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“Smackdown” Lawsuit Smacked Down

Congratulations to Susan Paterno on the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit the Santa Barbara News-Press filed against her based on... More

One Pirate, Who Requested Anonymity…

... because he feared being made to walk the plank... I've found it a bit of a challenge (being on... More

For You, For You, I Came For You

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer is right now reporting live from Wall Street (outside, on a street, in downtown Manhattan). She is... More

But, They’re Not

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. And if cookie sales were votes, reports KTAR radio in Phoenix, then... More

It’s Been A While

Jayson Blair makes two appearances in the current issue of New York magazine (the "40th Anniversary" issue). See the list... More

Even Better Than The Real Thing?

Speaking of "phoning it in..." Remember how Bono was scheduled to sit down with Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin last... More

Oh, I Gotcha

What can we learn from the below exchange between CBS News's Katie Couric, Sen. McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin which... More

Kicking Ourselves, Others

The pundits of MSNBC's Morning Joe (and invited guests) did some self-flagellating (finger-pointing?) while exploring What Happened to Our Economy?... More

What’s the Point?

On MSNBC they keep calling today's market plunge "the biggest intraday point drop ever." Which is, as The Audit's Dean... More

Which Comes First: The Spin or The Spun?

Howard Kurtz visits the spin room/media tent after Friday's presidential debate and gets this mind-boggling quote: "The spin is something... More

Fallows on Zakaria on Wen

James Fallows recommends Fareed Zakaria's interview on CNN with China's premier, Wen Jiabao. "Interview appearances by Wen or president Hu... More

What Do You Expect?

While Sen. Joe Biden was omnipresent in the minutes and hours after Friday's debate, helping TV viewers understand what they... More

“Scoring” the Debate

Megan is working on a piece for Campaign Desk for later today about post-debate coverage/analysis. How much of it do... More

Headlines: Reading The Bailout

If you get your bailout news via other people's papers on the New York City subway, this morning you saw... More

CNN=Eyesore?

And you thought CNN's convention graphics were distracting? Did you (could you?) see Friday night's debate? The tri-lined reaction meter... More

All The News That’s Fit To Headbutt

[The New York Times] has been around a long time. They know their stuff. So says Hulk Hogan, the now... More

Headlines in Anchorage

From today's front page (online version) of the Anchorage Daily News: 1) "Legislators lock horns over Palin inquiry" (Highlight: Hmmm.... More

MSNBC’s “Aging, White Male Divas”

...is how New York Times TV ctitic Alessandra Stanley, in her mostly-positive review today of The Rachel Maddow Show, describes... More

Letterman, Olbermann, Bitter-men?

Everyone's talking about what David Letterman said about John McCain last night. Nutshell: McCain canceled his scheduled Letterman appearance at... More

Couric Followed Up (Will Palin)?

Katie Couric asked a follow-up question. When Gov. Sarah Palin, Couric's interviewee on CBS Evening News tonight, failed to answer... 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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