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And They Call Fred Thompson Lazy?

Reporters don’t even raise their own eyebrows these days

Today, The New York Times’ Patrick Healy brings us a story about Something Bill Clinton Said and how it, like... More

CNN Plays Vegas

The Don King-ification of a Democratic Presidential Debate

A plea to campaign reporters: please resist the temptation to use Sin City-centric clichés in your coverage of Thursday's Democratic... More

Has The Mighty Fallen Yet?

Chris Matthews’ “Slick” Hillary Watch

Three Sundays ago, Chris Matthews, of NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, asked one of his journalist/panelists the following: When does... More

Being Michael Bloomberg

Newsweek knows the mayor better than he knows himself

Newsweek's Jon Meacham stretched New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out on the couch for a lengthy profile for this... More

Clinton: Gleeful or Glum?

LAT Turns NYT’s Frowns Upside Down

Call it one of those were these reporters watching the same debate? moments. According to The New York Times' account... More

So That’s What It’s All About!

Presidential campaigns (and coverage), explained

The Gloves! They're coming off! Tonight! Isn't it fun to say? (It must be, all the TV types are saying... More

Boob Tube

NBC: Giving the people what they want

A new poll by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press focusing on the public's perception of... More

Fox News Fans Flames

With help from a clearly reliable source

Just after 6:30 yesterday morning, Fox News reported that "unrelenting winds continue to spread wildfires across SoCal." Concomitantly, Fox News... More

Roundtable Revelations

Reporters talking about themselves… and speaking volumes

It's weird. Watching journalists shooting the breeze about, and making predictions about, a contest they're helping to shape -- and... More

By The Numbers

AP shows how to write a debate story

"Thompson Stays On Script," reads the headline on Wednesday's Liz Sidoti-bylined Associated Press article about Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.... More

Klein Whine

Hey Iowa: What About Me?

Iowans, in an effort to preserve their first-in-the-nation status, may caucus on January 3rd and/or fifth this year -- a... More

Wrist? Slap!

FCC fines Comcast four figures for fake news

Be afraid, Karen Ryan! Be very afraid! On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was fining Comcast for airing,... More

“Accountability Journalism,” AP Style

Do as Ron Fournier Says, Not as He Does

The Associated Press's Ron Fournier drops this little truism into the midst of his "analysis" piece today: "A political attack... More

Me! Use Me!

Unnamed sources have their way with — and say in—the NYT

To political campaigns and newspapers alike: beware campaign "advisers" willing to say ill-advised things to reporters--when offered the cloak of... More

Happy Anniversary, Katie!

You’re a “lightweight” — albeit one with “exquisitely tinted hair”

Time flies when you're having fun! Today marks the one-year anniversary of Katie Couric's ballyhooed debut as the anchor of... More

Fox News Has a Beef…

…with itself

Like Frankenstein, Fox News disclaimed a monster of its own making this morning. Here's how it went down. Fox &... More

Onion-y Goodness

As Henson goes, so goes the nation

Who among us hasn't, upon finishing some news article or another, thought, "This reads like an Onion story." Add this... More

Drudge Barks, TV News Bites

“YouTube Election” or same old sloppy speculation?

Thank you, Matt Drudge, for providing us all with a brief respite from what might have otherwise been yet another... More

Page Six Nose Conflict of Interest

When they smell it

About a year ago when I interviewed the New York Times' then-newly-minted scent critic, Chandler Burr, he told me that... More

Check, Please!

Let no claim go unchecked

Perhaps you've read about Mitt and Rudy's escalating scrap over who is tougher on illegal immigration? A typical campaign-season clash.... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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