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We’ve Got -Gate!

Yes, this campaign season has already suffered a SnubGate. Yes, we've already had a -Gate involving Muslim (or at least... More

No Al Roker Live from Tiananmen Square?

For anyone looking forward to seeing Al Roker do a stand-up from Tiananmen Square this summer when the Today show... More

Big Bird-Inspired Investigative Incubator

Charles Lewis, who founded the Center for Public Integrity, is launching the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of... More

Ambush Makeover

As of 2:20pm, the word "makeover" (in relation to Michelle Obama) has been mentioned on MSNBC today at the following... More

Last Week’s “Debates Over Several Key Issues” (What, You Missed Them?)

Per PEJ: In the first official week of the general election, the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on... More

Michelle on The View!

Michelle Obama has taken her image makeover tour to ABC's The View this morning. But so far, we've learned more... More

How Not To Torture (Covering the Experts)

It must have been, um, agony maintaining the required poker face of detachment while writing the "straight news" account for... More

Wanted: More On Iraq From Candidates

Is this, in some part, media criticism on the New York Times op-ed page? In today's column Thomas Friedman writes:... More

Dancin’ With The Candidate

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes up John McCain's evolving stance on offshore oil drilling and his overall efforts to... More

B-Team Barack Now Bringing A-Game!

Per the Associated Press: Confined to the bench back in his high school basketball days, Barack Obama felt the fierce... More

Michelle Obama’s Southern Strategy

The following strikes me as bad advice, all around. Not the least because can you imagine the column Maureen Dowd... More

Backstage at Fox News

Fox News' s "Live Desk" this afternoon is taking viewers on a "behind-the-scenes tour" of the Fox News operation ("How... More

When Narratives Collide?

Patti Solis Doyle, Hillary Clinton's onetime campaign manager (who was pushed out a few months ago amid a fund-raising crunch;... More

From Journalist to Spokeswoman: Finally Free To “Tell The Truth?”

Linda Douglass, who for years worked in television journalism, spoke to Howard Kurtz about becoming Barack Obama's spokeswoman: [Obama] wants... More

One TV Critic’s Campaign Coverage Wish

I hope journalists learn to save the thumb-sucking explainer pieces for when they're really needed. So wishes Eric Deggans, the... More

The Axis of Earnest

According to the "Blogopticon" from Vanity Fair (which really means, of course, according to "high-end Hollywood dinner party gossip"), this... More

What’s Next for NBC News

Cropping up now among the remembrances of Tim Russert (including those of Russert's remarkably poised 22-year-old son Luke, who spoke... More

WaPo on Satire and Democracy (Yadda Yadda)

Today the Washington Post weighs in on a topic that will never make any List of Underreported Stories: The Daily... More

Fox News: On The Heels of “Terrorist Fist Jab”

Michelle Obama! Come on down! You ARE the next contestant on "Kill the Witch!" As such, Fox News will attempt... More

Reflections: “Hooting” Hillary Off The Stage?

A page from Katie Couric's CBS News Reporter's Notebook yesterday, in which she declared that in the "endles" media post-mortems... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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