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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

Fact-checking Saturday Night Live

At Politico, Michael Calderone has some fun at the expense of CNN, which took the time to fact-check this week’s... More

A Vote for ‘Muddling Through’

It’s a few days old at this point, but readers interested in the Afghanistan policy debate will want to check... More

President, Know Thyself

WaPo’s Cohen on the Afghan war as a presidential self-actualization tool

There are lots of ways of thinking about foreign policy: not just political labels of recent vintage like “neoconservatism” and... More

More on Coverage of the Great Recession

CJR’s Ali Fenwick this afternoon flagged the new Pew study on coverage of the economic crisis, which noted that newspapers... More

Leaving Afghanistan Is Not on the Table

Spencer Ackerman makes a good catch on the “Good Morning America” interview with Peter Galbraith I linked to earlier: I... More

The Times’s Ten-Step Program

Looking for the least-bad outcome in Afghanistan

The New York Times’s roundtable op-ed on Afghanistan yesterday doesn’t break any new ground, and it won’t carry the same... More

More Media Time for Afghanistan

The public debate over the situation in Afghanistan, which had already been fairly robust, may get a little wilder after... More

Measuring the Effect of Obama’s Health Care Speech

At his blog, Brendan Nyhan takes a look at whether Obama’s big health care speech of a month ago shifted... More

Picking Apart the Polls

Is opinion really shifting on abortion?

If you’re an avid news reader, there’s a good chance that sometime in the last day or so you’ve come... More

‘Regional Experts’ Not Just Missing from Media

Elsewhere on the CJR site today, Michael Massing concludes his take-down of the latest Iran-related coverage with a call for... More

The Whole World in His Hands

Overstating the president’s power, again

As any middle-school social studies student knows, the American system of government consists of three branches: the executive branch, which... More

India and Pakistan, Best of Buddies

The New York Times’s long, deeply-reported front-page story on the continuing strength of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group responsible for... More

David Brooks’s Afghanistan Straw Man

In a Campaign Desk piece today, I talk about the reflexive hawkishness of various big-deal think tanks and op-ed columnists... More

An Open Debate on the Afghan War?

A measure of dissent on the full counterinsurgency doctrine

Expert opinion in the foreign policy think-tank world—your American Enterprise Institutes, your Councils on Foreign Relations, etc.—runs, on balance, hawkish.... More

Going for the Gold

Is Obama’s Olympic trip really a big political risk?

One of the persistent memes of American political journalism is that our president must always be testing his political power... More

On the NYT’s opinion media monitor

As noted by Michael Calderone and others, NYT ombudsman Clark Hoyt reported in his Sunday column that, in the wake... More

Q & A: Jim Brady

Guardian America’s Web consultant on building audiences, brands, and a culture of innovation

Named executive editor of washingtonpost.com in late 2004, Jim Brady presided over a near-doubling in Web traffic and saw the... More

You Mean Not Everybody Watches Cable News?

As Ali notes below, for all the dust he’s kicked up lately, Glenn Beck still isn’t really a household name.... More

Q & A: Rick Perlstein

The liberal historian on ACORN, the Post, and wagging the dog

As the recent scandals surrounding the green-jobs advocate Van Jones and the community organizing group ACORN have shown, even under... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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