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When “News” Becomes News

First it was a report of a woman's eye maimed by her own faulty thong. Then it was the story... More

Dress For The Job You Want?

First, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank catches one of the guys running for president Acting Presidential again. "Barack Obama has... More

MoDo On Team Obama: Such Good Sports!

As Obama's World Tour wound down, Maureen Dowd was on hand to observe (and then to share with us in... More

Pity, That

In a piece about how John McCain has and should handle his status as onetime campaign press "it" candidate running... More

(MS)NBC Reaches For More Gravitas for Earthquake Coverage

I was just watching a female reporter on MSNBC reporting about about the earthquake that has apparently just struck the... More

For “Inactive Grannies”… There’s Always 2012?

Someone's still willing to pay for (or, at least willing to lend a platform for) "advice" from Mark J. Penn.... More

The Economy: No One “Pouncing”

In his New York Times column today Bob Herbert writes that the economy "is the issue on which the Obama... More

Barefoot and Blogging (In NYT Styles)

Location! Location! Location! Sometimes, stories about blogging and bloggers make the New York Times' front-page. A-1. Juxtaposed with the critical... More

Chris Matthews’s Heroic Refusal To Discuss Robert Novak

From a (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot-News profile of Chris Matthews packed with will-he-or-won't-he-run-for-Senate speculation: A Senate run would demand discipline, said... More

“Media Frenzy” Explains Further Frenzied Media

Washington Post ombudswoman Deborah Howell declares her paper's Chandra Levy series "not worth 13 days, all on page 1," adding... More

De Gall!

Christiane Amanpour's question for President Nicolas Sarkozy during a Paris press conference with Barack Obama late last week: (h/t TVNewser): More

Embracing “Dr. No”

Speaking of reading body language, both the Washington Post and the New York Times put on their front pages today... More

“Body Language Investigations” Abound

"It's a body language investigation!" The IRE should have an award for this. Granted, no shoe leather was harmed (not... More

Easy “Breezy”

"Breathtakingly inappropriate," is how Eric Boehlert describes Ron Fournier's email exchanges with Karl Rove from 2004 (Fournier was an AP... More

Cut No Slack

James Rainey in today's LA Times (emphasis mine): It seems like just about everybody has spent the last week beating... More

Say What, Shafer?*

I often enjoy (and often agree with) Jack Shafer's stuff. But, what's up with this? Shafer wonders "why hasn't the... More

Russert’s Road (And Runway?)

The Buffalo News reports that President Bush today signed a bill renaming part of Route 20A near Ralph Wilson Stadium... More

Novak in the News

There's the Bob Novak-and-his-black-Corvette-hit-a-guy-yesterday story on Politico (according to a witness, "a black Corvette convertible with top closed plows into... More

Ohama? Versus…Cheney?

Among coverage of Obama's Overseas Trip on the Jerusalem Post's web site was the video below, in which The Media... More

A Stumper

Here is Jon Friedman's "MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY:" What do you think is the relationship between politics and... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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”

Bloggingheads

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

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