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Last November Foreign Affairs, the prestigious journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, published a review of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountabilit

On May 26 the New York Times finally hitched up its pants, took a deep breath and issued an editorial declaration of moderate regret for its role in boosting the case for war on Iraq.

It is a
pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry
to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in
Iraq.

Grover Norquist, the right's premier political organizer, once told
me that the most significant difference between liberal journalists
and conservative journalists is that the former are jou

I first met Marshall Frady in the Sinai desert during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when we shared the back seat of a Russian-made Egyptian Army jeep.

In Iraq's media war, US troops are imprisoning and abusing Arab journalists.

AMPLIFICATION:
Because of space constraints and incautious wording in my column last week, I referred to the Times's "Jayson Blair/Gerald Boyd problem." I intended to refer to those attacks on the Times that had asserted or implied that Boyd had in some way been responsible for overlooking Blair's shortcomings and that this pattern somehow reflected on the Times's affirmative-action policies. I did not mean to imply that there was any truth to these accusations. Indeed, there is none on the record as far as I am aware. I apologize to Mr. Boyd for any misimpressions I may have created. --Eric Alterman

Journalists are understandably loath to call on a colleague to give up a source who's been promised anonymity, as the credibility of the entire profession can suffer from such a public betrayal.

Reporters say harassment and intimidation by American soldiers is growing.

How we miss Martha Gellhorn, and how we need her right now!

Blogs

The paper’s site was packed with coverage that was “Tireless. Dogged. Spirited.” And it was something else: Free.

April 20, 2013

This week, Hayes debuts his new MSNBC primetime show and Pollitt is named a finalist for the 2013 National Magazine Awards in "Columns and Commentary."

April 2, 2013

If the field has a future, what will it look like? And what does this mean for American democracy?

March 20, 2013

Chris Hayes moves up, Ed Schultz moves over and the man who taped the Romney “47 percent” video moves into the light. 

March 14, 2013

Journalists need to hold themselves to higher standards, as do their ombudsmen.

March 7, 2013

Why mainstream media pundits keep punting.

March 5, 2013

Google is one of the most important “publishers” in the world, and the company’s lucrative algorithm reveals a picture of the future of profitable content.

February 22, 2013

The comedy news host shouldn’t have exploited the trillion-dollar coin idea for cheap laughs, the columnist says.

January 14, 2013

A small-bore, context-free, artificially balanced press corps only serves the interests of the powerful.

January 4, 2013

Freedom of the Press Foundation aims to help groups survive government tactics to isolate or suppress them or limit their funds.

December 18, 2012