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Making a Ghoul of Yourself

Matt Lauer wants you to have a happy Halloween

It’s Halloween, which, naturally, means it’s time for TV news people to make fools of themselves. To start the day... More

And the Best Euphemism Award Goes To…

Come to Colombia! You probably won’t die!

With campaign ads flooding the airwaves in the frantic push for the finish line, you’d be forgiven for missing the... More

The Therapeutic Press

The Russian media, um, underreports the financial crisis

CNN.com led this morning with a story about kitchen-table financial panic fomenting backyard violence. “An out-of-work money manager in California... More

Color Me Whateverwhatever

Who is voting on CNN's Peoplemeter?! Seriously. Yellow, cerulean, violet, periwinkle -- are the illegals voting??! More

Ukraine Girls Really Knock Me Out

Props to McCain for pronouncing Timoshenko's name correctly. So-so on Yushchenko. Obama, unforch, bungled the bunglablest name in the debate:... More

What IS In That Man’s Eyes, Anyway?

Vladimir Putin's eyes have got to be the most dreamiest on earth: what's IN there, anyway? A soul? Three letters?... More

To Russia, With Straight Talk

For all those people Russia-side that were hoping, audaciously, that Russo-American tensions would ease should Obama get elected, well, Obama's... More

Holocaust? No Holocaust?

Let's get the CNN Peoplemeter on this: Should we have another Holocaust? More

Indoor Voices, Pleez

Wait, so as long as we don't rudely announce our intention to bomb Pakistan, we're good, right? Just do it... More

William Safire in tha House

Let's be clear. There is a difference between strategy and tactic. To wit, OED defines tactics as "the art or... More

Lapel Flag Score

Obama: 1. McCain: 0. More

Someone Should Give Bill O’Reilly His Own Show

But what on earth would they call it?

This morning, Fox personality and self-impersonator Bill O’Reilly went on Good Morning America to peddle his eighth book, which goes... More

Through the Morning Show Wormhole

Three shows, two candidates, one talking point each

You probably woke up with a gnarly Crisis-on-Wall-St. Hangover this morning, so you’ll be forgiven if you missed seeing John... More

Give Me Your Tired, Your Hungry, Your Gays

Lohan on Palin, at last.

Early Sunday morning, anger roused Lindsay Lohan from a warm slumber in her girlfriend’s arms. No longer would she sit... More

Baby Come Back

Putin wants West to try a little tenderness

Vladimir Putin, the former spook who has now managed to conjoin both ceremonial power and actual power as the Prime... 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


‘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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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