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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

Checking In on The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast launched just about a year ago, at a historical moment when news opportunities were extraordinarily rich and... More

Q & A: Los Angeles Times Reporter Borzou Daragahi

The paper’s Beirut bureau chief talks about the situation in Iran

When political unrest erupted in Iran earlier this year in the wake of a disputed presidential election, Borzou Daragahi had... More

All Obama, All the Time

The chatter about the potential political consequences of our president’s “overexposure” is mostly pointless, but still—the media’s appetite for Obama-related... More

WaPo’s Facebook Fixation

When I saw this story about twenty-somethings who (gasp!) don’t use Facebook featured on The Washington Post Web site this... More

Just the Facts—But From Whom?

NYT outsources fact-checking responsibility

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of Michele Bachmann, the conservative congresswoman from Minnesota whom Sean Hannity has called,... More

McClatchy v. WaPo

Two stories on Afghan intel disputes, two diametrically opposed conclusions

Earlier this week, McClatchy’s D.C. bureau published a story relaying the concerns of “more than 15 senior and mid-level U.S.... More

Joe Lieberman, What Have You Wrought?

The groan-worthy headline on a story by Patrick O'Connor and Chris Frates in Politico today: "No Snowementum: Centrist Democrats still... More

Not the ‘Obama’s Overexposed’ Story Again…

My memory of the media world isn’t long enough to know whether respected print organizations were publishing “analyses” like this... More

Which Is It, NYT?

Times piece on pay cuts contradicts earlier story

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different... More

Two Takes on a ‘Tent City’ in Tampa

During my year in journalism school, I took an elective class in land use law—zoning, planning, variances, that sort of... More

Hire That Commenter as a Copy-Editor!

While The Washington Post’s Saturday editorial is far from the most tendentious thing written on the already-tired topic of Barack... More

Strong Reporting on DNA Waivers from the Post

Like Jonathan Adler, I was unaware of a policy that requires some federal defendants to waive their rights to DNA... More

There’s the Special-Interest Lobbying We Were Waiting For

A David Herszenhorn “Prescriptions” piece in today’s New York Times (which, oddly, I can’t find online) has some interesting things... More

Journalism, Liberalism, Elitism

I’m not going to jump directly into the fray of responses to my former professor Tom Edsall’s CJR piece about... More

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Nobel

Conservative disbelief, liberal dismay

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award a rather, er, premature Peace Prize to Barack Obama has been greeted with skepticism... More

A Nation Turns Its Eyes to… Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page

It seemed peculiar the other day when Politico’s Ben Smith devoted a post on his widely-read blog to Sarah Palin’s... More

Czar Talk

Is there any substance to the criticism of Obama’s “czars”?

Criticism of some political journalism as “stenography” is sometimes misplaced—part of reporting really is writing down the things that people... More

More Thoughts on McCaughey

For those interested in the Betsy McCaughey saga, Andrew Sullivan has a blog post up today, titled “McCaughey and Me,”... More

Target Practice

The pros and cons of blasting Betsy McCaughey

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey has been much in the news the last few days, and she’s been... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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