Cynthia Cotts

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  • 12 years ago

    Editor's Note: Last night a janitor found the following memo in a dumpster inside the headquarters of Sinclair Broadcast Group in Hunt Valley, Maryland. He showed it to his mother, who faxed it to Press Clips, with the humble suggestion that her s...

  • 12 years ago

    If you are depressed about the decline of journalism, and cannot get too excited about the Google founders who are soon to be billionaires, hark back to the old-timers whose trademarks were integrity and irreverence. It was OK for A.J. Liebling or...

  • 12 years ago

    It's a journalist's job to accurately describe how things look, and that job is especially difficult in wartime. The first step is to gather eyewitness accounts and documentary evidence, but then comes the truly daunting challenge: deciding that t...

  • 12 years ago

    The New York Times Company has been unusually quiet about the Pulitzer it won last week, perhaps because it's humiliating to win just one after scoring seven two years ago. But there's an interesting backstory involving the submission that snagged...

  • 12 years ago

    Given that it had gone on for a week, you'd think the Amanda Hesser bashing would have died down by last Wednesday. That's when The New York Times published an Editors' Note (sub. required) admitting that Hesser's March 24 three-star review of Spi...

  • 12 years ago

    It's hard to tell who is more in denial these days, Howell Raines or Jayson Blair. In a 20,000-word memoir that appears in the May Atlantic, the former New York Times executive editor takes responsibility for not catching the liar who brought him ...


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