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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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