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Movie Star! (Misery)

"Matt Damon Moved by Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees," the AP reports today (proving once again that a humanitarian crisis in... More

Suck-Ups, Hook-Ups

In a piece titled "How media sucks up to White House," Politico's Michael Calderone writes about the recent flurry of... More

On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/male_to_the_chief_where_are_tvs_women_chief_white_house_correspondents_109869.asp">article pointing out that currently "all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN,... More

Fox & Friends Spreads Herpes-Beer Pong Hoax

Perhaps you watched your friends at Fox & Friends a few weeks ago playing beer pong above the chyron: "Practice... More

“Politico Is Reporting…”

Did I hear that phrase once or twice during today's White House press briefing? (Maybe, "Would a White House reporter... More

ABC News’s “Idiot[ic,]” “Train Wreck” of a Story

Read the ABC News article that Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum calls a "train wreck" (and the author of which... More

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Joe Klein, over at Time's Swampland blog, confesses to being "existentially stressed." Because of Twitter. Because, Klein writes, "I'm not... More

Should Journalists Name “Zombie Banks?”

An interesting exchange on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning between Joe Scarborough, the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland and The New... More

Remembered

Paul Harvey, who died Saturday at age 90, had been delivering his "News and Comment" nationally for ABC Radio Networks... More

Mothers of Fallen Soldiers Discuss Dover Media Ban

While the Obama administration continues, presumably, to review the policy banning the media from photographing the flag-draped coffins of fallen... More

“It’s Exhilarating To Be Fired At Age 86…”

... is how Liz Smith winds down her final New York Post column today. "It's emasculating" to be fired, Smith... More

Kenneth’s Response to the “Internet Hoo-Hah”

Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays 30 Rock's Kenneth The Page, the character to whom many bloggers compared Gov. Bobby... More

WaPo On The End of Big Pimpin’

The Boston Globe recently brought us the story of people "Laid Off And Loving It." Today, the Washington Post introduces... More

Calderone Gets To The Bottom of “Oh God”-Gate

Politico's Michael Calderone solves the mystery of "Oh God"-Gate -- that is, which MSNBC anchor's voice could be heard last... More

First Lady’s Arms Inspire Envy, Suspicion (And Fear?)

Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless, Again" is the annoyed-sounding headline on Jodi Kantor's post on The Caucus Blog at NYTimes.com, observing... More

“We Will Recover…”

... is the phrase from President Obama's speech last night that seems to have grabbed headline writers at newspapers across... More

Cooper: “I Guess The Republicans, Then, Are 50 Cent?”

Cut the deficit in half...."Restart the engine of our prosperity"... Health care reform... The question on many cable commentators lips... More

Stephanopoulos’s Twitter Misunderstanding

"The bass not served w cannabis! 'Pot' short for potato!" read an urgent tweet minutes ago from ABC News's George... More

Take Our Pundits To Work Day

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs brought MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (and Morning Joe viewers) on a "behind... More

Friedman’s Got Fallon’s Back (Strange Column Alert)

Marketwatch's Jon Friedman regrets his harsh assessments back when of Katie Couric's first night anchoring The CBS Evening News and... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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