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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

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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