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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

More Unsettling Insights from Perry’s Eggheads

Politicians are learning more about how to work the media. Can the press push back?

A Campaign Desk post the other day noted an interesting claim by Sasha Issenberg, the author of a new ebook... More

Covering the Fringe Candidates

How should the press decide which dissents to take seriously?

Jon Huntsman’s campaign for president doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so why does he retain his commanding lead in... More

Post Takes a Look at the ‘Texas Miracle’

In The Washington Post over the weekend, Michael Fletcher did what CJR urged reporters to do last week: he noted... More

Unsettling Insights from Perry’s Eggheads

The Texas governor gets scientific on how to work the media

At the New York Times site today, David Leonhardt has a very interesting Q-and-A with Sasha Issenberg, the former Boston... More

HuffPost and Patch Look for Primary Power Brokers

New initiative to measure GOP conversation, outside the Beltway

Early last month, CJR published an interview with Hans Noel, a Georgetown University political scientist and co-author of The Party... More

A State-Backed Miracle

As Perry pushes Texas boom, the press shouldn’t forget one reason behind it

With Rick Perry now officially in the presidential race, there’s a spate of coverage and commentary about how much credit... More

Debunking the Myth of an Independent President

LA Times op-ed spotlights partisanship’s place

Because it’s only a matter of time before another pundit delivers a half-baked column fantasizing about an independent presidential candidate,... More

Would a Populist Washington Post Be Popular?

Ombudsman’s stirring plan relies on readers who may not be there.

In his latest column, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton offers a paradigmatic version of the earnest media critic’s exhortation. Being... More

Obama’s Wrong on Independents

And reporters shouldn’t be saying he’s right

I found a fair bit to like in Politico’s latest conversation-driver, a long article by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen... More

The NY Times’s New Top Editor in D.C.

A conversation with incoming Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt

With Jill Abramson about to take the reins as executive editor of The New York Times, one of the paper’s... More

The Deficit Disconnect

The long-run deficit problem is a health care problem. Why doesn’t the debate reflect that?

With a debt ceiling agreement apparently at hand, Matthew Yglesias makes an important point that I haven’t seen in the... More

A President Independent of Whom, Exactly?

L.A. Times sizes up a nonpartisan nonprofit’s opaque funding

So, speaking of Americans Elect, the new, webby way to pick a president that has Tom Friedman’s radical centrist heart... More

A Leak about those ‘Despicable’ Leaks

At Politico, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan have a story this afternoon about the frantic maneuverings by the House GOP... More

Tom Friedman: Still Wrong

More critics skewer the columnist’s pining for the ‘center’

In my Campaign Desk item on Monday, I expressed a fervent hope that more political writers would take on the... More

Tom Friedman’s ‘Radical’ Wrongness

Critics debunk—again—the NYT columnist’s ‘radical center’ dream

Over the weekend, The New York Times op-ed page published one of Tom Friedman’s periodic columns about the need for... More

The Idiot Yankee’s Guide to Rick Perry

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemingly all but certain to enter the Republican presidential sweepstakes—the latest talk is of an... More

Not Politics as Usual

Congressional norms are breaking down—and day-to-day political reporting should acknowledge that fact

Politico has a story this morning about the likely-doomed nomination of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection... More

Left, Right, and Off Target

PEJ report’s misguided focus on “ideology” in nonprofit journalism

A new report on non-profit news startups from the Project for Excellence in Journalism has been attracting a little bit... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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