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13 Days Out: What, Now?

We know what the campaign press, in general,is doing with its time now, today, thirteen days before election day. But... More

AP’s Extended Teaching Moment

Yesterday, Megan offered some suggestions for reporters for how to cover the McCain campaign's recent cries of socialism, including: "add... More

“Palling Around With Haberdashers”

So, WardrobeGate (CoutureGate? FashionPlateGate?) Politico reports that the Republican National Committee apparently has spent over $150,000 on clothing and accessories... More

Props, CNN

Yes, CNN's Dan Lothian did file a report this afternoon standing next to a canon on a Civil War battlefield... More

“David The Journalist,” “Tito The Builder”

Perhaps you've heard Gov. Palin refer to"Tito the Builder" on the trail recently (in the same bit where she calls... More

Michele, The New Zell?

Politico's Daniel Libit pronounces Rep. Michele Bachmann's "call for a media investigation into 'anti-American' members of Congress" "the macaca —... More

“What Happened to the Old Press Corps?”

Among the interesting bits of Jeffrey Goldberg's interview with Marc Salter of the McCain campaign: We also talked about Salter's... More

Accountability Journalism v. Another -Ism

The AP applied some basic "accountability journalism" (I guess?) to some recent McCain/Palin campaign trail rhetoric (emphasis mine): Republican Sarah... More

Has Scarborough Been In Touch?

Joe Biden's recent "mark my words" words -- and the way the press has handled them -- were all the... More

Afflicting The Comfortable?

While talking about how hard campaigning can be, during an interview with Cindy McCain, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren articulated... More

AP’s Tale of Two Ropelines

Two Associated Press headlines today: "Obama ropelines: bouncing babies, controlled chaos" "McCain ropelines: more discipline, less chatting" (... and also,... More

“You Have Been So Friendly…”

As mentioned in passing in this earlier post, the morning after her SNL appearance, being in town and all, Gov.... More

Echoes of Hank

Remember "McCain/Palin Tradition," Hank Williams, Jr.'s re-working of his song "Family Tradition" that was unveiled last week on the campaign... More

Laughable?

The only "press conference" Gov. Sarah Palin has conducted to date as the vice presidential nominee took place on "Saturday... More

Out of (Bounds’) Bounds

Tucker Bounds, cable news's favorite McCain campaign spokesperson, to MSNBC's Tamran Hall this morning: HALL: Let's also talk about the... More

Hate The Game

MSNBC's Chris Matthews after the debate last night: Coming up, we go to The Spin Room -- I hate that... More

Best “Plumber” Headline

The award for the best use of "Joe the Plumber" in a morning-after-debate headline could belong to... Barron's. "Plumber Takes... More

Obama on Press “Getting Carried Away”

Sen. Obama warned supporters at a fundraiser this morning in Manhattan: For those of you who are feeling giddy or... More

Pundits With “Moldy” Assumptions

Time's Joe Klein explains why political pundits (and he uses "we" in the explanation) had such a different-seeming insta-reaction to... More

Method Reporting

Yesterday, Clint and I were wondering aloud whether CNN might dress its campaign reporter like a local, in typical Long... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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