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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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