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In Other Angles: Blame Brooks’s “Big Hair”

With The Guardian owning the “expensive, risky, time-consuming, stressful—and indispensable” investigative reporting related to the phone hacking scandal, as Dean... More

“Dumbest News Story Ever Written in Human History”

WaPo breaks First Lady Lunch news

Per the Washington Post yesterday: [A] Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed... Consider, for a moment, all the possible... More

Kurtz: Let He Who is Without…

Howard Kurtz returns to the pages of the Washington Post with a guest column reminding readers that the News of... More

How to Cover the Money Race

A Q&A with money-and-politics expert Dave Levinthal

If 2010’s $3.6 billion midterm elections are any gauge, reporters tasked with following the money in campaign 2012 face a... More

“The Usual Queries about Tactics, Controversies”

How to read Howard Kurtz’s column

It’s far too early in the campaign season to let one little Howard Kurtz piece turn you off campaign coverage,... More

It’s the Least CNN Could Do…

... name Jessica Yellin chief White House correspondent, after this back in '08: And another Yellin '08 flashback: remember when... More

WaPo on Bachmann’s Language

Blurting for dollars, blinking through debate

Two days, two takes from The Washington Post on Michele Bachmann’s language. On Sunday, the Post coined the icky term... More

On Eric Bolling’s “Hizzy” Fit

Is anyone watching (at) Fox Business Network?

In the thick of the 2008 presidential election season, the Wall Street Journal detected a trend: "Television news organizations, facing... More

“This or That,” Circa 2007

CNN's John King, understandably, took some ribbing for his "this or that" series of questions during last night's Republican presidential... More

“What To Watch For” at GOP Prez Debate

Questions, moderator “matter,” WaPo (alone?) notes

Folks who wish to be told “what to look for” during tonight’s Republican presidential debate are in luck: pretty much... More

“Cad.” “Creep.” Campaign Finance Lawbreaker?

A roundup of coverage of John Edwards’s indictment

On Friday, former presidential contender John Edwards was indicted on six felony charges, including the charge that he solicited and... More

No More Staged Presidential Address Photos!

Last month, I, for one, was unpleasantly surprised to learn that some news photos of President Obama addressing the nation... More

Bloomberg Digs on Secret Money

A report on unreported election spending

A tip of the hat to Bloomberg for a recent quadruple-bylined story on the growing role of outside spending—much of... More

Raising Money, Lowering Expectations

National Journal gets managed

Of what value to readers is a story yesterday about what President Obama’s reelection team says it expects it will,... More

The Secret Money “Seduction”

Democrats get their Priorities in order for 2012

The Center for Responsive Politics recently published an analysis of the effects of last year's Citizens United Supreme Court decision... More

What to Do Before “Returning a Reporter’s Phone Call”

From a Bloomberg profile today of Michele Bachmann (headline: “Bachmann Rocks ‘Ruling Class’ With Amens From Tea Party, Presidential Talk”):... More

A Photo of History Being Made (Up)?

Spot the presidential address reenactment photo!

One of the images below is of President Obama delivering his historic "justice has been done" address live to the... More

“I Am Not Reporting Anything to You”

How Fox News, CNN handled the initial Bin Laden news

In the event that you were not watching cable news last night, rest assured that Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera and... More

Flashback: Couric’s Evening News Debut, Reviewed

Yesterday, Katie Couric confirmed that she will soon depart as anchor of CBS Evening News in pursuit of a gig... More

LAT Surveys “Parallel, Opaque System of Political Giving”

If companies don’t disclose, nobody knows

A tip of the hat to the Los Angeles Times for spending six months surveying the political spending disclosure practices... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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