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“Smackdown” Lawsuit Smacked Down

Congratulations to Susan Paterno on the dismissal of the defamation lawsuit the Santa Barbara News-Press filed against her based on... More

One Pirate, Who Requested Anonymity…

... because he feared being made to walk the plank... I've found it a bit of a challenge (being on... More

For You, For You, I Came For You

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer is right now reporting live from Wall Street (outside, on a street, in downtown Manhattan). She is... More

But, They’re Not

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. And if cookie sales were votes, reports KTAR radio in Phoenix, then... More

It’s Been A While

Jayson Blair makes two appearances in the current issue of New York magazine (the "40th Anniversary" issue). See the list... More

Even Better Than The Real Thing?

Speaking of "phoning it in..." Remember how Bono was scheduled to sit down with Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin last... More

Oh, I Gotcha

What can we learn from the below exchange between CBS News's Katie Couric, Sen. McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin which... More

Kicking Ourselves, Others

The pundits of MSNBC's Morning Joe (and invited guests) did some self-flagellating (finger-pointing?) while exploring What Happened to Our Economy?... More

What’s the Point?

On MSNBC they keep calling today's market plunge "the biggest intraday point drop ever." Which is, as The Audit's Dean... More

Which Comes First: The Spin or The Spun?

Howard Kurtz visits the spin room/media tent after Friday's presidential debate and gets this mind-boggling quote: "The spin is something... More

Fallows on Zakaria on Wen

James Fallows recommends Fareed Zakaria's interview on CNN with China's premier, Wen Jiabao. "Interview appearances by Wen or president Hu... More

What Do You Expect?

While Sen. Joe Biden was omnipresent in the minutes and hours after Friday's debate, helping TV viewers understand what they... More

“Scoring” the Debate

Megan is working on a piece for Campaign Desk for later today about post-debate coverage/analysis. How much of it do... More

Headlines: Reading The Bailout

If you get your bailout news via other people's papers on the New York City subway, this morning you saw... More

CNN=Eyesore?

And you thought CNN's convention graphics were distracting? Did you (could you?) see Friday night's debate? The tri-lined reaction meter... More

All The News That’s Fit To Headbutt

[The New York Times] has been around a long time. They know their stuff. So says Hulk Hogan, the now... More

Headlines in Anchorage

From today's front page (online version) of the Anchorage Daily News: 1) "Legislators lock horns over Palin inquiry" (Highlight: Hmmm.... More

MSNBC’s “Aging, White Male Divas”

...is how New York Times TV ctitic Alessandra Stanley, in her mostly-positive review today of The Rachel Maddow Show, describes... More

Letterman, Olbermann, Bitter-men?

Everyone's talking about what David Letterman said about John McCain last night. Nutshell: McCain canceled his scheduled Letterman appearance at... More

Couric Followed Up (Will Palin)?

Katie Couric asked a follow-up question. When Gov. Sarah Palin, Couric's interviewee on CBS Evening News tonight, failed to answer... 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


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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