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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

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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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