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Obama on “100-Years-War Calumny”

Obama defended (dialed-back? clarified?) his McCain's for a 100-years-war statement on the Today Show this morning (hat tip, Michael Calderone):... More

High School Newsical

Says Amanda, the bespectacled copy editor for Cyprus Bay High School's "award-winning" newspaper, The Circuit, and star of MTV's upcoming... More

Previewing (Coverage of) Petraeus Hearing

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman previews the inevitable politicization of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker's... More

Foreign Policy Chops? “First Lady Puffery?”

Genius! Rather than having a Clinton surrogate and an Obama surrogate duke it out over Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experience... More

Report: Barry Bearak Released

IC Publications is reporting that both the New York Times' Barry Bearak (who was arrested in Zimbabwe last Thursday, initially... More

“100-Years-War Calumny,” Frankly

A crocus pushing through long-dormant earth signals spring. A Frank Rich column focusing on something other than The Clintons --might... More

Starring “The News?”

The headline on today's Alessandra Stanley piece in The New York Times caught my eye: "A New Star as Campaign... More

Happy Monday, Cable News!

All together now, all day long: Polygamist sect. Women and children. West Texas compound. (Cue Branch Davidian footage from back... More

Blogging Kills?

Quiz for anyone who read -- or even glanced at the front page of -- yesterday's New York Times: What's... More

Happy Hour on MSNBC?

B-roll. It is essential to television news. That at-your-fingertips file footage used to illustrate the news you can use du... More

E-lection

Want a recap of the many ways the Internet has affected the 2008 presidential race to date? The Washington Post... More

No Challenger? No Challenging

In case you haven’t had enough Ongoing Democratic Primary: Who Benefits and Who Is Damaged analyses, here is the lede... More

CNN on “The Vanna Vote”

It’s on! The media’s hunt to locate - and coin a snappy moniker for—2008’s must-get swing vote (that subset of... More

Dith Pran’s NYT “Video Obit”

If you haven’t seen it yet, The New York Times' "The Last Word: Dith Pran" is well worth watching. You... More

Barack’s Big Lebowski Strategy

A.k.a., campaigning

Help us out: How can we say the same thing, again... differently? A couple of weeks into a pre-Pennsylvania primary... More

Say Ahhhh!

Said Andrea Mitchell on NBC's Today Show this morning, reporting on the protracted Democratic primary: Critics blame [Howard] Dean for... More

Wherefore “Sticks” a Candidate’s “Gaffe?”

Do tell, Joe Scarborough

Here is Joe Scarborough on MSNBC this morning, referring to TuzlaGate (Hillary Clinton having more than once exaggerated the danger... More

Not Ready on Day 1?

Experience for the White House (reporter)

We've all heard the argument that the next resident of the White House need be Ready on Day 1 to... More

What’s Good for the Goose…

When candidates “misspeak’: McCain vs. Clinton

When should the campaign press cut a candidate some slack when he or she says something (more than once) that... More

The State of Cable News is…Mature?

And other findings from PEJ’s annual report

"Cable television news showed further signs of maturity in 2007." I almost couldn't get past that, the opening sentence of... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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