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Call it Too Close To Call

Feeling uneasy this August? Not quite able to pinpoint the source of your anxiety? Never fear, the newsweeklies are here... More

Swing Sect?

Forget Punk Republicans. The Associated Press thinks it has found the real voting bloc that could determine the next president... More

Taking it Beyond He Said/She Said - Not Too Taxing After All

Today, one journalist makes the rare effort to examine and de-spin a campaign sound bite, and along the way to... More

Asking the Wrong Question

This morning, "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade interviewed author Bernard Goldberg, and discussion centered around what... More

Star Search

By now, we all know that Ben is on the bus and Whoopi caused a fuss. And reading the coverage... More

Philip Gourevitch on “Flagging” Talking Points, Conflating Character and Personality, and Petty Press Fusses

Philip Gourevitch (courtesy of The New Yorker) Philip Gourevitch has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since... More

Old But Still Ugly

Wouldn't it be swell if journalists actually assisted readers and viewers in sorting through the claims and counterclaims coming from... More

Deadline Looming? Taxi!

If journalists can't find news at the Democratic Convention -- and, it seems, no one can -- they can always... More

You Can Set Your Watch By It

Two days on, the press is still nattering about the incident that, to some reporters' minds, vindicates the storyline they... More

Weapons-Grade Cliche

The secret's out: Teresa Heinz Kerry is John Kerry's "secret weapon," the Agence France Presse reports today. This sounded all... More

Expectations Great and Small

With just four days until Swifty the donkey makes his Boston debut, the convention-related expectations stakes is well underway. The... More

Talking Talking Points

Ever since Jon Stewart did that "keeping up on current events is hard" segment last week, seems everyone is talking... More

Bubble-itis, Boredom, and Bathroom Buddies - the Life of a Campaign Reporter

Last night, Campaign Desk tuned in to the Discovery/Times Channel's documentary, "Politics & The Media" -- enticed as much by... More

Today’s Special: Grilled Berger, With a Side of Speculation

BergerGate is burning up the blogosphere this morning. In a contortionistic feat, Andrew Sullivan manages, in one short post, to... More

Chant and Pose Voters

Journalists on the hunt for the latest and greatest swing voter, take note of Michael Ordona's piece in today's Los... More

Tony Blair, Elizabeth Edwards and “Normal People”

Monday mornings mean, among other things, that there's an entire weekend's worth of press output over which "pretend journalists" can... More

Points for Pointing Out Press Parroting Points

Last night, "The Daily Show"'s John Stewart tickled Campaign Desk's fancy with his segment on two of our pet topics:... More

Softballs for the Prez, Cookies for the Press

Last week, the National Journal's William Powers wondered why the political press doesn't cover campaign events like the highly staged... More

In the War Room

Two reporters from big-shot newspapers were, to the certain envy of their peers everywhere, granted one-day backstage passes to the... More

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

No need to read both Newsweek and Time in your dentist's waiting room this week. Once again, the two newsweeklies... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

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You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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