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Shafer v. Anonymice (Take 47)

Which reporter in which major newspaper recently granted anonymity to a source for a quotation, the lot about which Jack... More

WaPo-Induced Flashback

Surely I'm not the only person who thought I'd clicked on an old washingtonpost.com link -- like, one from 2001... More

More Testosterone for NBC, Less for MSNBC?

I'm probably just still recovering from last week's Nuts-Gate, but a pair of passages stood out to me from two... More

Nine More Minutes of New Yorker “Cover Story” Coverage

Adding to what Katia said yesterday: In a ten-minute interview on last night's Hardball (airtime shared with Ron Brownstein of... More

Good Catch, Mika! (Was That So Hard?)

A breath of fresh air on MSNBC this morning (fresh not just for MSNBC, but for political reporting in general).... More

Not Laughing At The New Yorker Cover Cartoon?

Well, how about this one, located safely inside this week's issue, complete with caption (additional hint: panhandlers are not the... More

AP’s Accountability Adviser To Be “Player-Coach”

At Politico, Michael Calderone ponders whether the Associated Press's acting Washington bureau chief, Ron Fournier, is "saving or destroying the... More

Veepstakes: We Have a Winner!

"MSNBC.com users have chosen Mitt Romney" as John McCain's running-mate (in that online Veepstakes game). What? You're waiting to see... More

That New Yorker Cover (Fox News’ Take and More)

There is something both disturbing and hilarious about listening to Fox News (of "terrorist fist jab" and not-so-subtly-digitally-altered-photos-of-New York Times-reporters-who-wrote-ill-of-Fox-News... More

Tell Me, As The Paper’s Editor of “Visual News,” What Do You Do?

Our minds are already "down there" today, so why not have a look at what my colleague just called "the... More

Media’s Mixed “Nuts” (a.ka. “A Base Phrase”-Gate)

This marks the third time* this campaign season the press has had to tackle the question of How To Report... More

What Else Can I Do With All This Spin?

The Boston Globe's Brian Mooney shows how the spin flows with a minute-by-minute chronology of A Day of Campaign Spin... More

Pollster On That John McCanine Poll

Pollster's Mark Blumenthal awards Worst In Show to the Associated Press's interpretation of its own poll (not to mention the... More

No More Malia And Sasha (You Blew It, Cable)!

There will be no more interviews with Barack Obama's adorable young daughters, Malia and Sasha. No more chances to find... More

AP on McCain on Budget Deficit: Points For Trying?

How's this framing of The Candidates Dueling Economic Plans for the press giving McCain a "mad pass" (Josh Marshall's words)... More

That Crying Child With Leg Casts

That recent A-1 New York Times photo of the crying baby in leg casts that stopped me (and, not surprisingly,... More

“Inspired” New York Post Reporting

The New York Post reports it was "inspired by sexy CBS reporter Lara Logan's recent foreign affairs" (presumably its own... More

McCain Camp Won’t Call On Corn on Calls?

David Corn's first-hand experience has him wondering over at Mother Jones: Is the McCain campaign screening reporters [on its conference... More

Kurtz: “In-Bedded” Reporter (Now With Child)!

Last week, I complained about Howard Kurtz's handling of all the recent Lara Logan-related news. Basically, Kurtz reprinted five juicy... More

“Special Political Coverage” (By Any Other Name)

No fair! CNN is inflating the Coop's grades with their tricky program-naming scheme! So tattled MSNBC and Fox News to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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