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Parker/Spitzer: Countdown to Divorce

Confession: I probably should have been glued to CNN last night for the debut of the channel's new rom-com talking-heads... More

Not the Nightly News

New York’s cable news piece shows cable’s given up on news

There seems to be an uptick in big-magazine-takes-on-the-cable-TV-phenom stories lately, and Gabriel Sherman’s New York piece today, “Chasing Fox,” is... More

Whitman’s Nanny-gate, Day Two

California’s papers take on a new media frenzy

Big new media players owned the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal that exploded on the West Coast yesterday, “rocking” and “shaking”... More

Anderson Cooper’s Latest Adventure: Daytime

Media Decoder’s Brian Stelter is reporting that Roger Sterling Anderson Cooper will host a light-hearted daytime talk show starting next... More

Silverstein’s Farewell Note

Harper’s Ken Silverstein wrote a final post on his Washington Babylon blog today—he’s leaving his position as the magazine’s Washington... More

The Lawrence O’Donnell Twilight Zone

In what might be one of the strangest cable interviews of this year (okay, perhaps just this week), Levi Johnston... More

Red Alert At The Guardian

The Guardian has been a leader in creating informative, dynamic, and useful online interactives—their timeline of IED attacks in Afghanistan... More

Like a Rolling Stone

Jann Wenner asks the president about that McChrystal profile

The magazine that got General McChrystal fired comes at us next month with another Obama cover, this one bearing a... More

Unmet Promises in Times Front Page Story

Putting readers to work on negative ads

Last Friday we sang the praises of the Times magazine’s story on the Connecticut Senate race; today, alas, a... More

Guardian Quashes Alien Ambassador Story

What a difference an e-mail makes. The world got a little overexcited this weekend when it was reported that the... More

To Read This Weekend

The Times’s Matt Bai’s Excellent Connecticut Piece

One of the problems with an election cycle like the current one, in which so many local races are fascinating... More

Journalism in Jeopardy

Last night’s Jeopardy has some journalists buzzing today: along with two of the more usual suspects we see on the... More

Toronto Sun: Sorry About That Nazi Thing

As apologies go, this was a doozy. The Toronto Sun published a retraction and apology last Saturday after its columnist... More

What To Do with the “Pledge to America”?

“Front it!” says the media

Today’s morning papers were full of reports on the “Pledge to America,” the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s Congress-winning smash, the... More

Q&A: This Week Host Christiane Amanpour

The move to Sunday morning, her critics, and reporting in a new age

Christiane Amanpour has been sitting at the newly refurbished This Week desk for nearly two months now. While some reviewers... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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

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