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Bored Reporters Play for Their Base (Each Other)

From Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post: If there is importance in the results of the primary in West Virginia,... More

How Do You Top “Practically Lactating?”

To quote a colleague: "The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink- beer-in-a-masculine-seeming-way? approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd's] one move—never mind that it’s been... More

Headline Here, Headline There

Headline on the front page of today's Charleston (WV) Gazette (print edition): HILLARY RACKS UP BIG WIN; Observers Still See... More

Camp Clinton, As Cast By MSNBC

If you got your West Virginia primary coverage from MSNBC, then you know: 1) Hillary Clinton is thisclose to becoming... More

Remember That “Media Trojan Horse?”

Media Matters counted the number of times those military analysts named in David Barstow's New York Times investigation ("Behind TV... More

McCain’s Maverick Cursive (And “Angry” Commas)

Body-language experts have already weighed in at key times during the campaign. Ditto graphic designers explaining what campaign signage choices... More

Take Me Home, Beltway Roads

In March we saw a CNN anchor swapping his pinstripe suit for a ten gallon hat and horse to better... More

Looking for Local News in LA?

Joe Matthews, one-time labor reporter for the LA Times, wrote a piece in Sunday's Washington Post (hat tip, Matthew Yglesias)... More

Battle of the Media Darling(est)?

Newspaper, TV on the wall, who's the media darling(est) of them all? McCain? Obama? (Ron Paul, you say?) A first... More

West Virginia, Personified (by the FT)

"West Virginia Keeps Distance From Obama." So reads the headline on a Financial Times piece today. Just who is this... More

The Democratic Primary: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

From Katharine Q. Seeyle's New York Times piece today (emphasis mine): This is an awkward phase in a long campaign.... More

Beyond “Voicing Over Pictures”

CNN's Dan Rivers, one of few Western journalists able to report from Myanmar last week, tells Howard Kurtz on yesterday's... More

Pick a Pundit Profile

Which television poli-pundit profile to read first: "Chuckie T's" or Turd Blossom's? Howard Kurtz profiles NBC's political director Chuck Todd... More

Going Brangelina on Barack

In a New York Times article today about how the entertainment press is giving Britney-sized attention to this year's presidential... More

McCain Makes News

Appears on Daily Show--a surefire way to get the (uncritical) attention of the campaign press. McCain talked about how, as... More

News Deprived

At washingtonmonthly.com, Kevin Drum is asking his readers: If you could have only one source of news in the world,... More

About Being Distracted…

Luckily, my quest for ever more juicy campaign minutiae brought me to Time's Swampland blog just now where I found... More

McCain In Media Crosshairs? “In Time”

How The Media Works 101: Can't Walk and Chew Gum, with Professors Chris Matthews and Tim Russert (and input from... More

Morning After (Press Takes Pulse)

NBC's Today Show this morning: "Is it over?" ABC's Good Morning America: "End of the Road?" Front page of today's... More

Last Night’s Matthews-isms

In a single exchange with Keith Olbermann last night describing Clinton's and Obama's primary night speeches, MSNBC's Chris Matthews managed... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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