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Washington as Baghdad

Inside George Packer’s excellent profile of the Senate

When New Yorker staff writer George Packer started on the Washington beat about nine months ago, a “senior administration official”... More

The Afternoon Beast

A quick Dart and Laurel to Tina Brown’s online mag. Laurel first. The Daily Beast has just run an... More

Q & A: Nir Rosen on Afghanistan and WikiLeaks

“I think undermining that war in any way possible is a good thing.”

If anyone should be unsurprised by material in the WikiLeaks war logs dump, it’s reporter Nir Rosen—the New York-based freelance... More

Shotgun!

A look at the race for the briefing room front seat

In what might be the White House equivalent of a student government election, the James S. Brady Briefing Room was... More

Christiane, I wrote you a song

Among the many Christiane Amanpour tidbits doing the rounds in the lead-up to her debut on This Week Sunday, we... More

Q & A: Nevada Political Journalist Jon Ralston

“People just hate Harry Reid… They would vote for Charles Manson over Harry Reid.”

In a state where the major newspapers are often highly partisan, Jon Ralston has been offering Nevadans some of the... More

Democrats are hotter than Republicans, says The Hill

For those tired of creepy white-haired Australians, heat-seeking missiles, and Pakistan’s sly-S-I, The Hill today provides a deliciously People-esque distraction:... More

Bubble Boys

The WikiLeaks documents put an underreported war back on the nation’s radar. It doesn’t matter that the pundits are yawning.

The hardening conventional wisdom on the Afghanistan “war logs” is that they are not the Pentagon Papers. Nor are they,... More

WaPo, Time, and Others Play Catch-up on WikiLeaks

What to do when you don’t get the exclusive

Whereas The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel had a four week heads-up on the 91,000-document WikiLeaks... More

Same Docs, Different Stories

The three outlets gifted by WikiLeaks take three different approaches

On Sunday, three news outlets published the results of their investigations into 91,731 classified U.S. military documents that they had... More

The Un-federated Tea Party Caucus

WaPo’s roundup of new caucus is funny, but misses a key point

When news broke last week that The National Tea Party Federation had expelled the Tea Party Express for not scolding... More

Calling a Spade a Spade or a Fox a Fox

The Times minces no words on the Sherrod story

We wrote yesterday that we were mostly disappointed with the print coverage of the Shirley Sherrod story from the Times,... More

After the Storm

How the Sherrod story came up in print

If you were anything like us yesterday, your computer screens were tabbed up with reports and opinions on Georgia USDA... More

Et Tu, WaPo?

The Post’s weightless weigh-in on the Black Panthers coverage

Looks like Fox News’s Megyn Kelly got what she wanted: everybody’s talking about the DOJ’s dismissal of charges against the... More

Georgia On Your Mind

Some down south reading in the lead-up to the Peach State primaries

Georgians head to the polls tomorrow for senate, gubernatorial, and house primaries. Most eyes will be on the Republican primary... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

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