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D.C.’s “Most Popular Friend:” Mark Halperin Mike Allen

You can now read, at nytimes.com, Mark Leibovich's how's-he-do-it? profile of Politico's Mike Allen and Allen's Very Important Morning Email... More

It’s Not About You, NYT

The kicker to the New York Times's obit yesterday for the renowned "narcissism expert," James F. Masterson: Dr. Masterson became... More

A King in the White House?

"Is Larry King's CNN Reign Nearing Its End?" wonders Tom Shales in today's Washington Post, noting that Larry King Live's... More

Great National Reporters Thinking Alike

Via Twitter, CNN political producer Peter Hamby shares these nuggets about a conference call this morning with reporters, Marco Rubio... More

Chthonic, Guttate, and Tennis, To Name a Few

What are "Words That David Foster Wallace Circled in His American Heritage Dictionary," Alex? Slate publishes a complete list of... More

What Networks Didn’t Mention About WV Mining Disaster

Andrew Tyndall noticed something about the nightly newscasts' (ABC, CBS, NBC) coverage of the recent disaster at Upper Big Branch... More

All About Bob: A Beat Sweetener

You may know Robert F. ("Bob") Bauer as Gregory Craig’s successor as White House counsel. But, really, who is Bob... More

Bumper Music Gunfire

From the AP: As many as a dozen Mogadishu-based radio stations stopped playing music on Tuesday after the insurgent group... More

Cover Your Access

The Washington Post today has a front-page piece about White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, speculating that Gibbs might --... More

On Fox News, Introspection…

...by chyron? More

“Experiment and Fail Quickly”…

... is "our mantra this year," says one newspaper news executive, according to a new PEJ survey of newspaper and... More

“Dumbest Tiger Woods Stories” Number 11!

Yes, Salon's "10 Dumbest Tiger Woods Stories" list could no doubt be four times as long, but I'll limit myself... More

“Surreptitious Reporting”

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof reports from Zimbabwe (where's the "know-it-all's bias"?): In a week of surreptitious reporting here... More

Know-It-All’s Bias

Over at The Atlantic, Lane Wallace ("author, pilot, and entrepreneur" ) describes how she came to realize that sometimes reporters... More

“Which Is Presented as an Essay By [Levi] Johnston…”

The Anchorage Daily News reports today on Levi Johnston's Vanity Fair piece, and goes out on a limb to suggest... More

Farewell, Kind Uncle Charlie

Charles Gibson, in a word? LA Times: ... the abrupt end of the Bob Woodruff-Elizabeth Vargas pairing that led the... More

“If Michael Jackson Hadn’t Died…”

In an online Q&A, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth explains what might have been this summer for "The Craigslist... More

Advice for Diane Sawyer

Advice for Diane Sawyer for her inaugural outing, reportedly to take place in January, as the new anchor of ABC's... More

Ling and Lee on Their Detention in N. Korea

Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee write, for the first time, about their reporting, capture, and detention in... More

“Free-For-All Internet Media Culture” is a Euphemism For…

..., apparently, the Washington press corps. The New York Times's Peter Baker today writes about the rumored "nuptials that never... 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


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.”

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