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Rove’s Exit

Nothing left to say? Says who?

Last night, Josh Marshall mused: Is it me or is the most remarkable thing about Karl Rove's resignation that it... More

How Does GMA Love YouTube? Let Us Count The Ways

Some television news producers are falling in love with the free — if decidedly unnewsworthy — content on the Web.

Ah, television news' infatuation with YouTube goes on (wherein lazy producers fill air time with amateur video, hoping to pass... More

A Girl’s Got the Gavel! But What’s She Wearing?

Despite being an accomplished, powerful woman, some members of the press still can’t get over the fact that she’s, you know, a girl.

Here we were, wishfully thinking that the appearance of a certain New York Times' Thursday Style article last week ("Speaking... More

Bloomberg to Press: Write What You’re Told

Mayor Bloomberg’s press aides laid down some ground rules yesterday when announcing some new initiatives, and most of the media played along.

You're mayor of New York City. It's the day before your annual "State of the City" address. You want certain... More

The Perils of Compassion Fatigue

Can reporters cover the daily grind of death and destruction in Iraq with an unwavering urgency, while not falling into a war-as-entertainment approach?

The fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is swiftly approaching. According to a recent Pentagon assessment, attacks against... More

Have Video, Will Air It

Hey, TV news producers and reporters: Absurd amateur video footage does not a news story make.

Hey, TV news producers and reporters: Absurd amateur video footage does not a news story make. All three networks (plus... More

We Report (What Pat Robertson Says God Told Him), You Decide

For cable news, the televangelist’s eye-grabbing prediction for 2007 was a gift from the gods.

For cable news, it was a gift from the gods (or, rather from God, via televangelist Pat Robertson) -- an... More

Newsweek Ignores Its Own Poll, Launches ‘08 Race

If you want to know what Newsweek’s recent Election 2008-related poll found, try reading the New York Post or Newsday.

In the thick of Jonathan Alter’s Newsweek cover story this week -- headline, “The Race Is On. Obama & Hillary... More

Jesus Christ, Cover Star

It’s that time of year again for the newsweeklies: Christ-as-Cover-Boy time. How has the Jesus Cover Story been packaged over the years? How has it changed (or not)?

It's that time of year again for the newsweeklies: Christ-as-Cover-Boy time. Jesus, of course, is as reliably evergreen a cover... More

“Boomlets” Abound at New York Mag

This week’s magazine reports on the “Bloomberg 2008 boomlet,” contributing to said boomlet with a cover story pronouncing that Bloomberg is “serious” about a presidential run in ‘08.

This week, New York magazine's John Heilemann reports on what he dubs the "[Michael] Bloomberg 2008 boomlet," contributing to said... More

“Bad News” Media Strike Again

We don’t know what “media” Neil Cavuto was consuming, but we couldn’t escape the Black Friday excitement in the press — in outlets from sea to shining sea.

Chris Matthews’ end-of-program, seated-upon-a-stool Sunday musings on NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show (recent quote: “Celebrity, celebrity, it's crawling all over... More

More Evidence That Non-Stop News Is Win-Win

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, which means cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless pre-Turkey Day travel reports.

It's the day before Thanksgiving, which means that cable news channels are running a continuous loop of generally useless day-before-Thanksgiving... More

“Envy Malaise” Grips Awestruck Journalists

Today we give thanks for something that American journalism is doing well of late: allocating resources to examining jealousy in the economic stratosphere.

With Thanksgiving nigh, let us take a break from the journo-scolding for a moment to give thanks for something that... More

A Fistfight (or Two) a Day

A week after the midterms and it’s back to business on cable news — the business of hyping fluff, that is.

A week after the midterms and it's back to business on cable news -- the business of beat-downs, that is.... More

Why Are These Two Men Still Talking?

This morning, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Mehlman squared off on the Today Show. Again.

As predicted back on October 25, we had not then seen the last of McAuliffe v. Mehlman (in which television... More

A Day’s Worth of BotchedJokeGate Coverage on CNN

In which our tireless reporter spends a day in front of the tube, waiting for the choicest moments of John Kerry coverage.

The sheer volume of coverage devoted this week to Sen. John Kerry's "botched joke" has been stunning, even to our... More

Friedman’s French Friend Stages Intervention

Thomas L. Friedman’s go-to reporting move (quote-the-cabbie) is stymied. Could it be the end of an “era?”

Thomas L. Friedman is frustrated. And Friedman's frustration festers throughout his New York Times column today -- titled, we kid... More

Some Jerk Discovers Nice People in Offices

The Christian Science Monitor breaks the news — and it’s news to us — that, “At Work, ‘Nice’ is On the Rise.”

Last week, the Christian Science Monitor's Marilyn Gardner broke the news (and it came as news to us) that, "At... More

Crossfire on the Today Show Plaza

Why not invite the heads of the Republican and Democratic National Committees on your show to “talk” about the upcoming election/s? Exhibit A.

For producers of television news shows everywhere: Exhibit A for Why Not to Invite the Heads of the Republican and... More

Wired Scribe Tells How He Busted A MySpace Sex Offender

Having written an automated script that searched MySpace profiles for registered sex offenders, a reporter details how he put the story together.

Kevin Poulsen is a senior editor at Wired News where he has covered MySpace, computer security, and blogging, among... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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