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Another Unusual Endorsement

Is something in the water in Arkansas?

Newspaper endorsement editorials are notoriously snooze-inducing affairs. (Maybe that’s why we’re seeing a spate of non-endorsements this year—it’s the only... More

Big Bet, Small Stakes

Reporting on the “Contract” debate should be clear: it didn’t do much

At his WaPo blog, Chris Cillizza has a post up that hashes over the question of whether Republicans, poised to... More

Rural Voters for Halter: The New CW in ARSen

We’ve noted a couple times here, in the wake of the Democratic Senate primary in Arkansas, that the vote breakdown... More

Rand Paul’s Wild Ride

Did the Kentucky press fail to challenge the GOP Senate nominee?

Over at his new blog, Josh Green has been posting lately on Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky’s Republican primary for... More

A Challenge from the Left? ‘Halter Doesn’t Play It That Way’

I’ve been pushing the point over the last couple days that the national media, in covering the Arkansas Senate primary,... More

A Sharper Take on the Razorback State

NYT notes that the vote in Arkansas upended expectations

Campaign Desk noted yesterday how the actual results in Arkansas’s Senate primary complicate the national narratives about an anti-incumbent wave... More

Two Paths to Twitter Cash

The current print issue of CJR includes a profile—online today!—of the music critic Christopher Weingarten by Justin Peters. In addition... More

Why Did Halter Do Well?

Arkansas journalists highlight details that complicate the national narrative

Take a look around the political Web today, in the wake of Tuesday’s primary and special elections, and the consensus... More

‘Remember Good Old Monroe Schwarzlose?’

An unusual editorial from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

That’s one of the questions posed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in its highly entertaining endorsement of John Boozman, the front-runner... More

Primary Day Grab-Bag

As the polls open on Campaign 2010, some press pitfalls to avoid

With closely-watched primaries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas set today, and more on the horizon, there’s been a surge of... More

Bread and Circuses—and Beer

With primary elections set tomorrow in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas, today’s NYT offers looks at each of the races. Perhaps... More

License to Kill, Part III

Times takes note: Al-Awlaki standard makes some ‘uneasy’

The legal questions surrounding the Obama administration’s decision to authorize the extrajudicial killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen accused... More

Politico: ‘Kagan’s Not Gay’ Story Not a Hard Call

A straightforward response to persistent online speculation

As speculation about Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation has circulated on the Internet in the wake of her nomination to the... More

A Pride of Lions, a Flock of Geese, a Herd of… Electronic Bonds?

Matt Taibbi, in his 2005 evisceration of Tom Friedman’s writing style, said: The usual ratio of Friedman criticism is 2:1,... More

California Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Electability concerns, another campaign that’s sucking up the oxygen, and the month-long election

If it’s still the case that new trends start in California, the state’s 2010 Senate election may really be one... More

Why My Brother Likes The Huffington Post

I confess: The Huffington Post brings out the Andy Rooney in me. The site obviously supports some good journalism, it’s... More

Lindsey Graham: Maybe Not Such a Maverick, Either

An attempt to define the “M” word with some serious math

Late last week, there was a fair bit of online chatter (see here, here, here, and here) about an unlikely... More

Newsweek’s Woes, Way Back When

CJR’s look at whether the newsmagazines were doomed, from 1989

In his version of the “What’s the matter with Newsweek?” story, published yesterday afternoon at Slate, Jack Shafer noted that... More

Poli-Sci Perspectives on Covering the Midterms

I have a short article in the May/June issue of CJR (not currently online) about the sometimes fraught relationship between... More

Arkansas Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

A tough campaign, potential runoffs, and all eyes on the Dems

With the 2010 midterm elections looming on the horizon—and some primaries rapidly approaching—Campaign Desk will soon be devoting more attention... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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