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How local PA TV played Obama’s speech

“The immediate, tawdry issue for the Obama campaign,” according to Joe Klein on Time’s Swampland blog directly after Obama’s Speech... More

The Bar for Barack

Media anticipation for a “make or break” speech

As much as anyone, the media is eagerly anticipating Sen. Barack Obama’s Speech On Race this morning. How so? Where... More

Covering a Comeuppance

Swept away by sex, psychoanalysis and schadenfreude?

Unsurprisingly, SpitzerGate filled a bit of airtime on the Sunday talking head shows. On the Chris Matthews Show, specifically, the... More

Primary Night Rally (With Blitzer)

Obama wins and so does Wolf

After winning yesterday's Democratic primary in Mississippi, Sen. Barack Obama last night appeared on television to thank his supporters. A... More

TNR’s Press Corps Class War

Plus: Courting the saucy, snazzy “MoDowd”

There are Two Americas in the Obama traveling press corps, according to The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber. And just like... More

Covering ‘Client 9’

Headlines and Heidi

Looks like the New York tabloids did not take any of CJR's humble suggestions for Spitzer-related headlines, going instead with... More

Meet the Press? Pass.

Sunday and Substance

What do you do if you're a freshman senator—first year on the job—and you very much want to be taken... More

CNN’s Old Hat Texas Coverage

Luckily, some local columnists don’t watch cable

Jeannie Kever began her Houston Chronicle column yesterday - a column applauding the "US media" for avoiding the "Texas cowboy... More

Political Punditry: Kids’ Stuff?

ABC’s Child Pundits Not Childish Enough

You know how The Daily Show sometimes gets young kids to read and reenact actual moments in cable punditry, to... More

Hold the Sauce

What McCain cooked up for the press

Sen. John McCain, the candidate who typically speaks his “straight talk” on the record, urged reporters to tuck their notebooks... More

It’s The Man Show — on MSNBC!

Stick to your knitting, ladies

Watching MSNBC this morning I was reminded of a cop-out line from one of Maureen Dowd's recent harshing-on-Hillary New York... More

Russert Bags “The Marlin”

The most Russert-centric debate to date?

Who won the debate? Who won the debate? That is, of course, the key question for so many in the... More

Stay “Classy,” Clinton

But not till after tonight’s debate, Live on MSNBC!

Jonathan Alter, the Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political pundit, thinks Hillary Clinton should pack it in ("Hillary Should Get Out... More

Elephant in the Studio

Doris Kearns Goodwin on PlagiarismGate 2008

Which of Tim Russert's expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday's Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the... More

A Sorry Situation

How do you contain a cable conflagration?

It was all too predictable, what happened after Cindy McCain on Tuesday riffed on Michelle Obama’s recent “proud of my... More

Wag the Finger

Angry Bill: From embeds’ eyes to pundits’ lips

It's been a bumpy campaign season thus far, PR-wise, for MSNBC. One potential bright spot: yesterday, MSNBC owned the story... More

An Obama “Embed” on Access, Inspiration, Oppo

And what not to ask her

Aswini Anburajan is a twenty-seven-year-old campaign reporter (a.k.a. “embed”) who has been traveling with Barack Obama’s campaign for NBC News/National... More

Who’s Afraid of 60 Minutes?

No worries for the candidates

How do you make thirteen of 60 Minutes feel like an eternity? Sic Katie Couric on Senator Hillary Clinton. What... More

There Will Be Losers

Cable talkers see to it

Yes, there were the familiar color-coded cutouts of Super Tuesday states flashing on the screen as they were called (and... More

“Chutzpah!” “Hoopla!” “Ambush!” Victory?

Reporting the Democratic results in Florida

Tuesday afternoon we wondered—as some campaign reporters were themselves wondering—how the campaign press might cover the Democratic results in Florida.... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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

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