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WaPo Finds (Two) Concerned Taxpayers of America

Day-after disclosure reports report

Those groups with the who'd-argue-with-that?-sounding names spending big money this election season? The Washington Post took a look at one... More

Q&A: New York Times Investigative Reporter Mike McIntire

“It’s very, very difficult to crack that veneer of secrecy”

Mike McIntire joined the New York Times’s national investigative desk during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has also covered City... More

Chilean Mine Coverage: Too Much is Not Enough?

The appearance of the following chyron marks the moment last night (it was 9:21 pm EST) when I ceased keeping... More

When The Subject of Your Story Can’t Hear, Speak, Read, Write, or Sign

A fascinating behind-the-story story: Voice of San Diego reporter Adrian Florido set out to find a family, he writes, "whose... More

Kicking Cable News (When It’s Down Leaning)

Jon Stewart last night leaned a little on MSNBC's recently announced, high-profile "Lean Forward" promotional campaign (as well as the... More

The American Public: “A Group Worth Congress’s Time?”

From The Onion (or, is it?): Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that... More

Live From Chile: “This Media Event”

A taste, via the New York Times, of what's to come this week (emphasis mine): Such is life in Camp... More

NYT Credits WNYC and Newsday Reporters’ Tweets

From the 13th of 16 paragraphs in the New York Times piece today, "[Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl] Paladino Laces Speech... More

Will 501(c) Groups Remain a “Very Safe Place to Play?”

Undisclosed campaign cash and a “regulatory netherworld”

It's been a newsy week for American Crossroads, the big-spending 527 group, and Crossroads GPS, its big-spending 501(c)(4) off-shoot. (The... More

We Met on the “Divorce Vertical”

Next month, The Huffington Post will launch a "divorce vertical" (that is, a section) headed up by Nora Ephron and... More

Howard Kurtz is Beast-Bound! (Twitter Reax)

Howard Kurtz is leaving the Washington Post for the Daily Beast, where he will be DC bureau chief. "GOING DIGITAL,"... More

Life “When the Organ that Turns a Body into a Person is Damaged”

From The Washington Post's story today on traumatic brain injury, with which 180,000 military service members have been diagnosed since... More

NYT Noses Around, Still Knows Nothing

Whose $400,000 has the Coalition to Protect Seniors spent this election season?

For anyone who hasn't yet focused on the "shadowy army" of nonprofits spending record-breaking sums influencing the midterm elections, the... More

On Reporting the Rutgers Tragedy

This morning, here in New York, I overheard a group of (non-journalist) parents expressing surprise and some anger towards the... More

Why Candidate Jasper P. Huxteroo is Smiling

For, perhaps, some lunch hour laughs: Mark Fiore's SlateV.com video cartoon, "Cash-ocracy in America," in which he explores,"how are new... More

I Am (I Am, I Am) Super PAC

Making sense of campaign finance coverage may require super powers

Faster than a 527! More powerful than a political action committee! Able to influence elections with unlimited spending! It’s….. super... More

Politico on the D.C. Cash Dash/Money Grab/Money Rush

Today, Politico reports on the "blizzard" of fundraisers in Washington, DC of late-- in its tabulation, “more than 400 fundraisers... More

NYT Examines Most “Active” Among “Shadowy Army” of Nonprofits

But can’t tell us where Americans for Job Security gets its cash

On Friday, the New York Times’s Mike McIntire provided a detailed look at Americans for Job Security, one among, as... More

WSJ, NYT on the Bug-Eating Foodies of Brooklyn

Which paper had the better headline for its Bug-eating: Not just for hungry people in faraway places anymore? story: The... More

NYT on the ABC’s of 501(c)s

Why these groups are “popping up like mushrooms” this election season

Quick: what’s the difference between a 527 group and a 501(c)(5)? What can a 501(c)4 group do that a 501(c)3... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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”

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