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Best of 2008: Megan Garber

Garber picks her top stories from 2008

1) The People vs. Jeremiah Wright The media's general condemnation of Jeremiah Wright wasn't just about race or politics or... More

Beyond Two Percent

To repeat: we need more—and more extensive—coverage of the Iraq war

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman laid out the current conventional wisdom about the war in Iraq:... More

God Bless Us, Every Ten

Gotta love the end of the year. A time for celebration, a time for reflection, a time during which, no... More

Caroline, or Change

Remember when “Caroline Kennedy” was “Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg”?

In yesterday's front-page story exploring Caroline Kennedy's name recognition in her bid for New York's vacant Senate seat, The New... More

Han-inanity

More awards! Media Matters has named Sean Hannity its 2008 Misinformer of the Year. Along with the accolade, the organization... More

LAT to Outsource Its National, Foreign Coverage?

Rumors that the LA Times is moving toward outsourcing gained momentum yesterday via an ominous non-denial from editor Russ Stanton:... More

War(ren) of Words

Vitriol over Rick Warren misses the broader point

Back when President-elect Barack Obama was merely presidential candidate Barack Obama, he made, as all politicians do, several promises to... More

In Which Sarah Palin Enters Our Lives Once Again

She's baaaaaack. Or, rather, she will be. Politico is reporting that, because we don't yet know enough about the life... More

Awarded: 2008 P.U.-litzers

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen, along with media columnist Norman Solomon, has announced this year's P.U.-litzer Prizes, recognizing "some of the... More

More Todd: Without the Goatee, “I’d Just Be Another Pasty White Guy”

TVNewser's Gail Shister interviews NBC's newly minted chief White House correspondent on the occasion of his promotion. "It came out... More

Live-Blag-ing the Blago Press Conference

3:05pm: Chris Matthews is co-anchoring, with David Shuster, MSNBC's coverage of the soon-to-start Blagojevich press conference. (Anyone care to bet... More

Breaking: Tamron Hall’s Boyfriend Stranded in Chicago

One rule of good journalistic story-telling: make it personal. Tell the news in a way that makes people feel it... More

Chuckie T: An Elegy

Poor Chuck Todd. The most famous goatee in political reporting--NBC's numbers guru, quite often the (sole) Voice of Reason amid... More

Bringing It to the Cable

Call it hybrid vigor. While their cousins in print suffer the pains of their congenital defects, cable networks--relatively young, and... More

Media Elite Predict What 2009 Will Hold for Media Elite

Folio collects a list of predictions about the magazine industry from magazine industry insiders. Wired's Dylan Sweeney's prediction: "2009 will... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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

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