Criticism

Five ways the media bungled the election

It didn’t take more than a few hours for President Trump to attack the press, and scarcely longer for his advisor, Kellyanne Conway, to introduce a novel concept: “alternative facts” in response to reporting that the crowd at the Trum…

BuzzFeed was right to publish Trump-Russia files

Early Tuesday evening, spurred by a CNN story, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier on Donald Trump’s alleged long-term relationship with Russia. The documents contain references to compromising information the Russians purportedly gathered about…

Focus more on fighting bad journalism, less on fake news

The Fake News Panic has reached an advanced stage in which the smart take on the situation—published at CJR and elsewhere—is to call for more direct descriptions of the problem: lies, propaganda, deception. “The label,” Was…

The best journalism of 2016

I’m a sucker for cynicism like the rest of us. But don’t let the Grinch make you forget that journalism did some good in 2016. Here’s a sampling of CJR’s favorite work, in no particular order:  ‘It’s just the ic…

The Mar-a-Lago meeting and journalism’s worst impulses

Even the photos were anachronisms: The 1980s-era gold leaf. The overflowing basket of Lay’s potato chips. The piles of roast beef. The images, posted on social media on Sunday, were souvenirs from an off-the-record holiday party for the press at …

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize saga highlights complex relationship with press

Bob Dylan had gone missing.  The American music icon hadn’t been heard from since the news broke two weeks earlier that he’d won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The award had set off the rare kind of high-culture debate that reach…