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Did Blago Make “Self-Condemning News” On Maddow’s Show?

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, directly after her interview with Gov. Blagojevich last night, wondered on-air: Did he just confess to me... More

Calling All “Enlightened Philanthropists…”

On today's New York Times op-ed page, David Swensen and Michael Schmidt (an investment officer and a financial analyst, respectively,... More

“The Epidemic That Wasn’t” (Even If We Said It Was)

Maybe you're old enough to remember the media coverage of "crack babies" back in the '80s and '90s? Allow the... More

“Dream” Deferred?

Earlier this hour, the following weather-related headline appeared on the NBC News Washington Web site: Moments after I took that... More

Want To Be “Envelop[ed] in a Multimedia Web of [Rick] Warren’s Message”?

Then you'll want to pay the $30 subscription fee Reader's Digest is charging for Pastor Rick Warren's new quarterly magazine,... More

Franklin: “By Watching [The Inauguration] On TV, I’d Missed It”

I recommend (after a colleague recommended it to me) reading Nancy Franklin's "On Television" column in the current New Yorker... More

Woodward Tells Matthews Something He Doesn’t Know

I am sure, though I can't find a link at this moment, that I have complained before about the "Tell... More

Could Knowing Everything The Obamas Eat Be Good For You?

From a recent Associated Press report: The country's top chefs, several of whom traveled to Washington for Obama's inauguration this... More

Blago to Geraldo: “Is That Ethical?”

Fox News's Geraldo Rivera was promised a "2:00 interview" with Gov. Blagojevich. Snubbed by the governor's "sleazy PR guy," Geraldo--... More

Miss New York: Palin, Pageant Misunderstood

During the question-and-answer section of Saturday night's Miss America pageant, Miss New York, Taylor Smith, fielded this question: In Governor... More

How To Handle Blago’s “Out-of-Context” Comeback

Those words have been "taken out of context" seems to be Gov. Blagojevich's go-to reply when asked by reporters about... More

Prez Talks Energy Independence; CNN Cues SUV Ad

If you tuned in to CNN just now to watch President Obama take some first steps to reverse Bush administration... More

“Governor Ignores Trial, Goes For Glam”

While we await Gov. Blagojevich's appearance on The View (three minutes!), a selection of headlines out of Illinois today: More

Sen. Winfrey

Last week, my colleague Megan questioned Oprah Winfrey's inclusion on Forbes's list of the "25 most influential liberals in the... More

Kristol’s Swan Song, Upstaged

I nearly missed the six italicized words below William Kristol's column in yesterday's New York Times ("This is William Kristol’s... More

Obama Administration’s “Visual Press Releases”

The AP, Reuters and AFP refuse the White House's handouts: Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of... More

Chuck Todd Scolds Single-Source Kennedy’s Out Reporting

Of the reporting, which began late yesterday (first from the New York Post and New York Times), that Caroline Kennedy... More

NSA Knows What Olbermann Said To His Little Nephew In Upstate New York?

The National Security Agency spied on journalists, according to former NSA analyst Russell Tice. Part of Keith Olbermann's interview with... More

And He Wore Kevlar

A welcome break from all the discussion of What The First Lady Wore: Wired on who could have designed President... More

Biden’s “A Long-Winded Person”

Damon Weaver, the 10-year-old reporter who interviewed Joe Biden back in October, revealed to MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell just now his... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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