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In defense of covering position papers and official statements

Most of the time, what politicians say is what they’ll do

In his latest Swing States column, Walter Shapiro grapples with the question of why campaign issue coverage is not only... More

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The new media narrative: ‘no-policy’ Romney

Three things reporters should remember as they press Romney for policy details

Lately, Mitt Romney is losing his reputation in the media as a politician who constantly flip-flops from one policy position... More

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Tucker Carlson on the virtue of interruptions

We shouldn’t be surprised it was a Daily Caller reporter who interrupted Obama

“Most speakers hate to be interrupted, but I enjoy it, having spent about 10 years in cable news getting interrupted... More

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Sunlight’s Scout is a promising new tool

Service allows journalists to track activity in Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures

The busy folks at Sunlight Labs recently unveiled a nifty new feature that should be useful for advocates, policy wonks,... More

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Smart Post piece asks: Do campaign ads work?

Campaign cash is eye-popping, but impact at presidential level is likely limited

I’m late to this, but The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi had a sharp piece the other day about the uses... More

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How to cover the birthers? Denver Post shows what not to do

After paper asks readers for their “take,” radio host offers his

On Thursday, CJR published pieces by Walter Shapiro and Brendan Nyhan that grapple with the question of how journalists can... More

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LA Times tries to unmask dark money donors

But story’s greatest virtue may be its look at where campaign cash goes

Earlier this week, Matea Gold and Joseph Tanfani of the Los Angeles Times teamed up for a sharp article about... More

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Welcome to the blogosphere, Mischiefs of Faction

A promising new poli-sci site takes a close look at modern political parties

The rise of ideologically coherent, well-disciplined political parties is probably the key fact to focus on if you want to... More

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Don’t take my traditional Internet away!

TPM’s sensible business moves make a devoted Web user anxious

Over at Nieman Lab, Adrienne LaFrance has an interesting interview with Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall about his efforts... More

A Belated Hat-Tip to the Herald’s Trayvon Tick-Tock

I contributed the portion of our roundup of Trayvon Martin coverage that focused on what had been reported about the... More

What Santorum Didn’t Say

On “phony ideology,” some coverage misses a distinction

As he tries to cement his newfound position as a leader in the Republican presidential primary campaign, Rick Santorum has... More

Three Thoughts on Mitt Romney’s ‘Very Poor’ Day

What makes for a gaffe, what Medicaid really does, and what lame questions!

Herewith, a trio of thoughts on the political-media story that won the day on February 1: Mitt Romney’s statement on... More

What the Fact-Checkers Get Wrong

The language of Politifact and its peers doesn’t match their project

In the waning days of 2011, Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site, brought the wrath of the liberal blog world... More

Rick’s Relevant Now

How far has Rick Santorum come to his place in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney at the Iowa Republican... More

Power of Dispassion

Alan Schwarz changed football

On October 17, 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Atlanta Falcons before a crowd of nearly 70,000. The game... More

There Is Bipartisan Consensus on Taxes

And it’s making it harder to close the deficit

With the congressional “supercommittee” unable to agree on a deal to cut the deficit, the theme of this morning’s coverage... More

It Wasn’t ‘Liberal Media’ That Froze Out Bachmann

And why the press is right to focus on the front-runners

Over the weekend, a media micro-controversy broke out: CBS News political director and Slate reporter John Dickerson wrote in an... More

It’s Good to be the Former First Daughter

Bill Carter of The New York Times writes this morning that Chelsea Clinton will be joining NBC News, effective immediately,... More

At GOP Debate, Good Work by CNBC

Will the rest of the media take the opportunity to follow up?

There’s an obvious top story coming out of last night’s Republican presidential debate: Rick Perry’s “oops” moment, which reinforced a... More

More Than One Way to ‘Keep it Sparse’

Among the write-ups of last night’s GOP debate is an entry from Politico that is notable because it is just... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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