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Brokaw Reads McCain’s Mind

On MSNBC this morning, an exchange between Pat Buchanan and Tom Brokaw: BUCHANAN: Tom, in the first debate McCain was... More

CNN: Dismount High Horse

At 11:30 last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper announced: You're looking at a picture of The Spin Room. That is one... More

Can We Get Some Quo With That Quid?

"The Place for Politics" has felt more like "The Place for Palin" of late. You can't tune in to MSNBC... More

An Alternative Debate Format

Kevin Drum wonders why Brokaw when PowerPoint will do? Why bother with a human audience or moderator at all? You... More

“Partisan Accusations” Dressed as Journalism

Megan argued on Campaign Desk recently, after Fox News's Sean Hannity first interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (an interview Megan called... More

Fantasy Brokaw

What if Brokaw broke the absurd rules of tonight’s debate?

Yesterday, I hoped that Tom Brokaw might do more with tonight's debate than Gwen Ifill did with last Thursday’s (more... More

Attention!

http://journalism.org/node/13105">Per PEJ, from Sept. 29-Oct. 5, "the financial crisis received the most attention from the media for any non-campaign... More

What “Kind of Rough” Can Look Like?

From Dana Milbank today: ...Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater [FL], arriving... More

A “Job to Do At the Table” (But, What?)

Will Tom Brokaw do better than Gwen Ifill?

As the VP debate wound down last week, Andrew Sullivan's insta-reactions included the following: There was only one loser: Gwen... More

Talk of the Brown

CNN's Campbell Brown, from a New York Times profile on Saturday: As journalists, and certainly for me over the last... More

The Economist’s “Nerd Chic”

In naming The Economist "Magazine of the Year," Ad Age paraphrases an ad agency VP saying that the publication is... More

Inside Baseball, All Right

CNN has a deep bench on debate nights -- rows of seated pundits, laptops glowing before them, telling us what... More

Good Morning America (It Was, ‘Til Now)

What's worse (low-information-, high-headache-quotient) than a morning news show segment pitting Campaign A's spokesperson against Campaign B's spokesperson (headline, "Getting... More

As Economy Sags

Our economy? It's sagging. What does that mean? What now? Well, some things are going to grow and some things... More

More Snubbery?

The makings of SnubGate II? More

He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today's Anchorage Daily News: "Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound" and, subhed:... More

Do Better. Here’s How

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, explains how election coverage might be improved. In a nutshell:... More

Mean Girls?

Washington Post political reporter Ann Kornblut talks to the National Journal about "Sexism in the Media." In part: Q: Last... More

An Earful From Ifill

I haven't heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday's post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond... More

Drudge Raises a Point

Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism. She’ll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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