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And They Call Fred Thompson Lazy?

Reporters don’t even raise their own eyebrows these days

Today, The New York Times’ Patrick Healy brings us a story about Something Bill Clinton Said and how it, like... More

CNN Plays Vegas

The Don King-ification of a Democratic Presidential Debate

A plea to campaign reporters: please resist the temptation to use Sin City-centric clichés in your coverage of Thursday's Democratic... More

Has The Mighty Fallen Yet?

Chris Matthews’ “Slick” Hillary Watch

Three Sundays ago, Chris Matthews, of NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, asked one of his journalist/panelists the following: When does... More

Being Michael Bloomberg

Newsweek knows the mayor better than he knows himself

Newsweek's Jon Meacham stretched New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg out on the couch for a lengthy profile for this... More

Clinton: Gleeful or Glum?

LAT Turns NYT’s Frowns Upside Down

Call it one of those were these reporters watching the same debate? moments. According to The New York Times' account... More

So That’s What It’s All About!

Presidential campaigns (and coverage), explained

The Gloves! They're coming off! Tonight! Isn't it fun to say? (It must be, all the TV types are saying... More

Boob Tube

NBC: Giving the people what they want

A new poll by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press focusing on the public's perception of... More

Fox News Fans Flames

With help from a clearly reliable source

Just after 6:30 yesterday morning, Fox News reported that "unrelenting winds continue to spread wildfires across SoCal." Concomitantly, Fox News... More

Roundtable Revelations

Reporters talking about themselves… and speaking volumes

It's weird. Watching journalists shooting the breeze about, and making predictions about, a contest they're helping to shape -- and... More

By The Numbers

AP shows how to write a debate story

"Thompson Stays On Script," reads the headline on Wednesday's Liz Sidoti-bylined Associated Press article about Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.... More

Klein Whine

Hey Iowa: What About Me?

Iowans, in an effort to preserve their first-in-the-nation status, may caucus on January 3rd and/or fifth this year -- a... More

Wrist? Slap!

FCC fines Comcast four figures for fake news

Be afraid, Karen Ryan! Be very afraid! On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was fining Comcast for airing,... More

“Accountability Journalism,” AP Style

Do as Ron Fournier Says, Not as He Does

The Associated Press's Ron Fournier drops this little truism into the midst of his "analysis" piece today: "A political attack... More

Me! Use Me!

Unnamed sources have their way with — and say in—the NYT

To political campaigns and newspapers alike: beware campaign "advisers" willing to say ill-advised things to reporters--when offered the cloak of... More

Happy Anniversary, Katie!

You’re a “lightweight” — albeit one with “exquisitely tinted hair”

Time flies when you're having fun! Today marks the one-year anniversary of Katie Couric's ballyhooed debut as the anchor of... More

Fox News Has a Beef…

…with itself

Like Frankenstein, Fox News disclaimed a monster of its own making this morning. Here's how it went down. Fox &... More

Onion-y Goodness

As Henson goes, so goes the nation

Who among us hasn't, upon finishing some news article or another, thought, "This reads like an Onion story." Add this... More

Drudge Barks, TV News Bites

“YouTube Election” or same old sloppy speculation?

Thank you, Matt Drudge, for providing us all with a brief respite from what might have otherwise been yet another... More

Page Six Nose Conflict of Interest

When they smell it

About a year ago when I interviewed the New York Times' then-newly-minted scent critic, Chandler Burr, he told me that... More

Check, Please!

Let no claim go unchecked

Perhaps you've read about Mitt and Rudy's escalating scrap over who is tougher on illegal immigration? A typical campaign-season clash.... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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