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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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