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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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