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Social Democrats?

For the Democratic Party, social issues are economic issues

In the history of the Democratic Party that Michael Lind laid out Friday in Salon, Democrats abandoned economic liberalism for... More

White Flight… In Heels

Stories about Obama’s “white male problem” only present half the story

Predicting the election outcome from August polls is not much more accurate than reading tea leaves. As the presidential race... More

Poll Dancing

Speculation on Obama’s poll numbers says more about commentators than about Obama

The 2008 presidential race has reached a turning point—or at least the pundit chatter has. Judging by the flood of... More

Guilt Trip

More complaints about the media’s supposed pro-Obama bias

What with Barack Obama jetting about the world, buddying up to King Abdullah and all, it has been especially difficult... More

A Matter of Opinion

The tortured reasoning behind the Times’ rejection of McCain’s op-ed

"It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece" on the Iraq War,... More

Courting the Evangelicals

A WSJ op-ed asks the convenient questions, but not the important ones

"Evangelicals Haven't Embraced the Democrats’ Agenda," crows Naomi Schaefer Riley in today's Wall Street Journal, gleefully dismissing Barack Obama's attempts... More

Running On Faith

Newsweek’s cover story gets beyond Reverend Wright

With all the rumors swirling around Barack Obama's faith, the teaser for Newsweek's July 21st cover story—"The Truth about Barack... More

Old News

Reporters take the wrong angle on the question of McCain’s age

Is John McCain too senile to be president? The quotes used by the AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar to contextualize a new... More

The Ol’ Waffle Brush

Lessons to take away from the candidates’ recent “policy shifts”

Do you remember the positions that George W. Bush and Al Gore held on preemptive war during the 2000 presidential... More

The (Chief) Justice League

Has Roberts really engineered a Supreme détente?

Who's the most cuddly Supreme Court justice? There's little doubt that Chief Justice John Roberts is the most handsome, but... More

Dreams of My… Grandparents?

Obama’s latest ad strategically omits all mention of his father

On Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story about the Obama campaign's tightening image machine. Exhibit A was an... More

McCain’s “Incoherent” Environmentalism

Drilling into press coverage of McCain’s environmental policy shift

In a press release last month, Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign touted various media reports, like this one from the... More

The Devil in the Details

Polls reinforce reporters’ stereotypes about evangelicals

My New York friends congratulated me for my “bravery” when I headed off to cover evangelical supporters of Mike Huckabee’s... More

Jon Stewart’s Never-Never Land

When the going gets tough, the tough get ironic

The first irony of the major outlets’ prohibiting their employees from attending this weekend’s Stewart/Colbert rally is that their effort... More

Glenn Beck Reimagines Whiteness

And the media can’t cope

It’s rare that an event can provoke columns that carry such contradictory teasers as “Don’t ridicule Glenn Beck’s tribute to... More

Michael Kinsley vs. Factual Accuracy

WaPo columnist slams the Times’s “schoolmarmish” corrections column

In an op-ed published in today's Washington Post criticizing The New York Times's published corrections, columnist Michael Kinsley officially went... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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