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Bored Reporters Play for Their Base (Each Other)

From Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post: If there is importance in the results of the primary in West Virginia,... More

How Do You Top “Practically Lactating?”

To quote a colleague: "The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink- beer-in-a-masculine-seeming-way? approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd's] one move—never mind that it’s been... More

Headline Here, Headline There

Headline on the front page of today's Charleston (WV) Gazette (print edition): HILLARY RACKS UP BIG WIN; Observers Still See... More

Camp Clinton, As Cast By MSNBC

If you got your West Virginia primary coverage from MSNBC, then you know: 1) Hillary Clinton is thisclose to becoming... More

Remember That “Media Trojan Horse?”

Media Matters counted the number of times those military analysts named in David Barstow's New York Times investigation ("Behind TV... More

McCain’s Maverick Cursive (And “Angry” Commas)

Body-language experts have already weighed in at key times during the campaign. Ditto graphic designers explaining what campaign signage choices... More

Take Me Home, Beltway Roads

In March we saw a CNN anchor swapping his pinstripe suit for a ten gallon hat and horse to better... More

Looking for Local News in LA?

Joe Matthews, one-time labor reporter for the LA Times, wrote a piece in Sunday's Washington Post (hat tip, Matthew Yglesias)... More

Battle of the Media Darling(est)?

Newspaper, TV on the wall, who's the media darling(est) of them all? McCain? Obama? (Ron Paul, you say?) A first... More

West Virginia, Personified (by the FT)

"West Virginia Keeps Distance From Obama." So reads the headline on a Financial Times piece today. Just who is this... More

The Democratic Primary: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

From Katharine Q. Seeyle's New York Times piece today (emphasis mine): This is an awkward phase in a long campaign.... More

Beyond “Voicing Over Pictures”

CNN's Dan Rivers, one of few Western journalists able to report from Myanmar last week, tells Howard Kurtz on yesterday's... More

Pick a Pundit Profile

Which television poli-pundit profile to read first: "Chuckie T's" or Turd Blossom's? Howard Kurtz profiles NBC's political director Chuck Todd... More

Going Brangelina on Barack

In a New York Times article today about how the entertainment press is giving Britney-sized attention to this year's presidential... More

McCain Makes News

Appears on Daily Show--a surefire way to get the (uncritical) attention of the campaign press. McCain talked about how, as... More

News Deprived

At washingtonmonthly.com, Kevin Drum is asking his readers: If you could have only one source of news in the world,... More

About Being Distracted…

Luckily, my quest for ever more juicy campaign minutiae brought me to Time's Swampland blog just now where I found... More

McCain In Media Crosshairs? “In Time”

How The Media Works 101: Can't Walk and Chew Gum, with Professors Chris Matthews and Tim Russert (and input from... More

Morning After (Press Takes Pulse)

NBC's Today Show this morning: "Is it over?" ABC's Good Morning America: "End of the Road?" Front page of today's... More

Last Night’s Matthews-isms

In a single exchange with Keith Olbermann last night describing Clinton's and Obama's primary night speeches, MSNBC's Chris Matthews managed... 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”

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