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Best of 2009: Greg Marx

Marx picks his top stories from 2009

The Wrong Stuff This piece was a lot of fun to work on, because it involved doing some reporting to... More

Blog Posts Worth Reading

Apropos of the Dana Milbank column on Joe Lieberman I discussed in this afternoon’s Campaign Desk piece, the poli-sci blogger... More

The Polarization Express

You can’t blame legislative gridlock on polarization alone

Dana Milbank had an interesting column over the weekend countering the conventional wisdom on Joe Lieberman: rather than undergoing some... More

Putting the ‘green’ in ‘Green Lantern thinking’

I think Brendan Nyhan and John Sides, while right about the underlying argument, go a bit too far in faulting... More

Today in Health Care Reform Punditry

David Brooks opposes the Senate health bill. Paul Krugman supports it. Meanwhile, liberals are in revolt over the idea that... More

What’s Behind the Drop in Obama’s Approval Ratings?

As Barack Obama’s approval ratings have declined over the last few months, the slide has often been explained as a... More

Great Detail from the Journal on Congressional Travel

About a week and a half ago, The New York Times ran a story about congressional junkets that are paid... More

Whose ‘Sexting’ Are We Really Worried About?

According to a study on “Teens and Sexting” released Tuesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Center, the practice—which... More

Nobody ‘Needs’ a Civil War

Friedman’s unnerving model for the conflict in the Muslim world

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has a well-established record of believing that forceful action (read: violent conflict) is a... More

Say it Ain’t So, Joe

Online outlets lead coverage of Joe Lieberman’s health reform reversal

It became cliché long ago to note how the online political discourse can take on a life of its own,... More

Post Examines Unkept Promises in Afghanistan

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte has turned in some strong reporting from the Af-Pak region over the past week, including... More

Stimulus was not ‘Mostly an Infrastructure Spending Bill’

A story in today's Politico seeking to explain why John McCain has been so critical of Barack Obama since the... More

On Covering the Newspaper Business

One theme touched on in my interview with E&P’s Greg Mitchell today is, with the upcoming closure of that publication,... More

Q & A: Editor & Publisher’s Greg Mitchell

E&P’s editor-in-chief on the magazine’s sudden demise

The media industry received an unpleasant bit of news on Thursday: the magazine Editor & Publisher, which has covered the... More

LAT Delivers Reporting from Afghanistan

A footnote to my piece this morning lamenting the general lack of reporting out of Afghanistan over the last couple... More

Generally Speaking

Official pronouncements dominate recent coverage of Afghan war

Take a quick survey of leading news sites over the last few days, and it’s easy to conclude that President... More

Sex Isn’t the Story

The real controversy behind the Baucus-Hanes affair

“The scandal isn’t what’s illegal; it’s what’s legal.” That line, usually attributed to Michael Kinsley, has been repeated so often... More

Is Politico Really ‘New Media’?

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s not old-fashioned

The official announcement today that Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board went out of... More

Politico Takes On the ‘Tick-Tocks’

Mike Allen and Alexander Burns had an interesting piece at Politico yesterday on the art of the “tick-tock”—that staple of... More

West Point Reaction Roundup

Summarizing reactions to Obama’s Afghanistan speech

A new war strategy consists of more than a speech, of course. But President Obama’s address to cadets at West... 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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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