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Brokaw Reads McCain’s Mind

On MSNBC this morning, an exchange between Pat Buchanan and Tom Brokaw: BUCHANAN: Tom, in the first debate McCain was... More

CNN: Dismount High Horse

At 11:30 last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper announced: You're looking at a picture of The Spin Room. That is one... More

Can We Get Some Quo With That Quid?

"The Place for Politics" has felt more like "The Place for Palin" of late. You can't tune in to MSNBC... More

An Alternative Debate Format

Kevin Drum wonders why Brokaw when PowerPoint will do? Why bother with a human audience or moderator at all? You... More

“Partisan Accusations” Dressed as Journalism

Megan argued on Campaign Desk recently, after Fox News's Sean Hannity first interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (an interview Megan called... More

Fantasy Brokaw

What if Brokaw broke the absurd rules of tonight’s debate?

Yesterday, I hoped that Tom Brokaw might do more with tonight's debate than Gwen Ifill did with last Thursday’s (more... More

Attention!

http://journalism.org/node/13105">Per PEJ, from Sept. 29-Oct. 5, "the financial crisis received the most attention from the media for any non-campaign... More

What “Kind of Rough” Can Look Like?

From Dana Milbank today: ...Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater [FL], arriving... More

A “Job to Do At the Table” (But, What?)

Will Tom Brokaw do better than Gwen Ifill?

As the VP debate wound down last week, Andrew Sullivan's insta-reactions included the following: There was only one loser: Gwen... More

Talk of the Brown

CNN's Campbell Brown, from a New York Times profile on Saturday: As journalists, and certainly for me over the last... More

The Economist’s “Nerd Chic”

In naming The Economist "Magazine of the Year," Ad Age paraphrases an ad agency VP saying that the publication is... More

Inside Baseball, All Right

CNN has a deep bench on debate nights -- rows of seated pundits, laptops glowing before them, telling us what... More

Good Morning America (It Was, ‘Til Now)

What's worse (low-information-, high-headache-quotient) than a morning news show segment pitting Campaign A's spokesperson against Campaign B's spokesperson (headline, "Getting... More

As Economy Sags

Our economy? It's sagging. What does that mean? What now? Well, some things are going to grow and some things... More

More Snubbery?

The makings of SnubGate II? More

He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today's Anchorage Daily News: "Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound" and, subhed:... More

Do Better. Here’s How

Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, explains how election coverage might be improved. In a nutshell:... More

Mean Girls?

Washington Post political reporter Ann Kornblut talks to the National Journal about "Sexism in the Media." In part: Q: Last... More

An Earful From Ifill

I haven't heard back from Gwen Ifill (see yesterday's post) but Ifill did talk to the Associated Press to respond... More

Drudge Raises a Point

Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism. She’ll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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