Diet and fitness bloggers lash out against Time Magazine piece on exercise

Time magazine exerciseThe premise of the article seemed provocative enough: despite convention wisdom, exercise does not do a whole lot to help people lose weight. Written by Time Magazine’s John Cloud, the article loosely strings together a series of anecdotes and studies to argue that exercise, in the end, isn’t worth all the hype. It even goes further to suggest that in addition to not causing weight loss, exercise can actually result …

Gawker to publish Russian translation of buried GQ story critical of Vladimir Putin

gq storyEarlier today, NPR’s David Folkenflik filed a reportdetailing GQ’s efforts to bury and hide a feature-length article critical of Vladimir Putin. Titled “Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to Power,” it’s the result of war journalist Scott Anderson’s research into several bombings that ended with hundreds of deaths in 1999 in Russia. It quotes an anonymous KGB official connecting Putin to the bombings.

“But instead of trumpeting his reporting,” Folkenflik reported. …

6% of Huffington Post’s front page stories contain original reporting from the site

huffington postThere has been vibrant discussion recently about the Huffington Post’s contribution to journalism and whether it truly is the future of newspapers. In a New Yorkerpiece last year, Eric Alterman reported that the site’s owners were “convinced that they are ready to reinvent the American newspaper.” It was recently announced that Arianna Huffington had been honored with a “lifetime achievement” award for journalism. It has faced constant criticism over …

An internet activist’s war against police brutality

“I’m not a cop hater.”

Carlos Miller felt the need to tell this to me after we’d spent nearly 20 minutes talking about his blog’s role as an internet refuge for those who have been blighted by the law and have the video evidence to prove it. Naturally, as someone who has become semi-famous for exonerating American citizens from bogus charges — charges often brought about through deliberate abuse perpetrated …

Readership of major liberal blogs declined in 2007 while conservative blog readership increased

It has long been understood that the largest liberal blogs have generally producedmore web traffic than the largest conservative blogs. But I have noticed a general trend over the past few months that I didn’t want to write about until the end of the year. After surveying the traffic stats of many major political blogs, I found that web traffic for several major liberal blogs either declined sharply or

Associated Press sends DMCA takedowns to blogger for short excerpts

The DMCA takedown requests Rogers Cadenhead found waiting for him in his inbox on June 10 were not the first he had received. They weren’t even the first sent to him by the Associated Press. This didn’t make Cadenhead, publisher of the Drudge Retort, any less shocked when he found out their targets.

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DMCA takedowns — short for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998 — are notifications …

Should a National Review writer have outed an anonymous blogger?

According to Ed Whelan, a lawyer and contributing blogger to the National Review Online, the pseudonymous blogger known until recently as just publishing began “biting at [his] ankles” a few months ago. Whelan initially started writing essays for NRO back in 2005 and was then encouraged to blog for the site about Supreme Court nominations. He continued to contribute there over the years and late last year also began blogging …

The 50 most popular newspaper blogs

Every month, Editor and Publisher publishes a list of the most visited newspaper websites based on unique visitors. But while this gives you an idea of the overall traffic of a newspaper site, I was interested in diving in and determining the success each of these newspapers has had with the blogging medium. After all, the New York Times alone has more than 60 blogs, and most of the top …

Editors from LA Times, Salon, CrunchGear, Hot Air, and Mediaite weigh in on whether Gizmodo editor should be considered a “journalist”

It was the shot heard round the blogosphere. After nearly a week of speculation on whether Gizmodo had purchased a “stolen” next-gen iPhone, one it then flaunted to the tune of millions of pageviews, police raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home on Friday, confiscating four computers, two servers, and other items as part of an investigation presumably into whether the iPhone had been obtained illegally. Unsurprisingly, the Gizmodo post