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Now or Never

Does the president have to get everything done this year?

Last month, Media Matters documented that CNN and other outlets repeatedly wondered if President Obama was addressing too many issues... More

Broken Record on the Broken Economy

I don't mean to sound like I'm repeating myself, but I can't help it. In yet another article, The New... More

Times Launches Pictures of Goats Section?

Fronting the Dining section today, we have this story, "How I Learned to Love Goat Meat," accompanied by this adorable... More

Talk of the Town Hall

How the media covered yesterday’s online town hall

As we noted yesterday, Barack Obama’s online town hall prompted some interesting questions from the in-person audience, and (to a... More

Professor Obama

The press goes for style over substance on the press conferences

In a remarkable show of consensus, news outlets from The O’Reilly Factor to NPR all landed on one word—professorial—to describe... More

This is Balance?

Reading today this fluffy piece in the Times about how the Obamas are going out on the town in D.C.—"These... More

Forget Michelle’s Arms

Yesterday on Fresh Air, Queen of the Question Terry Gross broke new ground in the bawdy body part banter when... More

Greatest Achievements in Journalism

Today's StoryCorps segment featured former The Miami News managing editor Ed Pierce. Pierce recalls what he considers his greatest achievement... More

Ratings Game

Perhaps my favorite part of reading reviews of horror movies I’ll never see is the critics’ explanation of how a... More

Families in Crisis

The New York Times's Judith Warner (whom I would also nominate for a bigger presence on the Times op-ed page),... More

Proofreader to the Rescue

Proofreaders and copy editors may be the unsung heroes of a newsroom, but today one ink-stained wretch is getting his... More

No Joking Matter

Hope amidst anxiety was the dominant emotion at today's Enlarging the Space for Watchdog Journalism conference at Columbia. Speaking on... More

Pork Nation

The political media’s frenzy over earmarks sort of misses the point

The recent debate over earmarks in the spending bill signed today by Barack Obama has politicians and the national media... More

Technology as Politics

The teleprompter debate resurfaces

Last September, the media were aflutter with discussion of then-candidate Obama’s possible over-reliance on the teleprompter during various speaking engagements.... More

“We Are the Birds Coming Here to Get Our Food”

The Daily Show pays a visit to the White House press corps and gets some good TV from CBS's Chip... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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”

Bloggingheads

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

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