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Covering A Non-Victory Victory in Florida

“What will we do? We’re the media, right?”

How will reporters tonight and tomorrow cover the Democratic results in Florida, a state that will award no delegates (for... More

Handshaking, Hand-Clapping, Eye-Rolling

All you need to know about SOTU

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and John King shared this insightful exchange minutes after President Bush concluded his State of the Union... More

But For the Zapf Dingbats

Fred Thompson’s campaign might have really caught on

Talk about typecast! Turns out even Mitt Romney's logo is "inconsistent." This, according to graphic designers Sam Berlow and Cyrus... More

To Check The Facts, You Need The Facts

MSNBC’s fact-check segment falls short

When factchecking candidates’ claims and counter-claims, there is a fine line between mitigating and multiplying the confusion. You need to... More

OMG, MSNBC!

Worst. Cable. Segment. Ever?

When you sit around watching cable news coverage of the presidential campaign all day long like it's your job (oh... More

B-I-Double-Hockey-Sticks

Is there anything he can(‘t) do?

The campaign press and punditry certainly has had a lot to say of late about Bill Clinton's role in Senator... More

There’s No “I” in Debate Moderator

Someone tell Tim Russert

Not thirty minutes into last night's Democratic debate, a heckler was heard interrupting the show from somewhere out in the... More

The Sky is Falling!

Tell me something I don’t know

You've got to pity the reporter writing the morning paper's straight news account of an event that happened the night... More

Press Plays Vegas, Again

Clichés Away!

The Democratic candidates are back in Nevada and "The Best Political Team on Television" is back to its abuse of... More

The Anti-Chris Matthews Vote

And how it sparked some media soul-searching (though not from Matthews)

As my colleague Gal Beckerman observed earlier today, with last night's New Hampshire victory, Hillary beat the press. Meanwhile, the... More

We Expected More Elephants

NYT delivers

And today's Elephant in the Room award goes to The New York Times' Patrick Healy and Michael Cooper for the... More

Misty II

Cable considers Clinton

You may have missed Hillary Clinton's flash of emotion yesterday, so brief was it. But you certainly can't miss the... More

Russert Becomes Invisible to Himself

The elephant is still in the room

Since when does Tim Russert (or anyone like him) decline an opportunity to talk about himself? It happened this morning... More

The Best Political Team On TV…

…Is in the “spin room” before debate even starts

Here's CNN's Candy Crowley, moments before this afternoon's Republican presidential debate, struggling to explain why, after debates, she and her... More

America, Will You Accept This Rose?

AP fantasizes about the “Bachelor President”

In an Associated Press article headlined, “Bloomberg: A Bachelor President?” reporter Sara Kugler writes: “For all of his billions, Mayor... More

Conduct Unbecoming…

A female presidential candidate (named Clinton)

Remember what happened to the presidential aspirant the press decided was The Angry Candidate four years ago? Surely, seasoned campaign... More

The War that Keeps On Giving

On Fox News, at least

With the Thanksgiving Travel Delay Story come and gone - along with its sister story, the one that comes with... More

It’s Sunday, Do I Have to Meet the Press?

1995 called and it wants its Beltway bloviators back

"The race for the White House through the eyes of Carville, Matalin, Murphy and Shrum..." would have been more than... More

No Mo

Maureen Dowd is not necessary

Many reporters have already pondered the question: Is America ready for a female president? But let's not put the cart... More

The Audacity

White House hopes, WaPo reports

Fewer than 365 days until the next presidential election. For candidates, it's go-time/ crunch-time/ choose-your-own-platitude-time. For a lame-duck president, lest... 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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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

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

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