Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian columnist who has been the principal journalist on Edward Snowden's surveillance leaks, writes on the "predominant mindset" of journalists in deferring to power when secrets are threatened. He argues that the craft has lost its way and that the claimed functions and actual practices of journalism are often widely different.
Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times, writes on the frequently stealthy ways of the Times in correcting the online record. She notes that the organization isn't consistently alerting readers to changes in later version of articles. She believes there are practical arguments not to mention every change to a story, but when a correction is made, readers should be told.
Political scientist John Sides, writing for The Monkey Cage blog, previews his co-authored book on media coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign and concludes that it was fair and balanced. The book's research derived data from 11,000 news outlets and found the trends in primary season and the campaign proved fair to both parties in tone and substance.