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Air Apparent, Part Two

Live TV and the virtues of restraint

Dan Rather is calm. Dan Rather is collected. Dan Rather is cautious. And he is not—repeat, not—ready to call Ohio... More

Air Apparent

TV news in the post-election world, part one

There are two general assumptions about the media that have become so common it's stopped occurring to us to question... More

Cut on the Bias

Pop quiz, before school gets out for holiday recess: What do Mark Halperin and al-Qaeda have in common? They both... More

Michelle Obama, Mother

Please, can we stop with all the “momification” talk?

A plea: can we please--please, please--all stop talking about the "momification of Michelle Obama"? Can we please stop analyzing and... More

Mag the Dog

Vanity Fair pokes some fun at the magazine industry's Obamania. "Magazines are awash in Barack-emblazoned covers," David Friend writes. "It’s... More

Oh, That’s Rich

CJR alum Kiera Butler, now of Mother Jones, turns in a nice interview with The New York Times's theater-critic-turned-political theater-critic... More

John Roberts Must Tie!

So get ready to be outraged or baffled or otherwise scandalized. Last week, John Roberts, cohost of CNN's American Morning,... More

Traffic Jam

Bucking trends, traffic for The Atlantic, Drudge, and HuffPo is actually up post-election, according to Nate Silver and Alexa. Everyone... More

White House, Gray Lady

New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet has just named the paper's new White House team. It includes, as... More

Kakutani’s a Poet…and, Oh, She Let Us Know It

Michiko Kakutani seems to have taken a page from pal MoDo's playbook. And not, um, a good one. In today's... More

She’s Accepted! Sources Say!

So it seems, my friends, that we have arrived at the final installment of the weeklong dramedy that has been... More

Extra-Censory Perception

Project Censored has released its annual (and forward-looking) list of the "Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009." Among them: #6... More

Copy Editors to the World: Teehee!

So. A brief vocabulary lesson. A dingleberry, for those of you who didn't grow up on a farm, is--and I... More

Politico: “We’ll Do It Live”

Politico's editors and reporters (bloggers included) are dissecting Election '08 at a conference at USC today. Watch it live, here. More

Chicken Soup for the (Campaign Junkie’s) Soul

Hey, politics junkies! Are you going through campaign withdrawal? Do you find yourself, in the quiet moments of the day,... 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 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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