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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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