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Did Blago Make “Self-Condemning News” On Maddow’s Show?

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, directly after her interview with Gov. Blagojevich last night, wondered on-air: Did he just confess to me... More

Calling All “Enlightened Philanthropists…”

On today's New York Times op-ed page, David Swensen and Michael Schmidt (an investment officer and a financial analyst, respectively,... More

“The Epidemic That Wasn’t” (Even If We Said It Was)

Maybe you're old enough to remember the media coverage of "crack babies" back in the '80s and '90s? Allow the... More

“Dream” Deferred?

Earlier this hour, the following weather-related headline appeared on the NBC News Washington Web site: Moments after I took that... More

Want To Be “Envelop[ed] in a Multimedia Web of [Rick] Warren’s Message”?

Then you'll want to pay the $30 subscription fee Reader's Digest is charging for Pastor Rick Warren's new quarterly magazine,... More

Franklin: “By Watching [The Inauguration] On TV, I’d Missed It”

I recommend (after a colleague recommended it to me) reading Nancy Franklin's "On Television" column in the current New Yorker... More

Woodward Tells Matthews Something He Doesn’t Know

I am sure, though I can't find a link at this moment, that I have complained before about the "Tell... More

Could Knowing Everything The Obamas Eat Be Good For You?

From a recent Associated Press report: The country's top chefs, several of whom traveled to Washington for Obama's inauguration this... More

Blago to Geraldo: “Is That Ethical?”

Fox News's Geraldo Rivera was promised a "2:00 interview" with Gov. Blagojevich. Snubbed by the governor's "sleazy PR guy," Geraldo--... More

Miss New York: Palin, Pageant Misunderstood

During the question-and-answer section of Saturday night's Miss America pageant, Miss New York, Taylor Smith, fielded this question: In Governor... More

How To Handle Blago’s “Out-of-Context” Comeback

Those words have been "taken out of context" seems to be Gov. Blagojevich's go-to reply when asked by reporters about... More

Prez Talks Energy Independence; CNN Cues SUV Ad

If you tuned in to CNN just now to watch President Obama take some first steps to reverse Bush administration... More

“Governor Ignores Trial, Goes For Glam”

While we await Gov. Blagojevich's appearance on The View (three minutes!), a selection of headlines out of Illinois today: More

Sen. Winfrey

Last week, my colleague Megan questioned Oprah Winfrey's inclusion on Forbes's list of the "25 most influential liberals in the... More

Kristol’s Swan Song, Upstaged

I nearly missed the six italicized words below William Kristol's column in yesterday's New York Times ("This is William Kristol’s... More

Obama Administration’s “Visual Press Releases”

The AP, Reuters and AFP refuse the White House's handouts: Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of... More

Chuck Todd Scolds Single-Source Kennedy’s Out Reporting

Of the reporting, which began late yesterday (first from the New York Post and New York Times), that Caroline Kennedy... More

NSA Knows What Olbermann Said To His Little Nephew In Upstate New York?

The National Security Agency spied on journalists, according to former NSA analyst Russell Tice. Part of Keith Olbermann's interview with... More

And He Wore Kevlar

A welcome break from all the discussion of What The First Lady Wore: Wired on who could have designed President... More

Biden’s “A Long-Winded Person”

Damon Weaver, the 10-year-old reporter who interviewed Joe Biden back in October, revealed to MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell just now his... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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