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One Year After the Spill…

…BP campaign contributions no longer “toxic”

A year, more or less, is apparently how much time had to pass after the massive BP oil spill in... More

My Birthday The Day Daddy Won a Pulitzer

Yesterday, the Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, cited for his “vivid and exuberant writing about... More

What’s With Karl Rove’s Wiki?

Salon explains while NYT doesn’t finish its thought

Wikicountablity.org is not Karl Rove's wiki, photos of Karl Rove accompanying the New York Times's two Wikicountability stories (and my... More

Department of Thin Skin

Toobin: Don’t “blame journalists”

Jeffrey Toobin has a column in the current New Yorker in which he discusses the current Supreme Court's "revolution in... More

“We Followed in the Bubble”

My daily newspaper went to Brazil with President Obama and all I got (well, not all) was this "quick video... More

Unpacking Rory Reid’s 91 PACs Maneuver

How political reporter Jon Ralston got the story

If this isn't illegal, it should be. This has been the "almost universal" reaction, says veteran Nevada political reporter Jon... More

Shameless Japan “Coverage” from MSNBC, CBS

A dart to MSNBC and its new hire, Martin Bashir, who used the monologue part of his eponymous cable news... More

Relax! IRS Rules Are “Lax”

WaPo has good news for anonymous political donors

Are you a 501(c)(4) group that spent millions of anonymous dollars on attack ads during the midterm elections (or, perhaps,... More

Lean, Mean Campaign Money Machine

Crossroads groups tell WSJ, world what they aim to spend on election 2012

The paper that is home to a weekly column by Karl Rove got first dibs Tuesday on the announcement of... More

How a Defense Contract Is Won

NYT’s Boeing report left out the lobbying

You're a giant aerospace company pursuing a defense contract potentially worth $100 billion: so, what's your lobbying budget for that?... More

Fake David Koch Calls Real Scott Walker

My headline basically says it all. Posing as the billionaire businessman and conservative-cause-funding David Koch (you may know him from... More

Lara Logan, Foreign Correspondents, and Sexual Abuse

On Tuesday came the chilling news from CBS News that chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, while reporting a 60 Minutes... More

“How You Raise Money” in D.C. (Hint: “Frugging”)

WaPo on Gingrich’s “money-making machine”

That Newt Gingrich's sanguinely named 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, "pulls in big money" has been reported.... More

Premiere Plants

Well, here's a shocker: Some of the people who phone in to talk radio shows (that caller with the pitch-perfect... More

Kochs’ Influence

Another week in the news for the billionaire brothers

Last week, Politico's Kenneth Vogel reported that "faced with an avalanche of bad publicity after years of funding conservative causes... More

Tea Party Review to Debut

I think it was the Sunday Styles that brought us together. I think it was the Week in Review Tea... More

Covering a “Koch-Fueled” Weekend in CA

Reports from the clandestine conservative confab

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, hosted a semi-annual, invitation-only conference for conservative political donors, strategists,... More

Beltway Reacts to Passing of Meet the Press “Butler”

Today, the Washington Post profiles Saadalla Mohamed Aly, the "perenially tuxedoed butler" (no lie!) for NBC's Sunday morning political chat... More

State of the Union, in a Word

Last night NPR asked listeners to describe President Obama's State of the Union address "in three words," and then ran... More

What Not to Do in Campaign Reporting

Star Tribune writes down Bachmann’s “strong opinions”

Campaign 2012 is underway, even with but one declared Republican contender. And so comes an example of What Not to... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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