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When “News” Becomes News

First it was a report of a woman's eye maimed by her own faulty thong. Then it was the story... More

Dress For The Job You Want?

First, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank catches one of the guys running for president Acting Presidential again. "Barack Obama has... More

MoDo On Team Obama: Such Good Sports!

As Obama's World Tour wound down, Maureen Dowd was on hand to observe (and then to share with us in... More

Pity, That

In a piece about how John McCain has and should handle his status as onetime campaign press "it" candidate running... More

(MS)NBC Reaches For More Gravitas for Earthquake Coverage

I was just watching a female reporter on MSNBC reporting about about the earthquake that has apparently just struck the... More

For “Inactive Grannies”… There’s Always 2012?

Someone's still willing to pay for (or, at least willing to lend a platform for) "advice" from Mark J. Penn.... More

The Economy: No One “Pouncing”

In his New York Times column today Bob Herbert writes that the economy "is the issue on which the Obama... More

Barefoot and Blogging (In NYT Styles)

Location! Location! Location! Sometimes, stories about blogging and bloggers make the New York Times' front-page. A-1. Juxtaposed with the critical... More

Chris Matthews’s Heroic Refusal To Discuss Robert Novak

From a (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot-News profile of Chris Matthews packed with will-he-or-won't-he-run-for-Senate speculation: A Senate run would demand discipline, said... More

“Media Frenzy” Explains Further Frenzied Media

Washington Post ombudswoman Deborah Howell declares her paper's Chandra Levy series "not worth 13 days, all on page 1," adding... More

De Gall!

Christiane Amanpour's question for President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Paris press conference with Barack Obama late last week: (h/t TVNewser): More

Embracing “Dr. No”

Speaking of reading body language, both the Washington Post and the New York Times put on their front pages today... More

“Body Language Investigations” Abound

"It's a body language investigation!" The IRE should have an award for this. Granted, no shoe leather was harmed (not... More

Easy “Breezy”

"Breathtakingly inappropriate," is how Eric Boehlert describes Ron Fournier's email exchanges with Karl Rove from 2004 (Fournier was an AP... More

Cut No Slack

James Rainey in today's LA Times (emphasis mine): It seems like just about everybody has spent the last week beating... More

Say What, Shafer?*

I often enjoy (and often agree with) Jack Shafer's stuff. But, what's up with this? Shafer wonders "why hasn't the... More

Russert’s Road (And Runway?)

The Buffalo News reports that President Bush today signed a bill renaming part of Route 20A near Ralph Wilson Stadium... More

Novak in the News

There's the Bob Novak-and-his-black-Corvette-hit-a-guy-yesterday story on Politico (according to a witness, "a black Corvette convertible with top closed plows into... More

Ohama? Versus…Cheney?

Among coverage of Obama's Overseas Trip on the Jerusalem Post's web site was the video below, in which The Media... More

A Stumper

Here is Jon Friedman's "MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY:" What do you think is the relationship between politics and... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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