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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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