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On Cain Story, Politico Had Grounds to Publish

Despite the story’s flaws

Jack Shafer and Stephen Engelberg haven’t changed their minds: Politico, they still believe, made a journalistic error when it decided... More

AP Finds Republican Candidates MIA on Housing Debt

A presidential “ghost issue” demands further press attention

The Associated Press put out a good story over the weekend noting that many of the “jobs plans” being pushed... More

Does Rick Perry Have Fire in His Belly?

How could The Washington Post possibly know?

Other than the continuing gravity-defying nature of Herman Cain’s book tour run for president, the big horse race story of... More

Politico Primary: Down the Rabbit Hole

Only in DC could Hillary, Condi, and Erskine be considered a break from the ‘governing class’

I don’t begrudge the folks at Politico their decision to launch a gimmicky new feature called “Politico Primary,” in which... More

Once Again, No Housing Questions for Obama

White House press corps doesn’t follow up on ProPublica story

Much of President Obama’s press conference earlier today was devoted to the latest partisan fight in DC over the American... More

TNR Highlights Perry’s ‘Crony Capitalist’ Past

Will his indifference to ideology present a primary problem?

Former Washington Post reporter Alec MacGillis, who has joined The New Republic to cover the 2012 campaign, has his first... More

Norm Ornstein Gets Congress; WaPo Doesn’t

Result of Republican FEMA brinksmanship described as ‘almost accidental’

Remember that New York Times story earlier this week on the (since-resolved) showdown over federal disaster aid—the one that misleadingly... More

Does This Mean the Iowa Caucuses Are Like eHarmony?

Web headline on the lead campaign story in The New York Times today: “Romney Waits as G.O.P. Flirts with Alternates.”... More

HuffPost Goes Deep On Google

Too deep, in fact. Arianna, how about hiring an editor?

The Huffington Post trio of Ryan Grim, Zach Carter, and Paul Blumenthal dropped their 6,800-word take on “Google, Microsoft, and... More

‘Congress’ Not to Blame for FEMA Feud

New York Times channels misplaced ‘pox-on-both-their-houses’ anger

A memo to reporters who write about federal policy disputes: “Congress” is not an actor. “Congress” has no mind. “Congress”... More

This Time Around, Little Traction for ‘Class Warfare’

This bit of faint praise may reflect—to borrow a phrase—the soft bigotry of low expectations, but I’ll offer it anyway:... More

Passing Interference

As politicians find new ways to connect with voters, journalists need a fresh playbook

At the Poynter site last week, Jason Fry had a sharp post about a major change reshaping the sports journalism... More

Witnessing Somalia

Just a quick note: Jeffrey Gettleman's New York Times article from yesterday on famine in Somalia merits an appreciation. It's... More

Parsing Perry’s ‘Ponzi’ Claim

My short post last week on the failure of a CBS News story to assess the accuracy of Rick Perry’s... More

Rhetorical Differences

Drew Westen misses the constraints on Obama’s presidential oratory

About five weeks ago, the psychology professor Drew Westen published a very long and not very persuasive essay in The... More

Shouldn’t All Stories be ‘Fact-Check’ Stories?

On the subject of fact-checking the presidential debates, it’s worth noting that while the proliferation of “fact-check” stories over the... More

An Inflated Claim

After Republican debate, facts needed on monetary policy

Last night was debate night for the Republican presidential contenders, which means today is “fact-check” day for the political press.... More

A More Than Marginally Embarrassing Mistake

USA Weekend caught flatfooted on tax goof

See update at bottom of this post. I don’t want to encroach too far onto Craig Silverman’s territory, but USA... More

In Defense of (the Right Kind of) Horse Race Journalism

When primaries decide party priorities, voters should be brought in on the conversation

Horse race journalism has a bad reputation among press critics. The NYU professor Jay Rosen, in a recent talk on... More

Leonhardt’s Sharp Look at the Mind of the Fed

Why has debate at the central bank been so constrained?

It’s a few days old now, but David Leonhardt had a great column in the Sunday Review section of The... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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