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Quote of the Morning…

... not from a News Importance standpoint or anything, just, well... here are a few words on New York City's... More

“We Will Make BP Pay”

"We will make BP Pay" are among the words from President Obama's Oval Office address last night that seemed to... More

Combatting Oil Spill Fatigue “Jejune Ennui”

The WaPo's Tom Shales today gives the Style-ish take on the oil spill, as seen on TV. Shales argues that... More

Afghan Minerals Story “Aroused Considerable Suspicion from Times Readers”…

... notes Bassey Etim at The New York Times's The Lede blog today (of James Risen's A1 Times piece today,... More

Prez Should Stop “[C]omplaining on TV about TV”

The Nation's Ari Melber has, according to his headline, "The Solution to Obama's BP Press Problem." Writes Melber: Obama is... More

WaPo, NYT, Anonymous Sources

"[B]y casually agreeing to conceal the identities of those who provide non-critical information, The [Washington] Post erodes its credibility and... More

More On Super-Soakering With Sources

In response to questions from Twitter followers, Mark Knoller, White House correspondent for CBS News Radio, has been tweeting about... More

Carly Fiorina Hands Sean Hannity a New Tagline

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina, California's brand new Republican Senatorial candidate, had herself an open mic situation while waiting to begin an... More

Primaries & The Gang

And the feelin's right/Oh, yes it's... ABC News CBS News's Bob Schieffer: "The biggest election day of the year heading... More

FP On How Media Misread Tehran

Foreign Policy has an interesting package of stories reflecting on the media coverage of last year's elections in Iran, including... More

Those Who Play Spray Together…

What do you get when you bring together a water slide, Wolf Blitzer (among other journalists), water guns, and Rahmbo... More

“When Jesus Rode a Gay Dinosaur That Had Breast Cancer…”

... to See a Historically Famous American President." David Carr's (slightly?) exaggerated stab at a typical newsweekly "single topic" cover... More

NYT Sourcing: An “Internet Link” “Alleges…”

How's this for sourcing (flagged by a tipster) in the New York Times's A1 story today, "Turkish Funds Helped Group... More

Fineman on Gores: “Finally”

The "surprise" of it all. That has been the overwhelming theme in the (unsurprising) flurry of awkward, speculative commentary from... More

Turner on CNN: More Green Journalism; “Less Yellow Journalism”

CNN is 30 years old today! The on-air celebration has been, so far, low key. There was birthday cake at... More

Meet the “Shadow Congress”

TPM's Zachary Roth (formerly of CJR) and Justin Elliott have put together an interactive map of the "Shadow Congress," the... More

Press Conference To-Do Lists (“Show Us The Anger!”)

With President Obama scheduled to hold a press conference in about an hour, the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty has a... More

Attention! Pay No More to Palin?

Author and reporter Joe McGinniss has apparently rented the house next door to Sarah Palin's in Wasilla, Alaska, the better... More

Santorum Cracks the Code to Getting Coverage

Rick Santorum, the former two-term Republican Senator from Pennsylvania and current Fox News contributor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, was... More

“She Sat With Her Legs Ajar…”

... is what the Washington Post's Style columnist -- yes, Robin Givhan (of I see Clinton cleavage fame)-- wants you... 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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