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A “Hit-Back”? How Can I Help?

Typically, reporters make some sort of effort -- transparent though it may be -- to conceal the fact that they're... More

Men - What Good Are They, Anyway?

Television news loves nothing more than a quick stop-'em-in-their-tracks report on the findings of some newly published -- often health-related... More

Bush In Clover - Or Is It Poison Ivy?

On the same day that the Associated Press ran a story declaring that "Bush Allies Say He's Lost His Way,"... More

Picking Presidential Pockets

Remember back in April when the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller shared with the world the fruits of her investigation... More

Verdun? Or Little Bighorn?

Yesterday, President Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the Supreme Court -- after which, the Los Angeles Times'... More

Elizabeth Spiers on Book Deals, Blogger Firings, and Updating Her Judy Miller Halloween Costume

Elizabeth Spiers Elizabeth Spiers, who is leaving her job as editor-in-chief of Mediabistro on November 1, is working on... More

Good Night and Good Luck, Harriet

Texas may have been "blessed" with a Governor George W. Bush, but this country will never, we learned this morning,... More

With This Blog, I Thee Read

Inspired by President Bush's charming and no doubt spontaneous mention of his 28th wedding anniversary in a speech at the... More

Important, If True

Whenever we encounter Ron Fournier's byline, we know that more often than not we will be treated to some fortune-telling... More

We’re All in the “No-Spine Zone” Now

From a media critic's perspective, what could be more promising -- Thursday Styles aside -- than television news personalities interviewing... More

Here’s an Idea: Wait for a Vote

Yesterday, the White House handed out to reporters a Texans United for Life survey completed by Harriet Miers in 1989... More

Trend-Spotting Men, Leading Women, and (the End of?) the Roving Reporter

Like doing math and selling magazines, capturing the zeitgeist is hard. But week in and week out, the newsweeklies must... More

Waaaah! Why Isn’t There a New York Times Styles Section Every Day of the Week?

For a journo-scold with daily deadlines, like ourself, the New York Times Thursday Styles section is truly a gift that... More

AP Still Wishing for 2008

We thought the Associated Press was jumping the gun with its Scandinavian non-scoops about who might run for U.S. president... More

There’s Something About Northern Europe

Why is it that U.S. politicians go to Scandinavia to tell (or to not tell) the Associated Press about their... More

Who Gets What

Maybe it isn't just self-promotion driving the "Today Show's" heroic house-building efforts. Maybe NBC honchos heard ratings-savvy voices telling them,... More

Let Them Eat Polenta

Pity the reporter covering an administration notoriously stingy with information which has just nominated to the Supreme Court a woman... More

Oh, The Humanity!

Why is NBC's "Today Show" building houses in midtown Manhattan for people who live in Louisiana and Mississippi? Because if... More

Philadelphia Here We Come

While we're sure this will come as no surprise to the New York Times styles section, it startled us a... More

Were These Two Guys in the Same Room?

Were the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler and the New York Times's Steven R. Weisman watching the same Karen Hughes address... 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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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