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Air Apparent, Part Two

Live TV and the virtues of restraint

Dan Rather is calm. Dan Rather is collected. Dan Rather is cautious. And he is not—repeat, not—ready to call Ohio... More

Air Apparent

TV news in the post-election world, part one

There are two general assumptions about the media that have become so common it's stopped occurring to us to question... More

Cut on the Bias

Pop quiz, before school gets out for holiday recess: What do Mark Halperin and al-Qaeda have in common? They both... More

Michelle Obama, Mother

Please, can we stop with all the “momification” talk?

A plea: can we please--please, please--all stop talking about the "momification of Michelle Obama"? Can we please stop analyzing and... More

Mag the Dog

Vanity Fair pokes some fun at the magazine industry's Obamania. "Magazines are awash in Barack-emblazoned covers," David Friend writes. "It’s... More

Oh, That’s Rich

CJR alum Kiera Butler, now of Mother Jones, turns in a nice interview with The New York Times's theater-critic-turned-political theater-critic... More

John Roberts Must Tie!

So get ready to be outraged or baffled or otherwise scandalized. Last week, John Roberts, cohost of CNN's American Morning,... More

Traffic Jam

Bucking trends, traffic for The Atlantic, Drudge, and HuffPo is actually up post-election, according to Nate Silver and Alexa. Everyone... More

White House, Gray Lady

New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet has just named the paper's new White House team. It includes, as... More

Kakutani’s a Poet…and, Oh, She Let Us Know It

Michiko Kakutani seems to have taken a page from pal MoDo's playbook. And not, um, a good one. In today's... More

She’s Accepted! Sources Say!

So it seems, my friends, that we have arrived at the final installment of the weeklong dramedy that has been... More

Extra-Censory Perception

Project Censored has released its annual (and forward-looking) list of the "Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009." Among them: #6... More

Copy Editors to the World: Teehee!

So. A brief vocabulary lesson. A dingleberry, for those of you who didn't grow up on a farm, is--and I... More

Politico: “We’ll Do It Live”

Politico's editors and reporters (bloggers included) are dissecting Election '08 at a conference at USC today. Watch it live, here. More

Chicken Soup for the (Campaign Junkie’s) Soul

Hey, politics junkies! Are you going through campaign withdrawal? Do you find yourself, in the quiet moments of the day,... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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