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Giffords Analysis Machine In Overdrive

The rhetoric narrative swells

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition. Her alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is not cooperating with police. The motives... More

Politics Begins at the First Shot

Initial errors aren’t the biggest problems in reporting on congresswoman’s attempted assassination

Mistakes in the first hours Initial reporting on the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat from Arizona’s Eighth District,... More

The Daley News

What the press is saying about the new COS pick

Yesterday President Obama held a press conference to announce that William Daley—the former commerce secretary who went on to a... More

Goodbye Mr. Gibbs

CJR’s writings on the outgoing press secretary

Press secretary Robert Gibbs announced yesterday that he would be stepping down from his position in February. The timing... More

The $100 Billion Question

Did Times fail to do initial reporting?

On the day the 112th Congress will be sworn in, reaction to a New York Times article revealing the... More

“There is no ‘The Tea Party’”

East and West Coast Times’s different approaches to the movement

Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Mark Meckler was the lead quote-giver in major New York Times and Los... More

Best of 2010: Joel Meares

Meares picks his top stories from 2010

1) The Biggest Fish in Albany The best part of writing this profile of Liz Benjamin—Albany blogger, TV personality, reporter... More

Hawaii Four-Four

Digging deep on the president’s Christmas vacation

Pity the poor political writer who must spend his or her pre-holiday hours eking out a report on the President’s... More

Reapportionment Wars

Outlets weigh in on the Census’s political implications

There goes the decade. That decennial phenomenon “reapportionment” is back in the news with the U.S. Census Bureau releasing the... More

Assange’s Testy Q&A with the BBC

BBC 4 radio host John Humphrys this morning scored the first broadcast interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange since his... More

Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and a Parallel Universe

Weird and wacky weigh-ins on Obama’s job so far

As the surprisingly active lame duck session draws to a close and the president’s third year in office draws... More

A Boehner Column to Make You Cry

Evidence-free piece suggests Speaker an alcoholic

A pointy, oversized dart to Politics Daily columnist Matt Lewis’s head-scratchingly bad piece, “John Boehner's Crying: Is He Drinking Too... More

Australian Press Unites For Assange

Letter to PM could prove persuasive

As his lawyer alleges a grand jury in Virginia is working up charges to file against him, Julian Assange has... More

So You Want to be a Journalist

Poor guy, all he wants to do is work for The New York Times. (With thanks to "BrooklynLee" at xtranormal.) More

Health Care Wrap-Up

What the papers are saying about the Virginia decision

Federal judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans obtain... 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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