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SNL’s Debate Send-Up (The Early Edition)

Saturday Night Live--the latest outlet, it seems, to fall victim to the blink-and-you-miss-it speed of the contemporary political news cycle--has... More

Politicians and the Press: A Long History of Love and Hate (and Especially Hate)

From the "alas, 'twas always thus" department: PEJ turns in a brief but interesting study of the long history of... More

Rule #1 of Direct Democracy: Don’t Hassle the Hoff

Barack Obama, having apparently decided that all the glowing press reports about The Imminence of His Victory and everything won't... More

Panic! At the Newsroom

The Daily Show lampoons Fox News's unique take on The Great Panic of 2008. That panic is not economic: More

Ayers Supply

How should the press be covering the resurgence of Bill Ayers?

Last Sunday, The New York Times fronted a 2,150-word article about Barack Obama's association with Bill Ayers, co-founder of the... More

Take a Letter, Noam Scheiber…Address It to “Dear Friends”…

Noam Scheiber has done it again. This time, the Palin-phernalia he's dredged up in his reporting about the political history... More

McAnger: A Photo Essay

Today’s papers put the ‘icky’ in ‘Mavericky’

So I couldn't help but notice a weird little trend among the stories summarizing last night's presidential debate. The trend... More

Trust the Facts, Ma’am

From the “it’s not too much to ask” department: truth-squadding during the nets’ debate specials

On CNN last night, as a tired-looking David Gergen was decrying, in a dull monotone, his assessment of the second... More

And Then, Suddenly, We Were All Guilty by Association

On yesterday's post-debate episode of Hannity and Colmes--Live From The Spin Room!--Sean and Alan hosted Obama communications director Robert Gibbs.... More

Norquist: “McCain is Reagan”

…and other absolutely shocking revelations

Isn't it refreshing when ideologues and partisans, discussing a particular political event, actually end up offering insight into that event... More

Katie and Sarah, Round 793: In Which All the Awkwardness Enters Our Lives Anew

There is a very real chance that the Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview--"the gift that keeps on giving" to some; "the... More

The Whole Kit and Ca-doodle

The New Republic's Noam Scheiber makes a find that demonstrates why those time-honored journalistic mandates—"go there," "check it out," "gather... More

Breaking: Pope Says Wall Street Doesn’t Exist! Kinda!

We expend a lot of energy decrying pontification on cable news, in the op-ed pages of the major papers, in... More

Veeps and Bounds

A couple months ago, when Veepstakes speculation was at its inane/pointless/baffling height, Campaign Desk asked a favor of the press:... More

A Higher Register

Triumph beats truth in today’s spate of voter-registration stories

Today is the deadline, in nineteen states, for residents to register to vote in the presidential election that will take... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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