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Fifty-seven

That's the number of times the term "cone of silence" has been used in television coverage since Saturday's Saddleback interviews,... More

On Their Merits

The press needs to press the candidates more on “merit pay”

During this weekend’s Pander to Evangelical Voters Forum Pander to Rick Warren Forum Purpose-Driven Forum Saddleback Civil Forum—an event during... More

Love, Exciting and…News?

That Barack Obama is so coy. We've been waiting for months for the Democrats' Intended to reveal his choice of... More

No Mo’ PoMo

Keep critical theory out of campaign coverage

In his Washington Post column yesterday, David Broder wrote of interviewing both presidential candidates: "The first question I asked John... More

Breaking! CJR Has the Next Issue of the Montgomery County Bulletin

Featuring plenty of classic articles “by” Mark Williams

Thanks to Jody Rosen’s piece (“Dude, You Stole My Article”) in Slate yesterday, the Montgomery County Bulletin is getting a... More

David Brooks, Meme-Maker

Is Obama too slippery for his own good?

A few weeks ago, David Brooks tested his meme-making abilities with a column that portrayed Barack Obama as a conflicted... More

The “Race Card” Game: Ginned Up?

Politico's Avi Zenilman makes a great observation: The "race card" dispute between McCain and Obama has baredly shown up on... More

African-American Bloggers Discuss the “Race Card” Story

And many ignore it altogether

As the media have been talking, today, about the "race card" being officially "played" in the presidential campaign, we've heard... More

No, This Isn’t from The Onion

Just wanted to clarify. More

The Daily Show: “We have a GED in news”

Let's start the day with a bit of levity: The Daily Show ribs cable news' slightly self-aggrandizing self-promotional nicknames for... More

Schmidt Me, Baby, One More Time

Obama’s like Britney…(don’t) pass it on!

Well, it’s official: the campaigns have Gone Negative. And in this case, alas, negativity’s harbinger was none other than...Britney Spears.... More

While My Guitar Gently Veeps

Please, could we give the Veepstakes just a little more substance?

Who doesn't love the Veepstakes? Not only is the whole game fun to play—Clue and CandyLand rolled into one!—but it... More

Slow Claps for David Brooks

You know that classic, climactic moment in movies, when someone gives a controversial-yet-rousing speech, and the audience, silent at first,... More

Tonight on The NewsHour: The Changing Look of the Book Review

As Liz reported last week, the LA Times Book Review has become the latest victim of the LA Times's bottom-line-eyed... More

Did Obama Snub the Troops?

Blogs do reporting; MSM does stenography

Did you hear the one about Barack Obama not caring about our troops? About being so obsessed with his image... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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