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The Rhetorical Primary

It’s time to ask Clinton how, exactly, she plans to win.

Before last night’s voting, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter unveiled the mathematical goods—there is simply no way, short of a miracle, that... More

Natural Born Campaign-Killer?

Canal-birthed McCain, meet China-calved Luce

Yesterday’s New York Times’ had a story spotlighting the semi-serious debate over whether or not John McCain, having been born... More

Off The Map

Foreign affairs were missing, and missed, in debate season

Late in last night’s debate, after a brief discussion of Russia’s upcoming “election” and extended, familiar, plowings of the few... More

The Last Night

Final Fights and Russertism

The press consensus seems to be that last night’s MSNBC debate was the sharpest of the season, but that it... More

Avoiding Assassination

Why we’d rather not talk about it

I always start from a presumption that journalists should probe tough topics. But still, there’s something unseemly and vaguely creepy... More

The Debate Shuffle

Pick a storyline, any storyline

Since April 2007, by my count, the Democrats have met to debate 18 times. As someone who has watched nearly... More

McCausation

How 1 + 1 ads up to $—or XXX

One of the chief complaints about The New York Times’ story on the relationship between McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman... More

Don’t Worry, WikiLeaks

The Times has got your back

Yesterday a federal judge ordered WikiLeaks off the internet. Nice try. You see, on Friday the secrecy-shrouded leaked-document Web site... More

Whoops

Where CJR’s “Rest in Piece” went wrong

Early this afternoon, I posted a short piece suggesting The Des Moines Register had papered-over an uncomfortable fact. Ralph Gross... More

Obama’s Old Boss

An FCC blast from the past

I was catching up with The New York Times last night, when late in a profile of Michelle Obama I... More

Watching The Washington Post

On primary night, a glimpse of the print-digital future

On Tuesday, I didn’t watch the Virginia returns on cable or broadcast. I watched The Washington Post on my computer.... More

Heisenberg’s Calling Principle

MSNBC and Reuters jump the gun in DC

After the clock struck eight, MSNBC pounced to make the call: Obama carries Washington, DC. Reuters followed not long after.... More

Five Years Ago

Powell spoke, and the press missed an opportunity

Amidst Super Tuesday hoopla, it's worth remembering that today is the five year anniversary of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s... More

As goes American Samoa…

Voting early, the island enhances its play on Super Tuesday

By most measures, American Samoa is a small place. It has a population of 57,000, sharing about seventy-one square miles... More

Wikileaked onto A-10

The New York Times follows up

WikiLeaks.org, a user-editable Web site that anonymously publishes sensitive documents, has obtained what seems to be the United States’ Iraq... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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