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John McCanine

More Americans may want to BBQ with Barack, but the Associated Press-Yahoo News throws John a polling bone today: More... More

Press Giving McCain “Mad Pass” On Economic Plan?

Josh Marshall argues that the press coverage of McCain's economic plan (which Marshall summarizes as, "He's pledging to balance the... More

Intern-al Communication

That news meeting? The one where the editor introduced the New Business Model? Here's what it looked like through the... More

Sasha Obama, This Could Be You!

Here's an Associated Press article that pretends to be about what the White House offers child residents ("an unparalleled view... More

Time: Rolling the Dice on McCain?

Bill Clinton famously suggested to Charlie Rose last December that to vote for Barack Obama, given what Clinton called his... More

Press Contrition Over Clark Coverage?

About all those election-related "media firestorms over supposedly revealing incidents that never actually took place," as Paul Krugman described them... More

Covering Flip-Flops (A How-To)

Over at Time.com, Michael Scherer (who once worked here at CJR) observes: Every day, flip-flop charges bang up against the... More

More on That WaPo Obama Mortgage Story

Yesterday, my colleague Justin questioned the Washington Post's news judgment in running its Obama mortgage story. At Washington Monthly, Kevin... More

The Cult of Kiernan

Pat Kiernan, the NY1 News anchor who reads New Yorkers' newspapers to them every morning in his In The Papers... More

NYT’s MTV Cribs-Like Limbaugh Profile

At one point in his 7,000-plus-word profile of Rush Limbaugh for this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, reporter Zev Chafets... More

About That CW on Bush’s HIV/AIDS Legacy

"Even human rights purist [and New York Times columnist] Nicholas Kristof" has lauded President Bush's HIV/AIDS work, writes Danielle Maestretti... More

BBQ is the New “Beer With”

Breaking News! More Americans would rather barbecue with Barack Obama than with John McCain. How can McCain get a much-needed... More

“Disturbing Video” (What Would MSNBC Be Without It?)

Already this morning I have been repeatedly exposed (and, admittedly, each time turned to be exposed) to the following "disturbing... More

Old Media Intra-Office Communication?

One New York Times columnist complains about another New York Times columnist's column about yet another New York Times columnist...... More

On Last Week’s Lara Logan “News”

Not much of a scandal, not much of a story

“Isn’t anyone bothered by the Lara Logan sex scandal coverage?” asks Washington City Paper’s Angela Valdez. I’ll get to what... More

Oops! Gitmo Training “To Elicit False Confessions?”

If that powerful McClatchy series whet your appetite for Gitmo news: the New York Times' Scott Shane reports today on... More

Cringe-Making Parody of Morning News Tools

Thanks to a CJR reader for pointing us to The Onion News Network's sharp parody of the always cringe-making, often... More

CNN Segment: “Swiftboating McCain?”

More on press coverage of What Wes Said. Zack wrote yesterday: It’s crucially important that we have a political debate... More

Carville, Media Critic, On What Wes Said

Yesterday, Zack wrote here that some of the press coverage of What Wes Said* (an exchange between Gen. Wesley Clark... More

Breaking: Be Not Afraid, Be Not Very Afraid

Usually when something doesn't happen or something isn't expected to happen, it's not news. Even if the government issues a... 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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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