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Bored Reporters Play for Their Base (Each Other)

From Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post: If there is importance in the results of the primary in West Virginia,... More

How Do You Top “Practically Lactating?”

To quote a colleague: "The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink- beer-in-a-masculine-seeming-way? approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd's] one move—never mind that it’s been... More

Headline Here, Headline There

Headline on the front page of today's Charleston (WV) Gazette (print edition): HILLARY RACKS UP BIG WIN; Observers Still See... More

Camp Clinton, As Cast By MSNBC

If you got your West Virginia primary coverage from MSNBC, then you know: 1) Hillary Clinton is thisclose to becoming... More

Remember That “Media Trojan Horse?”

Media Matters counted the number of times those military analysts named in David Barstow's New York Times investigation ("Behind TV... More

McCain’s Maverick Cursive (And “Angry” Commas)

Body-language experts have already weighed in at key times during the campaign. Ditto graphic designers explaining what campaign signage choices... More

Take Me Home, Beltway Roads

In March we saw a CNN anchor swapping his pinstripe suit for a ten gallon hat and horse to better... More

Looking for Local News in LA?

Joe Matthews, one-time labor reporter for the LA Times, wrote a piece in Sunday's Washington Post (hat tip, Matthew Yglesias)... More

Battle of the Media Darling(est)?

Newspaper, TV on the wall, who's the media darling(est) of them all? McCain? Obama? (Ron Paul, you say?) A first... More

West Virginia, Personified (by the FT)

"West Virginia Keeps Distance From Obama." So reads the headline on a Financial Times piece today. Just who is this... More

The Democratic Primary: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

From Katharine Q. Seeyle's New York Times piece today (emphasis mine): This is an awkward phase in a long campaign.... More

Beyond “Voicing Over Pictures”

CNN's Dan Rivers, one of few Western journalists able to report from Myanmar last week, tells Howard Kurtz on yesterday's... More

Pick a Pundit Profile

Which television poli-pundit profile to read first: "Chuckie T's" or Turd Blossom's? Howard Kurtz profiles NBC's political director Chuck Todd... More

Going Brangelina on Barack

In a New York Times article today about how the entertainment press is giving Britney-sized attention to this year's presidential... More

McCain Makes News

Appears on Daily Show--a surefire way to get the (uncritical) attention of the campaign press. McCain talked about how, as... More

News Deprived

At washingtonmonthly.com, Kevin Drum is asking his readers: If you could have only one source of news in the world,... More

About Being Distracted…

Luckily, my quest for ever more juicy campaign minutiae brought me to Time's Swampland blog just now where I found... More

McCain In Media Crosshairs? “In Time”

How The Media Works 101: Can't Walk and Chew Gum, with Professors Chris Matthews and Tim Russert (and input from... More

Morning After (Press Takes Pulse)

NBC's Today Show this morning: "Is it over?" ABC's Good Morning America: "End of the Road?" Front page of today's... More

Last Night’s Matthews-isms

In a single exchange with Keith Olbermann last night describing Clinton's and Obama's primary night speeches, MSNBC's Chris Matthews managed... 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

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