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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

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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

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

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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