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Checking In on The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast launched just about a year ago, at a historical moment when news opportunities were extraordinarily rich and... More

Q & A: Los Angeles Times Reporter Borzou Daragahi

The paper’s Beirut bureau chief talks about the situation in Iran

When political unrest erupted in Iran earlier this year in the wake of a disputed presidential election, Borzou Daragahi had... More

All Obama, All the Time

The chatter about the potential political consequences of our president’s “overexposure” is mostly pointless, but still—the media’s appetite for Obama-related... More

WaPo’s Facebook Fixation

When I saw this story about twenty-somethings who (gasp!) don’t use Facebook featured on The Washington Post Web site this... More

Just the Facts—But From Whom?

NYT outsources fact-checking responsibility

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of Michele Bachmann, the conservative congresswoman from Minnesota whom Sean Hannity has called,... More

McClatchy v. WaPo

Two stories on Afghan intel disputes, two diametrically opposed conclusions

Earlier this week, McClatchy’s D.C. bureau published a story relaying the concerns of “more than 15 senior and mid-level U.S.... More

Joe Lieberman, What Have You Wrought?

The groan-worthy headline on a story by Patrick O'Connor and Chris Frates in Politico today: "No Snowementum: Centrist Democrats still... More

Not the ‘Obama’s Overexposed’ Story Again…

My memory of the media world isn’t long enough to know whether respected print organizations were publishing “analyses” like this... More

Which Is It, NYT?

Times piece on pay cuts contradicts earlier story

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different... More

Two Takes on a ‘Tent City’ in Tampa

During my year in journalism school, I took an elective class in land use law—zoning, planning, variances, that sort of... More

Hire That Commenter as a Copy-Editor!

While The Washington Post’s Saturday editorial is far from the most tendentious thing written on the already-tired topic of Barack... More

Strong Reporting on DNA Waivers from the Post

Like Jonathan Adler, I was unaware of a policy that requires some federal defendants to waive their rights to DNA... More

There’s the Special-Interest Lobbying We Were Waiting For

A David Herszenhorn “Prescriptions” piece in today’s New York Times (which, oddly, I can’t find online) has some interesting things... More

Journalism, Liberalism, Elitism

I’m not going to jump directly into the fray of responses to my former professor Tom Edsall’s CJR piece about... More

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Nobel

Conservative disbelief, liberal dismay

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award a rather, er, premature Peace Prize to Barack Obama has been greeted with skepticism... More

A Nation Turns Its Eyes to… Sarah Palin’s Facebook Page

It seemed peculiar the other day when Politico’s Ben Smith devoted a post on his widely-read blog to Sarah Palin’s... More

Czar Talk

Is there any substance to the criticism of Obama’s “czars”?

Criticism of some political journalism as “stenography” is sometimes misplaced—part of reporting really is writing down the things that people... More

More Thoughts on McCaughey

For those interested in the Betsy McCaughey saga, Andrew Sullivan has a blog post up today, titled “McCaughey and Me,”... More

Target Practice

The pros and cons of blasting Betsy McCaughey

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey has been much in the news the last few days, and she’s been... More

Fact-checking Saturday Night Live

At Politico, Michael Calderone has some fun at the expense of CNN, which took the time to fact-check this week’s... 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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