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Friday Night: Keeping Up Appearances

Jim Lehrer wants a “fair” debate

In anticipation of Friday night’s first presidential debate (which, if John McCain has his way, might be postponed), the campaign... More

Scarborough, Assignment Editor

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezenski, and the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland on MSNBC this morning: SCARBOROUGH: Chrystia, let me tell you... More

Couric Preps For Palin

From Katie Couric's blog: Friends come up to me wondering if I'll ask [during an interview with Sarah Palin this... More

How Do We Say This Delicately?

Ah, yes: CNN: "McCain drifts away from legacy of deregulation." "Drifts away" sounding more benign than, say, "slinks away" or... More

Palin’s “Photo Spray”

From the pool report* from Gov. Sarah Palin's "meeting" with Afghan president Hamid Karzai in New York today: Palin, her... More

Back on the Biden Bus

When Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket last month, http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-biden23-2008sep23,0,4764573.story?page=1">according to the LA Times's Faye Fiore today: a fickle press... More

ABC News Paid For “Other Materials”

And I was hoping I could ignore O.J. Simpson Trial, Vegas Edition. The New York Times reports that a key... More

Bono’s FT Blog

Bono (of U2 and the One Campaign) and Jeffrey Sachs (of Columbia's Earth Institute) are blogging for the Financial Times... More

39 Days

Washington Post: As of this writing, it has been 39 days and 22 hours since Sen. John McCain last held... More

84 to 2

60 Minutes last night featured "a revealing side-by-side look at the candidates and their positions" (Steve Kroft interviewed Obama; Scott... More

Nobody Puts Press In The Parking Lot

The "press tent was a lonely place to be" at last night's 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, reports Variety, due "the... More

That’s It?

Breaking: "Presidential candidates air attack ads," reports the AP's Nedra Pickler. Pickler's report, in full: Presidential candidates Barack Obama and... More

Debates: Jim Lehrer As Heidi Klum

"Presidential debates should be a little more like [Bravo reality TV show] Project Runway," argues Time TV blogger James Poniewozik,"... More

Truth-Tellers, Lost and Found (In Week in Review)

In yesterday's New York Times "Week in Review," Patrick Healy wrote a piece headlined, "Let's Call a Lie A Lie...Finally.... More

David Brooks’s M.O.

For anyone who has ever asked himself, "What's David Brooks thinking?" Brooks...admits he is something of a throwback. "This is... More

Cable’s “Soulless Palavering”

Never use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent one will do...except, maybe, when laboring to describe what it is that... More

You Say Tomato, They Say Campaign Ad

From an AP article exploring those negative cable news-bait campaign ads (the ones that don't require an actual ad buy... More

Who’s Down With OPM?

Watching Sean Hannity's "no-topic-off-limits interview" with Sarah Palin right now. Nothing too tough or noteworthy so far. Lots of economy... More

Sweat-Stained TPS Reports

That lunch at your desk in now an workplace norm is one thing. But, "treadmill desks"? Can the toilet-in-a-desk-chair (ergonimically... More

MSNBabsC

Number of segments in which "Streisand" has been mentioned over the past 24 hours (per a TVEyes search): CNN: 13... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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