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On the State of Contemporary Discourse

Revelations from an intellectual of the Interweb

Yesterday, I posted an article that took on the attacks being aimed at the press for engaging in "gotcha journalism,"... More

Biden Time?

Resist the spin, ye Veep-debate narrators!

Critics, of journalism or anything else, don't tend to engage in prediction. We tend, in fact, to criticize others for... More

The Palin-Press War: A Degree of Difficulty

Pop quiz: Let's say you need to undergo a coronary bypass. And let's say you learn, through a Google search... More

Hey, ‘Gotcha’! Caughtcha!

CJR’s new software guards against gotcha-ism

Dear Journalists, We're writing to inform you that there's an injustice being carried out in the late weeks of this... More

In the Microcosm of America, Everything Is Required Reading

Media members the world over, your sense of self-worth should be just a little bit higher today: Sarah Palin doesn't... More

Ifill-in and I Can’t Get Up…!

Yet more evidence that Campaign 2008 has gotten rough: Gwen Ifill--notable for the dual distinction of being both the moderator... More

Couric/Palin: And the Rest Was Silence?

Wow. Not since Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has a piece of video been so eagerly anticipated by... More

That “Lifetime Subscription to CQ

And other reasons we need to re-think our approach to presidential debates

In their initial analysis of Friday night's much-buzzed-about presidential debate, the consensus among the punditocracy was that the night was... More

Kurtz’s Extra-censor-y Perception

Talk about burying a lede. Some 1,100 words into his 1,400-word piece ("'Substantive' Press Is Taken for a Spin") in... More

Campbell’s Scoop

Todd Gitlin, who writes our "Sunday Watch" column for Campaign Desk (check out today's, here), had a fantastic op-ed in... More

Beware the Jab-erwock

A Fight Night extravaganza! A metaphorical one, at least!

Pity the pundits. Besides being charged with providing their audiences with highly valuable analysis about the major political events of... More

Wonder Cover, Part 3

One more "wonder cover" worth noting: the current issue of The New Yorker, courtesy of Michelle-and-Barack-in-the-Oval-Office satirist Barry Blitt: More

Wonder Cover, Part 2

It's unfortunate that the nominations for Magazine Cover of the Year have already been set. Because, were they still in... More

SNL: The Ambiguously Fey Duo

Saturday Night Live keeps outdoing itself. The latest proof of that? Its brilliant send-up of the already-infamous Palin/Couric interview: More

Dear Senator McCain: Please Get Your Own Semi-Annoying Country Pronunciation

Senator, you just called Pakistan "PAH-kee-stahn." However, as Clint noted, PAH-kee-stan is already taken as an unconventional-and-semi-annoying-pronunciation. By Obama. (He's... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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

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