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Good Ship MSNBC Prone to Leaks

Is it a trickle-down effect?

There must be something in the water at 30 Rock, the spiritual and actual home of news-breaker/news-maker MSNBC. It feels... More

Stewart and Maddow: Civilly Warring

Admittedly we’re a little behind the eight ball in posting this interview from last Thursday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, in... More

Database Shows L.A. its “Worst Legislator”

But is it fair? And is it news?

San Jose Mercury News social services reporter Karen de Sa earned accolades this July for an investigative series which revealed... More

Parker/Palin

Turns out Parker/Spitzer is still on the air. And, heck, the show is even making news thanks to former governor,... More

Magic Wall Memories with John King

According to the New York Post’s Page Six—which keeps a close watch on media meltdowns—CNN’s John King let off some... More

“Might” of Politico

Two stories on 2012 show the website stretching

Midterms are over, the prez is in Asia, and Olbermann’s back at his desk—what’s a niche political site to do?... More

Tucker Carlson: Agent Provocateur?

Looks like ex-MSNBC personality, bowtie fan, and current head of The Daily Caller Tucker Carlson wasn’t content to sit on... More

Q&A: Former Detroit News Reporter Charlie LeDuff

“The point is if there’s something calamitous, let’s point it out.”

Charlie LeDuff left The Detroit News last month after a two-year stint in which he reported stories, wrote a regular... More

Olbermann Out For Now

But was it the right call?

MSNBC head honcho Phil Griffin announced this afternoon that he was suspending Countdown host Keith Olbermann indefinitely, after it... More

How The West Was Lost

California Watch Rummages Through Whitman’s Purse

Much has been written this election cycle about all the self-funded business-background candidates who stepped into the campaign fray, checkbooks... More

Pic Is Worth 140 Characters in Palin vs. Politico

Sarah Palin has always had beef with the “lamestream media,” but she started getting more specific about that beef... More

Baying for Tears

President’s answers no neat lede

In a blog post following yesterday’s “sad sack press conference” at the White House, The Guardian’s Michael Tomasky wrote that... More

A Gift On Bloggingheads.tv’s Birthday

To mark its fifth anniversary, pundits-on-webcams site Bloggingheads.tv has put out a number of highlights videos. Our favorite is this... More

The Advice Columnists

Pundits and their post-midterms tips

The post-midterm op-ed pages were full of advice this morning. Nearly all offered tips for a beleaguered president who took... More

Some Helpful Guides to Election Night TV

What to read while you watch

My colleague Liz Cox Barrett previewed the big guns' plans for tonight’s coverage. But just what should you have in... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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