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13 Days Out: What, Now?

We know what the campaign press, in general,is doing with its time now, today, thirteen days before election day. But... More

AP’s Extended Teaching Moment

Yesterday, Megan offered some suggestions for reporters for how to cover the McCain campaign's recent cries of socialism, including: "add... More

“Palling Around With Haberdashers”

So, WardrobeGate (CoutureGate? FashionPlateGate?) Politico reports that the Republican National Committee apparently has spent over $150,000 on clothing and accessories... More

Props, CNN

Yes, CNN's Dan Lothian did file a report this afternoon standing next to a canon on a Civil War battlefield... More

“David The Journalist,” “Tito The Builder”

Perhaps you've heard Gov. Palin refer to"Tito the Builder" on the trail recently (in the same bit where she calls... More

Michele, The New Zell?

Politico's Daniel Libit pronounces Rep. Michele Bachmann's "call for a media investigation into 'anti-American' members of Congress" "the macaca —... More

“What Happened to the Old Press Corps?”

Among the interesting bits of Jeffrey Goldberg's interview with Marc Salter of the McCain campaign: We also talked about Salter's... More

Accountability Journalism v. Another -Ism

The AP applied some basic "accountability journalism" (I guess?) to some recent McCain/Palin campaign trail rhetoric (emphasis mine): Republican Sarah... More

Has Scarborough Been In Touch?

Joe Biden's recent "mark my words" words -- and the way the press has handled them -- were all the... More

Afflicting The Comfortable?

While talking about how hard campaigning can be, during an interview with Cindy McCain, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren articulated... More

AP’s Tale of Two Ropelines

Two Associated Press headlines today: "Obama ropelines: bouncing babies, controlled chaos" "McCain ropelines: more discipline, less chatting" (... and also,... More

“You Have Been So Friendly…”

As mentioned in passing in this earlier post, the morning after her SNL appearance, being in town and all, Gov.... More

Echoes of Hank

Remember "McCain/Palin Tradition," Hank Williams, Jr.'s re-working of his song "Family Tradition" that was unveiled last week on the campaign... More

Laughable?

The only "press conference" Gov. Sarah Palin has conducted to date as the vice presidential nominee took place on "Saturday... More

Out of (Bounds’) Bounds

Tucker Bounds, cable news's favorite McCain campaign spokesperson, to MSNBC's Tamran Hall this morning: HALL: Let's also talk about the... More

Hate The Game

MSNBC's Chris Matthews after the debate last night: Coming up, we go to The Spin Room -- I hate that... More

Best “Plumber” Headline

The award for the best use of "Joe the Plumber" in a morning-after-debate headline could belong to... Barron's. "Plumber Takes... More

Obama on Press “Getting Carried Away”

Sen. Obama warned supporters at a fundraiser this morning in Manhattan: For those of you who are feeling giddy or... More

Pundits With “Moldy” Assumptions

Time's Joe Klein explains why political pundits (and he uses "we" in the explanation) had such a different-seeming insta-reaction to... More

Method Reporting

Yesterday, Clint and I were wondering aloud whether CNN might dress its campaign reporter like a local, in typical Long... 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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