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Wag the Finger

Angry Bill: From embeds’ eyes to pundits’ lips

It's been a bumpy campaign season thus far, PR-wise, for MSNBC. One potential bright spot: yesterday, MSNBC owned the story... More

An Obama “Embed” on Access, Inspiration, Oppo

And what not to ask her

Aswini Anburajan is a twenty-seven-year-old campaign reporter (a.k.a. “embed”) who has been traveling with Barack Obama’s campaign for NBC News/National... More

Who’s Afraid of 60 Minutes?

No worries for the candidates

How do you make thirteen of 60 Minutes feel like an eternity? Sic Katie Couric on Senator Hillary Clinton. What... More

There Will Be Losers

Cable talkers see to it

Yes, there were the familiar color-coded cutouts of Super Tuesday states flashing on the screen as they were called (and... More

“Chutzpah!” “Hoopla!” “Ambush!” Victory?

Reporting the Democratic results in Florida

Tuesday afternoon we wondered—as some campaign reporters were themselves wondering—how the campaign press might cover the Democratic results in Florida.... More

Covering A Non-Victory Victory in Florida

“What will we do? We’re the media, right?”

How will reporters tonight and tomorrow cover the Democratic results in Florida, a state that will award no delegates (for... More

Handshaking, Hand-Clapping, Eye-Rolling

All you need to know about SOTU

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and John King shared this insightful exchange minutes after President Bush concluded his State of the Union... More

But For the Zapf Dingbats

Fred Thompson’s campaign might have really caught on

Talk about typecast! Turns out even Mitt Romney's logo is "inconsistent." This, according to graphic designers Sam Berlow and Cyrus... More

To Check The Facts, You Need The Facts

MSNBC’s fact-check segment falls short

When factchecking candidates’ claims and counter-claims, there is a fine line between mitigating and multiplying the confusion. You need to... More

OMG, MSNBC!

Worst. Cable. Segment. Ever?

When you sit around watching cable news coverage of the presidential campaign all day long like it's your job (oh... More

B-I-Double-Hockey-Sticks

Is there anything he can(‘t) do?

The campaign press and punditry certainly has had a lot to say of late about Bill Clinton's role in Senator... More

There’s No “I” in Debate Moderator

Someone tell Tim Russert

Not thirty minutes into last night's Democratic debate, a heckler was heard interrupting the show from somewhere out in the... More

The Sky is Falling!

Tell me something I don’t know

You've got to pity the reporter writing the morning paper's straight news account of an event that happened the night... More

Press Plays Vegas, Again

Clich├ęs Away!

The Democratic candidates are back in Nevada and "The Best Political Team on Television" is back to its abuse of... More

The Anti-Chris Matthews Vote

And how it sparked some media soul-searching (though not from Matthews)

As my colleague Gal Beckerman observed earlier today, with last night's New Hampshire victory, Hillary beat the press. Meanwhile, the... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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