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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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