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In Afghanistan: “Yes, That Was Your Son”

Eight U.S. soldiers were killed in three attacks in southern Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, per the LA Times.... More

Breaking BP News*

Bristol Palin is engaged, again, to Levi Johnston, according to US Weekly's cover story (and picked up, oh, here and... More

Sir Anderson Cooper?

Yesterday marked six months since a magnitude-7 earthquake struck Haiti. The AP's Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news... More

NYT Wonders About Whitman’s “Business Decision”

The New York Times's Michael Luo reports that, in 2008, California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman invested some $1 million... More

“Driv[ing] Toward the News of the Day”

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz again profiles the man half of a man-woman morning news duo --"unfailingly polite" Bill Hemmer,... More

Lohan Sentenced To… OMG, Her Fingernail!?!

Yesterday, the actress Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for probation violations (from a DUI conviction). Over... More

“Being Media Savvy Requires More Than Just Attention-Grabbing”?

Does it? From Mark Leibovich's profile of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), "Darrell Issa Emerges as Obama's Annoyer-in-Chief" in today's New... More

Oil Spill Touches Texas (“What’s Going Where?”)

A milestone of sorts in the BP oil spill story, as reported by the AP: More than two months after... More

Dr. Parker: Obama Suffers From RTDD

Kathleen Parker, Eliot Spitzer's co-host for CNN's much-anticipated Not Crossfire show, has a Washington Post column out today with the... More

The Rap On From Kagan

The Washington Post, having already brought us the definitive rap on Elena Kagan, today brings us a rap by Elena... More

Excrutiating (Also, Haunting)

Damon Winter's photograph on the front page of yesterday's New York Times. The scene captured-- soldier tearfully embraces family before... More

In Haiti, “When Is This All Going to End?”

The New York Times has a wrenching piece today about sexual violence against women in Haiti, a piece in which... More

At 8pm, CNN Goes “Tangy” and “Spicy”

CNN has just announced the team that will take over Campbell Brown's 8pm slot: Eliot Spitzer, the former Democratic governor... More

“We Can Almost Pre-write the Headlines” (Almost?)

For those who can't predict what the Washington press corps will write and say on cable if Gen. McChrystal still... More

Sparring, Spinning in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post hosted (and broadcast on its Web site) a debate between Democratic Senatorial candidates Jeff... More

Would A Beat Reporter Have Written This McChrystal Piece?

Andrew Sullivan flags the following, found at the end of a McChrystal-related Politico piece today: McChrystal, an expert on counterterrorism... More

McChrystal’s “Outside Set of Eyes” Resigns

The Washington Post has a brief report on the resignation of Duncan Boothby, Gen. Stanley McChrystal's civilian press aide who... More

Consider Helen Thomas

Was advanced age the critical factor in the career-ending Helen Thomas incident? Because the Which-Retirement-Resistant-Journalist-Media-Figure-Will-Helen-Thomas-Next Watch is on. At TVNewser,... More

(Other People’s) Pundits Drowned Out Obama’s Oil Speech

At Newsweek.com, Jeremy McCarter describes "How Cable TV Pundits Stepped on Obama's Oil Speech." Writes McCarter: Critics describe the Beltway... More

Florida, Lately: Big Bucks and “Baggage”

And Heidi Fleiss

A roundup of recent campaign news from and about Florida: Can you win a primary when the following three facts... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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