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“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

The Karzai Family’s Defense

Gerald Posner of The Daily Beast has the companion piece to The New York Times’s story about the CIA’s relationship... More

The Karzai Connection

Commentators react to the NYT’s big scoop

Today’s New York Times leads with an extraordinary article reporting that Ahmed Wali Karzai—the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai,... More

A Big Day in Afghanistan News

If you’re at all interested in the war in Afghanistan, today’s New York Times is chock-full of must-reads. In addition... More

Post Profiles First Official to Resign over Afghan War

If you’ve been online today you’ve probably already seen the link, but Karen DeYoung’s Washington Post profile of Matthew Hoh,... More

What Do Voters Crave?

There’s a lot to like in Matt Bai’s well-written New York Times Magazine story about Jon Corzine and the New... More

Invisible Influence

Is Sarah Palin really as powerful as the media says?

Sarah Palin is unavoidable. Not content to take over our dreams, the former governor of Alaska has conquered the best-seller... More

Chamber of Confusion

Journalists disagree on Chamber of Commerce numbers

On Oct. 8, The Wall Street Journal published an article about a feud between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and... More

The Two Talibans

Times piece draws an important distinction between Pakistani and Afghan groups

Today’s New York Times features an intriguing bit of explanatory reporting—an article by Scott Shane about the Taliban. Or, rather,... More

Strange Days We’re Living In

David Brooks has been generally charitable toward Barack Obama, but still, it’s a bit of a surprise to see the... More

Max Boot’s Unusual Argument about Afghanistan

Matthew Yglesias beat me to the point, but Max Boot’s op-ed in today’s New York Times makes a really curious... More

‘Political Reporters are Momentum Junkies’

At Slate, Timothy Noah wonders why The Washington Post gave prominent play to a fairly modest boost in polling support... More

Speak Up! No, Shut Up!

Faulty presidential strategy as an evergreen story

For a political reporter with column inches to fill, the White House’s rhetorical stance toward Congress is a fail-safe subject.... More

‘Sunk to the Level of a New Yorker Article’

The New Yorker: love its high-mindedness or loathe its pretensions, the very name carries, in journalistic circles, a sense of... More

Unlikely Sources of Public Policy Decisions

After South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham co-authored an NYT op-ed with John Kerry expressing support for climate change legislation, there... More

No Access? No Problem!

What’s so bad about not having access to the White House?

The Obama administration’s high-profile shunning of Fox News seems, at least in the short run, to have been a publicity... More

An On-the-Record Supporter of Obama’s Decision-Making

Elisabeth Bumiller has an article in today’s New York Times relaying frustration from “active duty and retired senior officers” that... More

NYT to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs

How’s this for a grim coincidence: on the day that Michael Schudson and Len Downie Jr. lay out their vision... More

NYT Reporter: ‘Nobody Complained to Me’ About Post Story

In a letter to former Washington Post marketing executive Charles Pelton whose disclosure kicked off a new round of “Salongate”... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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