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The Harry Reid Show

Report the facts, not the drama, of the Roland Burris situation

As of this writing, it looks like Roland Burris, appointed to the Senate last week by embattled Illinois governor Rod... More

Heisman Educators

Gladwell fails to convert on article about teachers and NFL quaterbacks

In his latest piece in the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to hiring practices: There are certain jobs... More

Linked Out

One day, one story, one million hyperlinks

Like most people my age, I get most of my news online. I begin the day by checking The New... More

Covering Obvious Conclusions

New York Times takes the bait on lackluster study about kids and the Internet

Several newspapers recently published articles about a new study of children and their Internet usage. The version in The New... More

Barack-A-Bye Babies

There’s no evidence that Obama’s victory will lead to another baby boom

From Newsweek comes information that the jubilation inspired by the victory of Barack Obama in the recent presidential election may... More

The McKinley Problem

Which candidate most resembles Teddy Roosevelt?

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's birth. Aside from several bully celebrations of the late president’s life and... More

The Red And The Black

Does anybody *really* think that Barack Obama is a Communist?

Barack Obama. He's black. He's got a funny name. He's rather liberal. All of these things are somewhat novel in... More

Palin and the Senate

What does she mean about the relationship with the senate? A greater role? That moment resembled her Couric interview. More

Interesting Questions

I think the questions here are very interesting. What campaign promises are you planning to break? How will your administration... More

John McCain knows how to win a war

Which war did he win? More

Tricky Rick

NYT digs more dirt on McCain campaign manager Rick Davis

After the New York Times wrote about how John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis had been paid some $30,000 a... More

Beg, Borrow, or Steal An Opinion

Time passes the buck on assessing McCain’s jab at the NYT

Everyone loves to talk about John McCain's complicated relationship with the media. CJR has previously considered The New York Times’s... More

McCain The “Modernist”

Is McCain’s campaign really “the sleaziest campaign in modern history”?

Writers are often instructed to avoid the use of vague or contentious words. Immediately following September 11, 2001, some editors... More

I LUV NYC

New York City; get used to it

I’m not sure if this latest gem from The New York Times actually deserves analysis, since the title of the... More

Beer Baroness

NYT’s Cindy McCain profile is oddly catty

It has always been unclear how to properly address the role of family money when covering a political candidate. But... More

Oh, Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?

Middle class heroin abuse is nothing new

From Pajamas Media comes the upsetting news that more teenagers than ever before are now using heroin: Why is this... More

Tom Friedman, Oversimplifier

Energy independence is easy!

On Sunday, New York Times columnist and centrist Democrat luminary Tom Friedman waxed poetic about all the wonderful energy-related things... More

The Ultimate Thursday Styles Story

Band-Aids are the new gauze

Displaying another thrilling product from the Department Of Is This Really Journalism?, The New York Times reports that Band-Aids are... More

Solzhenitsyn Remembered

Before the anthrax news, um, hit the fan, the top story everywhere was on the death last night of 89-year-old... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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