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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

A Maybe-Not-So-Important Question

A Politico story that was briefly leading the site this evening addresses one of the not-so-pressing political issues of the... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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