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Street Fight: Cardboard Fans at Twenty Paces

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. And if freebies were viewers, CNN and MSNBC would ride a little higher,... More

Watching the BBC Watch “Arnie” and “Bushie”

What would a non-American reporter -- perhaps, a eurojourno -- make of last night's prime time Republican National Convention speakers,... More

Visiting the Gnomes of the Loyal Opposition

If the number one wish of the propagandists laboring away in the Democratic National Committee's temporary New York "war room"... More

CNN: Where No Talking Point Goes Challenged

Just in case Rudy Giuliani forgot to hit an RNC talking point or two last night during his prime time... More

Onward Marches Campaign Journalism

The Blonde Babes for Bush (l to r, Amy Stephens, CindyMurphy, and Peggy Littleton) Any delegate gunning for air... More

Sandra Endo on Flirting Candidates, “Colorful” Bush Comments, and Convention-Week Massages

Sandra Endo Sandra Endo covers local, state and national politics for NY1, where she has worked since 1998. Endo... More

Hidden Is The Word for This News, All Right

This morning, yet more evidence of how Swift BoatGate has dominated mainstream media, and relegated serious election-year issues to the... More

Pretty Please, Just Once?

Yesterday, Campaign Desk offered a big-picture -- and rather damning, if we say so ourselves -- accounting of the press'... More

Bees, Rats and Dancing at Republicans

The blogosphere continues to bubble with John on Jon reviews. Electablog's David Pell speaks for some unnamed group of people... More

By Turns Doubtful, Doleful, and Downright Defensive

On Daily Kos, DemFromCT ponders how journalists will handle the new news about Abu Ghraib -- what with all the... More

“Who, Me? Naw, This Megaphone Is Just a Prop”

Campaign Desk had a good, gallows-humor-type chuckle when we saw this stunningly un-self-aware headline on Tom Raum's Associated Press piece... More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

For members of the mainstream press arriving at work in a Monday morning fog, a virtual "to-do" list awaits you... More

President Bush Nailed by Cheese Cops

It all started yesterday, when CNN, Fox and The New York Times were content to transcribe and transmit President Bush's... More

CNN’s Cheesy Coverage

Thanks to a Campaign Desk reader for flagging this stomach-turning CNN special. On yesterday's "Inside Politics," wedged between a segment... More

Hat Tip, Interrupted

Last night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, to use Atrios' words, went "nuclear" on Matthew Dowd, a senior Bush-Cheney strategist and Hardball... More

It’s August, and the Dogs Are Eating the Dogs

The traditional August lull in election-year ads is a thing of the past, writes Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press.... More

Renee Zellwegger - the New Ohio?

How many swing voter posts in one day is too many? We decide, you retort. Remember, back in the spring,... More

Oops, They Didn’t Do it Again

Add today's story by Andy Lenderman of the Albuquerque Journal to the What Not to Do list. Lenderman reports that... More

He Said/She Said Rears His/Her Ugly Head - Yet Again

As we've suggested more than once before, it is a dereliction of duty when journalists report a campaign claim and... More

The Common Man As Parrot

For months now, Campaign Desk has watched as campaign talking points (or key lines from attack ads and campaign speeches)... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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