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Passing Bad Checks

Boehner’s “blank check” line demands context reporters aren’t providing

This week, in Washington’s war of attrition over the debt ceiling, the media has had many a political soundbite tossed... More

A Headache of a Story

Bachmann’s health is in bounds, even if the scoop wasn’t

The story unfolded cryptically, sensationally, in the tabloid style that has chronicled so many starlet meltdowns and hospitalizations. Dziok’s departure... More

NOTW and the FCPA

Experts and pundits weigh in on a US prosecution of News Corp.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced a formal investigation into allegations that News Corp. has violated the Foreign Corrupt... More

Israel’s Chilling New Law

The U.S. should stand for free speech no matter who’s violating it

“We could get in trouble for this,” begins a July 13 editorial titled “We Can’t Say This” from from The... More

Deficit Public Opinion Goes Missing

We’ve been reading that lots of people that matter are not happy with developments in those deficit reductions talks. But... More

Bland Brand, Bad Buzz

For Pawlenty, “the headlines are a killer”

In recent weeks, you may have noticed something of a Tim Pawlenty pile-on in the press. (Collectively, it sounds something... More

A Deficit of Detail

Big news and few specifics on Obama’s debt move

This morning’s papers all delivered big news: Obama had a bigger, bolder debt reduction plan in mind, to save $4... More

Obama’s Twitter Townhall

“Win win” for White House and Twitter, 140 characters for everyone else

This summer Twitter brought us Anthony Weiner in his underpants; a Fox News-imposter who briefly hacked the President to death... More

Primary School

NYT fails on why—or even if—freshmen reps will face GOP challenges

On its front page yesterday, The New York Times explained that freshman Republican congressmen are feeling frightened. The cause, em... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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