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Yes, He Does

This, from today's Wall Street Journal, struck me as (unintentionally) funny: "Claiborne's CEO Crams Into Coach to Cut Costs" And... More

Governor, Grandmother

Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, Gov. Sarah Palin's grandson, is born. People Magazine, according to MSNBC, has won the bidding war... More

Kennedy (Huffs)

Did you read that Caroline Kennedy article in yesterday's New York Times, based on an interview the Times's Nicholas Confessore... More

Best of 2008: Liz Cox Barrett’s Picks

Barrett picks her top stories from 2008

1) Media's Mixed Nuts I personally enjoyed cataloging how reporters handled Jesse Jackson's open mic moment. So prudish. Also, I... More

Some Things Borrowed

For a 2007 New Yorker piece exploring how Picasso borrowed from Rembrandt, did Simon Schama borrow too much from an... More

“Beach Body”

Perhaps you've seen, in some form, this image? Politico has the background on who shot it (not a member of... More

Morning Joe’s Three “No’s”

Howard Kurtz profiles Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, revealing that Brzezinski and cable go back a long time (before... More

CPJ: Iraq Still “Deadliest Nation For Press”

Forty-one journalists were killed worldwide "in direct connection to their work" in 2008, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists.... More

Schieffer’s “Facelift Gone Wacko…”

...is actually just "dental work," as he explained, in rhymes, on Face The Nation yesterday, h/t, FishbowlDC. (Is it me?... More

NYT Is Sorry. Again. For Botched Kennedy Coverage

Another day, another "Editor's Note" in the New York Times prompted by rushed ClintonSenateSeatStakes (Caroline Kennedy) coverage. On December 10,... More

Obamas-In-Hawaii Headlines

A look at some of the Obamas-Vacation-in-Hawaii headlines so far (keeping in mind Charlie LeDuff's "don't be boring" mantra): ABC... More

Labash on LeDuff

Matt Labash profiles Detroit ("the city where the sirens never sleep") for the Weekly Standard, a profile in which Charlie... More

Just Dance

23/6 describes its "danceable symphony of graphics and noises entirely constructed from every single cable news sound effect or theme... More

AP: Michelle Obama’s “Hairstyles Probably Will Be Scrutinized”

What makes you think so, Associated Press? (And, are you implying you won't partake?) The AP makes this bold predication... More

Are You On The List(s)?

1) Politico's "Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" (three of the top five involve MSNBC) 2) E&P's list of "Top... More

NYT’s Zimbabwe Coverage (What “Deterioration” Means)

A reminder of what, generally, we stand to lose as newspapers close overseas bureaus and otherwise cut back on foreign... More

NJ “Plog” “Shuns Web, And Thrives”

The TriCityNews, an Asbury Park, NJ alt weekly with a print run of 10,000, "is prospering precisely because it ignores... More

“I Saw Someone On Cable Say This…”

... were Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's "least favorite words in the English language," according to Mark Leibovich's profile of... More

Counting Questions

Number of questions President-Elect Obama has taken at press conferences since being elected? 48 The Washington Times' Christina Bellatoni is... More

We’re “Harboring” Ex-Journos Here

Over at Slate, Jack Shafer gives a shout-out of sorts to our "Parting Thoughts" series: Hardly a day goes by,... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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