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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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