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While Diane’s Away, the Mice Replay

We've all had that delicious moment of temptation at one time or another: "The boss is away; I can do... More

“You Can Check Out Any Time You Want, But You Can Never Leave”

Today, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Slater writes somewhat sheepishly in his "Dispatch from Ketchum" that "this area in south-central... More

Policy? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Policy!

We know that many in the press prefer to focus first on the fray -- most recently, who's no longer... More

Hello, Cleveland?

Sometimes it takes a little while for a story to bounce around the media echo chamber and reverberate into the... More

Anatomy of a Foul-Up

By Liz Cox Barrett and Thomas Lang In yesterday's New York Times, Jodi Wilgoren informed readers that "the weeklong controversy"... More

Sounds Like a Crock to Us

Last week, Jay Rosen opined that the lull between primary season and the conventions will become a "point in the... More

Helen Thomas on Grilling the Pinch Hitter

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since 1961 -- first as a reporter for United Press International and,... More

Veepstakes Gone Wild

For our part, we're happy to wait until John Kerry himself tells us just who it is that he plans... More

Who Says So?

This morning David Gregory, NBC's White House correspondent, brought "Today Show" viewers a segment on President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch... More

Bush’s Ads Beget Tidal Wave of Bloviation

With the benefit of a few additional hours to ponder the president's first wave of campaign ads on TV, bloggers... More

Can Sticks and Stones Break Bonesmen’s Bones?

...And speaking of bones, at The Corner, Tim Graham has one to pick with Katie Couric for calling the arrival... More

Get Ready to … Fumble … Stumble … Crumble?

Innnnn the left corner, wearing the blue trunks ... John "The Real Deal" Kerry. Onnnnn the right, in red ...... More

Super-Cali-Fatalistic…

By many a blogger's barometer, Super Tuesday is Foregone Conclusion Day (okay, and there are some polls that support the... More

The Envelope, Please …

There were two opportunities yesterday to watch nattily-dressed men on television, made up to the point of looking jaundiced, talking... More

Institutionalized: Corps Versus Scott

Most White House press briefings go something like this: Reporter: Ask question. Press secretary: Recite talking point. Reporter: Rephrase question.... More

Reporters Relish Heinz Kerry’s Spicy Quotes

With California's Democratic primary now six days away, the Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian today contributes her two cents to... More

The “Shocking” Story That Wasn’t

The following headline ran this afternoon on an Associated Press story by Deborah Riechmann: "Laura Bush Says Gay Marriage 'Shocking.'"... More

Drudge, Dickens, and the Death Rattle (?) of a Rumor

Yesterday, a crestfallen Matt Drudge downgraded the affair alert on his web site from last week's red ("Campaign Drama Rocks... More

Cox on Cox: A Window into the Mind of the Beleaguered Drudgette of the Moment

You think it's easy being Wonkette? Perish the thought. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Desk this morning, the blogette... More

What Does It Take to Make Page One Around Here?

Last night, more than two years after the fact, the White House backed off from a statement made by President... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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