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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

Another Read on Health Care Politics

Do voters want better care—but only for themselves?

As the attempt to suss out the meaning of the Massachusetts Senate election continues, Alec MacGillis weighs in today with... More

Yes, But Are They on Twitter?

The front page of today’s New York Times features an Alissa Rubin piece about how Taliban leaders are responding to... 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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