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Wizard of Odds

Karl Rove’s Fox News debut

You know that climactic scene in The Wizard of Oz, when Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that the... More

“Vote-zilla!”

MSNBC takes ‘Monster Super Tuesday’ a little too literally

It begins with thumping, bass-heavy music, and a shot of two men, cowering and pointing up. Suddenly they scream: “VOTE-ZILLA!”... More

“McCain Lies His Ass Off”?

Florida, Simi Valley, and The Real World

This is the true story of four candidates picked to stay in the race and have their lives taped. Find... More

Ay, There’s the Snub

Clinton, Obama, and the silly story du jour

It took, this time, less than two hours for the name to fix the narrative. On Monday at 11:30 p.m.,... More

Clinton-ex-Camelot

Kennedy and Clinton: he’d grown accustomed to her face?

Last night was President Bush’s last-ever State of the Union speech. Today is Florida’s crucial GOP primary. So what dominated... More

No, No, NOW

The women’s org lashes out at Kennedy

Earlier today, The Albany Times-Union’s State Editor, Jay Jochnowitz, posted this report on the paper’s Capitol Confidential blog: “The National... More

Desperately Seeking Soundbite

Russertism strikes again

It was supposed to be Fight Night. It was supposed to be a dukes-out, all-out, no-punches-pulled Epic Battle in which... More

Gang of Four

Everybody hates Mitt?

Add another piece to the ever-expanding “journalism loves a good fight story” file: today’s much-buzzed-about New York Times article, “Romney... More

Fred Thompson’s Tall Order

The candidate, the press, and the way we were

It started, as most relationships do, with high hopes, romantic idealization—and even willful ignorance. Admiring his machismo, his gravitas, his... More

Fight Club

The most contentious debate = the highest-rated debate. Coincidence?

So it looks like Monday night's CNN Democratic debate was the most-watched presidential primary debate in cable news history. Wow.... More

Heath Ledger and the Web

The MSM played catch-up

Radar magazine broke the news first, on its Web site, at 4:36pm: We're hearing a totally crazy rumor that Heath... More

Where’s Education? Part II

The fierce urgency of…when?

Bob Herbert has an important piece in today’s New York Times. It addresses, in as much depth as 825 words’... More

Announcing Last Night’s Rashomon Awards

Today’s Oscar announcement? It’s got nothing on the ‘Demmys’

And the winners are… Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama! The candidates swept the Distracting Sideshow category of last night’s CNN/Congressional... More

The Reagan Myth, Redux

Krugman goes cherry-picking

Broken-record request of the day: Context. Please. In today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman weighs in on what he calls... More

No Need to Apologize, AP

A reporter gets loud, and we like it

It’s a little disconcerting when the AP reports, in its third-person voice and dispassionate tone, about itself. You can’t help... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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