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Above the Fold: Remembering John Leonard

Literary lions celebrate the legendary critic

Family members, former colleagues, important writers, and intimate friends gathered yesterday to praise the critic John Leonard for his “love... More

Above the Fold: The Best and Worst of Television

Kaiser on Kroft, Markopolos, Santelli, and more

It took me five minutes to know that it was a fraud. It took me another almost four hours of... More

Above the Fold: Barack’s Bold Budget

“The most radical document of its kind since Reagan’s first year in office”

Barack Obama's budget proves he was serious when he promised fundamental change if he became president. Everyone in the MSM... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Delonas, Hertzberg, Rich, Moyers, and more

Sinner: Sean Delonas. The New York Post contributor drew a cartoon yesterday depicting two policemen shooting a chimpanzee, with this... More

Above the Fold: Cruel Intentions?

Savage’s stellar Times piece on Obama’s torture policy

Charlie Savage’s piece in yesterday’s New York Times about the Obama administration’s preliminary attitudes toward torture, rendition, and government secrecy... More

Above the Fold: “The Thrill Is Gone”

Across the Atlantic, Washington’s myopia seems more exaggerated than usual

LONDON-- From the other side of the Atlantic, Washington's myopia seems even more exaggerated than usual. Two days ago in... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Daschle, Newsweek, Philip Bennett, and more

Winners: Barack Obama, and the American people, for not getting Tom Daschle as their new Secretary of Health and Human... More

Above the Fold: This Land Is Our Land

Obama’s inauguration was a celebration forty years in the making

“You sing it with us: we’ll give you the words.” –Pete Seeger, Washington, D.C., January 18, 2009 "The answer is... More

Above the Fold: More Tortured Logic

Dick Cheney, Susan Crawford, Jim Lehrer, and “moving forward”

All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts....Actions are held to be good or... More

Above the Fold: What Would Dick Do?

Kaiser on Newsweek’s “What Would Cheney Do?” cover

With just seven days left in our eight-year-long national nightmare, nearly everyone is holding their breath while praying to their... More

Above the Fold: What Would Dick Do?

Kaiser on Newsweek’s “What Would Cheney Do?” cover

With just seven days left in our eight-year-long national nightmare, nearly everyone is holding their breath while praying to their... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Barney Frank, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Benjamin Button, and others

Winners: Benoit Denizet-Lewis and Jeffrey Toobin. The second best political news for America after Barack Obama’s election as president is... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Lesley Stahl, Barney Frank, Ruth Marcus, and others

Sinner: When Lesley Stahl profiled House Financial Services chairman Barney Frank for 60 Minutes earlier this month, she seemed shocked... More

Above the Fold: Bailout Buyer’s Remorse

The endless ironies of the Republican opposition to saving Detroit

"On the executive compensation thing, it went to the core of their being. It was like asking the chief rabbi... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on BlagoGate, the NYT, NBC, and others

Here is everything U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at his news conference Tuesday about any possible involvement Barack Obama might... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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