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What Money Can’t Buy

Times story offers a unique picture of lobbyists at work

Robert Pear’s excellent story in Sunday’s New York Times, about how lobbyists framed the health care debate in Congress, probably... More

New Palin Polling Data from the Post

Apropos of my Friday piece on Sarah Palin, a new Washington Post poll finds her drawing somewhat stronger support among... More

Fact-checking Bra-Burning, and Related Thoughts

Kudos to Jessica Valenti for setting interviewer Deborah Solomon straight on a point of fact in a Q&A in this... More

Sarah Palin: Just Not That Popular

Continetti’s unpersuasive pitch for a Palin comeback

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page takes a break from running Sarah Palin-authored op-eds today and instead runs a piece... More

Government Programs Don’t Always Increase the Deficit

The federal budget deficit, it seems, is back on the White House’s agenda. David Brooks, in his column today, asserted... More

Lou Dobbs and Cesar Chavez, Back in the Day

In the wake of Lou Dobbs’s abrupt resignation from CNN, there’s been plenty of speculation about what he’ll do next:... More

Response, Arab and American, to the NYT’s Blackwater Story

Among the questions prompted by the New York Times’s latest national-security scoop—this one alleging that executives at the private security... More

Organizing Armey

Good Times Mag piece notes importance of institutions

I’m late to the party in discussing Michael Sokolove’s profile of Dick Armey in last week’s New York Times Magazine,... More

When is News Fit to Print?

A Texas paper runs with secondhand info on the Fort Hood shooter

Update, 11/11, 1:09 p.m.: Kamran Pasha has posted a reply in the comments section below. One of the cardinal rules... More

Another Reason Not to Rush to Judgment

Here’s another reason to be wary about jumping to conclusions about the shooting at Fort Hood: Bill Sparkman. Sparkman is... More

Jumping to Confusion

We can’t know what Fort Hood means until we know what happened

It’s been just over twenty-four hours since Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood—more... More

The Election’s Meaning Has Never Been Clearer

Today’s New York Times: “Democrats to Use Election to Push Agenda in Congress” Today’s Politico: “Election result: Red-state Dems worried,... More

Tea Leaves, Tarot Cards, and Ballots

One more round on divining what the off-year elections mean

The coalition of media outlets pushing back against over-interpretation of the national significance of off-year elections lost a key ally... More

Pushback on Polls’ Portents

Some outlets question broader meaning of today’s elections

With the off-year Election Day now upon us, press outlets as diverse as Fox News and The New York Times... More

More Thoughts on Off-Year Elections

A few further thoughts re: my Campaign Desk post on how the media strains for meaning in off-year elections: First,... More

Press to Cliché: We Just Can’t Quit You

Media acknowledges narrative’s limits; advances it anyway

On Tuesday, November 3, voters around the country will go to the polls to elect officials in a variety of... More

New Press Angle: Obama Had It Right, After All

A little less than two weeks ago, I wrote a post noting the press’s love for stories about how the... More

More on the Karzai Connection

Skeptics ask: What’s the big deal?

When I compiled my round-up of responses to the New York Times’s story on the CIA-Ahmed Wali Karzai connections, I... More

CJR Flashback: Jim Brady Q&A

At Slate, Jack Shafer simultaneously boosts his curmudgeonly critic credentials and pays a compliment to the new leader of Allbritton... More

“Dr. No” Gets a Pass

NYT lets Coburn’s bogus diagnosis slide

The front page of today’s New York Times features a profile of Tom Coburn, the proudly obstructionist Republican senator from... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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