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Friday Night: Keeping Up Appearances

Jim Lehrer wants a “fair” debate

In anticipation of Friday night’s first presidential debate (which, if John McCain has his way, might be postponed), the campaign... More

Scarborough, Assignment Editor

Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezenski, and the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland on MSNBC this morning: SCARBOROUGH: Chrystia, let me tell you... More

Couric Preps For Palin

From Katie Couric's blog: Friends come up to me wondering if I'll ask [during an interview with Sarah Palin this... More

How Do We Say This Delicately?

Ah, yes: CNN: "McCain drifts away from legacy of deregulation." "Drifts away" sounding more benign than, say, "slinks away" or... More

Palin’s “Photo Spray”

From the pool report* from Gov. Sarah Palin's "meeting" with Afghan president Hamid Karzai in New York today: Palin, her... More

Back on the Biden Bus

When Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket last month, http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-biden23-2008sep23,0,4764573.story?page=1">according to the LA Times's Faye Fiore today: a fickle press... More

ABC News Paid For “Other Materials”

And I was hoping I could ignore O.J. Simpson Trial, Vegas Edition. The New York Times reports that a key... More

Bono’s FT Blog

Bono (of U2 and the One Campaign) and Jeffrey Sachs (of Columbia's Earth Institute) are blogging for the Financial Times... More

39 Days

Washington Post: As of this writing, it has been 39 days and 22 hours since Sen. John McCain last held... More

84 to 2

60 Minutes last night featured "a revealing side-by-side look at the candidates and their positions" (Steve Kroft interviewed Obama; Scott... More

Nobody Puts Press In The Parking Lot

The "press tent was a lonely place to be" at last night's 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, reports Variety, due "the... More

That’s It?

Breaking: "Presidential candidates air attack ads," reports the AP's Nedra Pickler. Pickler's report, in full: Presidential candidates Barack Obama and... More

Debates: Jim Lehrer As Heidi Klum

"Presidential debates should be a little more like [Bravo reality TV show] Project Runway," argues Time TV blogger James Poniewozik,"... More

Truth-Tellers, Lost and Found (In Week in Review)

In yesterday's New York Times "Week in Review," Patrick Healy wrote a piece headlined, "Let's Call a Lie A Lie...Finally.... More

David Brooks’s M.O.

For anyone who has ever asked himself, "What's David Brooks thinking?" Brooks...admits he is something of a throwback. "This is... More

Cable’s “Soulless Palavering”

Never use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent one will do...except, maybe, when laboring to describe what it is that... More

You Say Tomato, They Say Campaign Ad

From an AP article exploring those negative cable news-bait campaign ads (the ones that don't require an actual ad buy... More

Who’s Down With OPM?

Watching Sean Hannity's "no-topic-off-limits interview" with Sarah Palin right now. Nothing too tough or noteworthy so far. Lots of economy... More

Sweat-Stained TPS Reports

That lunch at your desk in now an workplace norm is one thing. But, "treadmill desks"? Can the toilet-in-a-desk-chair (ergonimically... More

MSNBabsC

Number of segments in which "Streisand" has been mentioned over the past 24 hours (per a TVEyes search): CNN: 13... 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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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