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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

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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

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