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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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