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A Vote for ‘Muddling Through’

It’s a few days old at this point, but readers interested in the Afghanistan policy debate will want to check... More

President, Know Thyself

WaPo’s Cohen on the Afghan war as a presidential self-actualization tool

There are lots of ways of thinking about foreign policy: not just political labels of recent vintage like “neoconservatism” and... More

More on Coverage of the Great Recession

CJR’s Ali Fenwick this afternoon flagged the new Pew study on coverage of the economic crisis, which noted that newspapers... More

Leaving Afghanistan Is Not on the Table

Spencer Ackerman makes a good catch on the “Good Morning America” interview with Peter Galbraith I linked to earlier: I... More

The Times’s Ten-Step Program

Looking for the least-bad outcome in Afghanistan

The New York Times’s roundtable op-ed on Afghanistan yesterday doesn’t break any new ground, and it won’t carry the same... More

More Media Time for Afghanistan

The public debate over the situation in Afghanistan, which had already been fairly robust, may get a little wilder after... More

Measuring the Effect of Obama’s Health Care Speech

At his blog, Brendan Nyhan takes a look at whether Obama’s big health care speech of a month ago shifted... More

Picking Apart the Polls

Is opinion really shifting on abortion?

If you’re an avid news reader, there’s a good chance that sometime in the last day or so you’ve come... More

‘Regional Experts’ Not Just Missing from Media

Elsewhere on the CJR site today, Michael Massing concludes his take-down of the latest Iran-related coverage with a call for... More

The Whole World in His Hands

Overstating the president’s power, again

As any middle-school social studies student knows, the American system of government consists of three branches: the executive branch, which... More

India and Pakistan, Best of Buddies

The New York Times’s long, deeply-reported front-page story on the continuing strength of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group responsible for... More

David Brooks’s Afghanistan Straw Man

In a Campaign Desk piece today, I talk about the reflexive hawkishness of various big-deal think tanks and op-ed columnists... More

An Open Debate on the Afghan War?

A measure of dissent on the full counterinsurgency doctrine

Expert opinion in the foreign policy think-tank world—your American Enterprise Institutes, your Councils on Foreign Relations, etc.—runs, on balance, hawkish.... More

Going for the Gold

Is Obama’s Olympic trip really a big political risk?

One of the persistent memes of American political journalism is that our president must always be testing his political power... More

On the NYT’s opinion media monitor

As noted by Michael Calderone and others, NYT ombudsman Clark Hoyt reported in his Sunday column that, in the wake... More

Q & A: Jim Brady

Guardian America’s Web consultant on building audiences, brands, and a culture of innovation

Named executive editor of washingtonpost.com in late 2004, Jim Brady presided over a near-doubling in Web traffic and saw the... More

You Mean Not Everybody Watches Cable News?

As Ali notes below, for all the dust he’s kicked up lately, Glenn Beck still isn’t really a household name.... More

Q & A: Rick Perlstein

The liberal historian on ACORN, the Post, and wagging the dog

As the recent scandals surrounding the green-jobs advocate Van Jones and the community organizing group ACORN have shown, even under... More

Driving the Conversation

NYT series examines texting, talking behind the wheel

The New York Times has published a number of ambitious series this year, on topics ranging from the financial crisis... More

Seeds of Discontent

What does the ACORN story mean for the mainstream media?

James O’Keefe, the pimp-playing provocateur who set out to target ACORN with a video camera, a cheesy costume, and a... 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.”

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