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A Tale of Two Papers

P-I offers reporting, San Francisco Chronicle offers flackery

The starkly different ways in which two Hearst properties—the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle—have been informing readers of... More

A Great City Forced to Read Flackery

Is the San Francisco Chronicle a news organization or a publicity service?

The number-two story on the front page of SFGate.com Tuesday night, and evidently given prominent play in Wednesday's print version... More

Who’s Undercutting Obama?

For the moment, at least, it’s his press office

It’s 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary’s office is ringing. It rings and rings and... More

Attitude Adjustment

How the Internet could usher in a new golden age of consumer journalism

Like the air that sustains life, facts that would help hard-pressed consumers are all around us. Instead of gathering and... More

My Facts, Your Facts

America and the pursuit of willful delusion

Reader comments posted on digital news sites are often heavy on invective, hurled from noms d’Internet that allow people to... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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