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Hillary & Barack? Barack & Hillary? No Way,You Guys!

OMG, Patrick Healy's "Political Memo" in today's New York Times? It reads so high school (or to quote a more... More

Meet the “New Force,” Same as…

On CNN just now: "There seems to be a new force in politics: unmarried women." "New force?" Aren't these the... More

The Latest ‘Gate (Served with Syrup!)

How is it that 24 hours have ticked by since it happened and I am just now hearing about WaffleGate?... More

Peer Review (In Defense of ABC’s Debate)

Veteran New York Times political reporter Adam Nagourney takes a stab at defending Charlie Gibson's and George Stephanopoulos' handling of... More

The Luck of the Amish

Frequent MSNBC guest talking head, Mike Barnacle, was discussing the Democratic primary on Morning Joe just now and mentioned that... More

Preaching to Their Choirs

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Senators Clinton and Obama each spoke via satellite to what conventional wisdom calls... More

Why, Wolf, Why?

What is Wolf Blitzer "watching very closely" in the Situation Room right now? Well, according to his opening tease, he... More

Ignoring Stengel, PA Papers Endorse

Sorry, Time magazine's Richard Stengel: newspaper endorsements are alive and well in Pennsylvania. "Obama Sweeps Newspaper Endorsements," reports The Nation... More

The “What If” Story Gone Wild

Was anyone else puzzled by that "Gore-Lieberman" piece by John M. Broder in yesterday's New York Times "Week In Review"?... More

Cable, Try A Little Earnestness

MSNBC, you want to catch the ear of a multi-tasking, half-listening cable TV viewer? Forget the shouting kitschy overkill of,... More

Lauren Conrad, Hallmark of News Media “Relevance”

Apparently it's not enough to employ a "celebrity" news anchor or columnist. You must also seat your celebrity news anchor... More

Counting the “Ha!’s” in a Matthews Interview

How many "Ha!'s" might Chris Matthews let out during the course of a 10-question interview? I counted eight in Matthews'... More

TV News Driven By “Mentally Ill Martinets”

Virginia Heffernan profiles the Onion News Network, "a video series produced by the Onion fake-news empire:" The false news stories... More

Victoria Clarke on “Service to the Media”

Given Victoria Clarke's role in creating and carrying out that "military analysts as media Trojan horse" plan the New York... More

Rummy’s “Message Force Multipliers”

And you thought this administration had done no post-Iraq-invasion planning? About those "military analysts" you've grown accustomed to seeing on... More

Brooks Puts the “A” in ABC

About last night: David Brooks, for one, thought "the questions were excellent" and gives ABC an "A," Clinton a "B"... More

A New Standard for Debate Questions?

If you're hoping to quell any grumbling about revolving doors (and I'm not including myself in that grumbling) or if... More

On Debate, ABC Gets A “D”?

Here's a choice bit from Tom Shales' Washington Post review of last night's ABC-sponsored Democratic debate, headlined, "In Pa. Debate,... More

“The Most Startlingly Tabloid Debate” Yet

Per Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, moments after the ABC-sponsored Democratic debate concluded just now. Maybe Olbermann's just peeved that ABC... More

The Bluest Collar

Paul Waldman writes in The American Prospect: [Tim] Russert and [Chris] Matthews may be at the top of their profession's... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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