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Living in the Past

As far as the Chicago Tribune is concerned, Hillary Clinton is still in contention for the presidency. According to this... More

The Candidates’ Fuzzy Math

$700 billion bailout, widespread tax cuts, *and* a balanced budget?

If I were to write a formula representing the two presidential candidates’ reactions to the impact the federal bailouts to... More

Please Explain

Chicago Tribune gets mired in the debates

As the financial markets lie in ruins, Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin are taking plenty of time on the campaign trail to... More

Thanks, but No Thanks Redux

Sorry to disappoint, but this is not about Sarah Palin. In their long ago Spring 2008 issue, The Kenyon Review... More

Just for Laughs

Do yourself a favor and check out this hypothetical NPR blooper reel. Peter Sagal, Terry Gross, Carl Kasell, Robert Siegel,... More

(Tele)Prompting Speculation

Why context matters, exhibit 967b

Report with all your senses. This advice is commonly given to journalists, and it’s clear that the anonymous writer of... More

Calculator Politics

Numbers figure prominently in this campaign. Who knows what they mean?

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. This classic line from Benjamin Disraeli sums up the complexity that voters face... More

Who Gets to Vote?

There are many questions about what role race will play in this November, but one way in which race always... More

In Memoriam: David Foster Wallace

In remembrance of the American writer, David Foster Wallace, who died on Friday, Time offers a list of the writer's... More

The Journalist of Your Enemy is Your Friend

Four reasons why politicians should march bravely into enemy territory

After Campbell Brown’s testy RNC exchange with McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds on CNN, the GOP handlers canceled the Arizona... More

Obama, McCain Decoded

To the pantheon of experts who have weighed in on the election, welcome Corey Ehmke, a web developer, who mined... More

Tongue Tied on Religion

CNN takes on Pentecostalism

Reporting on religion is a difficult task, even moreso when a political candidate is involved. Voters care about candidates’ religious... More

Burying the Lede?

Everybody's talking about Sarah Palin's change of heart on the Bridge to Nowhere, but somehow the more interesting and arguably... More

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

There's been plenty of buzz about Sarah Palin's press unavailability, but now it seems that even the press corps who... More

A Quibble With Bill

For the past two weeks, in the spirit of fair, equal, and balanced media consumption, I helped myself to a... More

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

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

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”

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