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West Point Reaction Roundup

Summarizing reactions to Obama’s Afghanistan speech

A new war strategy consists of more than a speech, of course. But President Obama’s address to cadets at West... More

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

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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