Do newspapers actually put two and two together? We pride ourselves on our ability to take seemingly unrelated events and to put them together so that readers can gain an insight.

But my sense is that most of us fail at this task. This was brought home to me to when I read Maureen Dowd in the New York Times (and nearly everywhere else – she is widely syndicated all over the world) recently. Read more

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How  great  is  the  journalist’s  right  to know? Over the last week, this subject  has  been  discussed again and again in the West with many journos and non-journos offering widely divergent points of view.

The  provocation  for this debate has been the rescue of Stephen Farrell, a British  journalist  who  works  for  the  New  York  Times. Read more

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How bad is the recession in the media going to be? We know that print is an endangered species in the US. The Tribune company is bust, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer may close down (or become a web-only operation), the Washington Post is losing money and The New York Times is in financial trouble and constantly in the process of looking for more money from unlikely sources. Read more

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