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Annals of Misplaced Puns, Part XXIII

The lede of the LA Times's assessment of Gustav's impact on St. Paul, "Hurricane Gustav dampens mood at GOP convention... More

Don’t Make Eye Contact

And other tips for getting where you need to go at the conventions

DENVER — As far as the media were concerned, the most powerful people at the Pepsi Center weren't the various... More

Midday At The Oasis

A look inside the HuffPost’s Zen-fueled convention spa

DENVER- "Hi, there, would you like an hors d'oeuvre?" A woman is smiling in front of me, a tray of... More

The DNCC: In Which Irony Wins Again

I'm not sure whether this is the work of a prankster or of a Fate with a dry sense of... More

Democracy in the Can?

One constant, in this celebration of democracy that is the Democratic National Convention? Exclusivity. Seriously, you need a pass to... More

Last Night’s Obamappearance: Reporters Surprised, As Well

I watched last night's floor speeches--Joe Biden's acceptance of the Dems' VP nomination; Bill Clinton's acceptance of a more general... More

Les Miserables

The Clinton speech coverage: in which Drama replaces Substance

DENVER - If there was going to be any Real News made during the Democratic convention, last night was supposed... More

Dubious Moments in Dem Promotion, Pt. 1

On Monday, Clint inaugurated our "Dubious Moments in Self-Promotion" series, in which we document the often-ridiculous ends to which media... More

Judging from the Following…

...the Huffington Post missed tonight's Unity memo. But, apparently, the site got the "Barack Is a Dignified Artist Magnet and... More

Hillary and the Big Tent

I watched Hillary Clinton's much-anticipated floor speech tonight at The Big Tent. (Not the metaphorical one--though you could argue that... More

Post-Partisan Politics, Personified!

Yesterday, Clint mentioned the lengths to which some cable news networks will go to promote themselves during the convention. (Such... More

The Speedy Biden News Cycle

Hype, meet backlash.

At 3 a.m. on Saturday, after most in the political establishment had gone to bed, disappointed and, more commonly, indignant... More

Keeping It ‘Real’

The real campaign begins… now! Wait, now! No, no, I mean now!

DENVER, COLORADO— Turns out there's one piece of news—real news!—to be learned about the Democratic convention, which is otherwise an... More

Unfunny Convention Spoof of the Day

Presidential nominating conventions are eminently mock-able. (The Pomp! The Puffery! The retina-searing sea of red, white, and blue-sequined cowboy hats!)... More

“End of the Line” at the Times?

August 22, 2008 Dear Shark, We're writing to express our gratitude for letting us jump you today. We couldn't have... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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