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David Brancaccio on Self-Serving TV News, Jon Stewart Comparisons, and Being a Bill Moyers Pod Person

David Brancaccio (Courtesy "NOW") David Brancaccio joined PBS's weekly newsmagazine, "NOW," in the fall of 2003 and will take... More

Modems, Beers and Bathrooms

Today, yet another member of the mainstream media waxes colorful on that vexing question, how to regard bloggers and the... More

Triumphalism Here, Triumphalism There, Triumphalism Everywhere

For a man who anchors a network newscast -- which, any blogger will remind you, is a dying breed --... More

The (Self-)Importance of Being a Blogger

Broadcast journalism is the bee in several bloggers' bonnets of late. Pandagon's Jesse Taylor, provoked by a viewing of yesterday's... More

380 Tons of Explosives? What 380 Tons of Explosives?

We've discussed before the tendency of the political press during campaigns to slavishly take its cues from the candidates --... More

Beating a Live Horse

Two stories on the New York Times' front page today compel us to once again beat that undead horse, the... More

Elephants? We (Still) Don’t See No Elephants

Today, the Boston Globe's Peter S. Canellos, in his weekly "National Perspective" analysis, muses about John Kerry's future, noting that... More

Trivial Pursuits

Part five of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. By Liz Cox Barrett Time and again... More

Election Over, Anonymice Scamper Back Onto Page One

Nine months ago, the New York Times reaffirmed its commitment to cutting down on anonymous sourcing. All election season long,... More

Supply and Demand

Election or no election, we shall always have reporters on deadline and in need of a quick dial-a-quote, just as... More

Some Wonder Who “Some” Is

"Relaxed" is how more than one reporter described President Bush's bearing during his news conference yesterday. Unfortunately, with the frenetic... More

Kerry and Bush: A Couple of Wild and Crazy Guys!

With one day to go, both campaigns are hustling to portray their candidate as a cocksure prize fighter on the... More

Adam Nagourney on False Equivalence, Spin Beyond Spin Rooms, and Fake Online Diaries

Adam Nagourney Adam Nagourney has been chief national political reporter at the New York Times for the past two... More

True Colors Shining Through

At least two blue bloggers are seeing red this morning. While Mathew Gross swears "on [his] honor" not to draw... More

When Reporters Transcribe

At first glance, Bill Adair and Adam C. Smith's article in today's St. Petersburg Times -- headlined, "When Candidates Attack"... More

Missing: 380 Tons of Ammo, Some Members of UN Security Council, and Talent

Today the blogosphere is consumed by three developing stories, each involving something important (or not) that suddenly, um, isn't there.... More

Yo, Hannity, Your Curveball Is Hanging

In case you were otherwise occupied last night (we certainly were), Fox News aired what Alan Colmes teased as co-host... More

Priceless Eyeballs

For anyone who has never heard of ABC's online political newsletter, The Note, David Grann's New Yorker piece this week... More

Whither?

It was not so long ago that Campaign Desk was encouraged (for the most part) by the late but welcome... More

Elephant? What Elephant?

Today, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank offers up an "analysis" piece with the headline, "Bush's Cartoon of Kerry Failed to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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