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Left, Right, and Center: A budget analysis roundup

A budget worth shellacking or perfect politics?

We’ve all had a day or so to chew over President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget—a $3.7 trillion plan that... More

Meet the Iowa Press

Local reporters in demand at caucus time

A New York political reporter once asked me during an interview: “Who’s that guy who gets his ring kissed... More

More on Current TV and Olbermann

Yesterday I wrote about Keith Olbermann’s move to Current TV, a move I argued was a touch depressing. One of... More

Nikki Finke: pretty blonde in a green Toyota. Who cares?

I am going to give The Daily the benefit of the doubt and assume that the woman in the “peppermint... More

After AOL/HuffPo Merger, a Columnist Jumps Ship

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis won’t work for Arianna

Following the weekend announcement that AOL was acquiring The Huffington Post, we wondered what would become of AOL’s political news... More

Olbermann’s Big Gamble?

Maybe, maybe not: Current TV is a very unsure bet

The Al Gore-founded Current TV has been called many things since it first went to air on August 1, 2005—and... More

Mercury News “Sponsored Bills” Reporter nominated for a Goldsmith

San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sa has been nominated for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, annually handed... More

Politico, Heal Thyself

The first step to recovery is acknowledging you have a problem

Kudos to John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei for their narrative-dissecting essay, “How Obama plays media like a fiddle.” In... More

Will HuffProse Infect AOL?

The politics of the Huffington Post/AOL merger

The announcement that AOL will acquire the Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffiington will take control of all AOL content... More

“Bill, I know football.”

O’Reilly and Obama in the Fox Bowl

So, it turns out Bill O’Reilly and the president give a better pregame show than Christina Aguilera. In the fifteen-minute... More

HuffPo Goes Underwater for Mortgage Story

Tip of the hat to a housing crisis report

A deep Friday tip of the hat to HuffPo’s Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney, and Lucia Graves for their lengthy... More

“The iPad is Awesome,” Says iPad Newspaper

And so does Gabrielle Giffords in offensive new Daily story

Say what you will about The Daily—and we’ve already thrown our two cents in on the first issue—but there sure... More

Milbank’s Nasty Missive from the Press Secretary

Jay Carney may not be reporters’ best friend

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in one of his first columns in a self-imposed Palin-free month—though he has a very... More

Too moderate, too foreign, too Obama: next!

Huntsman, Jr. dismissed before he gets out of the gate?

The U.S. ambassador to China, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., officially confirmed his resignation yesterday, handing President Obama a letter stating... More

Politico’s Wicked Sense of Humor

Politico satires Politico

We gave a shaky “thumbs down” to Politico’s new site, Politico 2012 LIVE, yesterday, describing it as “Politico Poutine—fried-up regular... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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