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Rent Is Too Damn High: The Website

The world met Jimmy McMillan Monday night at the New York gubernatorial debate—he of the simple message and the complex... More

NPR’s Williams Mistake

In the kind of gut-reaction age in which Octavia Nasr and Rick Sanchez were given the boot for speaking... More

A Laurel for Dusting off Fiorina’s Skeletons

Los Angeles Times and others’ good work

California’s press may be shrinking, but it has done some great work this election cycle, adroitly guiding voters through a... More

Big Politico Piece Misses Key Ingredient

Again (and again, and again), it’s the economy

Politico’s big lead story today on Barack Obama’s struggle to win the white working-class vote is an interesting read with... More

Hasta la Vista, Arnie

Three Sacramento journalists reflect on the Golden State governor

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term ends in January 2011. As the national and local press fixates on who will replace... More

Michelle and Barack: Out of Fashion

You know president Obama’s approval numbers are in a bad way when the fashion press turns on him. Trade mag... More

WaPo’s backward memo on Twitter

TBD reported Friday that WaPo managing editor Raju Narisetti sent out a memo last week calling on users of the... More

The Editor, the Candidate, and the Cuffs

Joe Miller’s extreme “no comment”

First, Sharron “earned media” Angle refused to do any interviews in which she could not hawk her website—a tactic that... More

Q&A: Outgoing Harper’s Washington Editor Ken Silverstein

“I never really felt comfortable as part of the blogosphere.”

Ken Silverstein left his post as Washington editor of Harper's late last month after four-and-a-half years, and he left with... More

Q&A: Jeopardy-Winning Reporter Kara Spak

Forget Pulitzers. Late last month Chicago Sun-Times reporter Kara Spak nabbed a rarer prize: she won $85,401 on Jeopardy. Spak... More

A Defense of Jonathan Capehart

Jarrett criticism is a distraction

White House aide Valerie Jarrett copped some serious flak yesterday about her use of the term “lifestyle choice” in reference... More

Times Obama Mash-Up

Early magazine piece plays on old themes

The New York Times today continued the rather odd practice of dumping its big weekend magazine story online on a... More

Two Papers, Two Candidates, Two Styles

LAT and NYT on Whitman and Fiorina

A Los Angeles Times story today on the different political strategies of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina will sound familiar... More

Not Watching Sacramento

The shrinking statehouse press corps

When Kimberly Kindy joined the Orange County Register’s Sacramento bureau twelve years ago, she had an itch to do some... More

Obama/Clinton 2012?

The Woodward rumor and the Post’s smart pushback

Note to political reporters and pundits: a rumor is a rumor, even if it’s Bob Woodward spreading it. The rumor... 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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