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The Century Mark

Let’s go substantive on 100-day coverage

President Barack Obama’s hundredth day in office is approaching, and, as Howard Kurtz wrote on Friday (a.k.a. Day 95), it’s... More

Mortgage Defaults Beyond the Numbers

Chronicle reports the figures, LAT goes deeper

Yesterday, a San Diego real estate information service called MDA DataQuick released numbers that show a rising number of mortgage... More

To America, With Love, Signed Barack Obama

NYT too wide-eyed on White House mailman story

The New York Times had a sweet story yesterday about Mike Kelleher, the White House mailman (official title: Director of... More

Budget Balancing Acts

LAT zooms in on California’s Props 1D and 1E

A Los Angeles Times article today discusses two propositions that will appear on the state’s May 19 special election ballot,... More

Omnipresence, That Irritating Thing

Roger Simon’s problem with Obama’s ubiquity

On the scale of one to ten of irritating things that a president might do while dealing with an economic... More

A-Pirate Hunting We Go?

Bad-guy commentary is too easy, limits public discourse

Spike TV is really happy it has a pirate show in the works. After the dramatic rescue of Captain Richard... More

Painting by Polling Number

WaPo’s Gerson depicts wide partisan gap, misses bigger picture

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has a column up at The Washington Post arguing that Obama isn’t delivering on his... More

Reporting Celebrity

Press loses context, glosses Obamas’ popularity in Europe

As the Obamas swept across Europe late last week and this weekend, they left some very glittery, starry-eyed reports behind... More

Sticking It to Detroit

HuffPo, others fixate on an autos vs. banks narrative

Yesterday, after President Barack Obama announced the relatively tough terms of his auto industry bailout, reporters were quick to compare... More

Branding Gillibrand

NYT sketches with too loose a hand on NY senator and big tobacco story

The New York Times today has a big story about junior New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that suffers from tunnel... More

The ‘Professor’ Calms the Crowd

Press works (and reworks) the outrage narrative

Last week saw a massive buildup of stories about public outrage at the AIG bonuses and Obama’s attempts—through a slew... More

The Chuckle-Monster

Headlines turn the president’s laugh into a “gaffe”

Steve Kroft’s Sunday night interview with President Obama covered substantive things, like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s bank rescue plan, which... More

Have Words. Will Choose.

Put on your Friday meditative hats; music criticism could be headed in a Zen direction. Ben Sisario, writing for the... More

Day To-day

Today marks the last day for NPR's "Day to Day," the L.A.-area daily news magazine hosted by Madeleine Brand. Kevin... More

Aisle Love You Forever

They say shopping carts (and contents therein) are the way into a reader's soul. (Don't they?) Well, the New York... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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