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One Year After the Spill…

…BP campaign contributions no longer “toxic”

A year, more or less, is apparently how much time had to pass after the massive BP oil spill in... More

My Birthday The Day Daddy Won a Pulitzer

Yesterday, the Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, cited for his “vivid and exuberant writing about... More

What’s With Karl Rove’s Wiki?

Salon explains while NYT doesn’t finish its thought

Wikicountablity.org is not Karl Rove's wiki, photos of Karl Rove accompanying the New York Times's two Wikicountability stories (and my... More

Department of Thin Skin

Toobin: Don’t “blame journalists”

Jeffrey Toobin has a column in the current New Yorker in which he discusses the current Supreme Court's "revolution in... More

“We Followed in the Bubble”

My daily newspaper went to Brazil with President Obama and all I got (well, not all) was this "quick video... More

Unpacking Rory Reid’s 91 PACs Maneuver

How political reporter Jon Ralston got the story

If this isn't illegal, it should be. This has been the "almost universal" reaction, says veteran Nevada political reporter Jon... More

Shameless Japan “Coverage” from MSNBC, CBS

A dart to MSNBC and its new hire, Martin Bashir, who used the monologue part of his eponymous cable news... More

Relax! IRS Rules Are “Lax”

WaPo has good news for anonymous political donors

Are you a 501(c)(4) group that spent millions of anonymous dollars on attack ads during the midterm elections (or, perhaps,... More

Lean, Mean Campaign Money Machine

Crossroads groups tell WSJ, world what they aim to spend on election 2012

The paper that is home to a weekly column by Karl Rove got first dibs Tuesday on the announcement of... More

How a Defense Contract Is Won

NYT’s Boeing report left out the lobbying

You're a giant aerospace company pursuing a defense contract potentially worth $100 billion: so, what's your lobbying budget for that?... More

Fake David Koch Calls Real Scott Walker

My headline basically says it all. Posing as the billionaire businessman and conservative-cause-funding David Koch (you may know him from... More

Lara Logan, Foreign Correspondents, and Sexual Abuse

On Tuesday came the chilling news from CBS News that chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, while reporting a 60 Minutes... More

“How You Raise Money” in D.C. (Hint: “Frugging”)

WaPo on Gingrich’s “money-making machine”

That Newt Gingrich's sanguinely named 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, "pulls in big money" has been reported.... More

Premiere Plants

Well, here's a shocker: Some of the people who phone in to talk radio shows (that caller with the pitch-perfect... More

Kochs’ Influence

Another week in the news for the billionaire brothers

Last week, Politico's Kenneth Vogel reported that "faced with an avalanche of bad publicity after years of funding conservative causes... More

Tea Party Review to Debut

I think it was the Sunday Styles that brought us together. I think it was the Week in Review Tea... More

Covering a “Koch-Fueled” Weekend in CA

Reports from the clandestine conservative confab

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, hosted a semi-annual, invitation-only conference for conservative political donors, strategists,... More

Beltway Reacts to Passing of Meet the Press “Butler”

Today, the Washington Post profiles Saadalla Mohamed Aly, the "perenially tuxedoed butler" (no lie!) for NBC's Sunday morning political chat... More

State of the Union, in a Word

Last night NPR asked listeners to describe President Obama's State of the Union address "in three words," and then ran... More

What Not to Do in Campaign Reporting

Star Tribune writes down Bachmann’s “strong opinions”

Campaign 2012 is underway, even with but one declared Republican contender. And so comes an example of What Not to... 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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