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Scarborough’s “Big Apology” to NYT

The bee in Joe Scarborough's bonnet this morning? This story -- "Obama's $10 Billion Promise Stirs Hope In Early Education"... More

Spitzer: Being a Columnist “Sucks”

"It sucks. I used to be governor of New York," http://blogs.ft.com/gapperblog/2008/12/eliot-spitzer-shows-his-face-in-chinatown/">said a smiling Eliot Spitzer to John Gapper, the Financial... More

Sight For Sore Eyes on CNN

No, not Anderson Cooper. A visual calm (well, not quite that) has come to CNN. The cable network has retired... More

Cheney to ABC News: “I’m Guilty”

Sensational, out-of-context headline? I'm guilty. Here's how Vice President Cheney came to utter the words, "I'm guilty" during his "first... More

Bush On Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journo: “I Don’t Know What His Beef Is”

"Amusing," "interesting" and "weird" is how Pres. Bush, in an interview with ABC News's Martha Raddatz, described the incident over... More

Surowiecki: “The Real Problem For Newspapers?” “Us”

The real problem for newspapers, in other words, isn’t the Internet; it’s us. We want access to everything, we want... More

Blago’s Mother Knows Best?

ABC News highlights 2006 footage of Gov. Blagojevich speaking at a Democratic Party event in Chicago in which he mentions... More

Fox News Is Google’s Sixth “Fastest Rising” Search

Google "looked at the most popular searches conducted for 11 months of 2008 (we compile this list by early December)... More

889 Minus 64 at NPR

From the Washington Post: Faced with a sharp decline in revenue, National Public Radio said Wednesday it will pare back... More

Warning: Endorsing Obama May Cause Serious Weight Gain

Maybe you've heard? That other news out of Chicago this week? "Oprah says she weighs 200 pounds?" And she's "saying"... More

Another Chicago Musical

From a scene from Blagojevich! The Musical by Ben Greenman. (You may remember Greenman from such hits as Palin! The... More

Three Chances To Vote For Chris Matthews (Today!)

Media Matters is asking readers to vote on "What was the Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 presidential campaign?" Three... More

NYT’s ClintonSenateSeatStakes “Corrective Article”

The trouble with reporting, as the New York Times did yesterday, "Kennedy Is Said To Be Politicking For His Niece"?... More

Shafer: Get A Gimmick, Gregory (And No More Noonan)

Advice for David Gregory on how to approach his new job, from Jack Shafer at Slate: Get rid of the... More

From House Gym to Big House?

Well, there was nothing about Blagojevich's behavior on the Congressional Stairmaster way back when that foreshadowed all this, according to... More

Blagojevich’s Home State Headlines

A selection of front pages from Illinois this morning: More

“Grace” Under (Very Little) Pressure

Remember the "McCain Ends Classy" theme that sprung up in the media in the minutes and hours after McCain delivered... More

10 of Time’s “Top 10 of Everything in 2008”

List season's here. Time presents the "Top Ten of Everything in 2008." And by "Everything," Time means 50 things. Here... More

During And After The Pentagon’s “Mask Ban”

News: ""Iraq translators' mask ban dropped" (BBC: "The Pentagon has rescinded a controversial decision that banned Iraqi interpreters working for... More

“The Press Is The Enemy…”

"...write that on the blackboard 100 times." Nixon, heard on the most recently-released batch of audio tapes from 1972 (h/t... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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