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Wizard of Odds

Karl Rove’s Fox News debut

You know that climactic scene in The Wizard of Oz, when Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that the... More

“Vote-zilla!”

MSNBC takes ‘Monster Super Tuesday’ a little too literally

It begins with thumping, bass-heavy music, and a shot of two men, cowering and pointing up. Suddenly they scream: “VOTE-ZILLA!”... More

“McCain Lies His Ass Off”?

Florida, Simi Valley, and The Real World

This is the true story of four candidates picked to stay in the race and have their lives taped. Find... More

Ay, There’s the Snub

Clinton, Obama, and the silly story du jour

It took, this time, less than two hours for the name to fix the narrative. On Monday at 11:30 p.m.,... More

Clinton-ex-Camelot

Kennedy and Clinton: he’d grown accustomed to her face?

Last night was President Bush’s last-ever State of the Union speech. Today is Florida’s crucial GOP primary. So what dominated... More

No, No, NOW

The women’s org lashes out at Kennedy

Earlier today, The Albany Times-Union’s State Editor, Jay Jochnowitz, posted this report on the paper’s Capitol Confidential blog: “The National... More

Desperately Seeking Soundbite

Russertism strikes again

It was supposed to be Fight Night. It was supposed to be a dukes-out, all-out, no-punches-pulled Epic Battle in which... More

Gang of Four

Everybody hates Mitt?

Add another piece to the ever-expanding “journalism loves a good fight story” file: today’s much-buzzed-about New York Times article, “Romney... More

Fred Thompson’s Tall Order

The candidate, the press, and the way we were

It started, as most relationships do, with high hopes, romantic idealization—and even willful ignorance. Admiring his machismo, his gravitas, his... More

Fight Club

The most contentious debate = the highest-rated debate. Coincidence?

So it looks like Monday night's CNN Democratic debate was the most-watched presidential primary debate in cable news history. Wow.... More

Heath Ledger and the Web

The MSM played catch-up

Radar magazine broke the news first, on its Web site, at 4:36pm: We're hearing a totally crazy rumor that Heath... More

Where’s Education? Part II

The fierce urgency of…when?

Bob Herbert has an important piece in today’s New York Times. It addresses, in as much depth as 825 words’... More

Announcing Last Night’s Rashomon Awards

Today’s Oscar announcement? It’s got nothing on the ‘Demmys’

And the winners are… Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama! The candidates swept the Distracting Sideshow category of last night’s CNN/Congressional... More

The Reagan Myth, Redux

Krugman goes cherry-picking

Broken-record request of the day: Context. Please. In today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman weighs in on what he calls... More

No Need to Apologize, AP

A reporter gets loud, and we like it

It’s a little disconcerting when the AP reports, in its third-person voice and dispassionate tone, about itself. You can’t help... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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