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While Diane’s Away, the Mice Replay

We've all had that delicious moment of temptation at one time or another: "The boss is away; I can do... More

“You Can Check Out Any Time You Want, But You Can Never Leave”

Today, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Slater writes somewhat sheepishly in his "Dispatch from Ketchum" that "this area in south-central... More

Policy? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Policy!

We know that many in the press prefer to focus first on the fray -- most recently, who's no longer... More

Hello, Cleveland?

Sometimes it takes a little while for a story to bounce around the media echo chamber and reverberate into the... More

Anatomy of a Foul-Up

By Liz Cox Barrett and Thomas Lang In yesterday's New York Times, Jodi Wilgoren informed readers that "the weeklong controversy"... More

Sounds Like a Crock to Us

Last week, Jay Rosen opined that the lull between primary season and the conventions will become a "point in the... More

Helen Thomas on Grilling the Pinch Hitter

Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since 1961 -- first as a reporter for United Press International and,... More

Veepstakes Gone Wild

For our part, we're happy to wait until John Kerry himself tells us just who it is that he plans... More

Who Says So?

This morning David Gregory, NBC's White House correspondent, brought "Today Show" viewers a segment on President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch... More

Bush’s Ads Beget Tidal Wave of Bloviation

With the benefit of a few additional hours to ponder the president's first wave of campaign ads on TV, bloggers... More

Can Sticks and Stones Break Bonesmen’s Bones?

...And speaking of bones, at The Corner, Tim Graham has one to pick with Katie Couric for calling the arrival... More

Get Ready to … Fumble … Stumble … Crumble?

Innnnn the left corner, wearing the blue trunks ... John "The Real Deal" Kerry. Onnnnn the right, in red ...... More

Super-Cali-Fatalistic…

By many a blogger's barometer, Super Tuesday is Foregone Conclusion Day (okay, and there are some polls that support the... More

The Envelope, Please …

There were two opportunities yesterday to watch nattily-dressed men on television, made up to the point of looking jaundiced, talking... More

Institutionalized: Corps Versus Scott

Most White House press briefings go something like this: Reporter: Ask question. Press secretary: Recite talking point. Reporter: Rephrase question.... More

Reporters Relish Heinz Kerry’s Spicy Quotes

With California's Democratic primary now six days away, the Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian today contributes her two cents to... More

The “Shocking” Story That Wasn’t

The following headline ran this afternoon on an Associated Press story by Deborah Riechmann: "Laura Bush Says Gay Marriage 'Shocking.'"... More

Drudge, Dickens, and the Death Rattle (?) of a Rumor

Yesterday, a crestfallen Matt Drudge downgraded the affair alert on his web site from last week's red ("Campaign Drama Rocks... More

Cox on Cox: A Window into the Mind of the Beleaguered Drudgette of the Moment

You think it's easy being Wonkette? Perish the thought. In a wide-ranging interview with Campaign Desk this morning, the blogette... More

What Does It Take to Make Page One Around Here?

Last night, more than two years after the fact, the White House backed off from a statement made by President... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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