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Hillary & Barack? Barack & Hillary? No Way,You Guys!

OMG, Patrick Healy's "Political Memo" in today's New York Times? It reads so high school (or to quote a more... More

Meet the “New Force,” Same as…

On CNN just now: "There seems to be a new force in politics: unmarried women." "New force?" Aren't these the... More

The Latest ‘Gate (Served with Syrup!)

How is it that 24 hours have ticked by since it happened and I am just now hearing about WaffleGate?... More

Peer Review (In Defense of ABC’s Debate)

Veteran New York Times political reporter Adam Nagourney takes a stab at defending Charlie Gibson's and George Stephanopoulos' handling of... More

The Luck of the Amish

Frequent MSNBC guest talking head, Mike Barnacle, was discussing the Democratic primary on Morning Joe just now and mentioned that... More

Preaching to Their Choirs

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Senators Clinton and Obama each spoke via satellite to what conventional wisdom calls... More

Why, Wolf, Why?

What is Wolf Blitzer "watching very closely" in the Situation Room right now? Well, according to his opening tease, he... More

Ignoring Stengel, PA Papers Endorse

Sorry, Time magazine's Richard Stengel: newspaper endorsements are alive and well in Pennsylvania. "Obama Sweeps Newspaper Endorsements," reports The Nation... More

The “What If” Story Gone Wild

Was anyone else puzzled by that "Gore-Lieberman" piece by John M. Broder in yesterday's New York Times "Week In Review"?... More

Cable, Try A Little Earnestness

MSNBC, you want to catch the ear of a multi-tasking, half-listening cable TV viewer? Forget the shouting kitschy overkill of,... More

Lauren Conrad, Hallmark of News Media “Relevance”

Apparently it's not enough to employ a "celebrity" news anchor or columnist. You must also seat your celebrity news anchor... More

Counting the “Ha!’s” in a Matthews Interview

How many "Ha!'s" might Chris Matthews let out during the course of a 10-question interview? I counted eight in Matthews'... More

TV News Driven By “Mentally Ill Martinets”

Virginia Heffernan profiles the Onion News Network, "a video series produced by the Onion fake-news empire:" The false news stories... More

Victoria Clarke on “Service to the Media”

Given Victoria Clarke's role in creating and carrying out that "military analysts as media Trojan horse" plan the New York... More

Rummy’s “Message Force Multipliers”

And you thought this administration had done no post-Iraq-invasion planning? About those "military analysts" you've grown accustomed to seeing on... More

Brooks Puts the “A” in ABC

About last night: David Brooks, for one, thought "the questions were excellent" and gives ABC an "A," Clinton a "B"... More

A New Standard for Debate Questions?

If you're hoping to quell any grumbling about revolving doors (and I'm not including myself in that grumbling) or if... More

On Debate, ABC Gets A “D”?

Here's a choice bit from Tom Shales' Washington Post review of last night's ABC-sponsored Democratic debate, headlined, "In Pa. Debate,... More

“The Most Startlingly Tabloid Debate” Yet

Per Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, moments after the ABC-sponsored Democratic debate concluded just now. Maybe Olbermann's just peeved that ABC... More

The Bluest Collar

Paul Waldman writes in The American Prospect: [Tim] Russert and [Chris] Matthews may be at the top of their profession's... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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