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Bored Reporters Play for Their Base (Each Other)

From Dana Milbank in today's Washington Post: If there is importance in the results of the primary in West Virginia,... More

How Do You Top “Practically Lactating?”

To quote a colleague: "The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink- beer-in-a-masculine-seeming-way? approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd's] one move—never mind that it’s been... More

Headline Here, Headline There

Headline on the front page of today's Charleston (WV) Gazette (print edition): HILLARY RACKS UP BIG WIN; Observers Still See... More

Camp Clinton, As Cast By MSNBC

If you got your West Virginia primary coverage from MSNBC, then you know: 1) Hillary Clinton is thisclose to becoming... More

Remember That “Media Trojan Horse?”

Media Matters counted the number of times those military analysts named in David Barstow's New York Times investigation ("Behind TV... More

McCain’s Maverick Cursive (And “Angry” Commas)

Body-language experts have already weighed in at key times during the campaign. Ditto graphic designers explaining what campaign signage choices... More

Take Me Home, Beltway Roads

In March we saw a CNN anchor swapping his pinstripe suit for a ten gallon hat and horse to better... More

Looking for Local News in LA?

Joe Matthews, one-time labor reporter for the LA Times, wrote a piece in Sunday's Washington Post (hat tip, Matthew Yglesias)... More

Battle of the Media Darling(est)?

Newspaper, TV on the wall, who's the media darling(est) of them all? McCain? Obama? (Ron Paul, you say?) A first... More

West Virginia, Personified (by the FT)

"West Virginia Keeps Distance From Obama." So reads the headline on a Financial Times piece today. Just who is this... More

The Democratic Primary: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

From Katharine Q. Seeyle's New York Times piece today (emphasis mine): This is an awkward phase in a long campaign.... More

Beyond “Voicing Over Pictures”

CNN's Dan Rivers, one of few Western journalists able to report from Myanmar last week, tells Howard Kurtz on yesterday's... More

Pick a Pundit Profile

Which television poli-pundit profile to read first: "Chuckie T's" or Turd Blossom's? Howard Kurtz profiles NBC's political director Chuck Todd... More

Going Brangelina on Barack

In a New York Times article today about how the entertainment press is giving Britney-sized attention to this year's presidential... More

McCain Makes News

Appears on Daily Show--a surefire way to get the (uncritical) attention of the campaign press. McCain talked about how, as... More

News Deprived

At washingtonmonthly.com, Kevin Drum is asking his readers: If you could have only one source of news in the world,... More

About Being Distracted…

Luckily, my quest for ever more juicy campaign minutiae brought me to Time's Swampland blog just now where I found... More

McCain In Media Crosshairs? “In Time”

How The Media Works 101: Can't Walk and Chew Gum, with Professors Chris Matthews and Tim Russert (and input from... More

Morning After (Press Takes Pulse)

NBC's Today Show this morning: "Is it over?" ABC's Good Morning America: "End of the Road?" Front page of today's... More

Last Night’s Matthews-isms

In a single exchange with Keith Olbermann last night describing Clinton's and Obama's primary night speeches, MSNBC's Chris Matthews managed... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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