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MSNBC Gets Punk’d

They're ba-ack! MSNBC's Michael E. Ross today discovers "Punk Republicans," an exotic species previously identified by The New York Times,... More

Sun Rises In The East, Kerry Said

The Associated Press's Nedra Pickler today takes "he said/she said" campaign reporting to new heights -- or depths -- in... More

Swing(ing) Voters

The never-ending search for the demographic group that will swing the election has taken reporters down some strange roads. The... More

Jill Lawrence on Flip-Floppers of Yore, Making “The Daily Show,” and Campaign Swag

Jill Lawrence (Courtesy USA Today) Jill Lawrence has covered politics for USA Today since 1996. She has reported on... More

Eat, Drink and Beat Kerry

On any given day, the blogosphere offers a virtual smorgasbord of convictions, conflicts and criticisms, sustaining readers of all political... More

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad, Press Coverage Really Bad

All happy political animals are alike, but each unhappy political animal is unhappy in its own way. Today, the Political... More

Reporters: Asset, or Achilles’ Heel?

Campaign Desk has commented more than once on the increasingly stale media debate: Teresa Heinz Kerry, asset or Achilles' heel?... More

What We Would Do If We Were You

Advice may be more agreeable in the mouth (or, in this case, on the keyboard) than in the ear, but... More

Fear and Gnawing in Palm Beach

On Monday, Campaign Desk pointed to stories by the Associated Press's Ron Fournier and The New York Times' Adam Nagourney,... More

Gerhart On (And Behind) The Scene

Yesterday, Campaign Desk applauded a few reporters' passing efforts to shed light on the behind-the-scenes machinations that produce compliant, cheering... More

Covering Crowd Control

One staple in from-the-campaign-trail stories is a passing description of the welcoming, applause-ready crowds gathered to hear candidates' stump speeches.... More

Reply Hazy, Try Again … Again … Again …

This week has magazine scribes raising sweeping questions and relying on a range of sources to supply a range of... More

Reporters, Like Bees and Dogs, Can Smell Fear

Democrats are afraid. We know ... because the Associated Press's Ron Fournier told us so on Friday, in a "newsview"... More

The Story Behind the Stereotype Story

By Liz Cox Barrett On Monday The Washington Post introduced readers to one Britton Stein of Sugar Land, Texas, in... More

You Wear What You Are

In reporting on Sen. John Kerry's appearance in Wheeling, West Virginia yesterday, The Charleston Daily Mail's Josh Hafenbrack briefly touched... More

Whose Economy?

In today's USA Today Susan Page takes a look at how the economy might factor into this year's presidential election.... More

Reporters Stampeded by Alligator

On Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry spoke on several environmental issues in Tampa, Florida, and took questions -- one of which... More

In Hot Pursuit of … Folly

Yesterday we reported on a four alarm veepstakes flare-up. Today, The Boston Globe's Patrick Healy does his best to keep... More

Reporters Track … Mystery Reporter

Sen. John Edwards' appearance with Sen. John Kerry at a Florida "pool party" last evening stoked the veepstakes flames anew.... More

Why, Yes, I Think I Will

Campaign Desk recognizes that listening to the same campaign speech 103 times a month might get a bit stale for... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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