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Reporters On Michelle Obama? “Rapt.” (Really?)

For Radar's September issue (excerpt online), Ana Marie Cox explains how "the press corps" really feels about Michelle Obama: Michelle... More

Shafer’s Tips For Convention Coverage

Jack Schafer bemoans the flock of "pressies" who descend on the typically newsless political conventions ("Slate, I'm embarrassed to admit,... More

A “Rubber Slipper” By Any Other Name

From today's Honolulu Star Bulletin: Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is keeping the candidate away from much of the typical Hawaiian... More

Yes, She Can!

She knows low-brow! She knows high! In a single paragraph, she proves her pop culture IQ spans centuries (and oceans)!... More

Fox News: “Who Are We To Say It’s Not The Truth?”

“Sasquatch’s Remains” In A Cooler in Georgia

Fox News' Megyn Kelly may have just now stumbled upon a new tag line for Fox News ("Fair and Balanced"... More

Bureau of One

The New York Times reports on CNN's plan to do more with less by assigning "one-man bands" to assorted U.S.... More

Last Week’s Campaign News: 31% Substance!*

According to the new PEJ study of campaign news coverage, "policy debates accounted for about 31% of the campaign newshole... More

Pressing Pigeon

If you're a "former close friend to [John] Edwards’ mistress" with something[s] to say about The Edwards Story, TV news... More

Meanwhile, In PA…

John McCain is this much closer to checking off that must-have presidential photo-op: Candidate in Camo (doing something mannishly outdoorsy).... More

Bring a Reporter to Work Day?

The Associated Press sent two different reporters to examine from two different angles the presidential candidates' offices and tell us... More

Inside Barack Obama

Obama Vacation News from the (Honolulu) Star Bulletin: Unlike previous days when [Barack Obama] spent a lot of time outdoors,... More

“Very Little Real News?” We’re In!

Bill Schneider, a CNN political analyst, confessed just now during a report previewing the Democratic National Convention: There will be... More

“Bad Reasons” To Cover (And Not Cover) Edwards Story

Time's TV blogger James Poniewozik spends "more time to come to fewer conclusions than any blog post I have ever... More

Preview: CNN’s DNC Convention Costume!

Reporting in Texas on that state's March primary, CNN's Ali Velshi was on horseback in a ten gallon hat (authentic... More

Dateline Honolulu

I suppose these types of stories can be written just as well from outside the Beltway (way, way out), writing... More

TPM on The Page On Election “Insight”

If you like your "election insight in some sort of dingbat aphorisms," have a look at this post from The... More

Edwards, Enquirer, Self-Examination…

Politico's Michael Calderone explains "why I also didn't write on John Edwards:" It was decided that writing on the rumors... More

Frequent Liar* Miles?

Paul Farhi reports that the McCain campaign is offering incentives (points! prizes!) to people for spreading campaign rhetoric online (a.k.a.,... More

Kurtz Lets Us In On a Little Secret

"The media can make anyone sound mysterious and unknowable," writes Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post, and then tries to... More

Candidate or Caped Crusader?

Can you tell a lot about a presidential candidate by which superhero he says he would be? Entertainment Weekly (Ew.com)... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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