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Bin Laden Unnerved by al Qaeda Magazine

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella has spoken to “two U.S. officials familiar with material seized during the raid that killed bin Laden”... More

Australian Media CEO’s Embarrassing Memo Mistake

Confirming eighty-two firings with “track changes” in place

What could be more embarrassing to a reporter than the incident from a couple of months ago when The Washington... More

A 60 Percent Osama Bump?

New approval rating raises a flap

An interesting debate about polling samples is underway this afternoon in the wake of a very encouraging new set of... More

Morning Joe Puts Madoff on the Couch

My colleague Curtis Brainard has written about the media’s inclination to offer loose psychological evaluations of high profile meltdown types... More

A Mining Disaster Follow-up Follows the Money

L.A. Times’s revealing report on inaction after the WV coal mine explosion

A belated laurel to the Los Angeles Times team of Kim Geiger, Tom Hamburger, and Doug Smith, of the paper’s... More

Tina, Tina Everywhere

Peter Stevenson’s 5,000-word New York Times magazine profile of wunderkind “editrix” Tina Brown is a well-written, well-reported, breezy-enough read. It’s... More

The Royals Ban Satirical Coverage of Kate and Wills’ Big Day

A video feed rule change and CJR’s call for a royal boycott

Finally, CJR finds a Royal Wedding angle. It comes to us all the way from Sydney, Australia, where the national... More

AP and Guild Reach Tentative Deal

Wait to see if workers agree on 401(k)-style pension plan

A little slow getting to this, but as of Friday the Associated Press and the News Media Guild, which represents... More

The Guantánamo Files

A roundup of the latest WikiLeaks dump

A cache of 759 files leaked by WikiLeaks to ten news partners—and subsequently leaked to three non-partner outlets—is the fourth... More

Testing the Truth-o-Meter

PolitiFact’s editor on those fiery pants

I never thought I’d hear a grown man say he was “comfortable that ‘pants on fire’ was the right... More

Tributes from Colleagues to Killed War Photographers

With the news that documentarian and photographer Tim Hetherington died yesterday in Libya, and, later, the confirmation that photographer... More

Misinformation On Killed and Injured Photographers

Sad news brings a lesson on caution

There has been much confusion in the wake of reports that documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed today in... More

HuffPo Strong on North Carolina Benefits Expiring

Arthur Delaney’s solid unemployment reporting

The Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney has been doing some solid work following an important unemployment and budget story out... More

Presidential “Outburst” Much Ado About Nothing

But Obama could have offered alternative critique

The magical algorithms that rank the importance and popularity of the day’s political stories at the website Memeorandum had... More

James O’Keefe’s Bizarre (and brilliant?) Landrieu Dance

Say what you will about James O’Keefe, the videographer and self-described journalist famous for his ACORN and NPR stings,... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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