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Michelle Obama 3.0 (“Economic Crisis Look” Michelle!)

Back in June, the New York Times (among others) chronicled what it deemed to be Michelle Obama's "image makeover," a... More

In Recognition of Cable News Convention Coverage

The award for Least Useful On-Screen Bell or Whistle Unveiled During Convention Coverage by a Cable News Channel goes to...... More

Suffering for The Story in Denver

Whoever labors in the least cushy conditions wins...Respect? Legitimacy? That "blue collar" vote?" Something, apparently. Pity the 38 Washington Post... More

Convention Report: I See Something!

Wall-to-wall cable convention coverage. It can make even Chuck Todd (MSNBC's "goateed guru") look less-than-sharp. During a David Shuster report... More

Not A Plug for Politico

Last week, Vanity Fair polled hair stylists on Whether John McCain Has A Comb-Over ("from certain angles, it looks like... More

If You Build It…

You want to attract some reporters? Hang up a sign that says "Spin Room" or "War Room" ("Where We Help... More

Conventions. Why?

Why? Why, these conventions? Why 15,000 journalists at these conventions? What are we doing? What is this all about? This... More

Leave Your Leatherman in D.C.

Just received the "List of Prohibited Items for Members of the Media" from the Republican National Convention. Among the items... More

I Can’t Hear the Punditry!

Must every cable channel bring us convention coverage from a jam-packed restaurant? What's the thinking here? "Authentic" backdrop complete with... More

RunningOutofSteamStakes

Gail Collins today on the Lieberman-could-be-McCain's-veep-choice buzz: When you have a 71-year-old presidential candidate, it’s particularly important that voters be... More

Not By The Hair…

ABC News noted (veep!) that Evan Bayh's wife had her hair done (stakes!). 23/6.com imagines an IM exchange between Obama... More

Rumors of Tubbs Jones’s Demise, Explained

The Washington Post's Capitol Briefing blogger, Ben Pershing, explains how it was that he and several other news organizations reported... More

Who Cares? (And, About What?)

Will Bunch on the press on the Edwards Affair: How is it that the Enquirer can assign a team of... More

Breaking News Breakdown

CNN was reporting this afternoon on the "death of" Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D, OH) up until it carried live,... More

Joe-mentum of Another Sort

Kevin Drum and Jonathan Cohn are giving Joe Biden the Veep nod (could Obama be far behind)? Drum calls Biden... More

“Far From Fair and Balanced”

Fox News will know its tag line has jumped the shark (or is that set the standard?) when Mikhail Gorbachev,... More

AP: Alleged “Real People” To Appear at Convention!

I'm all for reporters calling out the stagey aspects of campaigns and conventions. To that end (I think?), the AP's... More

“CNN Grills” (Without Crossfire)

According to CNN, CNN's "CNN Diner" at the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City was "immensely successful" and so... More

Today in Speculation (Er, “Current Conjecture”)

You think it's easy working the Veepstakes beat? Opening wide for -- and presenting as news -- those crumbs tossed... More

What “Impresses” David Remnick

"What always impresses me are the people who are obsessed. People who are gifted, perhaps, but people who are obsessed.... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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