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Foreign Policy, Undigested

Analysis eludes The New York Times as it reviews the candidates’ world views

The New York Times’s “If Elected...” series seems to promise insight into what a candidate might actually do if sworn... More

“You Stepped in it, Buddy”

Newsweek Jonathan Alter was on the Colbert Report last night promoting his new book. Some funny exchanges ensued. ALTER: Remember... More

Lose Both Ways

However the election goes in two weeks, we're likely to see less of Sarah Palin, whether she's sitting in the... More

Making the Grade

The Times-Picayune gets it right when evaluating the candidates’ education policies

Just yesterday, I called for papers to fill their pages with substantive, local-minded stories about how campaign rhetoric will translate... More

Fun With Demographics

The witty folks at McSweeney's turn their eye for satire to this year's election with "Extended Trailer for American Demographic:... More

To-Do List

What reporters could do in the days before the election

There are thirteen days until the presidential election, and, as Liz mentioned earlier, the media seems to be stuck in... More

How the Other Half Dies

Did The New York Times intentionally construct a brilliant juxtaposition of wealth and poverty on its front page this morning?... More

$tunned into $ilence

Why isn’t the media asking more questions about Obama’s fundraising success?

So far, 2008 seems to be the year of the big, round numbers: the $700 billion bailout, the $10 trillion... More

Double Negative

All attack ads aren’t created equal

Both the Obama and McCain campaigns, their coffers flush with cash, have been taking their messages to the airwaves, and... More

Lessons Learned

How can you tell that a campaign concept has made it into the public consciousness? It's a joke on SNL:... More

Small Business Sense

The New York Times takes a stab at the small biz tax question

After all the plumbing business, I was heartened to see this passage in the Times today: So will Americans who... More

Circular Logic

Let’s lose the pie chart scorecards, CNN

In addition to the squiggly lines that I so detest, CNN’s debate broadcast featured another useless feature: the pie-chart score... More

Rooting Up ACORN

NPR’s take on the suddenly infamous organization

Ever since the McCain campaign called for an investigation into voter registration fraud perpetrated by the nonprofit organization ACORN, many... More

Chapter 7: Road Trip

In which newspapers go looking for that rare species, the elusive voteris Americanus

Similar to the Grand Tour tradition of the Victorian age, modern newspapers observe a perennial election-time rite in which an... More

Down With the Dial

Let’s abolish the debate night dial-meter, okay?

Cue the infomercial: Wanna to know what real people are thinking, but can’t bother to ask actual questions? Have no... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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