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More Details on Blackwater’s Role

Should’ve flagged this much earlier: James Risen and Mark Mazzetti’s front-page story in today’s New York Times, chock-full of juicy... More

Richard Florida’s “Stimulus Map”

Atlantic correspondent Richard Florida put up a post yesterday, drawing on data collected and initially mapped by ProPublica, that purports... More

Old News

Times piece fails to make sense of seniors’ health reform fears

Robert Pear’s article in today’s New York Times appears under an intriguing, if typically Times-ian, headline: “A Basis Is Seen... More

Duck Feeding: The Key to Better Health Care

The New York Times’s Kevin Sack has a front-page story today on skittishness over health care reform among senior citizens... More

Getting Away from “Off the Record”

The Sunshine Initiative’s letter is a good first step

Earlier this week, a coalition of news organizations led by the Sunshine in Government Initiative sent a letter to hundreds... More

Diving Deep into Blackwater

Press pushes ahead on the CIA assassination story

So it turns out there was more to that story about the secret CIA assassination program that made waves five... More

Conflict is Content; Consensus Isn’t

When reporting on the public option, the press takes its cues from political actors

Two months ago, the idea that a news cycle would be dominated by the distinction between a “public option” and... More

The Limits of the ‘It’s Obama’s Fault’ Narrative

Bush didn’t steamroll Congress, either

Kevin Drum had an interesting post yesterday building off the observation that at the recently-concluded Netroots Nation, enthusiasm was markedly... More

Q & A: The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill

The UK paper’s Washington bureau chief on politics, transparency, and the journalistic power of soccer

One of the interesting developments stemming from the growth of Web news and the splintering of traditional audiences has been... More

The Economy Today: Polling the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

As signs of economic improvement overseas continue to crop up—most recently, according to The New York Times, in Japan—The Washington... More

Overemphasizing Obama

The limits of what health care can tell us about the president

Dan Froomkin’s first item at The Huffington Post, which appeared on Monday, has drawn some mild criticism from an unlikely... More

Naming and Shaming at the NYT

Brendan Nyhan, whose work on the difficulty of correcting political misinformation formed the basis of my story on that subject,... More

The Economy Today: An Upturn Overseas

Economic news from Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, and elsewhere

The lead economic story in the American press today is about Europe. As The Washington Post reports, new data from... More

The Wrong Stuff

What we don’t know about how to correct misinformation

Pushing back against political misinformation has lately become a growth industry. The Obama administration is trying to counter false claims... More

Newsweek and Rove

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff doesn’t pull any punches in his story on Karl Rove’s role in the 2006 firing of numerous... More

The Economy Today: A More Upbeat Outlook from the Fed

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the recession being over or nearly so, and now the Federal Reserve... More

The Limits of “The Long View”

Times reaches too far to explain restraint of Iraqi Shiites

The strength of Rod Nordland’s lead story in today’s New York Times about the current state of the sectarian divide... More

The Economy Today: Schools and the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The economic news of the morning, reported both by the Associated Press and Bloomberg, is that the U.S. trade deficit... More

All About Afghanistan

The press rediscovers the other war in a big way

The Forgotten War has been remembered lately. After being relegated to the back pages for the better part of a... More

Q & A, Part Two: Spencer Ackerman

Part two of CJR’s interview with the national security reporter

This is the second part of a two-part interview with national security reporter Spencer Ackerman. The first part is here.... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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