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When “News” Becomes News

First it was a report of a woman's eye maimed by her own faulty thong. Then it was the story... More

Dress For The Job You Want?

First, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank catches one of the guys running for president Acting Presidential again. "Barack Obama has... More

MoDo On Team Obama: Such Good Sports!

As Obama's World Tour wound down, Maureen Dowd was on hand to observe (and then to share with us in... More

Pity, That

In a piece about how John McCain has and should handle his status as onetime campaign press "it" candidate running... More

(MS)NBC Reaches For More Gravitas for Earthquake Coverage

I was just watching a female reporter on MSNBC reporting about about the earthquake that has apparently just struck the... More

For “Inactive Grannies”… There’s Always 2012?

Someone's still willing to pay for (or, at least willing to lend a platform for) "advice" from Mark J. Penn.... More

The Economy: No One “Pouncing”

In his New York Times column today Bob Herbert writes that the economy "is the issue on which the Obama... More

Barefoot and Blogging (In NYT Styles)

Location! Location! Location! Sometimes, stories about blogging and bloggers make the New York Times' front-page. A-1. Juxtaposed with the critical... More

Chris Matthews’s Heroic Refusal To Discuss Robert Novak

From a (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot-News profile of Chris Matthews packed with will-he-or-won't-he-run-for-Senate speculation: A Senate run would demand discipline, said... More

“Media Frenzy” Explains Further Frenzied Media

Washington Post ombudswoman Deborah Howell declares her paper's Chandra Levy series "not worth 13 days, all on page 1," adding... More

De Gall!

Christiane Amanpour's question for President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Paris press conference with Barack Obama late last week: (h/t TVNewser): More

Embracing “Dr. No”

Speaking of reading body language, both the Washington Post and the New York Times put on their front pages today... More

“Body Language Investigations” Abound

"It's a body language investigation!" The IRE should have an award for this. Granted, no shoe leather was harmed (not... More

Easy “Breezy”

"Breathtakingly inappropriate," is how Eric Boehlert describes Ron Fournier's email exchanges with Karl Rove from 2004 (Fournier was an AP... More

Cut No Slack

James Rainey in today's LA Times (emphasis mine): It seems like just about everybody has spent the last week beating... More

Say What, Shafer?*

I often enjoy (and often agree with) Jack Shafer's stuff. But, what's up with this? Shafer wonders "why hasn't the... More

Russert’s Road (And Runway?)

The Buffalo News reports that President Bush today signed a bill renaming part of Route 20A near Ralph Wilson Stadium... More

Novak in the News

There's the Bob Novak-and-his-black-Corvette-hit-a-guy-yesterday story on Politico (according to a witness, "a black Corvette convertible with top closed plows into... More

Ohama? Versus…Cheney?

Among coverage of Obama's Overseas Trip on the Jerusalem Post's web site was the video below, in which The Media... More

A Stumper

Here is Jon Friedman's "MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY:" What do you think is the relationship between politics and... 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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