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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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