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Newt Gingrich, Media Critic

Primary night in South Carolina, Gingrich and supporters sound off on press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — All campaign long, Newt Gingrich has been known to knock the media, but at his victory party... More

What I Saw at the South Carolina Debate

Or, how campaign coverage is like industrial farming

SOUTH CAROLINA — The campaign media horde congregated in Charleston Thursday night for the Republican presidential debate, eagerly billed by... More

A Day in the Life of South Carolina’s ‘Sic Willie’

How the Palmetto State’s most read, most ribald politics blogger goes about his work

SOUTH CAROLINA — On most days, you will find Will Folks, aka “Sic Willie”—South Carolina’s blogger provacateur, the prolific... More

The State endorses Huntsman … for the day

Yesterday, under the headline, "Huntsman could bring us back together," The State, South Carolina’s largest newspaper, endorsed Jon Huntsman: We... More

A.G. Sulzberger is getting chewed up

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Stephen Bloom reprise. Not even a month after Bloom, a New Jersey... More

Searching for Santorum

After his surge, it’s hard to find much needed coverage of who he is and what he wants

Here’s what we know about Rick Santorum: He wears sweater vests, at least when members of the media first noticed... More

Darts and Laurels

Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In December 1987, federal police in Miami made their biggest drug bust of the year. Dubbed “Operation Cobra,” agents arrested... More

A Long Day—and Night—Covering the Caucuses

Patriotic popcorn, Google swag, and the ubiquitous Chuck Todd

DES MOINES, IOWA — On Tuesday, I spent more than 13 hours in the “official media hub” for the Iowa... More

You’ve Got (Candidate) Mail(ers)

A look at the direct mail deluge in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Perhaps you've heard non-Iowans grumble about the attention lavished on Iowa for its first-in-the-nation caucus. Residents... More

A VIP Pass to Cover the Caucuses

Credentials offer access, amenities for a cost, but some reporters take a pass

IOWA — There are a lot of journalists in Iowa right now. But on Tuesday night, when results of the... More

About That Santorum Surge

Let’s cover it with some restraint and self-awareness

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — The media has been abuzz about Rick Santorum since Wednesday, when a CNN/Time/ORC International poll showed... More

Best of 2011: Erika Fry

From Romenesko to rich men, Fry picks her top CJR stories from the past year

Escape from Thailand This was my personal account of fleeing Thailand in 2010—yes, that tropical paradise known as the Land... More

Q&A: New York Times Iraq reporter Michael S. Schmidt

On finding classified documents in the trash, and transitioning from the sports beat

Several weeks ago, New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt, a foreign correspondent in the newspaper’s Baghdad bureau, went looking... More

Don’t Have a Cow, Iowa

State’s reaction to Atlantic piece forgets its ironic tradition

Oh, there's nothing halfway About the Iowa way to treat you, When we treat you Which we may not... More

Darts and Laurels

Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In July 2011, Univision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language network, reported that Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s brother-in-law, Orlando Cicilia, had been... 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 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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

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

Bloggingheads

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

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