin porn". Locals are starting to tire of their town being treated like an exhibit.

Hong Kong now News Corp’s fading star

, Aug 19, 2009

In this email, James Murdoch tells how he will shuffle the cards at News Corp's Asian satellite TV operation.
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Busting the media’s bogus “trends”

, Aug 19, 2009

It's a classic lazy page-padding tactic of the press: find a few interesting but isolated anecdotes, and declare them a "trend". Jack Shafer tackles the latest media-fabricated fashions, including "potbellies are back" and "coffee shops are banning laptops".

Vale Bob Novak: Prince of Darkness, pussycat

, Aug 19, 2009

Conservative American columnist Bob Novak has died, age 78. Newsweek's Eleanor Clift remembers a staunch ideological adversary, but a must-read journalist and friend.