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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

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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