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The Post Responds to TNR

Today in media world gossip: Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Company, responds to The New Republic’s recent critical... More

Another Take on the Health Care Debate

As the debate over the roots of Democratic woes continues, David Brady, Daniel Kessler, and Douglas Rivers take to the... More

Obama Interprets the Election

Earlier this afternoon, I flagged the divergent analyses of the Massachusetts Senate election offered by John Judis and John Sides.... More

More on the Meaning of Mass.

My Campaign Desk column today about why we shouldn’t lend too much credence to those analysis pieces about the meaning... More

Mixed Messages in Massachusetts

Still looking for meaning in the Brown-Coakley results

Now that the counting’s over in Massachusetts and the crying’s begun for Democrats, with a conservative Republican poised to take... More

Obama the Essayist

The president’s Newsweek piece didn’t deliver much for readers

In a brief note at the end of his column last Friday, Slate’s Jack Shafer asked why Barack Obama would... More

Pre-game Prognostications

The press looks for meaning in the Massachusetts Senate race

There are few things political journalists enjoy more than playing up a big event, pontificating on its meaning, and speculating... More

‘The Most Inaccessible Story I Have Ever Covered’

At The Huffington Post, Danny Shea writes up an interview with Bill Hemmer, who arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday to cover... More

More From the Journal on Dodd and Reform

Last week, as various press outlets tried to gauge the meaning of Chris Dodd’s upcoming retirement for financial regulatory reform,... More

One-Way, Wrong Way

The underwear bomber didn’t actually buy a one-way ticket

Earlier this week, Justin Elliott had a great piece at TPM Muckraker exploring how the notion that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,... More

Haiti’s Recent History

Was Haiti making gains before the quake hit?

The popular image of Haiti can be summed up pretty succinctly: impoverished, unstable, dangerous. Against that familiar backdrop, Tuesday’s devastating... More

The Haitian News Vacuum

One of the striking things about the news out of Haiti in the wake of yesterday’s devastating earthquake is that…... More

Reid Aloud

Reid’s comments weren’t really like Lott’s. Journalists shouldn’t let people pretend that they were

When a political dispute breaks out, should reporters simply “report the controversy,” or instead attempt to referee and resolve it?... More

An Odd Angle on Reid’s Troubles

The outdated word that's gotten the Senate major leader in such trouble will be appearing on the 2010 Census form.... More

Reform, or “Reform”?

Mixed results as press tries to gauge meaning of Dodd’s retirement

This story has been updated. See note at conclusion. The upcoming retirement of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and what it... More

What’s So Funny?

A little less levity could be good for Dana Milbank

This week’s media news included the tidbit that The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, who’s been poking fun at D.C.’s political... More

Salmon on Why the NYT is Boring—and Why That’s OK

At his Reuters blog, Felix Salmon agrees with "pretty much everything" in that Michael Kinsley column I wrote about yesterday,... More

Is Shorter Really Better?

Why all those quotes in newspaper stories are a good thing

Michael Kinsley gets in some good shots against easy targets in his new Atlantic piece arguing that newspaper articles are... More

More Info on Politico’s Revenues

My brief piece a month ago asking whether Politico was really “new media” focused more on editorial output than biz-side... More

Michael Vick, They’ve Heard of You in Iraq

Over the weekend, The Washington Post featured a strong article about Iraqi anger at the dismissal of charges against five... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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