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On Cain Story, Politico Had Grounds to Publish

Despite the story’s flaws

Jack Shafer and Stephen Engelberg haven’t changed their minds: Politico, they still believe, made a journalistic error when it decided... More

AP Finds Republican Candidates MIA on Housing Debt

A presidential “ghost issue” demands further press attention

The Associated Press put out a good story over the weekend noting that many of the “jobs plans” being pushed... More

Does Rick Perry Have Fire in His Belly?

How could The Washington Post possibly know?

Other than the continuing gravity-defying nature of Herman Cain’s book tour run for president, the big horse race story of... More

Politico Primary: Down the Rabbit Hole

Only in DC could Hillary, Condi, and Erskine be considered a break from the ‘governing class’

I don’t begrudge the folks at Politico their decision to launch a gimmicky new feature called “Politico Primary,” in which... More

Once Again, No Housing Questions for Obama

White House press corps doesn’t follow up on ProPublica story

Much of President Obama’s press conference earlier today was devoted to the latest partisan fight in DC over the American... More

TNR Highlights Perry’s ‘Crony Capitalist’ Past

Will his indifference to ideology present a primary problem?

Former Washington Post reporter Alec MacGillis, who has joined The New Republic to cover the 2012 campaign, has his first... More

Norm Ornstein Gets Congress; WaPo Doesn’t

Result of Republican FEMA brinksmanship described as ‘almost accidental’

Remember that New York Times story earlier this week on the (since-resolved) showdown over federal disaster aid—the one that misleadingly... More

Does This Mean the Iowa Caucuses Are Like eHarmony?

Web headline on the lead campaign story in The New York Times today: “Romney Waits as G.O.P. Flirts with Alternates.”... More

HuffPost Goes Deep On Google

Too deep, in fact. Arianna, how about hiring an editor?

The Huffington Post trio of Ryan Grim, Zach Carter, and Paul Blumenthal dropped their 6,800-word take on “Google, Microsoft, and... More

‘Congress’ Not to Blame for FEMA Feud

New York Times channels misplaced ‘pox-on-both-their-houses’ anger

A memo to reporters who write about federal policy disputes: “Congress” is not an actor. “Congress” has no mind. “Congress”... More

This Time Around, Little Traction for ‘Class Warfare’

This bit of faint praise may reflect—to borrow a phrase—the soft bigotry of low expectations, but I’ll offer it anyway:... More

Passing Interference

As politicians find new ways to connect with voters, journalists need a fresh playbook

At the Poynter site last week, Jason Fry had a sharp post about a major change reshaping the sports journalism... More

Witnessing Somalia

Just a quick note: Jeffrey Gettleman's New York Times article from yesterday on famine in Somalia merits an appreciation. It's... More

Parsing Perry’s ‘Ponzi’ Claim

My short post last week on the failure of a CBS News story to assess the accuracy of Rick Perry’s... More

Rhetorical Differences

Drew Westen misses the constraints on Obama’s presidential oratory

About five weeks ago, the psychology professor Drew Westen published a very long and not very persuasive essay in The... More

Shouldn’t All Stories be ‘Fact-Check’ Stories?

On the subject of fact-checking the presidential debates, it’s worth noting that while the proliferation of “fact-check” stories over the... More

An Inflated Claim

After Republican debate, facts needed on monetary policy

Last night was debate night for the Republican presidential contenders, which means today is “fact-check” day for the political press.... More

A More Than Marginally Embarrassing Mistake

USA Weekend caught flatfooted on tax goof

See update at bottom of this post. I don’t want to encroach too far onto Craig Silverman’s territory, but USA... More

In Defense of (the Right Kind of) Horse Race Journalism

When primaries decide party priorities, voters should be brought in on the conversation

Horse race journalism has a bad reputation among press critics. The NYU professor Jay Rosen, in a recent talk on... More

Leonhardt’s Sharp Look at the Mind of the Fed

Why has debate at the central bank been so constrained?

It’s a few days old now, but David Leonhardt had a great column in the Sunday Review section of The... 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


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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