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While Diane’s Away, the Mice Replay

We've all had that delicious moment of temptation at one time or another: "The boss is away; I can do... More

“You Can Check Out Any Time You Want, But You Can Never Leave”

Today, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Slater writes somewhat sheepishly in his "Dispatch from Ketchum" that "this area in south-central... More

Policy? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Policy!

We know that many in the press prefer to focus first on the fray -- most recently, who's no longer... More

Hello, Cleveland?

Sometimes it takes a little while for a story to bounce around the media echo chamber and reverberate into the... More

Anatomy of a Foul-Up

By Liz Cox Barrett and Thomas Lang In yesterday's New York Times, Jodi Wilgoren informed readers that "the weeklong controversy"... More

Sounds Like a Crock to Us

Last week, Jay Rosen opined that the lull between primary season and the conventions will become a "point in the... More

Helen Thomas on Grilling the Pinch Hitter

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since 1961 -- first as a reporter for United Press International and,... More

Veepstakes Gone Wild

For our part, we're happy to wait until John Kerry himself tells us just who it is that he plans... More

Who Says So?

This morning David Gregory, NBC's White House correspondent, brought "Today Show" viewers a segment on President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch... More

Bush’s Ads Beget Tidal Wave of Bloviation

With the benefit of a few additional hours to ponder the president's first wave of campaign ads on TV, bloggers... More

Can Sticks and Stones Break Bonesmen’s Bones?

...And speaking of bones, at The Corner, Tim Graham has one to pick with Katie Couric for calling the arrival... More

Get Ready to … Fumble … Stumble … Crumble?

Innnnn the left corner, wearing the blue trunks ... John "The Real Deal" Kerry. Onnnnn the right, in red ...... More

Super-Cali-Fatalistic…

By many a blogger's barometer, Super Tuesday is Foregone Conclusion Day (okay, and there are some polls that support the... More

The Envelope, Please …

There were two opportunities yesterday to watch nattily-dressed men on television, made up to the point of looking jaundiced, talking... More

Institutionalized: Corps Versus Scott

Most White House press briefings go something like this: Reporter: Ask question. Press secretary: Recite talking point. Reporter: Rephrase question.... More

Reporters Relish Heinz Kerry’s Spicy Quotes

With California's Democratic primary now six days away, the Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian today contributes her two cents to... More

The “Shocking” Story That Wasn’t

The following headline ran this afternoon on an Associated Press story by Deborah Riechmann: "Laura Bush Says Gay Marriage 'Shocking.'"... More

Drudge, Dickens, and the Death Rattle (?) of a Rumor

Yesterday, a crestfallen Matt Drudge downgraded the affair alert on his web site from last week's red ("Campaign Drama Rocks... More

Cox on Cox: A Window into the Mind of the Beleaguered Drudgette of the Moment

You think it's easy being Wonkette? Perish the thought. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Desk this morning, the blogette... More

What Does It Take to Make Page One Around Here?

Last night, more than two years after the fact, the White House backed off from a statement made by President... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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