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Countdown to Nada

CNN has a huge countdown to the official gavel banging--"You don't want to miss this," Wolf Blitzer said--and meanwhile, in... More

Cirque du So What

Is it just me, or does the decor at the Pepsi Center sort of look like a Cirque du Soleil... More

Lunch-Bucket Limbo

Ah, labels. They’re good for summing up large, complex populations with a snazzy phrase and reducing people’s lives to an... More

John McCain: Man of Mystery

Two columnists. One question. Who is John McCain?

One day John McCain is a Maverick. The next day he’s an Enigma. (Day Three: He’s a Shapeshifter). In the... More

Cross Words on Crosswords

Slate's front page story today addresses the all-important cultural question, why Ron Rosenbaum thinks that crossword puzzles are stupid ?... More

Facts Are Fungible, But Character Is Sacred

A strange excuse for Obama’s ad

Factcheck.org and other outlets point out today that Barack Obama’s recent ad, “Fix the Economy,” uses outdated sound bites out... More

Why Fireworks Matter

Looking back on the opening ceremonies

Last week, it was reported that during the opening ceremonies of the Beijing games, broadcasters used footage of fireworks that... More

Truth in the Eye of the Beholder

To be sure, photo manipulation has long done away with the adage, seeing is believing. And it didn’t take the... More

Michael Mania or Phelps Phantasmagoria or…

The name of this WaPo piece, Entirely Michael Phelps-free Column!, just reminded me about the insane number of Phelps-related stories.... More

The Emperor of Ice Cream

Much has been made of Obama’s cold feelings toward frozen treats , which is maybe why the senator let himself... More

Medal Math

Numbers can mislead. That’s the oldie-but-goodie lesson from this week’s Wall Street Journal article which reports that the international media... More

We Ask The Ethicist

Randy Cohen’s take on the Edwards affair

When you’ve got an ethics question, there’s only one place to turn. We asked Randy Cohen, "The Ethicist" at The... More

Cliché Cornucopia

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics have been on for all twenty minutes, and I'm already on cliché overload: Here... More

Beware the Cliché

When dealing with the unknown one is tempted to reach for the familiar. That is why the cliché, deplored as... More

Bad Air = Dead Air

Right, so it turns out that the polluted air in Beijing is not only bad for the athletes, it's also... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

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

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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