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Factcheck.org and other outlets point out today that Barack Obama’s recent ad, “Fix the Economy,” uses outdated sound bites out...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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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