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Best of 2008: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2008

1) The People vs. Jeremiah Wright The media's general condemnation of Jeremiah Wright wasn't just about race or politics or... More

Beyond Two Percent

To repeat: we need more—and more extensive—coverage of the Iraq war

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman laid out the current conventional wisdom about the war in Iraq:... More

God Bless Us, Every Ten

Gotta love the end of the year. A time for celebration, a time for reflection, a time during which, no... More

Caroline, or Change

Remember when “Caroline Kennedy” was “Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg”?

In yesterday's front-page story exploring Caroline Kennedy's name recognition in her bid for New York's vacant Senate seat, The New... More

Han-inanity

More awards! Media Matters has named Sean Hannity its 2008 Misinformer of the Year. Along with the accolade, the organization... More

LAT to Outsource Its National, Foreign Coverage?

Rumors that the LA Times is moving toward outsourcing gained momentum yesterday via an ominous non-denial from editor Russ Stanton:... More

War(ren) of Words

Vitriol over Rick Warren misses the broader point

Back when President-elect Barack Obama was merely presidential candidate Barack Obama, he made, as all politicians do, several promises to... More

In Which Sarah Palin Enters Our Lives Once Again

She's baaaaaack. Or, rather, she will be. Politico is reporting that, because we don't yet know enough about the life... More

Awarded: 2008 P.U.-litzers

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, along with media columnist Norman Solomon, has announced this year's P.U.-litzer Prizes, recognizing "some of the... More

More Todd: Without the Goatee, “I’d Just Be Another Pasty White Guy”

TVNewser's Gail Shister interviews NBC's newly minted chief White House correspondent on the occasion of his promotion. "It came out... More

Live-Blag-ing the Blago Press Conference

3:05pm: Chris Matthews is co-anchoring, with David Shuster, MSNBC's coverage of the soon-to-start Blagojevich press conference. (Anyone care to bet... More

Breaking: Tamron Hall’s Boyfriend Stranded in Chicago

One rule of good journalistic story-telling: make it personal. Tell the news in a way that makes people feel it... More

Chuckie T: An Elegy

Poor Chuck Todd. The most famous goatee in political reporting--NBC's numbers guru, quite often the (sole) Voice of Reason amid... More

Bringing It to the Cable

Call it hybrid vigor. While their cousins in print suffer the pains of their congenital defects, cable networks--relatively young, and... More

Media Elite Predict What 2009 Will Hold for Media Elite

Folio collects a list of predictions about the magazine industry from magazine industry insiders. Wired's Dylan Sweeney's prediction: "2009 will... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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

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