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Movie Star! (Misery)

"Matt Damon Moved by Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees," the AP reports today (proving once again that a humanitarian crisis in... More

Suck-Ups, Hook-Ups

In a piece titled "How media sucks up to White House," Politico's Michael Calderone writes about the recent flurry of... More

On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/generalities/male_to_the_chief_where_are_tvs_women_chief_white_house_correspondents_109869.asp">article pointing out that currently "all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN,... More

Fox & Friends Spreads Herpes-Beer Pong Hoax

Perhaps you watched your friends at Fox & Friends a few weeks ago playing beer pong above the chyron: "Practice... More

“Politico Is Reporting…”

Did I hear that phrase once or twice during today's White House press briefing? (Maybe, "Would a White House reporter... More

ABC News’s “Idiot[ic,]” “Train Wreck” of a Story

Read the ABC News article that Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum calls a "train wreck" (and the author of which... More

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Joe Klein, over at Time's Swampland blog, confesses to being "existentially stressed." Because of Twitter. Because, Klein writes, "I'm not... More

Should Journalists Name “Zombie Banks?”

An interesting exchange on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning between Joe Scarborough, the Financial Times's Chrystia Freeland and The New... More

Remembered

Paul Harvey, who died Saturday at age 90, had been delivering his "News and Comment" nationally for ABC Radio Networks... More

Mothers of Fallen Soldiers Discuss Dover Media Ban

While the Obama administration continues, presumably, to review the policy banning the media from photographing the flag-draped coffins of fallen... More

“It’s Exhilarating To Be Fired At Age 86…”

... is how Liz Smith winds down her final New York Post column today. "It's emasculating" to be fired, Smith... More

Kenneth’s Response to the “Internet Hoo-Hah”

Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays 30 Rock's Kenneth The Page, the character to whom many bloggers compared Gov. Bobby... More

WaPo On The End of Big Pimpin’

The Boston Globe recently brought us the story of people "Laid Off And Loving It." Today, the Washington Post introduces... More

Calderone Gets To The Bottom of “Oh God”-Gate

Politico's Michael Calderone solves the mystery of "Oh God"-Gate -- that is, which MSNBC anchor's voice could be heard last... More

First Lady’s Arms Inspire Envy, Suspicion (And Fear?)

Michelle Obama Goes Sleeveless, Again" is the annoyed-sounding headline on Jodi Kantor's post on The Caucus Blog at NYTimes.com, observing... More

“We Will Recover…”

... is the phrase from President Obama's speech last night that seems to have grabbed headline writers at newspapers across... More

Cooper: “I Guess The Republicans, Then, Are 50 Cent?”

Cut the deficit in half...."Restart the engine of our prosperity"... Health care reform... The question on many cable commentators lips... More

Stephanopoulos’s Twitter Misunderstanding

"The bass not served w cannabis! 'Pot' short for potato!" read an urgent tweet minutes ago from ABC News's George... More

Take Our Pundits To Work Day

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs brought MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski (and Morning Joe viewers) on a "behind... More

Friedman’s Got Fallon’s Back (Strange Column Alert)

Marketwatch's Jon Friedman regrets his harsh assessments back when of Katie Couric's first night anchoring The CBS Evening News and... 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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