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We’ve Got -Gate!

Yes, this campaign season has already suffered a SnubGate. Yes, we've already had a -Gate involving Muslim (or at least... More

No Al Roker Live from Tiananmen Square?

For anyone looking forward to seeing Al Roker do a stand-up from Tiananmen Square this summer when the Today show... More

Big Bird-Inspired Investigative Incubator

Charles Lewis, who founded the Center for Public Integrity, is launching the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of... More

Ambush Makeover

As of 2:20pm, the word "makeover" (in relation to Michelle Obama) has been mentioned on MSNBC today at the following... More

Last Week’s “Debates Over Several Key Issues” (What, You Missed Them?)

Per PEJ: In the first official week of the general election, the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on... More

Michelle on The View!

Michelle Obama has taken her image makeover tour to ABC's The View this morning. But so far, we've learned more... More

How Not To Torture (Covering the Experts)

It must have been, um, agony maintaining the required poker face of detachment while writing the "straight news" account for... More

Wanted: More On Iraq From Candidates

Is this, in some part, media criticism on the New York Times op-ed page? In today's column Thomas Friedman writes:... More

Dancin’ With The Candidate

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes up John McCain's evolving stance on offshore oil drilling and his overall efforts to... More

B-Team Barack Now Bringing A-Game!

Per the Associated Press: Confined to the bench back in his high school basketball days, Barack Obama felt the fierce... More

Michelle Obama’s Southern Strategy

The following strikes me as bad advice, all around. Not the least because can you imagine the column Maureen Dowd... More

Backstage at Fox News

Fox News' s "Live Desk" this afternoon is taking viewers on a "behind-the-scenes tour" of the Fox News operation ("How... More

When Narratives Collide?

Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton's onetime campaign manager (who was pushed out a few months ago amid a fund-raising crunch;... More

From Journalist to Spokeswoman: Finally Free To “Tell The Truth?”

Linda Douglass, who for years worked in television journalism, spoke to Howard Kurtz about becoming Barack Obama's spokeswoman: [Obama] wants... More

One TV Critic’s Campaign Coverage Wish

I hope journalists learn to save the thumb-sucking explainer pieces for when they're really needed. So wishes Eric Deggans, the... More

The Axis of Earnest

According to the "Blogopticon" from Vanity Fair (which really means, of course, according to "high-end Hollywood dinner party gossip"), this... More

What’s Next for NBC News

Cropping up now among the remembrances of Tim Russert (including those of Russert's remarkably poised 22-year-old son Luke, who spoke... More

WaPo on Satire and Democracy (Yadda Yadda)

Today the Washington Post weighs in on a topic that will never make any List of Underreported Stories: The Daily... More

Fox News: On The Heels of “Terrorist Fist Jab”

Michelle Obama! Come on down! You ARE the next contestant on "Kill the Witch!" As such, Fox News will attempt... More

Reflections: “Hooting” Hillary Off The Stage?

A page from Katie Couric's CBS News Reporter's Notebook yesterday, in which she declared that in the "endles" media post-mortems... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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