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ABC’s Debate “Restrictions” Will Change…What?

ABC, the sponsor of tonight's Democratic presidential debate, is circulating usage guidelines stating that ( per the New York Times)... More

Breaking: “Drudge Rules The World!”

What, no siren? No banner headline on Drudge linking to the New York Observer story today about "fake news" in... More

In Sync

Yesterday I wrote about how McCain seemed to go way out of his way in a speech Monday to flatter... More

Secret’s Out!

Obligatory quote from Stephen Colbert's interview with Michelle Obama last night. Wherein Colbert let the (campaign press) cat out of... More

Whadda Ya Mean, Elite?

The final sentence in today's New York Times "Political Memo" telling the "back story" of BitterGate, that campaign controversy that... More

When Online Stories “Evolve”

When and how should news organizations alert readers that changes have been made to a story after it has been... More

Blasts in Baqubah, Ramadi

Dozens of Iraqis were killed in multiple bombings across Iraq earlier today, including a car bomb that claimed at least... More

Scolds and Salutes For TV Suits

"Show me Night Rider drunk on the floor and I won't care about a lack of health care for my... More

Flattery Will Get You…

Reading the transcript of Sen. McCain's speech at the AP annual meeting yesterday, I was struck by how much time... More

Better Bitter Bit

TV news folks have had five days now -- the duration thus far of BitterGate-- to hone their headlines in... More

No Coverage, Not “So Startling?”

"[President Bush] was aware that his top aides met in the White House basement to micromanage the application of waterboarding... More

Us Versus Us

Writers vs. editors! (Michael Kinsley describes that "Battle For the Ages). Print reporters vs. TV reporters! (Charles Gasparino on how... More

Not to Nitpick, But…

A List, for people who like that sort of thing: TV Week's annual ranking of the "10 Most Powerful People... More

MSNBC’s BitterGate Update

Keeping cable viewers current on the latest exchange in the Campaign Gaffe of the Week is hard work. From the... More

Should The Press Report…

Via Michael Calderone, in the wake of recent Spitzer (and Paterson) news, Crain's New York Business polled New York voters... More

“W(h)ither the Cable Blowhard?”

The most memorable moment in Mark Leibovich's New York Times magazine cover piece on Chris Matthews -- in which we... More

You Read Us! You Really Read Us!

Know how Us Weekly sometimes runs pictures of famous people - and they’re candid photos, of course - studying the... More

If You Don’t Cut That Hair…

Wondering what it takes to break into CNN? It may be a hair thing. U.S. News reports that former CNN... More

WaPo, NYT Liveblogging “Petraeuspalooza”

Both The Washington Post (military beat reporter and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Tom Ricks) and... More

Voting Clinton? But Mooooom!

Mom. C'mon, Mom. Please? Vote for Obama. Okay? Mom? You're voting for Obama, right? Why do you hate hope? Mooooom!... 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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