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  • August 31, 2005
    By webteam
    The Coming Storm Item on Andrew Sullivan's "Daily Dish" raises an intriguing question. While everyone's reporting resources have been tied up simply trying to cover the far-flung effects of the unfolding Katrina nightmare, how soon will we start to get the accompanying political/government stories that ask tough questions about Bush administration priorities and preparedness?

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  • August 31, 2005
    By webteam
    Interesting page one Globe piece by Bob Hohler today on the dozen Red Sox players who are evangelical Christians. Frankly, my biggest complaint is that given the subject matter, the story could have easily been twice as long.

    The article says the Sox players comprise the largest group of evangelicals of any major league club.

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  • August 31, 2005
    By webteam
    From his mouth to God's ears. A couple of days ago, the Los Angeles Times's Tim Rutten wrote a piece pointing to a drop in the ratings for political talk radio and suggesting that maybe the era of right-wing hot talk was waning. Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine and a pretty savvy industry analyst told Rutten that the idea of politically partisan talk "is an anomaly in the history of talk radio.

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  • August 31, 2005
    By webteam
    It certainly looks like in New Orleans, we are bearing witness to the slow motion destruction of a great American city. Latest headline on the Times-Picayune web site is the chilling "A City Under Water."

    More evidence of the web's ascension in the media firmament -- here's todays' New York Times story about how the besieged and battered news outlets still reeling from Katrina managed to get the story out.

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  • August 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's a shocker. After the Washington Post, after much internal prodding and criticsm, wisely decided to pull out of its co-sponsorship of the Pentagon's Sept. 11 "Freedom Walk" -- belatedly recognizing that the paper could be sucked into a politicized, pro-administration event -- the conservative Washington Times volunteered for duty

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  • August 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Journalists on the scene in New Orleans -- where things now seem to be deteriorating badly -- are doing their best under incredibly adverse conditions.
    Here's a dispatch from the Times-Picayune blog, indicating that the newspaper building was being evacuated today. And it's worth checking out this blog for regular updates.

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  • August 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Properly, the Boston Herald followed up Friday's shocking page 1 photo of a heroin user killing himself in the Public Garden with more details on Saturday. Predictably, the story of the deceased -- 42-year-old John Gagliardi Jr. -- isn't pretty. A prison record and a history of violence, a brother who also died of an overdose, and a father convicted of pot trafficking.

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  • August 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Editor & Publisher is publishing blogs and dispatches from the newspapers feeling the brunt of Katrina's wrath today. Buildings collapsing, looting, people clinging to trees and sitting on roofs. Sounds like sci-fi. storm blogs

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    I could be wrong. But when you get a press release late on a Friday afternoon in the summer, that's usually a pretty sure sign that it isn't bearing particularly glad tidings.

    So here's the nut graph in what just came across the transom about Boston's most enduring and beloved TV news diva -- less airtime for Natalie Jacobson.

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    The issue of media accountability is a lot like the weather. Everybody complains about it, but nobody really does anything. One notable exception is the Minnesota News Council. Minnesota News Council

    It's quite possible that you've never heard of the Minnesota News Council (MNC), an organization that toils in relative obscurity, even within the media world.

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    My first thought is that the Herald's stunning page 1 photo today of an unidentified heroin user in the process of killing himself in the Public Garden probably shrunk the tragic story of the cabbie apparently killed over a $7 fare from a full front-page splash to a half-page tease. Death in the Garden
    (The Globe also played the cabbie death on page 1, which devalues the story for the Herald, which is trying hard, understandably, to be the anti-Globe.

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  • August 25, 2005
    By webteam
    According to this story by Jay Fitzgerald in today's Boston Herald read this, Atlantic Monthly owner David Bradley is having a hard time getting any current staffers to sign on to the magazine's move from the Athens of America to Washington. Maybe it'll be renamed the Chesapeake Monthly.
  • August 25, 2005
    By webteam
    Maybe if we all ran to our windows and yelled "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," Network the cable newsies would stop their morbid, ratings-driven fixation with the case of disappeared teen Natalee Holloway.

    A backlash actually does seem to be forming. First Bob Costas, Larry King's CNN fill-in, declines to do a segment on Holloway.

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  • August 24, 2005
    By webteam
    In my role as media critic, I only intersected a few times with former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines, and those experiences weren't particularly satisfying or enlightening. (One of them was memorable however. To the best of my recollection, Raines is the only person I've interviewed who responded to a question by saying "no comment" and then insisting that the "no comment" was off the record.

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  • August 24, 2005
    By webteam
    In the interests of following the strange saga, here's today's story Gainesville Sun about the two interim co-editors hired by the New York Times Co. to run the Gainesville Guardian, the Times's new black-oriented weekly. (Although, the company now seems to be taking some pains not to characterize it as a paper targeted for the minority community.

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