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How local PA TV played Obama’s speech

“The immediate, tawdry issue for the Obama campaign,” according to Joe Klein on Time’s Swampland blog directly after Obama’s Speech... More

The Bar for Barack

Media anticipation for a “make or break” speech

As much as anyone, the media is eagerly anticipating Sen. Barack Obama’s Speech On Race this morning. How so? Where... More

Covering a Comeuppance

Swept away by sex, psychoanalysis and schadenfreude?

Unsurprisingly, SpitzerGate filled a bit of airtime on the Sunday talking head shows. On the Chris Matthews Show, specifically, the... More

Primary Night Rally (With Blitzer)

Obama wins and so does Wolf

After winning yesterday's Democratic primary in Mississippi, Sen. Barack Obama last night appeared on television to thank his supporters. A... More

TNR’s Press Corps Class War

Plus: Courting the saucy, snazzy “MoDowd”

There are Two Americas in the Obama traveling press corps, according to The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber. And just like... More

Covering ‘Client 9’

Headlines and Heidi

Looks like the New York tabloids did not take any of CJR's humble suggestions for Spitzer-related headlines, going instead with... More

Meet the Press? Pass.

Sunday and Substance

What do you do if you're a freshman senator—first year on the job—and you very much want to be taken... More

CNN’s Old Hat Texas Coverage

Luckily, some local columnists don’t watch cable

Jeannie Kever began her Houston Chronicle column yesterday - a column applauding the "US media" for avoiding the "Texas cowboy... More

Political Punditry: Kids’ Stuff?

ABC’s Child Pundits Not Childish Enough

You know how The Daily Show sometimes gets young kids to read and reenact actual moments in cable punditry, to... More

Hold the Sauce

What McCain cooked up for the press

Sen. John McCain, the candidate who typically speaks his “straight talk” on the record, urged reporters to tuck their notebooks... More

It’s The Man Show — on MSNBC!

Stick to your knitting, ladies

Watching MSNBC this morning I was reminded of a cop-out line from one of Maureen Dowd's recent harshing-on-Hillary New York... More

Russert Bags “The Marlin”

The most Russert-centric debate to date?

Who won the debate? Who won the debate? That is, of course, the key question for so many in the... More

Stay “Classy,” Clinton

But not till after tonight’s debate, Live on MSNBC!

Jonathan Alter, the Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political pundit, thinks Hillary Clinton should pack it in ("Hillary Should Get Out... More

Elephant in the Studio

Doris Kearns Goodwin on PlagiarismGate 2008

Which of Tim Russert's expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday's Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the... More

A Sorry Situation

How do you contain a cable conflagration?

It was all too predictable, what happened after Cindy McCain on Tuesday riffed on Michelle Obama’s recent “proud of my... More

Wag the Finger

Angry Bill: From embeds’ eyes to pundits’ lips

It's been a bumpy campaign season thus far, PR-wise, for MSNBC. One potential bright spot: yesterday, MSNBC owned the story... More

An Obama “Embed” on Access, Inspiration, Oppo

And what not to ask her

Aswini Anburajan is a twenty-seven-year-old campaign reporter (a.k.a. “embed”) who has been traveling with Barack Obama’s campaign for NBC News/National... More

Who’s Afraid of 60 Minutes?

No worries for the candidates

How do you make thirteen of 60 Minutes feel like an eternity? Sic Katie Couric on Senator Hillary Clinton. What... More

There Will Be Losers

Cable talkers see to it

Yes, there were the familiar color-coded cutouts of Super Tuesday states flashing on the screen as they were called (and... More

“Chutzpah!” “Hoopla!” “Ambush!” Victory?

Reporting the Democratic results in Florida

Tuesday afternoon we wondered—as some campaign reporters were themselves wondering—how the campaign press might cover the Democratic results in Florida.... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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