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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

Unforced Error at Salon

“O’Keefe’s race problem” story goes astray on key detail

It’s not often that, barely a week after sparking a mini media circus by being arrested on federal property in... More

O’Keefe, Etc.

A closer look at a couple more issues surrounding the conservative videographer

James O’Keefe is a hell of a problem for the press. Whatever else he is, O’Keefe is an instigator par... More

The Ethics of Undercover Journalism

Why journalists get squeamish over James O’Keefe’s tactics

When news broke in late January that James O’Keefe and three other men, two of whom were costumed as telephone... More

Questions for Question Time

Presidential Q&As may not be the key to better politics

The widespread media enthusiasm that greeted President Obama’s televised Q&A last Friday with Republican congressmen now has an official outlet.... More

Historical Precedents for Criticism of the Court

Adam Liptak does great work covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times, and his piece today about Barack... More

Assessing Obama

The press and the pundits evaluate the State of the Union

President Obama’s first State of the Union address is in the books, and by the morning after the process of... More

Frum: Send O’Keefe to J-School

My roundup of right-wing reaction to the arrest of James O'Keefe and three others missed this from David Frum, bolstering... More

Politics Ain’t Beanbag. But Maybe it’s a Lawn Party?

The New York Times is a great newspaper, and just three weeks ago I was defending its prerogative to maintain... More

“A Bad Cartoon,” or “A Big Nothing”?

Conservative media reacts to the O’Keefe arrest

The story that had the political media buzzing yesterday was the arrest of James O’Keefe, the conservative, pimp-playing activist who... More

Did the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ Sink Coakley?

Figuring out why voters made the choice they did is a tricky task

In the ongoing effort to explain Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts—a win that has not only thrown health care... More

All They Had to Do Was Ask

Eric Schmitt’s front-page story in today’s New York Times—a report on the details of cables sent in November in which... More

Maybe We Should Call it the Loch Ness Tablet?

I know that rolling your eyes at all the hype around Apple’s latest hotly anticipated device has now become nearly... More

Is the Press an Obstacle to Getting Things Done?

Yes, says the poli-sci blogger Jon Bernstein. In the course of responding to a series of posts by Ezra Klein,... More

‘I Got a Barbie in the Foreground’

The first episode of the fifth season of The Wire, David Simon’s exploration of America’s failing urban institutions, introduces viewers... More

Post Weighs in with Massachusetts Poll

In the course of arguing that the press shouldn’t be hasty to take messages from Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts,... More

What’s the Impact of Citizens United?

Some scholars argue the biggest changes may have already happened

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling yesterday in Citizens United v. FEC, overturning the federal ban on corporate spending in elections,... More

Sentences I Did Not Expect to Read Today

David Brooks, in this morning's Times: "I support the Weak and Feckless Approach." More

The Enquirer Makes a Bid for a Pulitzer

Well, this is kind of interesting. From Howie Kurtz: The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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