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Michelle Obama 3.0 (“Economic Crisis Look” Michelle!)

Back in June, the New York Times (among others) chronicled what it deemed to be Michelle Obama's "image makeover," a... More

In Recognition of Cable News Convention Coverage

The award for Least Useful On-Screen Bell or Whistle Unveiled During Convention Coverage by a Cable News Channel goes to...... More

Suffering for The Story in Denver

Whoever labors in the least cushy conditions wins...Respect? Legitimacy? That "blue collar" vote?" Something, apparently. Pity the 38 Washington Post... More

Convention Report: I See Something!

Wall-to-wall cable convention coverage. It can make even Chuck Todd (MSNBC's "goateed guru") look less-than-sharp. During a David Shuster report... More

Not A Plug for Politico

Last week, Vanity Fair polled hair stylists on Whether John McCain Has A Comb-Over ("from certain angles, it looks like... More

If You Build It…

You want to attract some reporters? Hang up a sign that says "Spin Room" or "War Room" ("Where We Help... More

Conventions. Why?

Why? Why, these conventions? Why 15,000 journalists at these conventions? What are we doing? What is this all about? This... More

Leave Your Leatherman in D.C.

Just received the "List of Prohibited Items for Members of the Media" from the Republican National Convention. Among the items... More

I Can’t Hear the Punditry!

Must every cable channel bring us convention coverage from a jam-packed restaurant? What's the thinking here? "Authentic" backdrop complete with... More

RunningOutofSteamStakes

Gail Collins today on the Lieberman-could-be-McCain's-veep-choice buzz: When you have a 71-year-old presidential candidate, it’s particularly important that voters be... More

Not By The Hair…

ABC News noted (veep!) that Evan Bayh's wife had her hair done (stakes!). 23/6.com imagines an IM exchange between Obama... More

Rumors of Tubbs Jones’s Demise, Explained

The Washington Post's Capitol Briefing blogger, Ben Pershing, explains how it was that he and several other news organizations reported... More

Who Cares? (And, About What?)

Will Bunch on the press on the Edwards Affair: How is it that the Enquirer can assign a team of... More

Breaking News Breakdown

CNN was reporting this afternoon on the "death of" Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D, OH) up until it carried live,... More

Joe-mentum of Another Sort

Kevin Drum and Jonathan Cohn are giving Joe Biden the Veep nod (could Obama be far behind)? Drum calls Biden... More

“Far From Fair and Balanced”

Fox News will know its tag line has jumped the shark (or is that set the standard?) when Mikhail Gorbachev,... More

AP: Alleged “Real People” To Appear at Convention!

I'm all for reporters calling out the stagey aspects of campaigns and conventions. To that end (I think?), the AP's... More

“CNN Grills” (Without Crossfire)

According to CNN, CNN's "CNN Diner" at the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City was "immensely successful" and so... More

Today in Speculation (Er, “Current Conjecture”)

You think it's easy working the Veepstakes beat? Opening wide for -- and presenting as news -- those crumbs tossed... More

What “Impresses” David Remnick

"What always impresses me are the people who are obsessed. People who are gifted, perhaps, but people who are obsessed.... 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


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”

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.”

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

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