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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

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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