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Shafer v. Anonymice (Take 47)

Which reporter in which major newspaper recently granted anonymity to a source for a quotation, the lot about which Jack... More

WaPo-Induced Flashback

Surely I'm not the only person who thought I'd clicked on an old washingtonpost.com link -- like, one from 2001... More

More Testosterone for NBC, Less for MSNBC?

I'm probably just still recovering from last week's Nuts-Gate, but a pair of passages stood out to me from two... More

Nine More Minutes of New Yorker “Cover Story” Coverage

Adding to what Katia said yesterday: In a ten-minute interview on last night's Hardball (airtime shared with Ron Brownstein of... More

Good Catch, Mika! (Was That So Hard?)

A breath of fresh air on MSNBC this morning (fresh not just for MSNBC, but for political reporting in general).... More

Not Laughing At The New Yorker Cover Cartoon?

Well, how about this one, located safely inside this week's issue, complete with caption (additional hint: panhandlers are not the... More

AP’s Accountability Adviser To Be “Player-Coach”

At Politico, Michael Calderone ponders whether the Associated Press's acting Washington bureau chief, Ron Fournier, is "saving or destroying the... More

Veepstakes: We Have a Winner!

"MSNBC.com users have chosen Mitt Romney" as John McCain's running-mate (in that online Veepstakes game). What? You're waiting to see... More

That New Yorker Cover (Fox News’ Take and More)

There is something both disturbing and hilarious about listening to Fox News (of "terrorist fist jab" and not-so-subtly-digitally-altered-photos-of-New York Times-reporters-who-wrote-ill-of-Fox-News... More

Tell Me, As The Paper’s Editor of “Visual News,” What Do You Do?

Our minds are already "down there" today, so why not have a look at what my colleague just called "the... More

Media’s Mixed “Nuts” (a.ka. “A Base Phrase”-Gate)

This marks the third time* this campaign season the press has had to tackle the question of How To Report... More

What Else Can I Do With All This Spin?

The Boston Globe's Brian Mooney shows how the spin flows with a minute-by-minute chronology of A Day of Campaign Spin... More

Pollster On That John McCanine Poll

Pollster's Mark Blumenthal awards Worst In Show to the Associated Press's interpretation of its own poll (not to mention the... More

No More Malia And Sasha (You Blew It, Cable)!

There will be no more interviews with Barack Obama's adorable young daughters, Malia and Sasha. No more chances to find... More

AP on McCain on Budget Deficit: Points For Trying?

How's this framing of The Candidates Dueling Economic Plans for the press giving McCain a "mad pass" (Josh Marshall's words)... More

That Crying Child With Leg Casts

That recent A-1 New York Times photo of the crying baby in leg casts that stopped me (and, not surprisingly,... More

“Inspired” New York Post Reporting

The New York Post reports it was "inspired by sexy CBS reporter Lara Logan's recent foreign affairs" (presumably its own... More

McCain Camp Won’t Call On Corn on Calls?

David Corn's first-hand experience has him wondering over at Mother Jones: Is the McCain campaign screening reporters [on its conference... More

Kurtz: “In-Bedded” Reporter (Now With Child)!

Last week, I complained about Howard Kurtz's handling of all the recent Lara Logan-related news. Basically, Kurtz reprinted five juicy... More

“Special Political Coverage” (By Any Other Name)

No fair! CNN is inflating the Coop's grades with their tricky program-naming scheme! So tattled MSNBC and Fox News to... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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