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LAT: Journalists Targeted in Honduras

The Los Angeles Times reports on some distressing news from Central America: Nine months after a military-led coup plunged Honduras... More

A Nascent Press in North Korea?

The front page of today’s New York Times features a fascinating story about new efforts to get information out of... More

Out on a Limb

The problems with that ‘wingnuts’ poll

In the course of surfing the Web last week, you may have come across some polling data showing that large... More

Because It’s Friday…

At Time's "Swampland" blog, Karen Tumulty shares a classic Monty Python skit which, as she says, "is a perfect encapsulation... More

MoJo on Waste in Military Contracts

In a story today for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein spotlights what sounds like a deficit reduction opportunity: It was just... More

The Clergy Abuse Story Comes Back to the U.S.

Talk about uncanny timing. Yesterday, ProPublica’s new reporter-blogger, Marian Wang, interviewed Walter Robinson, the former Boston Globe investigative journalist who... More

More on Polarization, and on Knowing Where to Look

My Campaign Desk item earlier today took issue with Tom Friedman’s argument that gerrymandered legislative districts are driving polarization in... More

The Health Reform Vote on Cable News

At The Monkey Cage, Patrick Egan has put together a nice chart showing viewership of the cable news networks on... More

Strange Medicine

Tom Friedman’s peculiar cures for our ailing politics

Like a lot of people, Tom Friedman is upset that American politics is “broken.” Unlike a lot of people, he... More

Things to Keep in the Back of Your Mind…

… while reading the many stories out now, and the many more sure to come, that try to gauge the... More

Washington Post Plays “What If”

Cillizza: Would Obama be better off if the GOP controlled Congress?

On the day that Barack Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the health care system, thus fulfilling a... More

Fox and the GOP: Who’s Working for Whom?

Via Media Matters, former-Bush-speechwriter-turned-iconoclast-conservative David Frum appeared on ABC’s Nightline last night to discuss the politics of health care. Frum,... More

Calderone: Weigel to Post

Ten days ago, in the course of chiding The Washington Post for being slow to the Tea Party story, I... More

Presidents and Polarization

Our roundup of health care headlines this morning noted that one of the major themes of the coverage has been... More

Historic Change, Divided Politics

Rounding up major outlets’ first reactions to the House health reform outcome

In the wake of last night’s vote in the House to approve a major overhaul of the nation's health-care system,... More

Wise Words

From Jack Shafer: In a perfect world, a publication is edited for readers. In the imperfect world that we inhabit,... More

He-Said, She-Said on Medicare

The Times gets stuck on the surface of the Medicare debate

The dispatch from Strongsville, Ohio in today’s New York Times, about Barack Obama’s efforts to rally public support for his... More

Why So Serious?

Parsing the Post’s piece on Obama’s “happiness deficit”

The editorial page of The Washington Post has a well-established reputation for its hawkish stance on fiscal matters, so it... More

How to Cover a Non-Story

The Globe knew about that Scott Brown lawsuit—and passed

On Thursday afternoon, Gawker reported that Scott Brown—the Republican whose victory in a special election in Massachusetts has cost Democrats... More

If Democrats do not contribute to the Greg Marx Retirement Fund, midterms will be costly

I’m not going to attempt to dissect each of the arguments made by Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen in their... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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