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Street Fight: Cardboard Fans at Twenty Paces

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. And if freebies were viewers, CNN and MSNBC would ride a little higher,... More

Watching the BBC Watch “Arnie” and “Bushie”

What would a non-American reporter -- perhaps, a eurojourno -- make of last night's prime time Republican National Convention speakers,... More

Visiting the Gnomes of the Loyal Opposition

If the number one wish of the propagandists laboring away in the Democratic National Committee's temporary New York "war room"... More

CNN: Where No Talking Point Goes Challenged

Just in case Rudy Giuliani forgot to hit an RNC talking point or two last night during his prime time... More

Onward Marches Campaign Journalism

The Blonde Babes for Bush (l to r, Amy Stephens, CindyMurphy, and Peggy Littleton) Any delegate gunning for air... More

Sandra Endo on Flirting Candidates, “Colorful” Bush Comments, and Convention-Week Massages

Sandra Endo Sandra Endo covers local, state and national politics for NY1, where she has worked since 1998. Endo... More

Hidden Is The Word for This News, All Right

This morning, yet more evidence of how Swift BoatGate has dominated mainstream media, and relegated serious election-year issues to the... More

Pretty Please, Just Once?

Yesterday, Campaign Desk offered a big-picture -- and rather damning, if we say so ourselves -- accounting of the press'... More

Bees, Rats and Dancing at Republicans

The blogosphere continues to bubble with John on Jon reviews. Electablog's David Pell speaks for some unnamed group of people... More

By Turns Doubtful, Doleful, and Downright Defensive

On Daily Kos, DemFromCT ponders how journalists will handle the new news about Abu Ghraib -- what with all the... More

“Who, Me? Naw, This Megaphone Is Just a Prop”

Campaign Desk had a good, gallows-humor-type chuckle when we saw this stunningly un-self-aware headline on Tom Raum's Associated Press piece... More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

For members of the mainstream press arriving at work in a Monday morning fog, a virtual "to-do" list awaits you... More

President Bush Nailed by Cheese Cops

It all started yesterday, when CNN, Fox and The New York Times were content to transcribe and transmit President Bush's... More

CNN’s Cheesy Coverage

Thanks to a Campaign Desk reader for flagging this stomach-turning CNN special. On yesterday's "Inside Politics," wedged between a segment... More

Hat Tip, Interrupted

Last night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, to use Atrios' words, went "nuclear" on Matthew Dowd, a senior Bush-Cheney strategist and Hardball... More

It’s August, and the Dogs Are Eating the Dogs

The traditional August lull in election-year ads is a thing of the past, writes Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press.... More

Renee Zellwegger - the New Ohio?

How many swing voter posts in one day is too many? We decide, you retort. Remember, back in the spring,... More

Oops, They Didn’t Do it Again

Add today's story by Andy Lenderman of the Albuquerque Journal to the What Not to Do list. Lenderman reports that... More

He Said/She Said Rears His/Her Ugly Head - Yet Again

As we've suggested more than once before, it is a dereliction of duty when journalists report a campaign claim and... More

The Common Man As Parrot

For months now, Campaign Desk has watched as campaign talking points (or key lines from attack ads and campaign speeches)... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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