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When a Story Comes Along, Must You Whip It?

Competing approaches to covering the legislative endgame

Since it became clear sometime during the past few weeks that the fate of health care reform rests in the... More

Remembering Where People Get Their News

Riffing off of Kevin Drum’s post about Terry McDermott’s cover story about Fox News in the latest CJR (which you... More

Joe the Plumber, You’ve Got Company

In an entirely unsurprising development, Charlie Crist is trying to capitalize on the Marco Rubio haircut story to claim the... More

Strategic Error

Times Axelrod profile gets mixed up on messaging

Mark Leibovich’s front-page piece on the sufferings of David Axelrod in Sunday’s New York Times—the press apparently having decided to... More

RadarOnline, Consider Yourself Warned

At The Monkey Cage, John Sides flags the fascinating Above the Law item that details how those short-lived "John Roberts... More

Bad Diagnoses

The recent ‘Rahm’ stories offer plenty of prescriptions. Are we sure Obama is sick?

As my colleague Holly Yeager noted the other day, the spate of Rahm Emanuel stories that have lately been clogging... More

Shhh! It’s a Secret!

This made the rounds among journo-types yesterday, but in case you haven’t seen it, there’s an exciting development in the... More

A Political Scientist Encounters Quote Bubble Journalism

Henry Farrell, a professor of political science at George Washington University and a blogger at both Crooked Timber and The... More

Differing Takes on Reconciliation

Finding the soundbites, and missing the meaning, in Kent Conrad’s remarks

Stenography-as-reporting tends to get a bad name because it allows politicians to say false or misleading things without being held... More

Carlson Calling

Tucker Carlson talks about his new online enterprise

Earlier this year, Tucker Carlson’s already long and varied journalistic résumé added a new entry: Web impresario. In January, the... More

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Rubio’s haircut isn’t—or shouldn’t be—the story

On his way to a truly spectacular and ignominious flame-out, John Edwards seems to have left at least one political... More

Competing Takes on Today’s Summit

Coverage of the morning session of today's big health care summit focuses, unsurprisingly, on how the assembled political worthies are... More

Marco Rubio and the Republican Elite

Wielding national political power without elite support is a pipe dream

Marco Rubio seems to be the breakout star of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the yearly gathering of right-wing... More

More on Politics and the Economy

A short follow-up to my “It’s Still the Economy, Stupid” piece from earlier this week: John Sides, whose post on... More

Q & A: David Barstow

The New York Times reporter talks about the Tea Party movement

As the conservative Tea Party movement has picked up steam over the past year, leading national media outlets—many of which... More

Sounding the Alarm, or Just Sounding Off?

Playing politics with national security may not be a great idea, after all

In his capacity as editor of The Washington Post’s editorial page, Fred Hiatt takes a lot of criticism—some of it... More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

More indications that the economy drives political outcomes

One of the side effects of what’s been dubbed the “the permanent campaign” is a proliferation of reporting on public... More

A Plan for ‘Best Practices’ on National Security Reporting

The stories about Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barton Gellman’s departure from The Washington Post have generally emphasized his new job as... More

U.S. Military Releases Freelance Photographer in Iraq

A brief item in the January/February print edition of CJR noted that 2009 marked the sixth consecutive year in which... More

Palin’s Populist Appeal Still Mostly Missing in Polls

Nothing draws attention on the Internet like a column about Sarah Palin, so David Broder’s latest—arguing that the former Alaska... 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)

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