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Spock Crock

AP piece shows what happens when a narrative gets ahead of a story

Yesterday’s narrative-perpetuating Politico item on stories the president doesn’t want told seems to be, to borrow a phrase, “driving the... More

An Inside Look at Huckabee and Clemency

The murder of four Seattle-area police officers has, beyond the immediate tragedy, turned in to a major political headache for... More

Afghanistan Piece Goes Astray

Otherwise-decent AP story misses a couple of points

With the world waiting for President Obama to announce his new plan for Afghanistan tonight, the AP offered a dispatch... More

The Story Obama Should Really Be Worried About

I’ve had John Harris’s piece in today’s Politico—“7 stories Obama doesn’t want told”—sitting on my desk much of the day,... More

Meacham’s Piece: Not So Buzzworthy

Jumping off Megan’s critical comments on Jon Meacham’s piece in the latest Newsweek, here’s another thought: let’s say we don’t... More

WaPo to Close NY, LA, Chicago Bureaus

Erik Wemple and Michael Calderone report that as of the end of this year, The Washington Post will close its... More

Q&A: Bob Dietz

CPJ’s Asia program coordinator on the killings in the Philippines

A brutal episode in the Philippines has put violence against journalists in headlines across the world. According to press reports,... More

The Palin-for-President Fixation

WaPo op-ed fails to convince

We’ve probably devoted too many pixels already to arguing that the national political media is paying more attention to Sarah... More

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln…

Recent profiles of Blanche Lincoln say little about her policy priorities

What does Blanche Lincoln want, and why does she want it? The question is, at the moment, more consequential than... More

Well, It May Deserve an Award in Something

Memo to Sean Hannity, who is calling for James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and Andrew Breitbart to get a “journalism award”... More

Let’s Get this Party Organized

Strong Politico story takes a close look at the Tea Party movement

In Politico today, Ken Vogel has a very interesting and worthwhile article about the emerging internal conflicts—both philosophical and personal—within... More

Now a Little Bit Less Excluded

Today’s New York Times features a front-page news analysis by Kevin Sack about the controversy sparked by the new cancer... More

Everybody’s On Edge

Atlantic, Economist arrive at strikingly similar cover designs

I think half the news sites I read have lately been running a highly irritating ad for The Economist, which... More

Popular Diplomacy

The press pretends to be surprised that Obama’s charm didn’t work wonders in Asia

As media narratives go, this whole “Barack Obama is a popular individual and a gifted speaker with a compelling personal... More

Thoughts on the Gelman/Silver Op-Ed

As anyone who’s read my writing can probably tell, I think political journalism should pay more attention to what political... More

Kudos to Times on Chamber Membership

The lead story in today’s special “Business of Green” section in The New York Times is about the controversy over... More

Collins Outlines the Columnist’s Credo

Gail Collins owns up to a writer's truth today: I have never believed that everything happens for a reason. But... More

Brooks vs. Brooks on ‘Fiscal Puritanism’

David Brooks, in his column today, writes: “The standard thing these days is for Americans to scold each other for... More

Straying from the Facts

AP’s fact check of Palin reaches too far

Over the weekend, there was a bit of a dust-up between the Associated Press, Sarah Palin, and their respective supporters... More

What Money Can’t Buy

Times story offers a unique picture of lobbyists at work

Robert Pear’s excellent story in Sunday’s New York Times, about how lobbyists framed the health care debate in Congress, probably... 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 White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

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.”

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