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Call it Too Close To Call

Feeling uneasy this August? Not quite able to pinpoint the source of your anxiety? Never fear, the newsweeklies are here... More

Swing Sect?

Forget Punk Republicans. The Associated Press thinks it has found the real voting bloc that could determine the next president... More

Taking it Beyond He Said/She Said - Not Too Taxing After All

Today, one journalist makes the rare effort to examine and de-spin a campaign sound bite, and along the way to... More

Asking the Wrong Question

This morning, "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade interviewed author Bernard Goldberg, and discussion centered around what... More

Star Search

By now, we all know that Ben is on the bus and Whoopi caused a fuss. And reading the coverage... More

Philip Gourevitch on “Flagging” Talking Points, Conflating Character and Personality, and Petty Press Fusses

Philip Gourevitch (courtesy of The New Yorker) Philip Gourevitch has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since... More

Old But Still Ugly

Wouldn't it be swell if journalists actually assisted readers and viewers in sorting through the claims and counterclaims coming from... More

Deadline Looming? Taxi!

If journalists can't find news at the Democratic Convention -- and, it seems, no one can -- they can always... More

You Can Set Your Watch By It

Two days on, the press is still nattering about the incident that, to some reporters' minds, vindicates the storyline they... More

Weapons-Grade Cliche

The secret's out: Teresa Heinz Kerry is John Kerry's "secret weapon," the Agence France Presse reports today. This sounded all... More

Expectations Great and Small

With just four days until Swifty the donkey makes his Boston debut, the convention-related expectations stakes is well underway. The... More

Talking Talking Points

Ever since Jon Stewart did that "keeping up on current events is hard" segment last week, seems everyone is talking... More

Bubble-itis, Boredom, and Bathroom Buddies - the Life of a Campaign Reporter

Last night, Campaign Desk tuned in to the Discovery/Times Channel's documentary, "Politics & The Media" -- enticed as much by... More

Today’s Special: Grilled Berger, With a Side of Speculation

BergerGate is burning up the blogosphere this morning. In a contortionistic feat, Andrew Sullivan manages, in one short post, to... More

Chant and Pose Voters

Journalists on the hunt for the latest and greatest swing voter, take note of Michael Ordona's piece in today's Los... More

Tony Blair, Elizabeth Edwards and “Normal People”

Monday mornings mean, among other things, that there's an entire weekend's worth of press output over which "pretend journalists" can... More

Points for Pointing Out Press Parroting Points

Last night, "The Daily Show"'s John Stewart tickled Campaign Desk's fancy with his segment on two of our pet topics:... More

Softballs for the Prez, Cookies for the Press

Last week, the National Journal's William Powers wondered why the political press doesn't cover campaign events like the highly staged... More

In the War Room

Two reporters from big-shot newspapers were, to the certain envy of their peers everywhere, granted one-day backstage passes to the... More

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

No need to read both Newsweek and Time in your dentist's waiting room this week. Once again, the two newsweeklies... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

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