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Times’s Solid Report on Failed Mortgage Rescue Programs

An economic calamity and its human faces

A must-read A1 story in The New York Times today digs into the multi-level failings of President Obama’s foreclosure rescue... More

Sims: White House Edition

The National Journal has news graphics lovers oooing and ahhing today with an impressive interactive map of the West Wing.... More

Obama Leaves the Pundits Wanting More

Libya speech did little to clear up the unclear

If the president had hoped last night’s speech would quash claims that the purpose and objective of our intervention... More

The Government’s Shutting Down (Maybe)

But what does that mean?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the White House and Democrats in Congress have come up with about... More

Governor’s Inbox Puts Deputy Prosecutor Out (Updated)

Walker’s e-mails give Wisconsin watchdog a story

A young Indiana deputy prosecutor has resigned after an interesting journalistic project sprung from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s release of... More

Steve Inskeep Stands Up for NPR

Challenges notion that network is “liberal” in WSJ

The NPR board may have buckled under the pressure of James O’Keefe’s faux scandal, but weeks after the Schillers... More

Four Times Journalists Recall Captivity in Libya

There is much to shock and rattle you in today’s first-hand account from the New York Times journalists captured—and now... More

WaPo and Times Go Softly, Softly with Barbour

Similar profiles tell similar tales

Pity poor Tim Pawlenty. The day after the former Minnesota governor made a shallow splash announcing his presidential exploratory... More

Pawlenty Just Announced: Quick, Say Something

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty yesterday announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, making him the first... More

The Cancer Report

Journalists who wrote on—and through—their disease

Followers of Leroy Sievers’s “My Cancer” blog knew its expected end approached when Sievers published an entry titled “The... More

Juan Williams’ Weak Call to Defund NPR

Ex-employee’s latest attack proves toothless

In a disingenuous column published in The Hill today, onetime NPR news analyst Juan Williams argues that his former employer... More

War Is A Worry, Not Just the Liberal Ones

A look at Ross Douthat’s take on Libya

Two heavy hitters from the left and right are struggling with the weekend’s (aerial) incursion into Libya. Both the Times’s... More

Bill to Defund NPR Passes House Vote

White House needs to come out stronger

It’s been a busy twenty-four hours on the “defund NPR” beat. Yesterday, the House Rules Committee convened an emergency... More

Pew’s Spin Through the Online Midterm News Cycle

Survey shows where we got our 2010 campaign news

Reading through comment streams during last year’s midterms, one often had to ask: Where are people getting their “information”... More

WikiLeaks Cables Used to Dig on Japan Quake

An interesting development on the media front of the Japan quake-tsunami-nuclear disaster: some British newspapers are using WikiLeaks’s U.S.... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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