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Robert reviewed this story - Apr 25, 2010
Robert's Rating
4.8

We need more coverage like this, comparing how the MSM covers important national stories.

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Robert reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2010
Robert's Rating
4.0

Yes. It is fairly careful with attributions, and provided some fact-checking. There is a fine line between serving as a stenographer for a source, and providing a balanced evaluation of the source's comments.

This lengthy story is based primarily on an interview with Timothy Geithner, and is presented mainly from Geithner’s perspective. Opposing viewpoints are occasionally presented, but on balance, the article is an apologia for Geithner. Nevertheless, there is much interesting detail, and most readers will find this article informative.

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Robert commented on this story – Mar. 8, 2010

This lengthy story is based primarily on an interview with Timothy Geithner, and is presented mainly from Geithner’s perspective. Opposing viewpoints are occasionally presented, but on balance, the article is an apologia for Geithner. Nevertheless, there is much interesting ... More »

Robert reviewed this story - Jan 5, 2010
Robert's Rating
4.7

This is quality journalism because it is well-researched, by a blogger known for her investigative reporting (she received the prestigious Hillman Award for her investigative work.)

Torture is not only a crime, it is a War Crime. Prosecution is obligatory. Failure to prosecute is itself a war crime. How long can AG Holder drag his feet on this without risking his own jeopardy as a war criminal?

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Robert reviewed this story - Sep 2, 2009
Robert's Rating
4.6

Marcy(!) Wheeler is an award-winning journalist who is also a media critic. Sloppy journalism in high places is likely to draw her ire, as in this case.

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Robert posted and reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
Robert's Rating
4.6

Greenwald dissects the Cramer vs. Stewart interview as an object lesson in substandard but high profile journalism. In so doing, he is exploring the notion of quality journalism and how it is-- or is not-- practiced.

One of the reasons we are in this economic mess is that financial reporting has been irresponsible. Like reporting that preceded the invasion of Iraq, financial reporting in the mainstream press for the past 8 years has failed to question their sources, and have instead served as passive mouthpieces for business interests who want to control public opinion.

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Robert posted and reviewed this story - Mar 13, 2009
Robert posted and reviewed and starred this story - Mar 13, 2009
Robert's Rating
4.4

This blog addresses the way journalism is being practiced inside the beltway. Instead of retaining independent judgment about their sources, too many journalists are becoming mere mouthpieces for insiders.

When our country was founded, the importance of the press was elevated as "The Fourth Estate." However, as it is practiced by the major media, the press is not serving this hallowed function.

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Robert posted and reviewed and starred this story - Mar 12, 2009
Robert posted and reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2009
Robert's Rating
4.5

In this special analysis Siun, who specializes in Middle East news, brings together reports from 3 independent sources to focus on a common issue that seldom surfaces in the mainstream coverage of Israel's invasion of Gaza.

I visited Gaza during the 1960s, and had both Israeli and Palestinian friends. I was involved in an archaeological dig in Occupied Jordan that had permission from both Israel and Jordan, which was in political control of the West Bank at that time. Much has changed since then, and we are no closer to a solution to how Palestinians and Israelis can live together in this politically charged and very small space.

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Robert posted and reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2009
Robert reviewed this story - Dec 11, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.5

The author fails to note that there is a similar website at change.org that has similar aspirations, but is not directly connected to the Obama transition. Its method of gathering ideas is a little different. Right now, Change.org is collecting ideas, arranged in 29 "causes." Next month, it will hold a run-off among the top 3 ideas in each cause, concluding just before Obama's inauguration.

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Robert posted this story - Dec 11, 2008
Robert reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.4

This is the kind of Hot Lead that is irresistible. Kudos to Reuters for actually obtaining a copy of the indictment, and for noting that the indictment has not yet "been seen by a judge, who could dismiss it.." From a journalistic point of view, the author(s) need to be more clear about the role of a judge in "seeing" the indictment, and in evaluating the putative merit of the case against the high profile targets, Cheney and Gonzales. Journalistically, it is important to "consider the source," and Reuters should tell its readers more about county DA Guerra, who has a controversial history.

This story is all over the Internet now, including reports by CNN and local news (Channel 5). Most of the stories were printed before the indictment itself was released to the public, and as this story reminds us, it has not yet been signed off by a judge, who could dismiss the case. There is a huge amount of interest in this story, which badly needs follow-up.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.3

This is good journalism because it presents the back-story that the headlines overlook: two new bills that deal more directly with the causes and issues involved in the "Bail-out." While all eyes are focused today on the Senate, two competing but incomplete progressive responses to the financial crisis are being crafted in the house. Ian Welsh, who has been writing a series of blogs on the Bail-out for Firedoglake, gives us an update on efforts to address the real problems in a way that bails out Main Street rather than Wall Street.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.7

This editorial scrutinizes President Bush's sweeping claims about FISA and places them in a better context. Unfortunately, the track record of the NYT suggests that it is more trustworthy when it disagrees with national policy than when it agrees. And as an editorial, we do not expect it to be well-sourced-- we must rely instead on our assessment of its use of sources. Nevertheless, it is good to see an MSM assessment that does not merely echo the spin of the establishment, and actually attempts to render independent judgment in evaluating White House claims. In this case, I tip my hat to the NYT

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.0
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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.1

This article provides an excellent look at the Democratic ground game in historical perspective. It shows Obama as seizing Howard Dean's 50 state strategy, and operationalizing it more effectively than Dean ever did. I became politically engaged because of Dean's candidacy in 2003, and my perception is that Obama "gets it," but Hillary hasn't, and doesn't, and its making a difference in the voting booth.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.1

This is a good article for people who want to think long range about U.S. interests and prospects. Africa has been one of the most trouble-filled places in the world in recent years, even though the Middle East gets more press attention from American media. Our next president will need to devote much attention to African affairs.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.2

This is an extremely important subject. Ultimately, democracy depends on the free flow of information. Some of the issues here are subtle, and defy simple soundbites.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.9

This is another "canary in the coalmine" story that we (the public) need to pay attention to!

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.0
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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.4

It is good to see an interview with a Senator who really knows his subject, and who does more than spout sound bites. In this context, good journalism consists in asking good questions. The questions allowed Sen. Feingold to challenge conventional thinking on a number of aspects of FISA.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.0

This is a "Special Comment," and hence an opinion piece. It does not pretend to be neutral. Rather, it is a passionate piece of advocacy journalism. However, this does not make it "bad" journalism, because this comment also has much penetrating insight. And good journalism involves helping us understand the significance of the news, and in this, Olberman's Comment excels.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
1.4

This disappointing opinion piece is the standard Bush-Cheney party line. It praises the Senate Judiciary Committee bill that grants amnesty to Telcoms for breaking the law, and scarcely replies at all to critics of the SJC bill. As one of the new AG's first public opinion statements, it is a depressing piece of administration boilerplate.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.6

This is a lengthy and thorough account of the juridicial aspects of the actions by various courts in connection with the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush v. Gore in 2000. It is a somewhat one-sided presentation, but with plenty of checkable details in what was possibly the worst Supreme Court decision of the century.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
2.9

The author is a known and respected voice. However, the story contains no links to sources, and compares only two of the Democratic presidential candidates, thereby leaving out a great deal of context. I have great respect for Reich, and have no doubt that his analysis is correct, but it falls short of standards of good journalism. Of course, Reich is here writing an opinion piece, not as a reporter.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.5

Goodman's essay is like an op-ed with footnotes. She definitely portrays a point of view, but sources her POV with interview information from several sources. She does not try to be neutral. For example, she does not ask the Democrats who controlled the choice of spokesperson what on earth they were thinking by this choice, and she does not ask those leaders how they defend the Party against this appearance of tolerating torture. But it exposes a tawdry choice for what it was.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.7

The lawyer known as "Looseheadprop" (a rugby term) provides here a first-hand account of Mario Cuomo's speech on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to 2,000 of the most influential lawyers in NYC. His speech apparently received little or no press coverage. Nevertheless, it was an important speech on accountability and leadership to an important audience.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.0

Since this story consists of an interview with an author, it suffers from the usual constraints of the genre. Although the story does include a somewhat lengthy quote from Dick Cheney 15 years ago, no other sources are provided. Thus, the orientation of the story is somewhat one-sided, but nevertheless informative, and useful to anyone interested in the subject, because it will make it easier to decide whether or not to buy the book.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.2

This story is more than a news story: it is a combination of news about an impasse, and a proposal for a way to break the impasse.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.6

This is a thoroughly sourced article that gets beyond the simplistic "Left vs. Right again" that is so typical of the mainstream media.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.5

This report is good journalism because it digs up some timely, relevant facts about a critical debate in Congress.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.0
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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.5
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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
4.3

Neiwert, who has been investigating "Rathergate" for years, provides an abundance of sources to debunk a Washington Post editorial by Charles Lane. It appears that Lane did not do the kind of journalistic homework one would expect from someone in his position.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
2.2

The writer is clearly hostile.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
3.6

The story raises important issues from the author's standpoint as ombudsman, i.e., how much can the author assume that his/her readers know? However, his conclusions give too much away (e.g., failing to acknowledge sources), and do not give enough weight to the criticisms about sourcing and verification.

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Robert reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Robert's Rating
2.7

This writer seems to have "seen" very selectively at YearlyKos, and has forgotten the influence of Arianna Huffington's blog, Digby, the women who run FireDogLake, the women of DailyKos, and many others. She has forgotten the formative influence of the Wonkette, the original of whom is now on the staff of the Washington Post. Important information about the cited study is lacking. How representative is it? Is it comparing apples to apples, or is it treating dozens of small, male-driven blogs on the same footing with large, female-driven blogs?

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