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Interview “Tinkering”

On Sunday the New York Times Magazine ran a profile of playwright Neil LaBute in which readers learn of LaBute's... More

What Would “A Mix Between The Huffington Post and Drudge” Look Like?

(Besides, um, aesthetically challenged?) This. A HuffPo/Drudge blend is how Fox News regards its new site, The Fox Nation, Fox... More

Chyron, Misunderstood

Chyron (on-screen headline) on MSNBC just now: "Fmr Wall Street Professionals Trade Laptops For Lap Dances." No, the news is... More

“Cud Chewers” And “Cordwood” on Cable

Some colorfully apt descriptions of the current state of cable news from David Carr in the New York Times: Gorged... More

“Some Wonder…”

..."if [Michelle Obama is] spreading herself too thin to emerge in the public mind as a leading voice on" her... More

NYT Profiles Fox News’s “Rodeo Clown”

The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck ("Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News"). In the... More

Teleprompter Talks Back

"What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?" asked the AP's Ron Fournier last night in his... More

A Presidency “Defined” (So Soon?)

At The Daily Beast, Eric Alterman critiques last night's performance by the White House press corps, giving a thumbs-down to... More

President Leaves Reporters & Commentators “Restless,” “Bor[ed]”

Roundup of presidential press conference reports

Was it really a surprise to reporters at both the LA Times and the New York Times that President Obama... More

“Progress,” “Patience”

A quick scan of the front pages of today's papers (thanks, Newseum) shows that President Obama's second prime time press... More

LeBron James Has His Pre-Game Powder Toss…

... Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN's White House correspondent, "writes his [questions for the... More

Dow Low, Sugar High

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Whoopie Pies Are Having Their Moment," that the "cake-like sandwiches" have "finally... More

Klein: “Get Pissed At… Media Culture”

At Time's Swampland blog, Joe Klein offers some media criticism (er, "media culture" criticism): A certain newsmagazine--hint: not this one--has... More

Tonight: Will Obama Sell The Bank Plan? Make Gaffes? Get Ratings?

"Some in Washington [are] wondering whether the president is becoming overexposed," writes the New York Times's Peter Baker (emphasis mine)... More

Morning Blago

Tomorrow morning, from 7 to 9am, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be guest-hosting "The Don Wade & Roma Morning... More

Word Association

If I told you that the word "flaccid" appeared yesterday on the New York Times op-ed page under one of... More

Another O’Reilly “Ambush”

"My O'Reilly Ambush," made The Daily Show, your "O'Reilly Ambush..." has its own Facebook page... More

NYT on Spontaneous Story Combustion

I'm going to paraphrase my keen colleague, Brent: In the New York Times "Week in Review" there was an article... More

Getting To Know Douthat

New York magazine has a one-page backgrounder on the New York Times's newest op-ed page hire, Ross Douthat (part bio,... More

Hoyt: Still Too Many Anonymous Sources in NYT

Public Editor Clark Hoyt in yesterday's New York Times: With my assistant, Michael McElroy, I took another look at the... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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