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Street Fight: Cardboard Fans at Twenty Paces

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. And if freebies were viewers, CNN and MSNBC would ride a little higher,... More

Watching the BBC Watch “Arnie” and “Bushie”

What would a non-American reporter -- perhaps, a eurojourno -- make of last night's prime time Republican National Convention speakers,... More

Visiting the Gnomes of the Loyal Opposition

If the number one wish of the propagandists laboring away in the Democratic National Committee's temporary New York "war room"... More

CNN: Where No Talking Point Goes Challenged

Just in case Rudy Giuliani forgot to hit an RNC talking point or two last night during his prime time... More

Onward Marches Campaign Journalism

The Blonde Babes for Bush (l to r, Amy Stephens, CindyMurphy, and Peggy Littleton) Any delegate gunning for air... More

Sandra Endo on Flirting Candidates, “Colorful” Bush Comments, and Convention-Week Massages

Sandra Endo Sandra Endo covers local, state and national politics for NY1, where she has worked since 1998. Endo... More

Hidden Is The Word for This News, All Right

This morning, yet more evidence of how Swift BoatGate has dominated mainstream media, and relegated serious election-year issues to the... More

Pretty Please, Just Once?

Yesterday, Campaign Desk offered a big-picture -- and rather damning, if we say so ourselves -- accounting of the press'... More

Bees, Rats and Dancing at Republicans

The blogosphere continues to bubble with John on Jon reviews. Electablog's David Pell speaks for some unnamed group of people... More

By Turns Doubtful, Doleful, and Downright Defensive

On Daily Kos, DemFromCT ponders how journalists will handle the new news about Abu Ghraib -- what with all the... More

“Who, Me? Naw, This Megaphone Is Just a Prop”

Campaign Desk had a good, gallows-humor-type chuckle when we saw this stunningly un-self-aware headline on Tom Raum's Associated Press piece... More

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

For members of the mainstream press arriving at work in a Monday morning fog, a virtual "to-do" list awaits you... More

President Bush Nailed by Cheese Cops

It all started yesterday, when CNN, Fox and The New York Times were content to transcribe and transmit President Bush's... More

CNN’s Cheesy Coverage

Thanks to a Campaign Desk reader for flagging this stomach-turning CNN special. On yesterday's "Inside Politics," wedged between a segment... More

Hat Tip, Interrupted

Last night, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, to use Atrios' words, went "nuclear" on Matthew Dowd, a senior Bush-Cheney strategist and Hardball... More

It’s August, and the Dogs Are Eating the Dogs

The traditional August lull in election-year ads is a thing of the past, writes Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press.... More

Renee Zellwegger - the New Ohio?

How many swing voter posts in one day is too many? We decide, you retort. Remember, back in the spring,... More

Oops, They Didn’t Do it Again

Add today's story by Andy Lenderman of the Albuquerque Journal to the What Not to Do list. Lenderman reports that... More

He Said/She Said Rears His/Her Ugly Head - Yet Again

As we've suggested more than once before, it is a dereliction of duty when journalists report a campaign claim and... More

The Common Man As Parrot

For months now, Campaign Desk has watched as campaign talking points (or key lines from attack ads and campaign speeches)... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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