• How One News Desk Got Iraq Right When Others Failed

    by John Walcott

    The former head of Knight-Ridder's national security desk explains how his agency passed by the agency bigshots, interviewed experts and analysts closer to the intelligence, and followed up on red flags that others missed in the runup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, instead of protecting their access to the administration. 

  • Fox's Handling of the "Big Lie" was Cowardly, but Not Unusual

    by Kathryn J. McGarr

    News organizations' standards of objectivity have long allowed public figures and politicians to proclaim lies without pushback, leaving the public to be arbiters of truth and falsity. 

  • "Mr. Jones" Shows Fake News Has Always Been a Weapon Against Ukraine

    by Walter G. Moss

    The new Amazon feature "Mr. Jones" details the famine imposed on Ukraine by Stalin's policies in the 1930s, and the battle among journalists to control the story. It's a timely reminder of the connection of information and power. 

  • America's Lost Faith in the News

    by Louis Menand

    Politicians' success in demonizing and discrediting unfriendly news media threatens to undermine "the facts" as a shared social reality. Is anyone prepared to live in that world? 

  • How a Major Christian News Organization Lost its Way

    by Marvin Olasky

    The Christian news magazine "World" once combined a religious perspective with editorial independence and investigative reporting. Today's Christian nationalist climate has no room for that, says the former editor. 

  • The Debate Renews: Show Images Victims of Mass Killings in the Press?

    by Jelani Cobb

    Mamie Till's decision to place her son's open casket in the national media shone a light on Jim Crow atrocities, but it's unclear that showing the victims of gun massacres – even children – is making any difference. Photos of hundreds of lynching victims only encouraged their killers.