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The Herman Cain Method

The press hints his campaign isn’t serious. Doesn’t its success suggest otherwise?

Herman Cain, are you running for president? Or are you just busing around the country, dropping into debates and Sunday... More

A Sextee’s Story

It was nearly one year ago—to the day!—that Traci Nobles, a cheerleading coach from Athens, Georgia, “made a few provocative... More

Watch Out For ‘Walmart Moms’

They hold the key to the 2012 election—according to Walmart

You’ve heard of Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, but how about Walmart Moms? If you haven’t, you will, judging from... More

Who’s A Journalist? (Take II)

Um, not Patrick Howley

I wrote Friday about how the arrests of reporters at the Occupy Wall Street protests raised questions about the NYPD... More

Who’s A Journalist? (Take II)

Um, not Patrick Howley

I wrote Friday about how the arrests of reporters at the Occupy Wall Street protests raised questions about the NYPD... More

Tom Friedman Needs A Factchecker

We’ve called out Tom Friedman in recent months for being “radically wrong” in the past. And then for being “still... More

Who’s A Journalist?

Arrest of reporters at Occupy Wall Street protest raise questions about NYPD press credential process

John Farley, a reporter with WNET/Thirteen’s MetroFocus, was standing on the sidewalk interviewing two women who had been pepper sprayed... More

Who’s A Journalist?

Arrest of reporters at Occupy Wall Street protest raise questions about NYPD press credential process

John Farley, a reporter with WNET’s MetroFocus, was standing on the sidewalk interviewing two women who had been pepper sprayed... More

With Perry, it pays to look under the rock

While many reporters in Texas might be racing down dusty roads to find that rock, Brenda Bell of the Austin... More

Q&A: Columnist Charles Stile on Chris Christie

“Now he’s standing in the center of the political universe”

For a man who’s not running for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has gotten a whole lot of attention... More

Is Occupy Wall Street Getting Its Fair Share of Press?

What would Charles Tilly say?

#Occupy Wall Street. To cover or not to cover? That is of course the question that, 13 days into the... More

60 Minutes, Meet the AP

Scott Pelley’s paean to Ray Kelly’s anti-terrorism juggernaut ignores the wire’s good work

On Sunday, 60 Minutes broadcast this fifteen-minute report, “Fighting terrorism in New York City,” in which CBS’s Scott Pelley delivers... More

NYTimes Misleads on Pace of Flood Relief

FEMA’s disaster delays are structural, not Congressional

Congress: dysfunctional, broken, mad, maybe even the worst. Ever. But The New York Times went one too far today in... More

After the Google/Fox Debate, Five Annoyances

Dog poop jokes and that blasted chat chime at GOP debate suggest Google’s not that smart

Some things irritated us about last night’s debate and the post-debate wrap-up. Some were small—say, the use of the Gmail... More

Darts and Laurels

Telling the whole story about Thailand

For much of his career, the British journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall has covered Southeast Asia for Thomson Reuters. During that... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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