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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

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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