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Call it Too Close To Call

Feeling uneasy this August? Not quite able to pinpoint the source of your anxiety? Never fear, the newsweeklies are here... More

Swing Sect?

Forget Punk Republicans. The Associated Press thinks it has found the real voting bloc that could determine the next president... More

Taking it Beyond He Said/She Said - Not Too Taxing After All

Today, one journalist makes the rare effort to examine and de-spin a campaign sound bite, and along the way to... More

Asking the Wrong Question

This morning, "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade interviewed author Bernard Goldberg, and discussion centered around what... More

Star Search

By now, we all know that Ben is on the bus and Whoopi caused a fuss. And reading the coverage... More

Philip Gourevitch on “Flagging” Talking Points, Conflating Character and Personality, and Petty Press Fusses

Philip Gourevitch (courtesy of The New Yorker) Philip Gourevitch has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since... More

Old But Still Ugly

Wouldn't it be swell if journalists actually assisted readers and viewers in sorting through the claims and counterclaims coming from... More

Deadline Looming? Taxi!

If journalists can't find news at the Democratic Convention -- and, it seems, no one can -- they can always... More

You Can Set Your Watch By It

Two days on, the press is still nattering about the incident that, to some reporters' minds, vindicates the storyline they... More

Weapons-Grade Cliche

The secret's out: Teresa Heinz Kerry is John Kerry's "secret weapon," the Agence France Presse reports today. This sounded all... More

Expectations Great and Small

With just four days until Swifty the donkey makes his Boston debut, the convention-related expectations stakes is well underway. The... More

Talking Talking Points

Ever since Jon Stewart did that "keeping up on current events is hard" segment last week, seems everyone is talking... More

Bubble-itis, Boredom, and Bathroom Buddies - the Life of a Campaign Reporter

Last night, Campaign Desk tuned in to the Discovery/Times Channel's documentary, "Politics & The Media" -- enticed as much by... More

Today’s Special: Grilled Berger, With a Side of Speculation

BergerGate is burning up the blogosphere this morning. In a contortionistic feat, Andrew Sullivan manages, in one short post, to... More

Chant and Pose Voters

Journalists on the hunt for the latest and greatest swing voter, take note of Michael Ordona's piece in today's Los... More

Tony Blair, Elizabeth Edwards and “Normal People”

Monday mornings mean, among other things, that there's an entire weekend's worth of press output over which "pretend journalists" can... More

Points for Pointing Out Press Parroting Points

Last night, "The Daily Show"'s John Stewart tickled Campaign Desk's fancy with his segment on two of our pet topics:... More

Softballs for the Prez, Cookies for the Press

Last week, the National Journal's William Powers wondered why the political press doesn't cover campaign events like the highly staged... More

In the War Room

Two reporters from big-shot newspapers were, to the certain envy of their peers everywhere, granted one-day backstage passes to the... More

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

No need to read both Newsweek and Time in your dentist's waiting room this week. Once again, the two newsweeklies... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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