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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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