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While Diane’s Away, the Mice Replay

We've all had that delicious moment of temptation at one time or another: "The boss is away; I can do... More

“You Can Check Out Any Time You Want, But You Can Never Leave”

Today, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Slater writes somewhat sheepishly in his "Dispatch from Ketchum" that "this area in south-central... More

Policy? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Policy!

We know that many in the press prefer to focus first on the fray -- most recently, who's no longer... More

Hello, Cleveland?

Sometimes it takes a little while for a story to bounce around the media echo chamber and reverberate into the... More

Anatomy of a Foul-Up

By Liz Cox Barrett and Thomas Lang In yesterday's New York Times, Jodi Wilgoren informed readers that "the weeklong controversy"... More

Sounds Like a Crock to Us

Last week, Jay Rosen opined that the lull between primary season and the conventions will become a "point in the... More

Helen Thomas on Grilling the Pinch Hitter

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since 1961 -- first as a reporter for United Press International and,... More

Veepstakes Gone Wild

For our part, we're happy to wait until John Kerry himself tells us just who it is that he plans... More

Who Says So?

This morning David Gregory, NBC's White House correspondent, brought "Today Show" viewers a segment on President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch... More

Bush’s Ads Beget Tidal Wave of Bloviation

With the benefit of a few additional hours to ponder the president's first wave of campaign ads on TV, bloggers... More

Can Sticks and Stones Break Bonesmen’s Bones?

...And speaking of bones, at The Corner, Tim Graham has one to pick with Katie Couric for calling the arrival... More

Get Ready to … Fumble … Stumble … Crumble?

Innnnn the left corner, wearing the blue trunks ... John "The Real Deal" Kerry. Onnnnn the right, in red ...... More

Super-Cali-Fatalistic…

By many a blogger's barometer, Super Tuesday is Foregone Conclusion Day (okay, and there are some polls that support the... More

The Envelope, Please …

There were two opportunities yesterday to watch nattily-dressed men on television, made up to the point of looking jaundiced, talking... More

Institutionalized: Corps Versus Scott

Most White House press briefings go something like this: Reporter: Ask question. Press secretary: Recite talking point. Reporter: Rephrase question.... More

Reporters Relish Heinz Kerry’s Spicy Quotes

With California's Democratic primary now six days away, the Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian today contributes her two cents to... More

The “Shocking” Story That Wasn’t

The following headline ran this afternoon on an Associated Press story by Deborah Riechmann: "Laura Bush Says Gay Marriage 'Shocking.'"... More

Drudge, Dickens, and the Death Rattle (?) of a Rumor

Yesterday, a crestfallen Matt Drudge downgraded the affair alert on his web site from last week's red ("Campaign Drama Rocks... More

Cox on Cox: A Window into the Mind of the Beleaguered Drudgette of the Moment

You think it's easy being Wonkette? Perish the thought. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Desk this morning, the blogette... More

What Does It Take to Make Page One Around Here?

Last night, more than two years after the fact, the White House backed off from a statement made by President... 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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