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New Survey Says Fox Least Trusted

But there are more questions to be asked

Public Policy Polling yesterday released its annual study of people’s trust in TV news, and the results are sure to... More

Pardon Me?

Hu’s admission lost in translation

Yesterday’s White House press conference with President Obama and Chinese president Hu Jintao was a somewhat stilted affair, mostly due... More

OMG! Skinny Bam Bam Has Parasites (ew)

The National Enquirer, that once maligned rag whose name can now be whispered in the same sentence as “Pulitzer Prize”—though... More

No Surprises; Good Riddance

The press and Dems react to Lieberman

In politics, it seems you’re only as good—or as bad—as your last term and your last poll. That’s the lesson... More

Roger Ailes in a Strange Light

Esquire’s big, perplexing profile

Esquire’s Roger Ailes profile, available online today, is a strange and fascinating read—a kind of nuanced, satirical “F-you” to a... More

Is Oprah’s Boring-ness Contagious?

I caught the last ten minutes of CNN’s debut of Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday. Accordingly, I will refrain from... More

D.C.’s Early Risers on the Import of Info

But Times report lacking a lot of its own

A piece on page A14 of this morning’s Times details the pre-dawn “information wars” raging every morning in Washington D.C.—or,... More

Miss America’s WikiThoughts

You have read our own Clint Hendler on “The WikiLeaks Equation.” The Nation’s Greg Mitchell has been blogging about it... More

“Everyone has a past.”

New Yorker’s brutal Issa profile and, yes, Howard Kurtz

We all knew Ryan Lizza’s profile of Darrell Issa was coming. After all, it was a call from Lizza... More

Jerry Brown extends arms to press?

Interesting tidbit out of Sacramento today. Capitol Weekly reports that the governor’s press office, which oversees a press corps that... More

Play With The 2010 News Cycle Thanks To Pew

How did Fox, NBC, NPR fill the year’s “newshole”?

Forgive us for not noting this sooner—our attention has been devoted to the Giffords shooting and debates that followed. But... More

Searching for Answers and Questions

The media on what motivated Jared Lee Loughner

Rhetoric didn’t pull the trigger in Tucson. That, most people have come to agree upon. So what did? That’s... More

Q&A: Randy Lovely, Editor and Vice President of The Arizona Republic

“To us, all the victims are equally important because they are residents of our state.”

Saturday’s shooting in Tucson was something of a marathon challenge for The Arizona Republic’s staff of 310. For starters, the... More

Room For Debate?

No connection to Giffords, but rhetoric debate still to be had

News and analysis continues to swell following the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday. Broadly: Giffords remains... More

Q&A: Professor of Political Rhetoric Martin J. Medhurst

“Metaphorical violence permeates American political language and always has.”

The attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has sparked a debate about the nature of political rhetoric in the... 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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