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“Mad Bitch,” Twitter Edition

If Bill Clinton were on a "private mission" in North Korea meeting with Kim Jong-il to discuss the release of... More

“Steve” Agrees With Steve Doocy…

... who sounds a lot like that woman at that health care town hall. Well, "people think alike:" The Daily... More

NYT “Too Pushy” to Land Levi Johnston Interview

The Alaska Daily News's's Julia O'Malley recently dined with Levi Johnston (father of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp) and Johnston's entourage,... More

McCain: Campaign Press Had “A Totally More Hostile Attitude”…

.... and that's totally John (not Meghan) McCain's assessment of the 2008 v. 2000 campaign press. Sen. McCain aired a... More

NYT’s Stanley to “Again Get Special Editing Attention”

"How Did This Happen?" ("This" being seven eight errors in Alessandra Stanley's July 17th New York Times "appraisal" of Walter... More

“Sudan ‘Trousers Trial’ Adjourned…”

...is not a headline from an American news source (if the first word didn't give that away -- Sudan?!-- surely... More

A Seat at the (Picnic) Table For Fox News?

Is there space for Team Fox & Friends at that presidential picnic table for tomorrow night's "teachable moment" with beer?... More

If You Hold It, They Will Come

I guess the publicly-released 911 tape didn't say it all. "911 caller in Gates case to hold press conference." Well,... More

In My Spare Time? I Scrapbook, Jog, Do a Little Journalism…

Last month, Time's James Poniewozik imagined a future for journalists in the "literary-fiction/poetry model" whereby "a lucky few, best-selling creative... More

President PYT

All that "skittering away from chocolate goodies, as though... a starlet obsessing on a svelte waistline" that Maureen "Gender Twist"... More

Gibbs: “No Formal Agenda Other Than Cold Beer”

The White House press secretary previewing the president's plans for his August Martha's Vineyard getaway? No. The White House press... More

Health Care Reform “Not A Journalism-Friendly Story,” Part 2

Per PEJ, health care-related coverage filled one quarter of last week's newshole! Hold your applause. The fine print (emphasis mine):... More

“Sad Hillary” Coverage

Foreign Policy blogger Annie Lowrey describes "How stories about the Secretary of State end up as 'Sad Hillary' anecdrama." Writes... More

Scooped by Seacrest! (TMZFail?)

Silverman... out! Ryan Seacrest, American Idol host, Twittered as much yesterday (referring to the NBC co-chairman and friend-of-Seacrest, Ben... More

The Birth Of Politico…

...as told by Glenn Greenwald, via Twitter, just now: One day, someone woke up and said: "let's create a perfect... More

What’s The Matter With NJ? NYT Asks, Answers (Kinda)

Given last week's news out of New Jersey -- that corruption scheme, per today's New York Times, "which involved three... More

Shep Smith: Newcasting is Not Complicated

The Boston Globe profiles Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who "describes himself as a newscaster," adding: “All we’re really supposed... More

Health Care Not Healthy For Ratings

Assorted people in journalism explain to Politico's Michael Calderone that health care reportage, in addition to being a challenge for... More

Media Matters in South Korea

No, members of South Korea's parliament were not "mad because they can't read the words on anything" (as Fox News's... More

You Can’t Do That (Allude to Loofahs) On Television (Fox News)

A Forbes columnist explained on Fox News just now why Bill O'Reilly might not replace Walter Cronkite in the hearts... 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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