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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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