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John McCanine

More Americans may want to BBQ with Barack, but the Associated Press-Yahoo News throws John a polling bone today: More... More

Press Giving McCain “Mad Pass” On Economic Plan?

Josh Marshall argues that the press coverage of McCain's economic plan (which Marshall summarizes as, "He's pledging to balance the... More

Intern-al Communication

That news meeting? The one where the editor introduced the New Business Model? Here's what it looked like through the... More

Sasha Obama, This Could Be You!

Here's an Associated Press article that pretends to be about what the White House offers child residents ("an unparalleled view... More

Time: Rolling the Dice on McCain?

Bill Clinton famously suggested to Charlie Rose last December that to vote for Barack Obama, given what Clinton called his... More

Press Contrition Over Clark Coverage?

About all those election-related "media firestorms over supposedly revealing incidents that never actually took place," as Paul Krugman described them... More

Covering Flip-Flops (A How-To)

Over at Time.com, Michael Scherer (who once worked here at CJR) observes: Every day, flip-flop charges bang up against the... More

More on That WaPo Obama Mortgage Story

Yesterday, my colleague Justin questioned the Washington Post's news judgment in running its Obama mortgage story. At Washington Monthly, Kevin... More

The Cult of Kiernan

Pat Kiernan, the NY1 News anchor who reads New Yorkers' newspapers to them every morning in his In The Papers... More

NYT’s MTV Cribs-Like Limbaugh Profile

At one point in his 7,000-plus-word profile of Rush Limbaugh for this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, reporter Zev Chafets... More

About That CW on Bush’s HIV/AIDS Legacy

"Even human rights purist [and New York Times columnist] Nicholas Kristof" has lauded President Bush's HIV/AIDS work, writes Danielle Maestretti... More

BBQ is the New “Beer With”

Breaking News! More Americans would rather barbecue with Barack Obama than with John McCain. How can McCain get a much-needed... More

“Disturbing Video” (What Would MSNBC Be Without It?)

Already this morning I have been repeatedly exposed (and, admittedly, each time turned to be exposed) to the following "disturbing... More

Old Media Intra-Office Communication?

One New York Times columnist complains about another New York Times columnist's column about yet another New York Times columnist...... More

On Last Week’s Lara Logan “News”

Not much of a scandal, not much of a story

“Isn’t anyone bothered by the Lara Logan sex scandal coverage?” asks Washington City Paper’s Angela Valdez. I’ll get to what... More

Oops! Gitmo Training “To Elicit False Confessions?”

If that powerful McClatchy series whet your appetite for Gitmo news: the New York Times' Scott Shane reports today on... More

Cringe-Making Parody of Morning News Tools

Thanks to a CJR reader for pointing us to The Onion News Network's sharp parody of the always cringe-making, often... More

CNN Segment: “Swiftboating McCain?”

More on press coverage of What Wes Said. Zack wrote yesterday: It’s crucially important that we have a political debate... More

Carville, Media Critic, On What Wes Said

Yesterday, Zack wrote here that some of the press coverage of What Wes Said* (an exchange between Gen. Wesley Clark... More

Breaking: Be Not Afraid, Be Not Very Afraid

Usually when something doesn't happen or something isn't expected to happen, it's not news. Even if the government issues a... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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