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Remember When No Meant No

The Bloomberg-denies-running story industry

We get it media: you want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president. We can’t blame you.... More

A “Public Option” By Any Other Name…

Fox e-mails reveal top-down slant

‘Tis the season to be leaking. Media Matters is reporting today that it has acquired e-mails sent by Fox News... More

Bogus Trend Nomination: Bai’s Murmurs

New York Times’s empty primary challenge story

Slate media critic Jack Shafer, among others, has made a game of spotting bogus trend stories in the press. Generally... More

Assange in Australia

What his homeland press is saying

As WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange waits in custody, the press in his home country is going into WikiLeaks... More

Halperin’s Shaky Premises

Obama may need luck, but these claims need some backing

Anyone who’s read Game Change knows that Time’s Mark Halperin isn’t exactly averse to big assertions backed by little evidence... More

“Publication isn’t necessarily a short hop to the full truth.”

Times Public Editor on Iran-North Korea missile story

Last week we noted FAIR and The Washington Post’s reporting on a New York Times WikiCables story suggesting Iran had... More

A Crayola Peach-Colored Speaker

The New Yorker’s Boehner profile

The New Yorker lands today with an 8,739-word look at Speaker-elect John Boehner and the challenges he faces in setting... More

Times Does a Wiki Rewrite

Take two on the maligned missile story

Yesterday we pointed to reporting by FAIR and The Washington Post that brought into question a New York Times report... More

In Julian’s Words

Highlights from Assange’s post-leak Q&As

Nobody knows where Julian Assange is, but several people have managed to find him. Since the embassy cables began... More

What Was That?

Minutes ago the Times posted what seemed like a Julian Assange video on its T style blog—one that was protected... More

Times Missile Story Missing a Half

Raises questions about using the WikiLeaks cables

The New York Times has come under some fire for overplaying the role of Iran in the Iraq war in... More

DADT Hearings Live Video

Watch feed as senators question Mullen, Gates

The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently holding a hearing into the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, questioning Defense Secretary... More

WikiLeaks A Blunt Weapon, But We Should Use It

A defense of the organization under new attack

Many of the charges behind the “hang Julian Assange” meme doing the rounds since WikiLeaks’s third “megaleak” on Sunday hinge... More

Governor Spotted With Four Women

None-too-pleased reporter forced to watch The View

Governor Paterson paid a visit to “the ladies of The View” this January and at least one member of the... More

A Lecture for the New Media Set

Kauffmann on John Koblin’s Tweet and “journalistic integrity”

I’m going to guess that Paterson communications director Peter Kauffmann is more your leisurely Sunday Times reader than your short-is-best... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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