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Going Rogue Again: “Obama’s Wars” Preview a Distraction

All eyes on the publicity machine

Bob Woodward’s latest book, Obama’s Wars, has had the kind of publicity-filled day most authors can only dream of: send... More

Inside Gibbs’s Twitter Psyche

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs found his Twitter account going “haywire” earlier today after the social networking system was... More

Old Dog With New Tricks

PBS NewsHour launches new politics site

There’s been a lot of activity over at PBS NewsHour this past year. First came the jazzy makeover that saw... More

Tiles, the Issues Wheel, and the Ask America Van

Yahoo News’s hyper-interactive new midterm election site

Yahoo News’s recently launched “Ask America” site has an intro that comes at you like a Pixar rendering of Obama’s... More

Times Misfires With Ad Story, True Or Not

Front page story focuses on political maybes

You’ve probably read about the to-and-fro between the White House and the Times over today’s cover story, headlined “Obama Advisers... More

Q&A: Hawaii Political Reporter Dan Boylan

“It’s the most chaotic election we’ve ever had.”

Professor and political reporter Dan Boylan recently retired from teaching history at the University of Hawaii—West Oahu campus; but there’s... More

“Nice Ascot”: CNN Analyst’s New Fashion Line

Journalist, CNN talking head, and now runaway-ready clothes hanger Roland Martin has teamed with a company named Verse 9 Neckwear... More

O’Donnell Wins, GOP Loses, But Where Are The Voters?

A post-primary day wrap-up

It’s the morning after the last major round of primaries and a new political star is born in “dissident,” “little-known... More

Primary Day: A Reporter’s Eye View

Meet the journalists covering today’s big races

It’s a mini “Super Tuesday” for the nation’s top half today with midterm primaries being held in seven northern states:... More

O’Donnell: Seismic Quake Or Y2K Fizzer

Delaware’s not so calm before tomorrow’s primary storm

There are seven primaries being held in the north tomorrow. But in the national eye there may as well just... More

Q&A: New Hampshire’s James Pindell, political editor of WMUR.com

“I’m a political dork who went to college in Des Moines because of the Iowa caucuses.”

Political junkie James Pindell joined New Hampshire’s Hearst-owned TV station WMUR last Tuesday as its first official online political editor.... More

Q&A: Rhode Island Political Analyst Scott Mackay

“Patrick Kennedy could have won but it would have been a brutal race.”

After twenty-five years at The Providence Journal, Rhode Island reporter Scott Mackay moved to the state’s NPR affiliate, WRNI, in... More

Not Happy Sharron

Nevada journalist scorned by Angle on debate

The tussle between Sharron "earned media" Angle and the press continues. At 3.19 p.m. yesterday, Nevada journalist Jon Ralston received... More

AP: Media Voice of Reason?

Last month, the AP ran a “fact check” on the “Ground Zero Mosque” story and cautioned its reporters against the... More

“Mike, You Ignorant Slut.”

Politico’s new opinion writers should feel right at home

The Times announced today that former Florida congressman Morning Joe Scarborough will join Politico as one of the website’s first... 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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