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The Karzai Family’s Defense

Gerald Posner of The Daily Beast has the companion piece to The New York Times’s story about the CIA’s relationship... More

The Karzai Connection

Commentators react to the NYT’s big scoop

Today’s New York Times leads with an extraordinary article reporting that Ahmed Wali Karzai—the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai,... More

A Big Day in Afghanistan News

If you’re at all interested in the war in Afghanistan, today’s New York Times is chock-full of must-reads. In addition... More

Post Profiles First Official to Resign over Afghan War

If you’ve been online today you’ve probably already seen the link, but Karen DeYoung’s Washington Post profile of Matthew Hoh,... More

What Do Voters Crave?

There’s a lot to like in Matt Bai’s well-written New York Times Magazine story about Jon Corzine and the New... More

Invisible Influence

Is Sarah Palin really as powerful as the media says?

Sarah Palin is unavoidable. Not content to take over our dreams, the former governor of Alaska has conquered the best-seller... More

Chamber of Confusion

Journalists disagree on Chamber of Commerce numbers

On Oct. 8, The Wall Street Journal published an article about a feud between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and... More

The Two Talibans

Times piece draws an important distinction between Pakistani and Afghan groups

Today’s New York Times features an intriguing bit of explanatory reporting—an article by Scott Shane about the Taliban. Or, rather,... More

Strange Days We’re Living In

David Brooks has been generally charitable toward Barack Obama, but still, it’s a bit of a surprise to see the... More

Max Boot’s Unusual Argument about Afghanistan

Matthew Yglesias beat me to the point, but Max Boot’s op-ed in today’s New York Times makes a really curious... More

‘Political Reporters are Momentum Junkies’

At Slate, Timothy Noah wonders why The Washington Post gave prominent play to a fairly modest boost in polling support... More

Speak Up! No, Shut Up!

Faulty presidential strategy as an evergreen story

For a political reporter with column inches to fill, the White House’s rhetorical stance toward Congress is a fail-safe subject.... More

‘Sunk to the Level of a New Yorker Article’

The New Yorker: love its high-mindedness or loathe its pretensions, the very name carries, in journalistic circles, a sense of... More

Unlikely Sources of Public Policy Decisions

After South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham co-authored an NYT op-ed with John Kerry expressing support for climate change legislation, there... More

No Access? No Problem!

What’s so bad about not having access to the White House?

The Obama administration’s high-profile shunning of Fox News seems, at least in the short run, to have been a publicity... More

An On-the-Record Supporter of Obama’s Decision-Making

Elisabeth Bumiller has an article in today’s New York Times relaying frustration from “active duty and retired senior officers” that... More

NYT to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

How’s this for a grim coincidence: on the day that Michael Schudson and Len Downie Jr. lay out their vision... More

NYT Reporter: ‘Nobody Complained to Me’ About Post Story

In a letter to former Washington Post marketing executive Charles Pelton whose disclosure kicked off a new round of “Salongate”... More

‘Salon’ Saga Continues at the Post

If you’ve been enjoying a weekend-induced news hiatus, you’ve missed some strange developments in the Washington Post “salon” story. Here’s... More

The Real Trouble with Cable

Cable news, everybody’s favorite purveyor of mindlessly mediocre journalism, has been roundly beaten about the head for yesterday’s balloon-a-palooza festivities.... 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 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)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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