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The Fourth Estate, Incorporated

DNC reporters rub elbows with corporate cash

Saturday night’s Elitch Gardens “Media Welcoming Party” at the outset of the Democratic National Convention looked to be a grand... More

Poaching and Politics

Conservative commentator and CNN contributor Amy Holmes's thoughts on the DNC's first night: Sen. Ted Kennedy drew attention away from... More

Another Very Useful Forum

“What’s your best idea to cut gun deaths?” The New York Times's Freakonomics blog asks today. The responses are well... More

Starving the Metaphor

Judith Warner says we should leave Elizabeth Edwards alone. She’s the exception to the rule, apparently. “I don’t want to... More

Passing on Kakutani

The NYT books reviewer should have nixed her profile of Jon Stewart

Why, exactly, did Michiko Kakutani write a profile of Jon Stewart in this past Sunday’s New York Times? The infamous... More

The Surrogate Race

A hissing cockroach race! Pictures of McCain and Obama! Taped to roach contenders’ backs! The McCain roach wins! Here’s the... More

Tiptoeing Around That Big Hyped Hope

Mother Jones’s Obama feature falls flat

The current Mother Jones has a slew of writers, historians and thinkers responding to this question: “Is Barack Obama exaggerating... More

Weather Report

Readers of The Atlantic, Harper’s, and the New Yorker are among the most informed when it comes to national news;... More

Warning! Singing Ahead

And if the press had decided to write a musical of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter saga, would it have involved... More

Skeptical Reporting 101

Judging from dispatches following the Bigfoot press conference in Palo Alto this past Friday, reporters weren’t much impressed with the... More

Kentucky Rising

Editor & Publisher notes the results of a recent Nielson report tracking the top 30 newspaper Web sites for the... More

Padding the Paper

Kevin Roderick of LAObserved points out that though the Los Angeles Times boasted about the “1180 pages” that comprised this... More

Sourcing Bigfoot

We probably haven’t found Bigfoot! Or at least, that’s what an AP article has to say about the alleged discovery... More

Dropping the Ball on Illegal Immigration

How the Los Angeles Times skipped out on covering illegal immigration issues this week, and how others couldn’t pick up the slack.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to speed the immigration-status interrogations of gang members... More

HuffPo’s Chicago Face

Want to read Chicago native John Cusack’s ramble on sports in the Windy City? Head over to the Huffington Post,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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