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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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