The "Scrapbook" writers at The Weekly Standard mocked the Columbia Journalism Review for its clubby praise of the media elite. The magazine counted up its own "Darts" and "Laurels" for 2012 election coverage. Thirteen laurels were awarded and just three darts.
"Gallup reported in late September that 60 percent of Americans 'have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly,'” the Standard noted, "but as far as CJR is concerned the media are doing a bang-up job." Again and again, CJR loved the "fact check" features that exposed "lying" politicians and political advertisers: