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Uncivil Wars

The president should be more civil, whatever that means

With Wednesday’s deficit speech and Thursday night’s leaked comments about “sneak”-ing through agendas and Paul Ryan not being “on... More

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced—and the Journal’s One of Them

The Wall Street Journal has won its first Pulitzer since Rupert Murdoch took over the paper in 2007. The award... More

Conservatives Get Colorful on Obama’s Deficit Speech

More subdued libs are mostly pleased

The president’s speech yesterday was notable to my ears for two things: the surprisingly direct attack on Rep. Paul... More

Missed Correction: Times slow to fix H.I.V. budget error

Is the Times saving a budget correction for a rainy day? In a strongly worded editorial published in Wednesday’s paper,... More

Two Non-Plans for the Deficit

Slate and Times op-eds suggest Obama slack off

Relatively vague previews of the president’s big deficit speech today suggest he will tout cuts to Medicare, limits on... More

Hugh Grant’s Latest Role: Foppish Muckraker

Floppy-haired charmer Hugh Grant turns his hand to journalism in the latest issue of English left-leaner The New Statesman. The... More

AP Staffers Picket Bureaus Across The Country (UPDATED)

Frustrations on the rise over pension impasse

AP staffers in thirty-nine bureaus across the country picketed outside their bureau offices early this week, pressuring the news wire... More

Q&A with NPR Ombudswoman Alicia Shepard (UPDATED)

“This is really the first time in NPR’s grown-up history that it’s been under siege.”

When Alicia Shepard became NPR’s ombudswoman in October 2007, she knew there would be challenges—public broadcasters are always going... More

Politico’s David Rogers Owning the Budget Beat

First stop in following the negotiations

Is there anyone doing as good a job tracking federal budget negotiations as Politico’s David Rogers? The man’s been a... More

Glenn Beck Going Back to Silversmithing?

Beck explains why he’s jumping off the horse

First: a confession. I have not been a particularly diligent media reporter where Glenn Beck is concerned. In fact,... More

New York Has Clarity on the Ryan Budget

A quick thank you to Dan Amira of New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, who has published just the... More

Some Clarity Amid Budget Proposal Confusion

Jon Ward breaks down the Obama and Ryan numbers

Paul Ryan’s budget proposal—described as “radical” by some and hailed by others as if fresh from the summit of... More

The Littlest Press Shop

Sacramento reporters like Brown’s scaled-back press approach; mostly

Just five days into his latest term in the Sacramento statehouse, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he was cutting... More

Ryan’s Whopper $4 Trillion

Where it will come from and what it might mean

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) visited Fox News Sunday this weekend and confirmed last week’s reporting suggesting a... More

Times Has Giffords’ Impact on Arizona Senate Race

But we have to keep some perspective here

In some ways it feels morbid to urge caution for those envisioning a swift fairytale return to politics for... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

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