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The big IRS stretch

Some reporters are straining to connect the scandal to the White House, without benefit of credible evidence. But others are skeptical

For the last month, Republicans have been trying mightily to paint the IRS's Tea Party targeting scheme as proof... More

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True the Coverage

Some of the organizations targeted for scrutiny by the IRS actually deserve scrutiny—a nuance that is getting lost

Just about everyone in Washington agrees that the IRS's blanket targeting of Tea Party groups by keying on words in... More

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The trouble with Torrington

A small-town paper calls out minors who bully a rape victim online. Is that fair game?

In some ways, the Torrington, CT case that ricocheted through the press last week looks a lot like the ugly... More

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About those prostitutes

In the Menendez affair, ABC News is looking better and better for having stepped away from a story that the Daily Caller is still trying to flog

For the last two months, the press has been rehashing allegations that Senator Robert Menendez slept with prostitutes, some... More

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Anatomy of a so-called scandal (UPDATED)

On the Sen. Menendez story, flimsy prostitution claims vs. stronger allegations of influence-peddling. Guess which gets more play?

Update, 3/4, 7:15 pm: Less than two hours after this article was posted, The Washington Post published a story on... More

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ProPublica shines a light on dark money

In the murky new world of money-and-politics reporting, even small victories are hard won

Over the last two years, political reporters have shined a glaring spotlight on super PACs and their funders. Just ask... More

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The Washington Times takes a giant step—backwards

Wes Pruden rides again. Watch his words

Since their recent electoral drubbing, many Republicans are rethinking their party's relationship (or lack of one) to blacks and... More

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Something fishy?

John Solomon had grand plans for the digital future of the Center for Public Integrity. But there was always a catch…

When John Solomon took over as executive editor of The Washington Times in 2008, the conservative daily had long... More

Tin Soldier

An American Vigilante In Afghanistan, Using the Press for Profit and Glow

In April 2004, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier named Jonathan Keith Idema started shopping a sizzling story to the... More

Cloudy Skies

A new online environment and energy energy site is tainted with conflicts of interest among its anchors and executives

In many ways, CleanSkies.tv, an online outfit offering “energy and environmental news, information, discussion, and commentary,” resembles other TV news... More

Second Life

A storied German-language newspaper remakes itself as a magazine

Even in this era of editorial reinvention, few media outlets have remade themselves as completely as the legendary German-language newspaper... More

Making it in (and out of) Myanmar

CNN’s Dan Rivers, now safe, speaks with CJR

Aid workers aren’t the only ones having trouble getting into Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis. The nation’s secretive military regime is... More

Private Matters

A new push to rein in the tabloids has British reporters on edge

One of the biggest scandals to engulf the British press since princess Diana’s death began with a trivial bit of... More

The Reporter Who Came In From the Cold

In Germany it can be difficult to tell a journalist from a spy, as the story of one German reporter shows all too well.

Weilheim is a cozy Bavarian village, where geraniums drip from window boxes and onion-domed churches and Alpine chateaus line the... More

Tim Golden on Digging Deep, Timing, and Sourcing

Tim Golden is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and a writer for the New York Times Magazine.... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

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

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