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Quote of the Morning…

... not from a News Importance standpoint or anything, just, well... here are a few words on New York City's... More

“We Will Make BP Pay”

"We will make BP Pay" are among the words from President Obama's Oval Office address last night that seemed to... More

Combatting Oil Spill Fatigue “Jejune Ennui”

The WaPo's Tom Shales today gives the Style-ish take on the oil spill, as seen on TV. Shales argues that... More

Afghan Minerals Story “Aroused Considerable Suspicion from Times Readers”…

... notes Bassey Etim at The New York Times's The Lede blog today (of James Risen's A1 Times piece today,... More

Prez Should Stop “[C]omplaining on TV about TV”

The Nation's Ari Melber has, according to his headline, "The Solution to Obama's BP Press Problem." Writes Melber: Obama is... More

WaPo, NYT, Anonymous Sources

"[B]y casually agreeing to conceal the identities of those who provide non-critical information, The [Washington] Post erodes its credibility and... More

More On Super-Soakering With Sources

In response to questions from Twitter followers, Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS News Radio, has been tweeting about... More

Carly Fiorina Hands Sean Hannity a New Tagline

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina, California's brand new Republican Senatorial candidate, had herself an open mic situation while waiting to begin an... More

Primaries & The Gang

And the feelin's right/Oh, yes it's... ABC News CBS News's Bob Schieffer: "The biggest election day of the year heading... More

FP On How Media Misread Tehran

Foreign Policy has an interesting package of stories reflecting on the media coverage of last year's elections in Iran, including... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

“When Jesus Rode a Gay Dinosaur That Had Breast Cancer…”

... to See a Historically Famous American President." David Carr's (slightly?) exaggerated stab at a typical newsweekly "single topic" cover... More

NYT Sourcing: An “Internet Link” “Alleges…”

How's this for sourcing (flagged by a tipster) in the New York Times's A1 story today, "Turkish Funds Helped Group... More

Fineman on Gores: “Finally”

The "surprise" of it all. That has been the overwhelming theme in the (unsurprising) flurry of awkward, speculative commentary from... More

Turner on CNN: More Green Journalism; “Less Yellow Journalism”

CNN is 30 years old today! The on-air celebration has been, so far, low key. There was birthday cake at... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

Press Conference To-Do Lists (“Show Us The Anger!”)

With President Obama scheduled to hold a press conference in about an hour, the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty has a... More

Attention! Pay No More to Palin?

Author and reporter Joe McGinniss has apparently rented the house next door to Sarah Palin's in Wasilla, Alaska, the better... More

Santorum Cracks the Code to Getting Coverage

Rick Santorum, the former two-term Republican Senator from Pennsylvania and current Fox News contributor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, was... More

“She Sat With Her Legs Ajar…”

... is what the Washington Post's Style columnist -- yes, Robin Givhan (of I see Clinton cleavage fame)-- wants you... 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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