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Movie Star! (Misery)

"Matt Damon Moved by Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees," the AP reports today (proving once again that a humanitarian crisis in... More

Suck-Ups, Hook-Ups

In a piece titled "How media sucks up to White House," Politico's Michael Calderone writes about the recent flurry of... More

On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/male_to_the_chief_where_are_tvs_women_chief_white_house_correspondents_109869.asp">article pointing out that currently "all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN,... More

Fox & Friends Spreads Herpes-Beer Pong Hoax

Perhaps you watched your friends at Fox & Friends a few weeks ago playing beer pong above the chyron: "Practice... More

“Politico Is Reporting…”

Did I hear that phrase once or twice during today's White House press briefing? (Maybe, "Would a White House reporter... More

ABC News’s “Idiot[ic,]” “Train Wreck” of a Story

Read the ABC News article that Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum calls a "train wreck" (and the author of which... More

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Joe Klein, over at Time's Swampland blog, confesses to being "existentially stressed." Because of Twitter. Because, Klein writes, "I'm not... More

Should Journalists Name “Zombie Banks?”

An interesting exchange on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning between Joe Scarborough, the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland and The New... More

Remembered

Paul Harvey, who died Saturday at age 90, had been delivering his "News and Comment" nationally for ABC Radio Networks... More

Mothers of Fallen Soldiers Discuss Dover Media Ban

While the Obama administration continues, presumably, to review the policy banning the media from photographing the flag-draped coffins of fallen... More

“It’s Exhilarating To Be Fired At Age 86…”

... is how Liz Smith winds down her final New York Post column today. "It's emasculating" to be fired, Smith... More

Kenneth’s Response to the “Internet Hoo-Hah”

Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays 30 Rock's Kenneth The Page, the character to whom many bloggers compared Gov. Bobby... More

WaPo On The End of Big Pimpin’

The Boston Globe recently brought us the story of people "Laid Off And Loving It." Today, the Washington Post introduces... More

Calderone Gets To The Bottom of “Oh God”-Gate

Politico's Michael Calderone solves the mystery of "Oh God"-Gate -- that is, which MSNBC anchor's voice could be heard last... More

First Lady’s Arms Inspire Envy, Suspicion (And Fear?)

Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless, Again" is the annoyed-sounding headline on Jodi Kantor's post on The Caucus Blog at NYTimes.com, observing... More

“We Will Recover…”

... is the phrase from President Obama's speech last night that seems to have grabbed headline writers at newspapers across... More

Cooper: “I Guess The Republicans, Then, Are 50 Cent?”

Cut the deficit in half...."Restart the engine of our prosperity"... Health care reform... The question on many cable commentators lips... More

Stephanopoulos’s Twitter Misunderstanding

"The bass not served w cannabis! 'Pot' short for potato!" read an urgent tweet minutes ago from ABC News's George... More

Take Our Pundits To Work Day

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs brought MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (and Morning Joe viewers) on a "behind... More

Friedman’s Got Fallon’s Back (Strange Column Alert)

Marketwatch's Jon Friedman regrets his harsh assessments back when of Katie Couric's first night anchoring The CBS Evening News and... More

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


I’m a black journalists quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

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