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All Eyes On Gaga

What the popstar reveals about some lazy fashion reporting

Okay, did that get your attention? Good. It was meant to. Now, hate to break it to you, but this... More

Saying Something New

Two reporters on the challenges of writing a fresh political profile

Midterms are on the horizon—though you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d hit the shore—and reporters are stalking, scrutinizing, and sometimes... More

“Hi, welcome to this esteemed mainstream media institution.”

If you haven't seen this video, "Working for the MSM: Day One," produced using the xtranormal text-to-movie Web site, do... More

Goodbye Girl Power, Hello Cat Fighting

LA Times piece substitutes one female pol storyline for another

Sunday’s Los Angeles Times story on the history of tensions between California’s leading ladies, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, seems... More

An Oddly Weightless Times Profile

But was it a beat sweetener?

Slate’s Press Box blogger Jack Shafer took a hacksaw to the Times’s Saturday profile of National Security Council chief... More

CNN’s Got Talent?

An surprise choice for Larry King’s chair may have unsurprising results

Our first reaction to news that America’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will probably take Larry King’s chair at CNN?... More

See Alabama Run

Catch up on coverage of today’s Alabama primary runoffs

Voters of both political persuasions decide several primary runoffs today in the Yellowhammer State. There’s a bunch of interesting tussles... More

Mika’s Grumpy, Meta Morning

Morning Joe host Mika Brzesinski channeled the Greek chorus this morning as she juggled MSNBC’s morning madness without usual desk... More

PolitiFact, Pedantry, and Rolling Heads

Pols’ complaints about fact-checking site miss the mark

PolitiFact, the fact-checking Web site created by the St. Petersburg Times—whose dispute with Arianna Huffington we noted last week—has been... More

Steele Trap

The press knew what the RNC chief was saying, but internecine warfare is a better story

Michael Steele had a rough holiday weekend. The right’s media heavies called for the RNC chairman’s resignation, GOP senators kicked... More

Viva Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Sun reporter keeping candidates in check

The president visited Sin City yesterday to bolster support for hot midterm target Harry Reid, drawing our attention to coverage... More

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda at Politico

Reporters reach to tie Obama administration to Blagojevich business

Assuming perhaps that we’d all been missing the sight of Lego-haired former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich—or at least missing out... More

Picturing Kagan’s Future

We lamented the glut of coverage of the Kagan hearings in an earlier posting, so it may seem a tad... More

Truth Be Told

Huffington’s post on PolitiFact misses the mark

Arianna Huffington used her holiday Monday to belatedly attack the St. Petersburg Times’s PolitiFact Web site for its unfavorable... More

“Supreme Court Nomination Hearings Are Funny Things”

Enough already about Elena Kagan’s sense of humor

Almost a year ago to the day, my colleague Greg Marx wrote on the peculiar relationship reporters have with Supreme... 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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