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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

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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