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Yes, He Does

This, from today's Wall Street Journal, struck me as (unintentionally) funny: "Claiborne's CEO Crams Into Coach to Cut Costs" And... More

Governor, Grandmother

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, is born. People Magazine, according to MSNBC, has won the bidding war... More

Kennedy (Huffs)

Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday's New York Times, based on an interview the Times's Nicholas Confessore... More

Best of 2008: Liz Cox Barrett’s Picks

Barrett picks her top stories from 2008

1) Media's Mixed Nuts I personally enjoyed cataloging how reporters handled Jesse Jackson's open mic moment. So prudish. Also, I... More

Some Things Borrowed

For a 2007 New Yorker piece exploring how Picasso borrowed from Rembrandt, did Simon Schama borrow too much from an... More

“Beach Body”

Perhaps you've seen, in some form, this image? Politico has the background on who shot it (not a member of... More

Morning Joe’s Three “No’s”

Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before... More

CPJ: Iraq Still “Deadliest Nation For Press”

Forty-one journalists were killed worldwide "in direct connection to their work" in 2008, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists.... More

Schieffer’s “Facelift Gone Wacko…”

...is actually just "dental work," as he explained, in rhymes, on Face The Nation yesterday, h/t, FishbowlDC. (Is it me?... More

NYT Is Sorry. Again. For Botched Kennedy Coverage

Another day, another "Editor's Note" in the New York Times prompted by rushed ClintonSenateSeatStakes (Caroline Kennedy) coverage. On December 10,... More

Obamas-In-Hawaii Headlines

A look at some of the Obamas-Vacation-in-Hawaii headlines so far (keeping in mind Charlie LeDuff's "don't be boring" mantra): ABC... More

Labash on LeDuff

Matt Labash profiles Detroit ("the city where the sirens never sleep") for the Weekly Standard, a profile in which Charlie... More

Just Dance

23/6 describes its "danceable symphony of graphics and noises entirely constructed from every single cable news sound effect or theme... More

AP: Michelle Obama’s “Hairstyles Probably Will Be Scrutinized”

What makes you think so, Associated Press? (And, are you implying you won't partake?) The AP makes this bold predication... More

Are You On The List(s)?

1) Politico's "Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" (three of the top five involve MSNBC) 2) E&P's list of "Top... More

NYT’s Zimbabwe Coverage (What “Deterioration” Means)

A reminder of what, generally, we stand to lose as newspapers close overseas bureaus and otherwise cut back on foreign... More

NJ “Plog” “Shuns Web, And Thrives”

The TriCityNews, an Asbury Park, NJ alt weekly with a print run of 10,000, "is prospering precisely because it ignores... More

“I Saw Someone On Cable Say This…”

... were Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's "least favorite words in the English language," according to Mark Leibovich's profile of... More

Counting Questions

Number of questions President-Elect Obama has taken at press conferences since being elected? 48 The Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni is... More

We’re “Harboring” Ex-Journos Here

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer gives a shout-out of sorts to our "Parting Thoughts" series: Hardly a day goes by,... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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