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Countdown to Nada

CNN has a huge countdown to the official gavel banging--"You don't want to miss this," Wolf Blitzer said--and meanwhile, in... More

Cirque du So What

Is it just me, or does the decor at the Pepsi Center sort of look like a Cirque du Soleil... More

Lunch-Bucket Limbo

Ah, labels. They’re good for summing up large, complex populations with a snazzy phrase and reducing people’s lives to an... More

John McCain: Man of Mystery

Two columnists. One question. Who is John McCain?

One day John McCain is a Maverick. The next day he’s an Enigma. (Day Three: He’s a Shapeshifter). In the... More

Cross Words on Crosswords

Slate's front page story today addresses the all-important cultural question, why Ron Rosenbaum thinks that crossword puzzles are stupid ?... More

Facts Are Fungible, But Character Is Sacred

A strange excuse for Obama’s ad

Factcheck.org and other outlets point out today that Barack Obama’s recent ad, “Fix the Economy,” uses outdated sound bites out... More

Why Fireworks Matter

Looking back on the opening ceremonies

Last week, it was reported that during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing games, broadcasters used footage of fireworks that... More

Truth in the Eye of the Beholder

To be sure, photo manipulation has long done away with the adage, seeing is believing. And it didn’t take the... More

Michael Mania or Phelps Phantasmagoria or…

The name of this WaPo piece, Entirely Michael Phelps-free Column!, just reminded me about the insane number of Phelps-related stories.... More

The Emperor of Ice Cream

Much has been made of Obama’s cold feelings toward frozen treats , which is maybe why the senator let himself... More

Medal Math

Numbers can mislead. That’s the oldie-but-goodie lesson from this week’s Wall Street Journal article which reports that the international media... More

We Ask The Ethicist

Randy Cohen’s take on the Edwards affair

When you’ve got an ethics question, there’s only one place to turn. We asked Randy Cohen, "The Ethicist" at The... More

Cliché Cornucopia

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics have been on for all twenty minutes, and I'm already on cliché overload: Here... More

Beware the Cliché

When dealing with the unknown one is tempted to reach for the familiar. That is why the cliché, deplored as... More

Bad Air = Dead Air

Right, so it turns out that the polluted air in Beijing is not only bad for the athletes, it's also... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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