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Interview “Tinkering”

On Sunday the New York Times Magazine ran a profile of playwright Neil LaBute in which readers learn of LaBute's... More

What Would “A Mix Between The Huffington Post and Drudge” Look Like?

(Besides, um, aesthetically challenged?) This. A HuffPo/Drudge blend is how Fox News regards its new site, The Fox Nation, Fox... More

Chyron, Misunderstood

Chyron (on-screen headline) on MSNBC just now: "Fmr Wall Street Professionals Trade Laptops For Lap Dances." No, the news is... More

“Cud Chewers” And “Cordwood” on Cable

Some colorfully apt descriptions of the current state of cable news from David Carr in the New York Times: Gorged... More

“Some Wonder…”

..."if [Michelle Obama is] spreading herself too thin to emerge in the public mind as a leading voice on" her... More

NYT Profiles Fox News’s “Rodeo Clown”

The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck ("Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News"). In the... More

Teleprompter Talks Back

"What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?" asked the AP's Ron Fournier last night in his... More

A Presidency “Defined” (So Soon?)

At The Daily Beast, Eric Alterman critiques last night's performance by the White House press corps, giving a thumbs-down to... More

President Leaves Reporters & Commentators “Restless,” “Bor[ed]”

Roundup of presidential press conference reports

Was it really a surprise to reporters at both the LA Times and the New York Times that President Obama... More

“Progress,” “Patience”

A quick scan of the front pages of today's papers (thanks, Newseum) shows that President Obama's second prime time press... More

LeBron James Has His Pre-Game Powder Toss…

... Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN's White House correspondent, "writes his [questions for the... More

Dow Low, Sugar High

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Whoopie Pies Are Having Their Moment," that the "cake-like sandwiches" have "finally... More

Klein: “Get Pissed At… Media Culture”

At Time's Swampland blog, Joe Klein offers some media criticism (er, "media culture" criticism): A certain newsmagazine--hint: not this one--has... More

Tonight: Will Obama Sell The Bank Plan? Make Gaffes? Get Ratings?

"Some in Washington [are] wondering whether the president is becoming overexposed," writes the New York Times's Peter Baker (emphasis mine)... More

Morning Blago

Tomorrow morning, from 7 to 9am, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be guest-hosting "The Don Wade & Roma Morning... More

Word Association

If I told you that the word "flaccid" appeared yesterday on the New York Times op-ed page under one of... More

Another O’Reilly “Ambush”

"My O'Reilly Ambush," made The Daily Show, your "O'Reilly Ambush..." has its own Facebook page... More

NYT on Spontaneous Story Combustion

I'm going to paraphrase my keen colleague, Brent: In the New York Times "Week in Review" there was an article... More

Getting To Know Douthat

New York magazine has a one-page backgrounder on the New York Times's newest op-ed page hire, Ross Douthat (part bio,... More

Hoyt: Still Too Many Anonymous Sources in NYT

Public Editor Clark Hoyt in yesterday's New York Times: With my assistant, Michael McElroy, I took another look at the... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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