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Yes, He Does

This, from today's Wall Street Journal, struck me as (unintentionally) funny: "Claiborne's CEO Crams Into Coach to Cut Costs" And... More

Governor, Grandmother

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, is born. People Magazine, according to MSNBC, has won the bidding war... More

Kennedy (Huffs)

Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday's New York Times, based on an interview the Times's Nicholas Confessore... More

Best of 2008: Liz Cox Barrett’s Picks

Barrett picks her top stories from 2008

1) Media's Mixed Nuts I personally enjoyed cataloging how reporters handled Jesse Jackson's open mic moment. So prudish. Also, I... More

Some Things Borrowed

For a 2007 New Yorker piece exploring how Picasso borrowed from Rembrandt, did Simon Schama borrow too much from an... More

“Beach Body”

Perhaps you've seen, in some form, this image? Politico has the background on who shot it (not a member of... More

Morning Joe’s Three “No’s”

Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before... More

CPJ: Iraq Still “Deadliest Nation For Press”

Forty-one journalists were killed worldwide "in direct connection to their work" in 2008, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists.... More

Schieffer’s “Facelift Gone Wacko…”

...is actually just "dental work," as he explained, in rhymes, on Face The Nation yesterday, h/t, FishbowlDC. (Is it me?... More

NYT Is Sorry. Again. For Botched Kennedy Coverage

Another day, another "Editor's Note" in the New York Times prompted by rushed ClintonSenateSeatStakes (Caroline Kennedy) coverage. On December 10,... More

Obamas-In-Hawaii Headlines

A look at some of the Obamas-Vacation-in-Hawaii headlines so far (keeping in mind Charlie LeDuff's "don't be boring" mantra): ABC... More

Labash on LeDuff

Matt Labash profiles Detroit ("the city where the sirens never sleep") for the Weekly Standard, a profile in which Charlie... More

Just Dance

23/6 describes its "danceable symphony of graphics and noises entirely constructed from every single cable news sound effect or theme... More

AP: Michelle Obama’s “Hairstyles Probably Will Be Scrutinized”

What makes you think so, Associated Press? (And, are you implying you won't partake?) The AP makes this bold predication... More

Are You On The List(s)?

1) Politico's "Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" (three of the top five involve MSNBC) 2) E&P's list of "Top... More

NYT’s Zimbabwe Coverage (What “Deterioration” Means)

A reminder of what, generally, we stand to lose as newspapers close overseas bureaus and otherwise cut back on foreign... More

NJ “Plog” “Shuns Web, And Thrives”

The TriCityNews, an Asbury Park, NJ alt weekly with a print run of 10,000, "is prospering precisely because it ignores... More

“I Saw Someone On Cable Say This…”

... were Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's "least favorite words in the English language," according to Mark Leibovich's profile of... More

Counting Questions

Number of questions President-Elect Obama has taken at press conferences since being elected? 48 The Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni is... More

We’re “Harboring” Ex-Journos Here

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer gives a shout-out of sorts to our "Parting Thoughts" series: Hardly a day goes by,... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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