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ves/the-ostewart-factor-021688.php">Jon Stewart v. Bill O'Reilly: It's the short guy, by a landslide. Much, much funnier than Leno in his nonetheless interesting interrogation by Nikki Finke.

09/21/2004 01:55 PM  |   |  Comment (6)

Oh, the Horrors of Competition! From today's New York Times story:

CBS News officials said yesterday "a perfect storm," of circumstances -- including intense competition, faith in the reputation and judgment of a producer, and the reliance on a source with questionable integrity -- had led to their journalistic lapse.
Italics mine. Can we intuit from this that a lack of "intense competition" would lead to fewer mistakes? Because I've seen competition-free news organizations -- Cuba's Granma, for example, or Slovak state television back in the day -- and strangely enough, their "journalistic lapses" went a little beyond getting duped by a single source.

09/21/2004 12:19 PM  |   |  Comment (15)

'[T]hese partisans also will seize the exception and call it the rule': Interesting, somewhat contrarian column on the Rather flap from righty Debra Saunders:

Let me stipulate: The news business attracts liberals. I work in a building where those of us who will vote for President Bush probably could fit in the paper's two elevators. New York Times writer John Tierney informally polled political journalists last month and found that journalists outside the Beltway preferred Sen. John Kerry to Bush 3 to 1, but 12 to 1 inside the Beltway. The informal poll was in keeping, Tierney wrote, with surveys that find "more than 80 percent of the Beltway press corps votes Democratic."

Every day this workforce nonetheless goes out in the world, talks to sources, reads documents, attends meetings and talks to people going about their daily business just to get the whole story. They learn layers of a story, find facts that surprise them, and then write about what they learn.

Sure, some reporters -- a minority in my experience -- put their agenda before their craft, just as some editors are oblivious to the bias that is the spine of many a political story. Still, most reporters work hard to play it down the middle.

Link via Romenesko.

09/21/2004 12:03 PM  |   |  Comment (12)

Nice Lil' Seipp WSJ Review of Kevin Starr's Final Installment on the California Dream

09/21/2004 10:16 AM  |   |  Comment (4)


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