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Gems of Reporting

In the same Times story Clint pointed out earlier, Elizabeth Bumiller slips this one past the goalie: Even in the... More

Suicide Watch

Covering death during a financial crisis

Covering suicides has long been considered a delicate subject among newspaper editors. There are internal and industry-wide guidelines that offer... More

Dispatches From New Orleans

I like Oxford American. Lots of people say it's the New Yorker of the South, which is to say that... More

Michelle, Ma Belle

Questions for Mrs. Obama

Wednesday night, Michelle Obama appeared on “Larry King Live.” It’s been a while since the missus had been around, and... More

MSNBC 101

Have you ever wondered why MSNBC and other news networks cover the irrelevant campaign talking points, a la Bill Ayers,... More

The Rural-Urban Divide

Politics are divisive and reductive, and voters are squeezed into ill-fitting categories that rub, chafe, and restrict movement. The line... More

He Said What?!

The substance beneath the scenes

Such is the curse of the self-fulfilling prophecy: if you expect the debates to be mere political farce, complete with... More

Robinson’s Call to Arms

Today, Eugene Robinson has an impassioned call to arms addressed to the media covering the campaign. ...we should be relentless... More

Ancient History

Let’s be clear about what Ayers and Keating mean

Dust off those SAT skills, boys and girls. Question: OBAMA : AYERS :: MCCAIN : a) PALIN b) GRAMM c)... More

Worlds Collide

An awesome headline from the Beaver County Times captures the "connection" between the crises on Wall Street and the environment.... More

The Right to Know

An interesting two-part documentary from the BBC about freedom of information laws, their evolution and limitations, and applications, in Europe,... More

Joe’s Big Show

How the soft bigotry of low expectations paints a false picture

Earlier today, Megan cautioned against resisting the spin about tonight’s debate. “The McCain campaign, inside and outside and around Wash... More

Palin’s Kerri Strug Moment

In 1996, Kerri Strug earned her place in history when she helped the American gymnastics team secure Olympic gold with... More

Debate Fun and Games

In preparation for tonight's much anticipated vice presidential debates, here are excerpts from a slew debate drinking games. From the... More

CNN’s Fringe Science

Instead of watching "Gossip Girl" with the rest of them, my new TV show this season is "Fringe" on Fox.... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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