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MSNBC Gets Punk’d

They're ba-ack! MSNBC's Michael E. Ross today discovers "Punk Republicans," an exotic species previously identified by The New York Times,... More

Sun Rises In The East, Kerry Said

The Associated Press's Nedra Pickler today takes "he said/she said" campaign reporting to new heights -- or depths -- in... More

Swing(ing) Voters

The never-ending search for the demographic group that will swing the election has taken reporters down some strange roads. The... More

Jill Lawrence on Flip-Floppers of Yore, Making “The Daily Show,” and Campaign Swag

Jill Lawrence (Courtesy USA Today) Jill Lawrence has covered politics for USA Today since 1996. She has reported on... More

Eat, Drink and Beat Kerry

On any given day, the blogosphere offers a virtual smorgasbord of convictions, conflicts and criticisms, sustaining readers of all political... More

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad, Press Coverage Really Bad

All happy political animals are alike, but each unhappy political animal is unhappy in its own way. Today, the Political... More

Reporters: Asset, or Achilles’ Heel?

Campaign Desk has commented more than once on the increasingly stale media debate: Teresa Heinz Kerry, asset or Achilles' heel?... More

What We Would Do If We Were You

Advice may be more agreeable in the mouth (or, in this case, on the keyboard) than in the ear, but... More

Fear and Gnawing in Palm Beach

On Monday, Campaign Desk pointed to stories by the Associated Press's Ron Fournier and The New York Times' Adam Nagourney,... More

Gerhart On (And Behind) The Scene

Yesterday, Campaign Desk applauded a few reporters' passing efforts to shed light on the behind-the-scenes machinations that produce compliant, cheering... More

Covering Crowd Control

One staple in from-the-campaign-trail stories is a passing description of the welcoming, applause-ready crowds gathered to hear candidates' stump speeches.... More

Reply Hazy, Try Again … Again … Again …

This week has magazine scribes raising sweeping questions and relying on a range of sources to supply a range of... More

Reporters, Like Bees and Dogs, Can Smell Fear

Democrats are afraid. We know ... because the Associated Press's Ron Fournier told us so on Friday, in a "newsview"... More

The Story Behind the Stereotype Story

By Liz Cox Barrett On Monday The Washington Post introduced readers to one Britton Stein of Sugar Land, Texas, in... More

You Wear What You Are

In reporting on Sen. John Kerry's appearance in Wheeling, West Virginia yesterday, The Charleston Daily Mail's Josh Hafenbrack briefly touched... More

Whose Economy?

In today's USA Today Susan Page takes a look at how the economy might factor into this year's presidential election.... More

Reporters Stampeded by Alligator

On Tuesday, Sen. John Kerry spoke on several environmental issues in Tampa, Florida, and took questions -- one of which... More

In Hot Pursuit of … Folly

Yesterday we reported on a four alarm veepstakes flare-up. Today, The Boston Globe's Patrick Healy does his best to keep... More

Reporters Track … Mystery Reporter

Sen. John Edwards' appearance with Sen. John Kerry at a Florida "pool party" last evening stoked the veepstakes flames anew.... More

Why, Yes, I Think I Will

Campaign Desk recognizes that listening to the same campaign speech 103 times a month might get a bit stale for... 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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